Category Archives: Canadian Rockies Ski Planner

Sun Peaks Resort

Sun Peaks Resort

Where: Tod Mountain, Kamloops, British Columbia
Reservations: 1-800-807-3257
Snow Phone: 250-578-7232
Official Site:
Average Snowfall: 208″ (527 cm)
Vertical: 2,994 ft (882 m)
Description of the Ski Area: Situated deep in British Columbia’s mountainous interior lies an incredible expanse of skiing terrain complemented by a colourful and warm resort village with ammenities to meet your every need.

Welcome to Sun Peaks Resort – home to big slopes, big sky, and big sun. We are also big on friendly staff offering stellar service in a relaxed atmosphere – ultimately creating the kind of skiing experience you’ve always dreamed about.

Day Lift Ticket Rates

All Day Half Day Sundance Express Platter Lift
Adult $49.00 $39.00 $32.00 $12.00
Senior (65+) $34.00 $27.00 $22.00 $12.00
Youth (13-18) $43.00 $34.00 $28.00 $12.00
Child (6-12) $27.00 $22.00 $18.00 $12.00
Tots (5 & under) Free Free Free Free

Season Pass Rates

Best Buy ’til Sept.16 Sept.17 ’til Nov.11 After Nov.11
Adult (19-55) $629.00 $665.00 $729.00
Senior (65+) $359.00 $379.00 $399.00
Young at Heart (56-64) $579.00 $609.00 $649.00
UCC Students $559.00 $589.00 $629.00
Youth (13-18) $499.00 $589.00 $629.00
Child (9-12) $279.00 $299.00 $309.00
Super Kid (6-8) $179.00 $199.00 $229.00
Tots (5 & under) Free Free Free
Family $1700 $1700 $2000
  • Optional Tot picture ID available for $20 + tax
  • GST Extra
  • Seasonal locker renewal for the 2001/2002 ski season must be purchased at the same time that you renew your season pass.

Silver Star

Where: Vernon, British Columbia
Reservations: 1-800-663-4431
Snow Phone: 250-542-1745
Official Site:
Average Snowfall: 18 ft (570 cm)
Vertical: 2,500 ft (760 m)
Description of the Ski Area: Silver Star is proud to offer 2,500 vertical feet of top notch terrain. a mild winter climate and truly abundant snowfalls (our average is 18 ft per season). Add uncrowded lift lines, room-to-move slopes and your value per run goes way up. Top it off with a stunning theme village and slopeside convenience – you’ve reached ski holiday heaven.

Lift Prices:

1 Day
Adult (19-64yrs) $45.00
Youth (13-18 yrs) $35.50
Child (6-12yrs) $22.00
Senior (65-69 yrs) $35.50

Distance from Banff: 275 mi (460 km)
Distance from Calgary: 353 mi (586 km )
Summary Notes: You probably already know that Silver Star Mountain Resort is rated #1 by Ski Canada Magazine for Best Family Skiing and Best Base Village. But did you know that Silver Star Mountain offers some of the best and most extensive terrain for skiing and boarding in North America? From the long rolling slopes of south-facing Vance Creek to the challenging steep-groomed and wild bump runs on Putnam, Silver Star Mountain has it all for enthusiastic beginners to seasoned pros.

Snowboarders will find half-pipes and a terrain park. The new Olympic Standard snowboard half-pipe is just above the village, and is lit for night-riding!

Ski Panorama

Where: Panorama, British Columbia
Reservations: 1-800-663-2929
Snow Phone: 250-342-6941

Official Site:
Average Snowfall: 12 ft (347 cm)
Vertical: 4,000 ft (1,220 m)
Description of the Ski Area: Breathtaking scenery surrounding an intimate mountain retreat style village, a world class mountain with over 4,000 vertical feet of exciting skiing right to your door!

