More Alberta resorts are joining those already open for this winter's ski and snowboard season. Snows and cold temperatures, while not at their best in November, still permitted ski hills to ready their slopes to load skiers on their lifts.
Nakiska, the closest ski resort to Calgary, opened in mid-November for the Canadian national team pre-season training. Teams from Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, Great Britian, Sweden, Norway, Spain, and Monaco also trained this fall at the resort, which has been designated a national training centre by Alpine Canada Alpin.
The resort widened three runs, upgraded day lodges, renovated lifts, and increased snowmaking by 40 percent to guarantee the early season training. The public benefits from the upgrades and pre-season training when the resort opens Dec. 6 with several weeks to work out the kinks.
Mt. Norquay, which opened with one useable run in early November, plans to start up their seven-day operation beginning the first weekend in December. Ski school, day care, rentals, and the cafeteria will also offer full services starting that weekend, too.
Both Sunridge and Rabbit Hill in Edmonton are aiming to open as soon as possible. Snowmaking started up in November, but warm temperatures hampered efforts to blow snow round the clock. Both planned to start running their lifts before the end of the month, but early December openings look more feasible with weather patterns.