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post #1 of 23
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I am thinking about heading up to LL, Sunshine, Banf  etc in Mid Feb.  Any suggestions for lodging?  We would want condo or suite type lodging. 

post #2 of 23

http://www.bakercreek.com/

 

Stayed here in early March and loved it. It's about 6 miles south of LL and roughly 30 minutes from Sunshine, about the same from Banff. Really great place, mostly set up as cabins. It is extremely isolated however, being the only thing on a 15 mile stretch of road but we actually found that to be part of the charm. We had a great cabin with a master bedroom and a loft, working fireplace and a small but very usable kitchenette. There is a restaurant on the premises which was very good.

 

Being a national park, lodging, dining and shopping options are very limited except in the city of Banff itself. There is a small village near LL with some a couple of restaurants and some basic amenities (decent small market, liquor store, ski shop and gift shops). LL itself has no slopeside lodging, Sunshine's is limited. If you want more light life you'd need to stay in Banff city or the Chateau Lake Louise which is of course much pricier. Baker Creek just made the trip more fun, we're actually talking about repeating it this year.

post #3 of 23

A few years back we stayed in the beautiful town of Canmore which is 15 minutes closer to Calgary.

We had a beautiful condo. They have a nice downtown area. Its a bit father to the ski resorts, but driving is a given in the area so it was no big deal. 

post #4 of 23
We used to stay in a suite at the Post Hotel in Lake Louise. Smaller than the Chateau and feels cosier.
post #5 of 23
I don't have lodging suggestions based on your preferences, but if you stay in Banff or Lake Louise, I do suggest a day trip on the bus to Kicking Horse if you haven't been.

http://kickinghorseresort.com/winter-main/the-mountain/getting-here/banff-powder-express/
post #6 of 23

I'll second the Kicking Horse recommendation. It's only about a 90 minute drive if the roads are clear, and what a drive!

post #7 of 23

Isn't Sunshine still tied up in litigation over ski patrol and operations management disputes a few years ago?

post #8 of 23

If you want a bit of civilization, stay in Banff.  Awesome town, such character.  No matter where you stay it'll be a bit of a drive (or shuttle) to any of the slopes.

 

Side note: Sunshine has some killer terrain (if it's open) but otherwise the greens and blues are REALLY tame.  And short.  Goat's Eye will be the only place to really challenge you, unless Delirium and Wild West is open, in which case they'll have serious pucker runs (partner and avy gear required).

 

Lake Louise, on the other hand, has much wider range of runs for abilities.  Great fall line runs, long runs, unbelievable scenery.  Back bowls are epic if there's enough snow, and Larch side will have some great tighter trees.

post #9 of 23
Thread Starter 

great tips.  thanks.  I am def' looking at doing the kicking horse trip.  that sounds awesome.   So it  like LL will be the tick then, skip SS.  Looking at the Kicking horse site now. 

post #10 of 23

Boycot Sunshine!

post #11 of 23
Thread Starter 

I thought that got settled.....  Thanks.  

post #12 of 23
Ron, I'll second the recommendation on Kicking Horse. What a great mountain! Lake Louise is beautiful, but it does appear to have low snow. Without a bunch of new snow, there are a fair number of rocks -- there's fantastic terrain there, but without a lot do new snow.

Mike
post #13 of 23
Thread Starter 

Thanks Mike! I am going to try to convince the group to go.  I may just go up by myself.  We're going mid-feb so theoretically, there should be a decent base.  As always, its gonna be what ever mother nature delivers.  

post #14 of 23
If you are looking for condo type lodging, I would definitely suggest canmore. We always stay there and love it. Plus, it's close to everything - LL is about a 40 minute drive. We love copperstone resort - it's a condo in dead man's flats. They have 3 bdrm 2 storey condos with kitchen, 2 baths, hot tubs etc for just over $200 - super cheap for a group. And they are clean and beautiful. I also wouldn't poo poo sunshine as everyone has been doing on this thread. I love louise, but nice snow and pow is not guaranteed, especially in feb. 9 times out of 10 that I've skied louise, sunshine will have better and more snow. Being in a place like Canmore is great because you are close to everything, but I would base where you go ultimately on snowfall. Sv, ll and kh are all great if there's fresh. They all have great views and great runs. Try them all out.


