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Alberta/Eastern BC - 2016/17

post #1 of 51
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All the other regions seem are doing it. So let's start a thread for discussion, trip/conditions reports and chat

 

We're moving from the off season to the hype season, so let's get excited about skiing.

 

If you live in this region, what are your plans for the season?

 

Anybody coming to visit?

post #2 of 51
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After a lot of humming and hawing I settled on a Lake Louise season pass for the upcoming year. Louise is my favorite Alberta Resort and the long season is a big selling point. Plus, Liz has gone back to school for a second Masters, and the student rate for the early season sale was incredible. 550 for the year!

 

I will also be getting the Sunshine/Marmot and RCR Discount Cards. I am planning on hitting Sunshine for the 7 days allotted, maybe more if the conditions are good until the end of May.

The RCR card will be used for Kicking Horse and Fernie and our Louise Card will give us discounts at Castle and Revelstoke. That should keep me busy.

 

I am also hoping to spend more time in the back country this year, with tentative plans for ski ascents of Crowfoot Mountain and Mount Hector as well as a handful yo-yo days. 

post #3 of 51
Bought a Nakiska pass again. Can't go wrong for $250!

Was planning to get a Sunshine pass, too, but missed the sale price back in the spring. Not sure what I'll do now. Might just buy a Sunshine card again.

Also hoping for at least one road trip during the season. Will make the decision last-minute, depending on timing and snow.
post #4 of 51

This makes me sad/mad.  Season pass for 1 person at our 700' vert hill here is $769 CDN!  And meanwhile, the Nakiska Family pass for 2400' vert costs less.

 

Just wow. Un-frickin-believable.   Sometimes I wonder why I still live in Ontario.  

 

Thumbs up to our Western Canadian cousins.

post #5 of 51
I got my first season pass ever this year and I'm so excited! It was a splurge at the beginning of June but I did get the early bird rate which was under $800. I ended up getting a Sunshine season pass after much debate. I'll be going up many times by myself to the mountains, and I rarely like to do the 2 hrs in the morning and 2 hrs in the afternoon by myself so...sunshine it is. I'll also be getting the Louise Plus card - I just love lake Louise and the discounts for kids tickets, lessons etc with the Louise plus card are so good! Well also do some weekends at Kicking Horse, and hopefully Fernie and Castle too.

The things I'm really looking forward to: snow - hopefully a lot more than last year; lessons - it's been a while since I took some lessons and, as I made the transition last year to skiing mostly blacks, I want to work on technique to get me confident on more difficult terrain; and lastly, I'm just looking forward to fun days on the snow with my family!!!
post #6 of 51
@Alpha407 - if you still want a Sunshine Pass, they just announced a labour day weekend sale for nearly early bird prices...going on online until Monday.
post #7 of 51
I went for the Lake Louise pass this year, excited to explore my new home mountain. I just moved to Canmore, but hoping to find a place in Banff to be closer to work and skiing. Although I've had a season pass for the last 14 seasons, this is the first one I've had to purchase (used to work for a ski resort in CO). I'm planning on also trying to hit up KH, Revy, Fernie, Castle and all the smaller places in the area.

Also @manchester81 let me know if you're ever looking for a BC buddy... I'm hoping to get lots of touring in this year.
post #8 of 51
I'll be meeting up in Banff with some friends the first week of January. This will be my first skiing in Canada - actually, first trip ever to Canada. Hope you get some good base-building snow early.
post #9 of 51
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@Alpha407 - if you still want a Sunshine Pass, they just announced a labour day weekend sale for nearly early bird prices...going on online until Monday.

Thanks for that!

I'm going to think about it over the weekend, but will probably go for the $625 mid-week pass. My only hesitation is that it's Mon-Thurs only.

I did the math, and the Sunshine card is cheaper if I ski 10 days or less. Plus, I can ski Fridays if I want. Decisions, decisions...
post #10 of 51

Inspired by the Sun Peaks thread - let's add a little photo stoke!

