Snow arrives early west of Calgary in Banff, Lake Louise areas

The mountains west of Calgary got an early taste of winter as rain showers turned to snow in Banff National Park on Tuesday.

Snow predicted at higher elevations on Tuesday and Wednesday

A view of Lake Louise from the trail up to the Lake Agnes Tea House, taken Sept. 20, 2016. (Shara Pixley)

It's not even the first day of fall, but people in the mountains west of Calgary got an early taste of winter as rain showers turned to snow in Banff National Park Tuesday. 

  • Is it snowing where you are? Send us pictures. Email or Tweet us @cbccalgary

There was just a light dusting in the morning in the Banff townsite, but further down the Trans-Canada at Lake Louise Ski Resort the snow has been piling up.

The white stuff started piling up at the Lake Louise Ski Resort early Tuesday, two days before the arrival of fall. (Lake Louise Ski Resort )

Spokesman Dan Markham says it's a sign the ski season is around the corner.

  "We haven't quite gotten ready for the ski season, but people are calling to see how things are going. So people are getting excited and I guess we are not that far away from ski season," he said.

The slopes won't open until Nov. 10.

Environment Canada is forecasting snow in the Banff area at higher elevations for the next few days. 

The unexpected amount of snow forced the resort to halt its summer gondola operations.


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?