From expansive double black diamond glade skiing to uncrowded wide open groomed cruising… to exclusive novice only trails… over the past 5 years ski terrain has virtually doubled to over 2,000 acres… now one of the largest ski areas in Canada… extensive variety without the crowds… Then there’s more… on the edge of the famous Bugaboos, Panorama comprises part of the largest Heli-ski region in the world…

Lift Prices:

Category Single Day Afternoon
after 12:30pm
(2 Day)

19 & over
$49 $38 $89 $129 $169 $209 $245 $279
13 – 18
$39 $32 $71 $99 $134 $164 $199 $229
$39 $32 $71 $99 $134 $164 $199 $229
7 – 12
$27 $20 $47 $69 $89 $109 $139 $159
6 & under
$9 $6.50 $15 $21 $27 $33 $39 $42

Rates do not include 7% GST
Prices subject to change without notice

  • Group lift/lodging packages available for 20 or more skiers!
    Call 1-800-663-2929 (North America)
  • Show Zone Ski & Snowboard Park-come out and play under the lights
  • Seniors Patron Plan Discounts – 25% off if you have had a seniors pass for more than 5 consecutive years.
  • 6 & Under Program – ski free with an adult membership purchase

Distance from Banff: 103 miles (167 km) ~ 2.0 hours driving

Distance from Calgary: 181 miles (292 km) ~ 4 hours driving

Summary Notes:

The most exciting skiing in the world… On the edge of the Bugaboos, R.K. Heli-Skiing at Panorama Resort comprises 2,000 sq. km and part of the largest Heli-ski region in the world. With annual snowfalls of up to 1,100 cm (36 ft), the spectacular scenery, expansive glaciers and quality glade skiing offers skiers truly… adventure!

Lake Louise Shoreline / Telemark / 1A Highway – Novice

Where: Golden, British Columbia
Reservations: 1-866-SKI-KICK
Official Site:

Average Snowfall:

Location Elevation Snowfall
Village 1,300 meters (4,263 feet) 254cm (100”)
Mid-Mountain 1,722 meters (5,646 feet) 360cm (142”)
Mountain Bowls 2,150 meters (7,049 feet) 650cm (256”)
Summit 2,450 meters (8,033 feet) 700cm (275”)

Vertical: 3700 ft

Lifts: 1 Gondola , 1 Quad

Mountain Bike Runs: 27
Opening Date: June 10th

Description of the Ski Area:The first resort to be built in the Canadian Rockies in the past 25 years opened December 8, 2000. A place where winter’s bounty is like nowhere else on earth. With snow so sparkling, light and dry it’s been labeled “the champagne of powders.”

Located just 14 km from the town of Golden B.C. and the Trans Canada Highway, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort promises to become one of North America’s premier ski attractions and a year-’round, world-class recreational destination. From adventure travel to a family-oriented vacation, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort will offer something for everyone.

With the second highest vertical face in Canada and an abundance of natural amenities, your first visit to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort will be nothing short of inspiring. In fact, it will be an experience of firsts. Like your first meal at Canada’s loftiest restaurant at 7,777 feet. A ride on the Golden Eagle Express, Canada’s first level walk-in gondola. And the opportunity to make first tracks in heli-skiing terrain, all for the price of a lift ticket.

Distance from Banff: 84 miles (135 km.)

Distance from Calgary: 164 miles (262 km.)

Summary Notes:

A full 45% of this year’s runs are rated for the intermediate skier/rider. And 20% best suit the beginner. For those who wish to rise above their current skill level, our experienced ski school instructors are there to help.

Fernie Alpine Resort

Where: Fernie, British Columbia
Reservations: 1-888-754-7325
Snow Phone: 250-423-3555
Official Site:
Average Snowfall: 875 cm (350″ or 29 feet)
Vertical: 2400 ft (730 m)
Description of the Ski Area: Dreaming of discovering the ultimate snow? It is time for you to visit Fernie Alpine Resort. Ski velvet after a freshly packed snowfall. Link perfect turns across the wide open slopes of Dancer or carve down groomed-to-perfection Cruiser. Pick a special line in the alpine bowls and begin your mountains of snow adventure.