 

 

Sunshine Village right before a huge storm: 

 

 

Looking out at the Great Divide - Sunshine Village:

 

 

From Goat's Eye, Sunshine Village:

 

 

Freshies on a sunny day in the back bowls, Lake Louise:

 

 

Lake Louise backside: 

 

 

My favourite kind of days at Sunshine Village - can't remember if this was Divide or Angel:

 

 

It's just so damn crowded here in Alberta ;)  Sunshine Village:

 

 

Sun breaking through maybe? Sunshine Village:

 

 

epic winter sunsets at Lake Louise:

 

 

Lake Louise from the ski resort!

post #11 of 51
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My favourite kind of days at Sunshine Village - can't remember if this was Divide or Angel:

 

 

I'd love to know why that's your favorite kind of day...

 

(And why you spell "favorite" wrong ;))

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I'd love to know why that's your favorite kind of day...

 

(And why you spell "favorite" wrong ;))

 

 

Ahhhh,..... The "Proper English" background comes to the fore..... ;)

 

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/favourite

post #13 of 51
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I'd love to know why that's your favorite kind of day...

(And why you spell "favorite" wrong wink.gif )

ha ha ha...it's our funny canuckistanian way of spelling smile.gif - I think the queen is still our head of state, no?

and it's my favourite kind of day because it's snowing, silly! it's probably a little hard to tell - superfine sugary champagne powder. all the wimps get scared away by a little snow and i get the whole mountain to myself biggrin.gif that day it snowed for about 2 hours or so, and the crowds just melted away. the sun came out after lunch and it was beautiful out, and almost nobody there. DD said it was her favourite day skiing ever.
post #14 of 51
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ha ha ha...it's our funny canuckistanian way of spelling smile.gif - I think the queen is still our head of state, no?

and it's my favourite kind of day because it's snowing, silly! it's probably a little hard to tell - superfine sugary champagne powder. all the wimps get scared away by a little snow and i get the whole mountain to myself biggrin.gif that day it snowed for about 2 hours or so, and the crowds just melted away. the sun came out after lunch and it was beautiful out, and almost nobody there. DD said it was her favourite day skiing ever.

Ah! Snowing. I thought it was just really foggy. That explains it.
post #15 of 51
RCR super pass so Kimberley, Fernie and Kicking Horse. Also Mountain Collective with bonus day at the Lake or Sunshine and MCP just added 2 days at Revy to it as well which is great when I'm already at KH. Couple good road trips, 1 to whistler and 1 down south to Salt lake city area and that should be my winter. Pending conditions hopefully a few skins into the BC also.
post #16 of 51

I'll be stuck with a Whitewater season pass. Too bad. Life's tough everywhere. :rolleyes

 

The Whitewater pass is ridiculously expensive by the standards of the Colorado I-70 corridor. It does include 3 free days at each of the other 14 Powder Alliance resorts, including Schweitzer and Silver Star. Most of the others are too far away (like I'm going to drive down to the Arizona Snowbowl?!?).

 

From our new home, I'll be forced to drive past the Whitewater access road each day on the way to work. If there are no deadlines looming, I might have to take a few runs before settling in at the office. Much more fun than visiting the weight room at the health club. And they've repaved the lower half of the access road, which should be a vast improvement over the usual broken pavement, washboard and mud.

 

Here's hoping we get at least our usual 400-500 inches of snow this season. More is always better, of course, as long as it's not rain and the road is open.

post #17 of 51

well...today this happened: 

 

 

Close

 

MXF

 

 

https://twitter.com/SkiLouise

 

Apparently it's up to 33cm in some parts...

post #18 of 51

Thinking about coming to visit in March, looking at staying at the Caribou Lodge. Do you know it? Any thoughts? I'm guessing that the weather and snow are usually pretty good in mid-March? Thanks!

post #19 of 51

Yes, per the SSV tour guide, March is the best time to visit Banff for skiing.  I will let @albertanskigirl to chime in on this.  

