Carve out the Perfect Winter Adventure: Early-Bird Winter Ski Trip Planning Tips

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October 16, 2023
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In this guide, we’ll unveil the insider secrets to crafting a snowcation across Western Canada that’s truly epic. Prepare for unbeatable deals, outsmarting the crowds, and become the go-to expert for your group.

First thing’s first, it’s time to select your ultimate ski destination. But don’t sweat it; we’ve carefully curated a list of locations and ski resorts suitable for all your needs: Lake Louise Ski Resort, Sunshine Village, Kicking Horse, and Revelstoke Mountain Resort -each one is a skier’s (and snowboarder’s) paradise just waiting to be shredded. The best part: Basecamp Resorts has your back in all these locations, offering accommodations that redefine convenience and provide ample space to host your entire crew.

Lake Louise Ski Resort

Projected Opening Date: November 10th 2023.

Nestled in Banff National Park, you can expect to discover awe-inspiring views at every turn. Lake Louise has 4,200 skiable acres, with terrain that caters to all abilities. Enjoy consistent snowfall, thrilling back bowls for advanced skiers, terrain parks for freestyle fun, and kid-friendly areas and lessons.

If you plan on driving in, a National Parks Pass is required to Ski Lake Louise so buying your Park Pass ahead of time is recommended.

Photo Credit: Lake Louise Ski Resorts 2022-23 Ski Season

Best Runs:

  1. Saddleback (109) Green/Beginner
  2. Charlie’s Choice (25) Blue/Intermediate
  3. West Bowl (157) Black/Advanced

View the Resort Map.

How to Unlock Epic Savings:

Save up to 50% Starting Opening Day

Plan an early ski getaway away and save up to 50% starting from Opening Day on November 10th! These exclusive ticket rates are available only at the resort and subject to change as more lifts open up.

Ski Big 3 & Stay Package

Ski the Big 3 (Mt. Norquay, Lake Louise, Banff Sunshine) and save up to 30% on a SkiBig3 Lift Ticket. Kids ski and rent for free, but hurry, as the sale ends on October 31st, 2023.  

Best Après: Banded Peak Base Camp

Enjoy a selection of perfectly crafted beers and savory eats slopeside at Banded Peak.

Photo Credit: Banded Peak Brewing via Twitter

Your Alpine Cabin Retreat

Lake Louise Ski Resort is conveniently situated near the towns of Banff and Canmore. However, there’s no need to venture far when you can immerse yourself in a winter wonderland by staying at Baker Creek by Basecamp Resorts. Our selection of cabins and cozy jacuzzi suites cater to various group sizes, ensuring a comfortable stay. You will find peace and tranquility away from the crowds and enjoy the convenience of being a short 15-minute drive from Lake Louise Ski Resort, nestled in the heart of Banff National Park.

Baker Creek by Basecamp. Photo Credit: Josh McCabe

Banff Sunshine Village

Projected Opening Date: November 10th 2023.

Sunshine Village offers 3,350 acres of skiable terrain and invites you to elevate your alpine adventure as it is perched at 7,200 feet above sea level. It boasts exceptional snow quality and is notorious for its lengthy season from mid-November until late May. Sunshine Village offers a selection of endless runs for all abilities so everyone can revel in high-alpine skiing against the backdrop of Banff National Park.

Again, unless you plan on taking public transit a National Parks Pass is required ski here so buying your Park Pass ahead of time is recommended.

Sunshine Village. Photo Credit: Josh Segeleski

Best Runs:

  1. Banff Avenue (1) Green/Beginner
  2. South Divide (29) Blue/Intermediate
  3. South Side Chutes (82-87, 104-107) Black/Advanced

View the Resorts Maps.

How to Unlock Epic Savings:

Ski Big 3 Ski & Stay Package
Experience the Ski Big 3 Ski & Stay Package! Save up to 30% off SkiBig3 Lift Tickets, kids ski and rent free sale ends October 31st

Best Après: Mad Trapper’s

Enjoy the rustic and historic lodge at the base station and grab a tray of delicious nacho’s and a refreshing pint!

Mad Trapper's at Sunshine Village. Photo Credit: Travel Alberta / Mike Seehagel

Stay Your Way, Diverse Accommodation Options in Banff & Canmore:

Discover accommodations with unparalleled amenities at Basecamp Banff Suites or one of our six conveniently located properties in Canmore. Whether you’re a budget-conscious traveler or seeking out luxurious accommodations, we have options to suit every taste. Planning ahead ensures a wide variety of choices and availability, so you can secure your ideal home away from home. Whether you choose Banff or Canmore, both options will provide you with an unforgettable mountain experience.