Be challenged to the limit. Start your adrenalin flowing on the 2000 foot drop of Skydive, dare to exhibit your talents on the Boomerang, drop into snowpacked trees on Cedar Ridge, or make first tracks in Easter Bowl.

No snowmaking here. Just the legendary mountain man “GRIZ” who performs white magic with his powder gun. He is waiting for you in the Spectacular Canadian Rockies.

2002 Lift Prices:




Full Day $56 $45 $15
Half Day (noon) $45 $38 $12
3 Days or more $52/day $40/day $15/day
Mighty Moose Lift $15 $15 $15

Distance from Banff: approx. 6 hours

Distance from Calgary: approx. 4 hours

Summary Notes:
The new Timber Bowl Express and the White Pass Quad chairlifts are both OPEN!!!. These lifts open up a vast amount of exciting terrain, introduce three new powder bowls and double the size of the resort.

Exceptional Places to stay in Fernie
Fernie House

Fernie House, located at the base of Fernie Alpine Resort village, is a special place of scenic beauty that offers outdoor enthusiasts the ultimate in year round “mountain” accommodation.

Loaded with special touches that offer you more than just a place to stay, Fernie House is sure to soothe your soul after an adventurous day in the Rocky Mountains.

Big White Ski Resort

Where: Kelowna, British Columbia
Reservations: 1-800-663-2772
Snow Phone: 250-765-7669
Official Site: Click here!
Average Snowfall: 24.5 ft (750 cm)
Vertical: 2,550 ft (777 m)

Description of the Ski Area:

Big White Ski Resort… the pride of British Columbia’s snow rich Okanagan Valley. Situated only 40 minutes by air from Vancouver. Big White enjoys some of the biggest and best snowfalls available to ski resorts worldwide.

Here you will find over 100 ski runs and glade areas spread out over 2,075 acres of skiing and riding terrain. From treed runs and open bowls to snowboard parks and natural pipes, Big White is a hit with skiers and riders alike. There’s every kind of run for every level of skier and rider.

Lift Prices:

Adult – (19-64) Price in $CDN – not inc. GST


Day 52
Afternoon 40
Night 18
pm/night 52 6
day/night 58 12
Youth – (13-18) Price in $CDN – not inc. GST


Day 44
Afternoon 33
Night 18
pm/night 44 7
day/night 50 12
Junior – (6-12) Price in $CDN – not inc. GST


Day 27
Afternoon 21
Night 15
pm/night 27 9
day/night 33 9
Senior – (65-69) Price in $CDN – not inc. GST


Day 36
Afternoon 27
Night 15
pm/night 36 6
day/night 42 9

Distance from Banff: 320 mi (541 km)
Distance from Calgary: 407 mi (651 km)
Summary Notes:

Big White has nine ski lifts, including four state-of-the-art detachable express lifts and a mix of triple and twin chairs. Lift lines are virtually non-existent, as up to 17,800 skiers per hour can be whisked up to heights of 7,500 ft (2,286 m).


Where: West and South of Pincher Creek, Alberta
Reservations: 403-627-5101
Snow Phone: 403-627-5101
Official Site: Click here!
Average Snowfall: 460 cm (15 ft)
Vertical: 2833 feet / 863 m

Description of the Ski Area:

The area has a lot of potential – and a LOT of fans – judging from the emails we get from local skiers – this is a secret jewel in the Rockies – with 863 m (2833 ft) of vertical rising from a base elevation of 1410 m (4800 ft). Rated as 17% beginner, 35% intermediate, and 48% advanced, the terrain covers two bowls and offers some above tree line and cut timber skiing.

Westcastle is a good place to develop your leg strength. After skiing down the mostly expert terrain, you then hop on their brand-new Tammarak Chair , a double chair, two T bars or one handle tow that make up Westcastle’s lift service. Yes, this is home grown skiing with all natural snow – AND A LOT OF IT . The season running from mid-December through mid-April.