 

For your question about hotel, you might find the following thread useful (thread #1) 

 

1) http://www.epicski.com/t/147154/banff-hotels-and-a-couple-of-questions#post_2013560

 

2) http://www.epicski.com/t/147167/big-3-ski-area-sunshine-lake-louise-norquay


Edited by fosphenytoin - 10/23/16 at 10:33am
post #20 of 51

Thinking about coming to visit in mid Feb - school break week for kids.  Have Mountain Collective Pass, which provides 2 days lift tickets each for Lake Louis and Revelstoke.

 

How is driving condition between Lake Louis and Revelstoke?  Any other ski resort worth a visit?

post #21 of 51
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  Any other ski resort worth a visit?

Kicking Horse en route. Sunshine Valley. Fernie on the way back to Calgary.

Watch out for rain at the bottom of Revy and avy closures on the Rogers Pass if your time is limited. 

post #22 of 51

Thanks @Castle Dave.  Good tip about Rogers Pass.  Will check out some of the resorts.

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Thinking about coming to visit in March, looking at staying at the Caribou Lodge. Do you know it? Any thoughts? I'm guessing that the weather and snow are usually pretty good in mid-March? Thanks!

 

Hi @Ice Queen - March is a great time to visit - snow is great and usually the temps have warmed up they then as well. I haven't stayed at the Caribou Lodge, but know plenty of people who have and do like it. Apparently the spa is quite nice at the Caribou! 

post #24 of 51
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Originally Posted by HeavenlySaddle View Post
 

Thinking about coming to visit in mid Feb - school break week for kids.  Have Mountain Collective Pass, which provides 2 days lift tickets each for Lake Louis and Revelstoke.

 

How is driving condition between Lake Louis and Revelstoke?  Any other ski resort worth a visit?

 

Hi @HeavenlySaddle - Just be aware that BC Family Day is the 2nd weekend in February and Alberta Family day is the 3rd weekend - so resorts are usually busier around those times with families from all over heading out to that area. Note that if you ski Sunshine Village - your Mountain Collective Pass is good there too. The two days can be split between Sunshine Village and Lake Louise, but you get two days total, and not two days at each resort. Kicking Horse, Louise and Sunshine are all near one another, but like @Castle Dave mentioned, if you're going to Revy, watch out for avy closures. You can sometimes lose quite a bit of time because of avy closures on highway 1. So build in some extra time for travel to and from Revy, just in case. I'll be at Revy first weekend in Dec - and then Sunshine/LL after that with our kids, all of those resorts are worth a visit for sure. KH and Revy will be great if you've got adventurous skier kids.

post #25 of 51

Thanks!

post #26 of 51
Opening day at Sunshine today. Anyone going?

I did buy a pass, but won't be able to get out to the hill for a while. Probably not missing much, though, and forecast is for warm weather, so not sure how the snow will last...
post #27 of 51
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I plan on going tomorrow. They just opened Standish, so we will have some of the fun stuff to play on. I don't have a pass to Sunshine, but I need my fix.

 

I was visiting NYC last weekend, and missed my girlfriends first backcountry day of the year. I am pretty jealous.

 

She had a blast skiing bow summit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately this warm front seems to have wrecked the snowpack.

 

 

Lake Louise is still aiming for opening on the 10th. I will be there for their fist weekend day (11th?), but I am not sure it will be next weekend. Lots of snow in the Alpine, but we still don't see a ribbon of white to the base....and it is warm.  Fingers crossed.

 

I will post a TR from the weekend. :)

post #28 of 51
Thread Starter 

Ready to go!

 

post #29 of 51

Let us know how it goes @manchester81 - Ill be at Sunshine on Tuesday!

post #30 of 51
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It was worth going out for sure. They opened Angel partway through the day, and the snow at the higher elevations was pretty good. Snow was heavier at lower elevations and there was some rock dodging on Wawa and a lot of rock dodging on the steeper parts of Standish. The Virgins was particularly spicy, and the Standish head-wall was barely passable. 

 

A great day overall though. It is hard to complain about skiing in early November. The terrain/conditions weren't quite good enough to justify paying for a a lift ticket yesterday, but if I had a pass, I probably would have been out.

 

Let's hope this warm weather passes soon and the snow comes again. 

 

Fingers crossed for Louise and "free" skiing on Friday.

 

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