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As the sun sets behind the mountains, the sky darkens and stars poke through the atmosphere. Most of the day’s skiers and snowboarders have gone home for supper, nursing their tired legs. But for you, the adventure has just begun. For night skiing in the Canadian Rockies is when the free spirits come out to play.

The playground for downhill thrill-seekers looks like this: A shadow of dark massifs marks the horizon. The moon glows and shows off its craters from high in the sky. Breathing in the cool, crisp air your senses are piqued and your inner wolf begins to howl.

Night Time at Norquay

Date night gets fresh when you do it at Norquay. It’s almost like skiing on your own private hill. After you’ve hit your last run, head to the Lone Pine Pub for a glass of wine. The mountain mood is different after dark; so let the romance of the stars inspire you.

If tearing up the terrain park is what you’re craving then you’ll love the black night sky. It’s a potent backdrop with a magical quality that magnifies your moves. Onlookers at Cascade Lodge will be hooting and hollering as you ride those rails. Let the adrenaline flow and feel your superstar shine.

Touched by Torchlight at Lake Louise

When I ski at Lake Louise, I can’t help feeling like I’m in another dimension. The steep pitches and pristine powder in Paradise Bowl are beyond compare. And then of course there are the endless breathtaking views. But the resort’s evening Torchlight Dinner and Skiing adds a whole new element.

It begins with mid-mountain appetizers at Whitehorn Lodge. When the last bit of light has drained from the sky and you’ve warmed up with a hot beverage, you’ll follow your guide down a freshly groomed run and let your headlamp and torch light the way. Now this is a wild Canadian Rocky Mountain experience. Though Lake Louise is magical any time of day, gliding by torchlight definitely adds a pinch of fairy dust to the equation.

After the primal draw of night skiing, it’s time for a gourmet meal at the Sitzmark Lounge. Add live music and dancing and this becomes one must-have mountain experience. Spectators and foodies can always just start the night at the Sitzmark and kick back to watch the torch skiers wend their way down the mountain.

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