Rip Like a Local: Ski Big 3 Now Offering Guided Adventure Packages

There’s nothing like your home resort; you know where the powder stashes are, when the out-of-towners will arrive, which lift-lines to avoid and where après is. You’ve spent years doing your research and you have it absolutely dialled. That’s what sucks about going to a new resort; you don’t know anything about it. A total noob.

Ski Big 3’s new Guided Adventure Packages eliminate that dilemma.

 

Lake Louise. Photo: Dan Evans

words: Colin Field

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“We’re giving you the opportunity to ski with a local,” says marketing supervisor Jenevieve LeBlanc. “They’ve all been trained by Parks Canada and the Whyte Museum [a museum that collects preserves and exhibits items related to the heritage of the Rocky Mountains], and they are all certified instructors. It’s a very hands-on experience; the guest is able to lead and customize the experience. The guides meet with the group in the morning, let them know about conditions, the best place to find powder snow, and they decide who wants to do what.”

 

Mt. Norquay. Photo: Dan Evans

Running daily in Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and Norquay the groups are then split into three sub-groups: relaxed, adventure seeker or thrill seeker. These self explanatory sub-groups then spend the day ripping up the slopes in groups of three-to-eight people.

 

Lake Louise. Photo: Dan Evans

Designed to give guests as much information as possible (i.e. where the freshies at!?), it’s not just an on-mountain experience. The guides spend the day with the guests, telling them about the history, geology and the ski culture of the area. Then at night, they regroup and make suggestions about where to go in the evening. Included in all this is admission to the Whyte Museum.

The Guided Adventure program runs as a three-day package, but you don’t have to do all three, you can do a single day, too. Three-day adventures run at $419, while single-day excursions are $165. But let’s face facts; getting to ski with locals and raid their powder stashes is absolutely priceless. And worth every penny.

 

Sunshine Village. Photo: Reuben Krabbe

 

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