Experience Canada’s Western Mountain Region this winter, and the lift passes are on us!
Western Canada offers some of the country’s best skiing and snowboarding, with picture-perfect views and sensational powder. The ultra-luxe accommodation in close proximity to world-class mountains provides a welcome respite for weary muscles and each Fairmont Resort offers a sophisticated apres-ski atmosphere with cozy surroundings. Read on to discover which ski experience is right for you, and which Fairmont Resort provides the perfect home base between runs.
Arguably one of the most beautiful ski hills in North America, the Lake Louise Ski Resort is nestled in Banff National Park and offers skiers 4,200 acres of varied terrain across four mountain faces. Awarded #1 Ski Resort in Canada by the 2017 World Ski Awards, Lake Louise Resort has also been named top three freestyle resorts in the world. It’s also one of three ski resorts in Canada’s Rocky Mountain Region to be named in the ‘Big 3’ trifecta.
A short distance from Lake Louise Ski Resort lies the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. This elegant property rests on the shores of Lake Louise, and offers visitors stunning views of Lake Louise and the Victoria Glacier. Winter offers plenty of non-ski activities for guests, from ice skating on Lake Louise to snow shoeing among the countless backcountry trails surrounding the property.
The nearest ski hill to downtown Banff, (and another ski resort in the ‘Big 3’ mountain group) Mount Norquay is known as the ‘Best Kept Secret of the Canadian Rockies’ and is one of three major ski resorts in Banff National Park. Offering the only night skiing in Banff-Lake Louise, Mount Norquay offers 74 diverse runs tailored to a variety of skill levels.
The final ski resort to complete the famous ‘Big 3’ trifecta is Sunshine Village. Also positioned close to Fairmont Banff Springs, Sunshine Village Ski Resort offers three mountains with unobstructed sight lines, 3,500 vertical feet and over 145 runs in varying degrees of difficulty. Sunshine Village is also home to Canada’s first and only heated chairlift, modelled after the heated chairlifts in Europe.
Positioned ideally for skiing at Mount Norquay or Sunshine Village is the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. This “Castle in the Rockies” is styled after a Scottish Baronial castle and doesn’t disappoint. Guests can select from 15 unique dining options onsite, and there are endless activity options for every season. Among the hotel’s seven wings is a displayed suit of armor and historic memorabilia, a four-lane bowling alley and a games room stocked with air hockey and pinball.
Deep in Jasper National Park is the Marmot Basin Ski Resort. Boasting the highest base elevation of any major ski area in Canada, Marmot Basin offers skiers 3,000 vertical feet of skiing including treed runs, deep chutes and perfectly groomed trails. Jasper National Park is rich in wildlife, and skiers have a chance to view elk, bighorn sheep, deer, coyotes or even moose.
A short drive from Marmot Basin is the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, a luxurious base camp set amongst the wilderness of Jasper National Park. Wrapping around the shores of Lac Beauvert, this 700-acre resort comes complete with gorgeous cedar chalets and Luxury Signature Cabins – all connected by scenic trails designed to explore the expansive property. Snap on a pair of snowshoes or cross-country skis and explore the vast and breathtaking Jasper Park terrain.
Whistler and Blackcomb mountains offer the most ski-able terrain in North America, with over 8,000 acres of land and a vertical drop of 5,280 ft. Between the two mountains there are 200 marked runs, 16 alpine bowls and 3 glaciers, with something for every level of skier or snowboarder. Holding a Guinness World Record is the famous PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, connecting the two mountains and providing skiers ample opportunity to experience both mountains in a single day. The icing on the cake? You’ll be skiing in the shadows of Olympic Champions! Whistler Resort was home to the 2010 Winter Olympics, and the Olympic rings can be found showcased in the pedestrian-only Whistler Village.
The only ski-in/out Fairmont resort in the Western Mountain region, Fairmont Chateau Whistler is a luxurious oasis in the heart of Blackcomb Village. Cozy, elegant and alpine-inspired, Fairmont Chateau Whistler is relaxed luxury at its best. Post-ski pampering abounds, from the two eucalyptus steam rooms to the heated indoor/outdoor pool and complimentary yoga sessions.
Ski for Free with Entrée Canada and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
With our strong love for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and our passion for hitting the slopes, the lift passes are on us this winter!
Book any seven-night stay in any room category at The Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise or Fairmont Chateau Whistler along with round-trip transportation and receive a pair of three-day complimentary lift passes! Bookings must be confirmed and deposited by January 15, 2018, and are valid for stays through to the end of winter season. (Based on double occupancy) Please mention ‘Ski for Free’ when booking.
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