I was shocked to read the Yellowstone Ski Festival had to be cancelled due to a lack of snow. It’s the first time this has happened in 32 years.
Nearly 3,000 nordic ski enthusiasts gather to enjoy ski clinics, on-snow demonstrations, a trade show, kids’ camps, wax demonstrations, speakers, and cross country ski races.
The festival occurs over the American Thanksgiving week in West Yellowstone, Montana which is about a 9 hour drive from Calgary.
We are fortunate to enjoy early-season skiing at Lake Louise every year without fail. Moraine Lake road is usually trackset with good snow cover by Nov 10 if not earlier.
Elk pass in K-Country is usually one of the first places with skiable snow each winter. Going back in my records, the first tracksetting has been as early as Nov 12 and as late as Dec 13, so chances are it will fall somewhere within that 32-day range.