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post #1 of 9
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Can anyone comment on what conditions might be like at these resorts this late in the season?  Heading there April 16-23...Never went out this late in the season before and I'm trying to decide if I should to take a pair of fatter skis (Legend Pro) or my bump skis (Watea 84) as my second pair to compliment a pair of Elan 888s I'm taking.

 

 

 

post #2 of 9

Conditions are incredible, as they always are this time of year.  Mid-winter conditions.  Be prepared for anything.  Sunshine doesn't experience heavy spring conditions usually until you get into May, so treat your trip like a normal mid-winter trip.  Lake Louise will be a bit different, due to much lower elevation on the bottom half of the mountain, but they have better conditions this year than typical, and both areas will be excellent when you are here.

 

Where are you coming from?

 

Sunshine Village Cam

 

Lake Louise Cam

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

I'm coming from New York.  I've been to Banff once before about 6 years ago.  I was skiing Atomic Metrons back then as my only ski.  Now I've got a quiver and I always have trouble choosing what to bring.  When I head up to Vermont or the Catskills I just bring along everything.

 

Thanks for the info on Sunshine...if these places were bumped up I think I would leave the Legend Pros at home.  My plan is to take one pair to the mountain (going by bus from Banff) each day, so I didn't want to take a ski that would limit how much terrain I could ski. 

 

I also heard that the conditions were better than average this year.

 

post #4 of 9

In most places on the mountain, particularly at Sunshine, you have the option of skiing a bumped up line or a groomed cruiser line.  From the top of the Divide chair at Sunshine, for example, the run is about 300 meters wide and they tend to leave the center bumped up and the outsides get groomed every night giving you an approximate 100 meter wide bumped line and two 100 meter wide groomed lines on either side.  You can usually find a bump line or groomed line from any point on the mountain.

 

Here are some mid-April pics I took a couple of seasons ago to show you what conditions to expect (at Sunshine) at that time of year. The first pic is looking up from the Divide chair showing you what I just described. The conditions are better this April than what you see in these pics. 

 

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post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

 Wow...not the type of mogul field you see too often here on the East coast. 

 

...And so much open terrain as well.  I don't think my ski choice has gotten any easier!

 

Thanks for the pics.

 

post #6 of 9

Lake Louise can be pretty icy and wind-polished even up top in my experience, although I'll defer to folks who've been here this year. Sunshine is fairly reliable. 

post #7 of 9

Isn't Sunshine the place that fired the veteran patrollers this winter?

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Isn't Sunshine the place that fired the veteran patrollers this winter?


Yup, it is.  That's why I haven't skied there this winter.  It's looking like it will be a long drawn out legal action.  I've been spending my hard earned ski dollars elsewhere this season.

 

post #9 of 9

I prefure Lake Louise for spring skiing over Sunshine because more vertical (diff temps) & more angles for sun & or no sun to ripen corn or keep wintery snow.

 

 If corn turns to mash potatoes powder skis work well.

 

 Sunshine gets more snow but sometimes it is better not to get new snow i.e., if one prefures corn snow over fresh wet sticky snow.

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