Nakiska is aiming to become the first ski hill in Canada to open its gates, as the Kananaskis slopes are open for business Nov. 4-5, however, Mount Norquay hopes to steal the title on Nov. 3.
Nakiska announced Wednesday it is set for a Saturday opening, which prompted Norquay to press for a Friday opening.
“We are working as hard as possible to open on Friday. It would likely be a mid-day opening, but we have motivation, for sure,” said Simon Moffatt, director of sales and marketing at Mount Noquay.
Moffatt said if the hill misses its Friday goal, it will open on Saturday.
Late October/early November snowstorms have allowed the hills to open doors early, thanks to an extra 30 centimetres of snow which fell Halloween night, and more is forecast in the coming days.
“Mother Nature delivers big snow to the Canadian Rockies and Nakiska, as Canada’s first ski area to open,” said Matt Mosteller, spokesman with Resorts of the Canadian Rockies.
At Nakiska, the Gold Express Chair will be open and accessible through the Olympic Chair.
Sunshine Village and the Lake Louise Ski Hill both plan to open on Nov. 10.