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post #15 of 23
I can give more suggestions on accomodation, restos etc - just let me know.


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post #16 of 23
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If you are looking for condo type lodging, I would definitely suggest canmore. We always stay there and love it. Plus, it's close to everything - LL is about a 40 minute drive. We love copperstone resort - it's a condo in dead man's flats. They have 3 bdrm 2 storey condos with kitchen, 2 baths, hot tubs etc for just over $200 - super cheap for a group. And they are clean and beautiful. I also wouldn't poo poo sunshine as everyone has been doing on this thread. I love louise, but nice snow and pow is not guaranteed, especially in feb. 9 times out of 10 that I've skied louise, sunshine will have better and more snow. Being in a place like Canmore is great because you are close to everything, but I would base where you go ultimately on snowfall. Sv, ll and kh are all great if there's fresh. They all have great views and great runs. Try them all out.


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I would love to ski Sunshine.  I never will as long as the Scofeild family is in charge.  Good conditions and terrain are irrelevant, I will never give any of my money to those people and IMO nobody else should either!

post #17 of 23

I agree with you @tetonpwdrjunkie about the Scurfields - I would even go so far as to say there are a number of ski areas that are owned by despicable people/corporations. But it's also a bit more complicated than just one family. Sunshine Village is also on national park land. So SSV pays a substantial yearly lease to Banff National Park. It is important income to keep our federally protected lands safe from oil and gas encroachment (and there is huge huge huge pressure to open up the national parks to oil and gas development here in Alberta). When I ski at Sunshine, I prefer to think that I am also giving back to the national parks. Additionally,  many local people (in addition to international instructors, service workers) are employed and dependent on Sunshine for income. The whole economy in the area is based on tourism - and that means, in winter, SSV, LL and Norquay (to a lesser degree as it is a more 'locals' mountain). So, while yes, I agree with you about the Scurfields, I also think there are many other things to consider here. But I certainly admire your firmness!

post #18 of 23

Excellent perspective albertanskigirl !  You are quite right, MANY corporations which own ski resorts do all sorts of underhanded things in the name of the almighty dollar, profits, and dividends for investors, but those are often conveniently overlooked (and many aren't even known to us). If many people followed that same rule of philosophy, such people wouldn't be using shampoo, wearing ski jackets many of us own, and so forth because of unethical corporate actions.  They don't get a free pass just because they're a corporation though, yet it somehow seems slightly double-standardish.  In any event, everyone absolutely has the right to choose as they see fit, and no knock on any of them.........but as you allude to, it's not quite as simple as black and white sometimes.

 

My apologies to Finndog for the temporary thread hijack.
 

post #19 of 23

I don't think the boycott of Sunshine is because the owners want to make $. I think its because the owner thinks his son and sons friends should be allowed to ski in closed terrain putting themselves and others in danger and then fire the people trying to protect his son and his customers. F*** that place

post #20 of 23

This.

post #21 of 23
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I agree with you @tetonpwdrjunkie about the Scurfields - I would even go so far as to say there are a number of ski areas that are owned by despicable people/corporations. But it's also a bit more complicated than just one family. Sunshine Village is also on national park land. So SSV pays a substantial yearly lease to Banff National Park. It is important income to keep our federally protected lands safe from oil and gas encroachment (and there is huge huge huge pressure to open up the national parks to oil and gas development here in Alberta). When I ski at Sunshine, I prefer to think that I am also giving back to the national parks. Additionally,  many local people (in addition to international instructors, service workers) are employed and dependent on Sunshine for income. The whole economy in the area is based on tourism - and that means, in winter, SSV, LL and Norquay (to a lesser degree as it is a more 'locals' mountain). So, while yes, I agree with you about the Scurfields, I also think there are many other things to consider here. But I certainly admire your firmness!

 

If no one skied there, perhaps the national park system would hold the Scurfields accountable for mismanaging the asset?  Especially if people make a point of patronizing the other ski fields in the area and they do well?

 

I'm happy to support Canadian parks. Not so happy to support that particular business under current ownership. 

post #22 of 23

@Finndog: So, how was the Canuck trip???

post #23 of 23
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Good conditions were pretty much like here in steamboat. Ca Rockies are amazing.
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