Lift Prices:

Ticket Full Day Afternoon Seasons Pass
Adult size (18 and over) $40.00 $30.00 $535
Senior(65+) and
Junior (13 to 17)
$30.00 $23.00 $428
Full Time Student $35.00 $29.00 $481.50
Child (6 to 12) $15.00 $12.00 $197.95
Child 5 and under Free Free
Family2 parents & up to 3 children 100.00
Family1 parent & up to 3 children $70.00

Distance from Banff: 5 hours driving time
Distance from Calgary: 2 1/2 hours driving time once you’ve left the city
Summary Notes:

There are no on-hill accommodations at Westcastle. Motel accommodations may be found in the town of Pincher Creek, a 30 minute drive from Westcastle, Crowsnest Pass (40 min) Calgary (3 hrs), Fort Macleod (1 hour) Lethbridge (1 1/2 hours)

Accommodations Recommendation: Our Pick !

Waterton Glacier Suites provides a very luxurious place to Apre Ski. Suites have Jacuzzi’s, whirlpools, fireplaces and satellite TV, simply the finest and most romantic place in the area.

Waterton Lakes N.P has wonderful accommodations or slide over to Fernie on another ski adventure.

Marmot Basin

Where: Jasper, Alberta
Reservations: 403-852-3816
Snow Phone: 403-488-5909
Official Site:

Average Snowfall: 400 cm / season

Vertical: 2,944 ft (897 m)

Description of the Ski Area:

Take a deep breath and prepare yourself for a grand adventure. In a place where snow comes from Heaven, not from Earth. Where you spend more time on your favourite run than in a lift line. Where the “wildlife” is not limited to party animals, but includes deer, elk, and other creatures.

When you come to Marmot Basin in Jasper National Park you’ll understand what it really means to get away from it all. So take a deep breath and come experience what a true mountain ski adventure is meant to be.

Lift Prices:

Early Season Nov 30 – Dec 14, 2001 Regular SeasonDec 15 – Jan 11 & Jan 28 – Apr 28

Jasper in JanuaryJan 12 – 27

Adults (18+)
1 day $44 $49 $35
2 day $86 $96 $70
3 day $128 $143 $105
4 day $170 $190 $140
5 day $212 $237 $175
Afternoon $38 $41 $35
Youth (13- 17) Student (full time students up to 25 yrs with valid I.D., see note 4.)
1 day $38 $41 $35
2 day $75 $81 $70
3 day $112 $121 $105
4 day $149 $161 $140
5 day $186 $201 $175
Afternoon $33 $36 $35
Junior (6- 12)
1 day $20 $20 $20
2 day $40 $40 $40
3 day $60 $60 $60
4 day $80 $80 $80
5 day $100 $100 $100
Afternoon $20 $20 $20
Senior (65+) Special
1 day $35 $35 $35
2 day $69 $69 $69
3 day $103 $103 $103
4 day $137 $137 $137
5 day $171 $171 $171
Marmot Mites
under 6 Free Free Free

Driving time from Banff: 3.5 hours

Distance from Calgary: 5.0 hours

Summary Notes:

One of the most spectacular mountain highways in the world connects the two communities of Jasper and Lake Louise. The Icefields Parkway is a 2.5 hour drive featuring unparalleled scenery of ancient glaciers and towering peaks. If you’re visiting Lake Louise or Jasper, the drive alone is worth the trip.

Ski Marmot Basin

A unique alpine basin with 52 named runs serviced by 1 high speed quad chair, 3 double chairs, 1 triple chair, 2 T-Bars and 1 handle tow.

Offers groomed runs, open bowls or tree skiing for all skiers from beginner to expert. Families will enjoy the “Little Rascals Nursery” and “Children’s Programs”. Group rates and “Never Skied Before” programs available.

