The Canadian ski resorts of Panorama and Banff have rounded out the eight-day agent adventure that was the 2019 Sno'n'Ski Mega Famil.
After experiencing the best of Jasper and Lake Louise with two nights at each, the group of 30 Australian agents traversed to Panorama Mountain Resort in the East Kootenay Rockies of British Columbia.
Checking in at Panorama Springs Lodge, the agents were quick to take advantage of the resort's direct connection to the mountain with ski-in/ski-out access to the beginner lifts and the Mile 1 Express from their apartment accommodation.
Trista Mogridge, a Flight Centre Consultant from Brisbane, said the temperature during the day was a bone-chilling zero degrees, but that didn't stop her from slipping into the lodge's renowned (and Canada's largest!) slope-side hot pools.
"It may have been snowing outside, but it was a toasty 40 degrees in the pools," said Trista.
"There are just so many activities to enjoy while here. Our Paradise Mine snowmobile tour was epic and would have to be the most fun you could possibly have on a mountain without skis."
A two-hour drive then landed the agents in the major ski centre of Banff, which is famous for its proximity to the ‘Big 3’ (Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise and Mt. Norquay) and its thriving nightlife.
Thanks to Banff Gondola, the agents were able to summit the peak of nearby Sulphur Mountain in less than 10 minutes.
This offered a great vantage point from the comfort of a newly renovated summit centre, which has a theatre, interpretive centre and restaurant at an elevation of 7,486 feet.
Megan Laureau, a Travel Consultant with Helloworld in Toowoomba, said her pick of the ‘Big 3’ mountains was Banff Sunshine.
"Being an intermediate skier, I really liked Sunshine's gentle terrain," said Megan.
"It also has up to two double black extreme free ride zones for really experienced skiers and boarders, so it really does cater to all levels."
Those in the group who prefer smaller ski resorts with less crowds loved Mt Norquay (also known as the local's hill). This easily accessible resort is only minutes from downtown Banff and offers plenty of runs for all levels.
Here, the group took their pick of a range of on snow activities included skiing, snowboarding or tubing.
Daniel Walker, General Manager, Sno'n'Ski, said the annual Mega Famil would return in 2020.
"We've come up with a winning formula – the finest snow resorts, a legendary crew and a focus on education through only the very best experiences – and each year the itinerary just gets bigger and better," he added.
"The famil's format allows attendees to completely immerse themselves in the intricate layers of each destination.
"This year's ski road trip of a lifetime is sure to remain in the agent's thoughts long after bidding the mountains farewell."
To check out this year's Mega Famil highlight reel, search the Instagram hashtag #snonskimega2019. Sno'n'Ski is currently promoting several early bird Canada ski packages, including a seven-night stay and ski Banff deal from $899 per person based on twin share. Offer is valid until May 30 (pricing and availability is subject to change).
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