Thirty Australian travel consultants have now reached the mid-way point of their Sno’n’Ski Mega Famil through some of Canada’s finest ski resorts. Click here for pics of their arrival.
The group started their sojourn in Jasper, where they stayed the iconic Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, with its cedar chalets, luxury cabins, grand Great Hall and breathtakingly beautiful Lac Beauvert views, and played on the peaks of nearby Marmot Basin.
The powder-perfect peaks of Marmot Basin, Jasper National Park’s only ski area, boasts a wide variety of runs. While there’s plenty here for beginners, the group found there’s even more to light the eyes of the experienced skier or snowboarder.
Pierce Dolahenty Travel Partners Ocean Shores Travel Consultant, Russell Pierce, said the scene at Jasper couldn’t be more perfect.
“We are surrounded by breathtaking snow-capped mountains for as far as the eye can see.” said Mr Pierce.
Unbeknown to most of the group, Jasper is in the middle of an 1,100 square kilometre dark sky preserve — the second largest in the world — that’s committed to reducing light pollution and, on one chilly, clear evening, the agents were treated to a guided tour of the heavens above with The Jasper Planetarium.
From Jasper, the group headed south to Lake Louise along the stunning Icefields Parkway touring route… but not without experiencing Maligne Canyon first. Serving up frozen waterfalls, ice caves and incredible ice formations, it’s easy to see why this steep narrow gorge is one of Jasper’s most impressive winter experiences.
Perfectly placed in Banff National Park, Lake Louise could very well take the top prize in a park full of stunning places and, while there are countless places to rest weary legs at day’s end, there’s none more beautiful and opulent than Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
While here, the agents skied and snowboarded at Lake Louise Ski Resort, which is consistently voted one of Canada’s best ski resorts, honing in on its spectacular scenery and versatile terrain.
Flight Centre Robina Travel Consultant, Shelley Unthank, said Lake Louise Ski Resort was the most European-style ski slopes she had experienced in all of North America.
“While I took full advantage of the variety of terrain here, I also found myself standing still at many points throughout the day, in total awe of the sheer beauty of this place,””said Ms Unthank.
Next up, the group will cross the border and make tracks for Panorama Mountain Resort in British Columbia, which boasts ski-in / ski-out accommodation and is home to the renowned Panorama Springs Pools.
After two experience-packed days here, the agents will cross back into Alberta to the small, but lively, alpine village of Banff for more skiing and boarding at the stunning landscapes of Banff Sunshine and Mt Norquay.
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