Marmot Basin ski Area, Jasper National Park

Location: 19 km South-West of Jasper on Highway 93 and 93A.
Phone: (403) 852 – 3816. Fax: (403) 852 – 3533


Where: Kanaskis Country, Alberta
Reservations: 1-800-258-7669
Snow Phone: (403) 591-7777
Official Site: Click here!
Average Snowfall: 250 cm (8.3 ft)
Vertical: 2,412 feet

Description of the Ski Area:

Half Pipe: The Powderface Snowboard Park features a Board Doktor Half Pipe and other snowboard attractions.


Regular – Transferable with Fortress Ski Area

Ticket Description Adult
Youth /
Full Day 9am-4pm $46 $36 $15 $36
Half Day after 12 Noon $32 $28 $12 $28
Afternoon 2-4pm $20 $20 $10 $20

MultiDay Tickets

$89 $129 $219
$69 $99 $169
$29 $39 $69
(5yrs. & under)

Note: These are consecutive day tickets. There are no refunds or rebates for unused portions of a multi-day ticket.

Distance from Banff: 46 miles (75 km.)
Distance from Calgary: 53 miles (85 km.)
Summary Notes:

Banff Mount Norquay

Where: Banff, Alberta
Reservations: 403-762-2281
Snow Phone: 403-762-4421
Official Site:

Average Snowfall: 120 in (300 cm)

Vertical: 1650 ft (503 m)

Description of the Ski Area:

For 71 years Banff Mount Norquay has been the ski area for Banff locals. Just minutes from town, Mount Norquay has everything you need for a great day of skiing or riding, no matter what your ability.

Starting with the first ski runs cut in 1926, Banff Mount Norquay now encompasses a wide variety of terrain to suit everyone. Ranging from gentle beginner runs that provide areas to build confidence and skill, up to heart pounding double black diamond runs that will challenge any expert.

2002 Lift Prices:

Ticket Type Description Adult18+ Youth/ Student** Child6-12 Senior55+
Regular Regular tickets are NOT UPGRADABLE
Full Day 9am-4pm $47.00 $37.00 $16.00 $37.00
Afternoon Noon-4pm $35.00 $31.00 $14.00 $31.00
Night Skiing* 4pm-9pm $23.00 $21.00 $12.00 $21.00
Last Hour 3pm-4pm only $14.00 $14.00 $10.00 $14.00
*FRIDAYS ONLY – January, February and March
Advantage Upgradeable to regular tickets (AM purchases upgrade to full day only)
Sundance Carpet Lift 9am-4pm $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00

Snowboard Park

9am-4pm $32.00 $25.00 $12.00 $25.00
Hourly Tickets Not upgradable
2 hours $25.00 $23.00 $10.00 $23.00
3 hours $29.00 $27.00 $12.00 $27.00
4 hours $35.00 $31.00 $14.00 $31.00
5 hours $41.00 $35.00 $16.00 $35.00
Multi-Day Must be used consecutively and are non transferable
Number of Days 2 3 4 5
Adult $79.00 $117.00 $147.00 $172.00
Student/Senior** $68.00 $96.00 $121.00 $142.00
Child (ages 6-12) $32.00 $48.00 $63.00 $74.00

*Students with a valid full time High School or University photo ID. Seniors as of age 55.

Children 5 and under are free with the
purchase of an adult ticket

Banff/Lake Louise multiday tickets and
Banff Club Ski program honored

Distance from Banff: 3 miles (6 km) from downtown Banff on the Mount Norquay access road

Distance from Calgary: 75 miles (120 km)

Summary Notes:

The beautiful 24,000 square foot, timber frame daylodge has everything you’ll need to complement a perfect day of skiing.

There is ample room to stretch out tired muscles after a full day on the slopes while you drink in the scenery through the giant picture windows or enjoy the sun on the huge deck.

You can enjoy table service in the Lone Pine Pub, freshly-made deli sandwiches, pizza and other fare in the cafeteria or a quiet coffee and snack in the Coffee Bar & Restaurant.

There is also a 170 seat Private Function Room. The perfect setting for ski groups and conferences.