The annual SnowDays festival kicks off this week, celebrating everything awesome about winter in Banff-Lake Louise. Here’s how you can celebrate with Canada’s Big 3 Ski Resorts.

Avalanche Awareness Days

Jan 18-19 FREE Lake Louise Ski Resort (Jan 18) & Sunshine Village (Jan 18-19)
Championing ski safety, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Sunshine Village will be offering FREE avalanche awareness days at the resorts.

Mt. Norquay Ski Rail Jam

Jan 11 $10 entry Mt. Norquay 6:30pm-10pm
Calling all freestyle skiers! Come up to Norquay on January 11th and show us what you got. There will be tons of prizes, free food, and music. Registration starts at 6:30pm In the Cascade Lodge.

World Snow Day

Jan 19 Some prices apply Lake Louise Ski Resort & Sunshine Village
Celebrate snow with the international World Snow Day. Explore the famous snow and the terrain at Sunshine Village, or tye the sightseeing gondola and snowshoeing as well as skiing at Lake Louise Ski Resort.

Cardboard Box Sled Derby

Jan 25 FREE to watch or $10 to enter Mt. Norquay 6:30pm-10pm
The crème-de la crème of snow seekers descend on Mt. Norquay for the annual Cardboard Box Sled Derby. Watch for FREE or enter. Participants must build a sled using only tape, string, garbage bags, glue and cardboard. Prizes will be awarded for fastest sled, best crash, best overall sled and longest run.

Demo Day at Lake Louise Ski Resort

Jan 25 FREE Lake Louise Ski Resort
Visit the Lake Louise Ski Resort on 4 demo days throughout the season and test out some great equipment from great ski and snowboard companies. There will be a number of companies and shops on hand to give you all the information you need about their products.

Photographing the Winter Landscape at Lake Louise Ski Resort

Jan 25 $100 Lake Louise Ski Resort 9am-4pm
Join National Geographic Traveler award winning photographer Mark Unrau for a 6 hour workshop at The Lake Louise Ski Resort to learn how to capture the drama of the winter landscape.

Salomon Demo Days

Jan25 FREE Sunshine Village
Try out the best of the 2014 fleet of Salomon skis and snowboards on Sunshine Village’s slopes.

Australia Day

Jan 26 Some fees apply Sunshine Village
Sunshine Village guests are invited to help celebrate Australia’s national day by bringing the celebration from the beach to the snow. Skiers and riders can expect food specials, music and prizing.

Mt. Norquay Snowboard Rail Jam

Feb 1 $10 entry Mt. Norquay 6:30pm-10pm
Calling all freestyle Boarders! Come up to Norquay on February 1st and show us what you got. There will be tons of prizes, free food, and music. Registration starts at 6:30pm In the Cascade Lodge.

The Mountain Smoker

Feb 1 FREE to watch or $20 to enter Mt. Norquay 8am-1pm
The Mountain Smoker is a 3 hour competition down the Lone Pine on the North American Chair. The goal is to complete as many laps as possible within the three hour time limit. The record is 24 laps, think you got what it takes to beat it? Ski Guide, Bob Rankin set the record in 1981, which still stands at 24 laps (or 31,200 vertical feet).

Sunshine Invitational

Feb 8-9 Some fees apply Sunshine Village
Come cheer on your Sunshine Speedsters in the 43rd annual Nancy Greene Sunshine Invitational and watch these up-and-coming athletes showcase their skills.

Ken Jones Classic

Feb 8 Some fees apply Lake Louise Ski Resort
Celebrating its namesake with big backcountry, this race rolls out of The Lake Louise Ski Resort and tours the heights. Come and watch as The Pro Patrol likes to show off their great terrain. Always great prizing!

For more details on any events, visit: http://www.skibig3.com/events/month/