Nice, Curbediverse. In round 12 of our weekly trivia game, you correctly guessed the name of the ski resort and national park famed for its hot springs, and aided by the 19th-century arrival of the railroad, despite the lack of any other defining clues.
The answer is Banff, which became Canada's first national park in 1885, under the name Rocky Mountain Park. It was established after the transcontinental railroad was completed in 1883 (which led to the serendipitous discovery of the region's hot springs on what is today Sulphur Mountain).
The park is home to three acclaimed ski resorts: Sunshine Village, Lake Louise Ski Area, and Mt. Norquay, which together offer nearly 8,000 acres of diverse skiable terrain (which is also home to 45 wolves, 40 black bears, and 70 grizzlies, according to the website). The region's first skiers were late 19th century Swiss mountain guides, who opened the door to Banff's current resort industry.
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