November 15, 2023 Mountain Living

Winter’s Start

By Kate Barker

It’s that time: winter is here! Almost. While November is known for unpredictable temps that range from T-shirt weather to deep freezes—sometimes in the same week—there are still signs that winter is on the way. And for those who are excited about winter sports, it’s the perfect time to get the jump on the season. Here’s what’s happening this month to get you started on your winter adventures.

First Tracks

The ski hills are open! Early season skiing is great because they hills typically aren’t too busy, and it provides a great way to start the season. Check out the runs at Norquay, Sunshine, and Lake Louise and enjoy your time on the hill before they become busy with winter tourists. What’s more, there are often still fall activities happening in town, so you could spend the morning on the slopes and the afternoon doing a shorter hike. It’s the best of both worlds.

Noteworthy Nordic

The Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park has runs open, and there are competitive cross-country skiers and biathletes already training for the winter season. Early snow quality is dependent on the weather, but with cooler temps on the way, they’re ready to start making snow. Remember to get a Kananaskis Conservation Pass in order to park at the Nordic Centre and enjoy the early season skiing.

Seasonal Celebrations

There are plenty of ways to celebrate the start of winter in the Bow Valley. In Banff, check out the Banff Craft Beer Festival, Nov 23-25, for some of the best brews from near and far, or follow the Hot Chocolate Trail, from Nov 17 to Dec 31, for the best seasonal hot chocolates and warm up as the temperature drops. In Canmore, the annual Creative Combat at artsPlace takes place on November 18, and they have regular classes and workshops for the community, including scheduled open mic nights.

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