Hot Tub at Basecamp Resorts Canmore. Photo Credit: Curiocity Calgary
King Bedroom at MTN House Hotel Canmore.

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

Projected Opening Date: December 8th, 2023.

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is a haven for thrill-seekers. It is North America’s fourth-highest vertical drop, offering steep terrain for adrenaline junkies. Known for champagne powder and its variety of bowls and chutes, it’s no wonder Kicking Horse is the first stop on the powder highway. In addition to unmatched terrain, the new and quick Golden Eagle Express Gondola will have you carving up the slopes in just 12 minutes! Kicking Horse does offer diverse terrain from challenging chutes to family-friendly runs, making it perfect for all skill levels.

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Photo Credit: Destination BC/Reuben Krabbe

Best Runs:

1. It’s A Ten (10) Green/Beginner

2.  Cloud Nine (37) Blue/Intermediate

3. Race Place (23) Black/Advanced

View Resort Maps.

How to Unlock Epic Savings:

Pre Purchase Online & Save up to 15%

When you pre-purchase your lift tickets, you unlock a fantastic 15% savings. If you’re planning for multiple days of mountain fun, you’ll save an additional 5%.

Best Après: Peaks Grill

Peaks Grill is only a few short steps from the gondola, making it the ideal spot to unwind after a day on the slopes. Come enjoy a tasty beverage while soaking in the breathtaking mountain views.

Experience Cozy Lodge Accommodations  

Only a short 10-minute drive away from Kicking Horse is Basecamp Lodge Golden. Our cozy A-Frame log building is situated along the Kicking Horse River and offers the perfect blend of comfort, convenience, and easy access to town. We also provide amazing coffee and espresso drinks in the lobby to kickstart those early mornings.

Basecamp Lodge Golden. Photo Credit: Victor Arden

Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Projected opening dates: December 2nd, 2023.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort is a winter oasis, with multiple captivating features. Home to the most vertical in North America at 1,713 meters (5,620 feet), Revelstoke offers big mountain terrain with legendary powder. It boasts over 3,000 acres of skiable terrain, catering to all levels. Perfectly spaced glades and wide opened bowls nestled amongst pristine wilderness and panoramic views of the Selkirks mountain range.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Photo Credit: Kootenay Rockies Tourism/Mitch Winton

Best Runs:

  1. The Last Spike Green/Beginner
  2. Critical Path Blue/Intermediate
  3. Separate Reality Bowl Black/Advanced

View Resort Maps.

Unlock Epic Savings:

Buy Your Lift Tickets Online & Save

Unlock incredible savings of up to 40% when you purchase your lift tickets before November 15th, don’t miss out on this exclusive offer. Secure your winter escape and hit the slopes with extra savings in your pocket!

Best Après: Mackenzie Tavern

Enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow riders, steps away from the base of the mountain. Challenge friends to games and enjoy delicious snacks and refreshing beverages.

Photo Credit: Tamara Elliot via Globe Guide Blog

Your Home Away From Home in Revelstoke:

Experience the ultimate winter retreat by booking your stay at Basecamp Resorts Revelstoke or Northwinds Hotel Revelstoke early. At Basecamp Resorts Revelstoke you will discover unrivaled amenities, featuring full-size kitchens, spacious living areas and our instagram-famous, mountain-view hot tubs, which will elevate your winter escape to a whole new level. For those looking to save, Northwinds provides a budget-friendly option without compromising on quality, and is only a short walk to all of the amenities that Downtown Revelstoke has to offer.

Kitchen and Living Room at Basecamp Resorts Revelstoke
Hot Tub at Basecamp Resorts Revelstoke. Photo Credit: Victor Arden
Northwinds Hotel Revelstoke

Embrace the savings of early booking this season and take your winter adventures to new heights. By booking your accommodations and lift tickets in advance, you’ll secure your preferred choices and ensure a worry-free winter escape. Plus, don’t forget to subscribe to our email list, which grants you an exclusive 10% off your first stay when you book directly with Basecamp Resorts. With your location, accommodations, and savings secured, you’ll be all set for an unforgettable ski trip this winter. See you all on the slopes!

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