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what to do in banff this upcomign weekend?

post #1 of 19
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Im heading to Banff for work, and I took a chance that the resorts would open on time and extended my stay. Its pricy to change flights so now it looks like they wont be opening and I have an extra day in the area.

 

Any suggestions other than pray for snow? Ive never been.

post #2 of 19

Sunshine is aiming for a Saturday opening. Louise will be open on Thursday. I don't think there will be much open, but there should be skiing.

 

What else are you into?

post #3 of 19

Sunshine will be open of Friday. They have had snow the last few days with about 6" overnight. I wish I had to go to Banff on business!

post #4 of 19
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Sunshine will be open of Friday. They have had snow the last few days with about 6" overnight. I wish I had to go to Banff on business!

 Sunshine just posted on FB that they dont know and are evaluating it right now. I dont want to get my hopes up. Lake L said one trial will be open this weekend which is a bit of a bummer. If they had a few I would prob go ahead and plan on skiing and just take the day to demo new skis or take a lesson to work on myself. But one trail might not be worth the $$ to ski.

 

I love the outdoors so Im happy doing whatever sounds fun. Ive actually never been to Canada before, so any suggestions in case of no skiing would be great.

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 Sunshine just posted on FB that they dont know and are evaluating it right now. I dont want to get my hopes up. Lake L said one trial will be open this weekend which is a bit of a bummer. If they had a few I would prob go ahead and plan on skiing and just take the day to demo new skis or take a lesson to work on myself. But one trail might not be worth the $$ to ski.

 

I love the outdoors so Im happy doing whatever sounds fun. Ive actually never been to Canada before, so any suggestions in case of no skiing would be great.

If you go to Lake Louise this time of year, don't take your own skis unless they are beaters. They are known to have some pretty rough conditions on the lower slopes and you will put some pretty deep grooves in your bases. If your are going to rent or demo, then that is a different matter.

post #6 of 19
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Thats disspointing. I was hoping by some miracle sunshine would open and i could ski at least half a day while up there. :(

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Thats disspointing. I was hoping by some miracle sunshine would open and i could ski at least half a day while up there. :(

It's a great ski resort. Perhaps you could ski some of the upper terrain and take the chairlift down to the bottom. It's -22C there right now and they have the snow guns pumping snow on the lower slopes so you may be okay by the weekend. Time will tell. I would take Sunshine over Lake Louse, though in the early season.

post #8 of 19

If anyone is open you should ski (what else can you do at -22C?), but definitely on rentals/demos.

 

I'm the biggest critic of anyone about skiing the early season WROD, but if you're there anyhow and the marginal cost is trivial, I say go for it.

post #9 of 19

If you have a car, then take a drive to Jasper (or just part way) along the very scenic Columbia Icefields Parkway. Chances are you have never seen or been that close to that many big rugged mountains. You might also have to stop for the mountain sheep who block the road in a few spots to lick the road salt.

post #10 of 19

sounds like your time might be pretty limited so it's not really worth skiing and you don't have enough time to go up the Icefield parkway,

1: do the drive as far as Lake Louise and stop up at the chateau, get a window seat.

2: less time, staying in Banff - walk to the Bow Falls along the river- (for assured wildlife viewing look around the golf course)

    carry on up the trail past the Waldhaus to the rear of the Banff Spring Hotel, recommended stopping point is the lounge adjacent the terrace

3: less time head up to the Hot Springs and take in the view of Rundle and Cascade while soaking in the pool. Still nice at -22c.

post #11 of 19

Take a visit and/or a meal to the historic, grand Fairmont Chateau at Lake Louise. 

post #12 of 19
Lake louise opened today with one green run. (They are calling it three, but it essentially one white ribbon).
Subshine will open tomorrow with their beginner chair (strawberry).

If you choose to ski, louise will be the better option. Much more vert and likely fewer rocks (man made snow on a grassy slope), verses subshine's natural snow at the treeline.
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by FlipFlopFly View Post

It's a great ski resort. Perhaps you could ski some of the upper terrain and take the chairlift down to the bottom. It's -22C there right now and they have the snow guns pumping snow on the lower slopes so you may be okay by the weekend. Time will tell. I would take Sunshine over Lake Louse, though in the early season.

The alpine is too rocky to open early. Despite lower snowfall totals It is usually easier to get the lower slopes ready.

Sunshine doesn't make much snow. At one point they didn't make any, but they selectively blow on high traffic areas now. Not enough to make a big difference early in the season.

Lake louise has extensive snow making, and their white ribbons will be rock free. Not the most exciting terrain, but probably better than subshine most opening weekends. When louise opens the top of the workd and summit, rocks will be a bigger issue.
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The alpine is too rocky to open early. Despite lower snowfall totals It is usually easier to get the lower slopes ready.

Sunshine doesn't make much snow. At one point they didn't make any, but they selectively blow on high traffic areas now. Not enough to make a big difference early in the season.

Lake louise has extensive snow making, and their white ribbons will be rock free. Not the most exciting terrain, but probably better than subshine most opening weekends. When louise opens the top of the workd and summit, rocks will be a bigger issue.

It looks like you know these resorts well. I didn't know Sunshine did snowmaking now. One year we were there and rocks were even an issue getting to the main lodge and it had been open for over a week. During the same week, that was never a problem as Sunshine. 

 

At the moment Sunshine has had a fair amount of snow in the past week but yesterday and today they had very little and it looks like they will have very little for the next number of days.

post #15 of 19
Nakiska will open Saturday with some high intermediate/advanced terrain
post #16 of 19
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Thought I'd update. I ended up taking the afternoon yesterday an going to lake Louise. Spent a few hours skiing and really enjoyed myself despite only one run being open. Then had a lovely dinner at the maple leaf with a work,collegue.

Today I headed to sunshine. I initially regretted it because the lift line was out of comtol an the run was shorter. But then they opened a second lift and it got better. I had a great time smile.gif
post #17 of 19

How cold was it?

post #18 of 19
Awesome! I got my first turns of the season today at Louise. Still just the one run open, but they are opening a dozen or so tomorrow.
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How cold was it?

It was chilly but it was sunny and there was no wind so it wasn't bad. I layered up and was fine. The only time I got cold was on the lift.
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