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Thanksgiving Banff?

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Anybody with any experience or historical accounts of Thanksgiving skiing at the big 3 at Banff? Tempted to try to make a Thanksgiving trip out of it, but definitely way early in the season - enough to give pause.  I see Lake Louise is hosting the men's World Cup WinterStart 11/26-27.  Does that mean the majority of the resort will be off limits?  Thanks for any info!

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Thanksgivings a crap shoot anywhere. WC events are run on man made.
Where you departing from and how
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Thanksgivings a crap shoot anywhere. WC events are run on man made.
Where you departing from and how

Thinking of just flying into Calgary and getting a rental car to drive in. Good to know WC events are run on man made. Kind of answers my question of what possible snow condition (or lack thereof) to expect.

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Lake Louise can have some natural coverage at that time and it can be fairly cold then.  I think the last few years it was in the neighbourhood of -15C on downhill day.  But yeah, they're not know for big dumps at the best of times and mostly it will be man-made.  I think you will have some of the resorts open but be realistic about what you're expecting.  Sunshine also tends to have some early season coverage but they have no snowmaking at all. 

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It's looking pretty good for this year so far- we've been getting consistent snowfall the last few weeks, and are getting hit hard this weekend. It also doesn't look like temps will be going above 0, so that bodes well for snow preservation. But thanksgiving, as usualy, is a bit of a crapshoot. LL has more snowmaking than SSV - at minimum, most of the front side will be open, as will some of Larch . Last year, we were skiing the back bowls end of November. At SSV - most of Standish, Wawa and Lookout will be open, but some runs will probably have thin coverage. Goat's eye maybe will be half open? It's still really early to tell - but we can keep you updated here :)  One thing I will mention though is that I love the atmosphere during the world cup/winterstart at Louise - it's really fun, lively, lots of parties, good atmosphere. I've skied the last 4 years from mid-November on - but conditions have varied widely. I do think you'll have fun regardless :) Temperatures at that time of year have varied anywhere between -5c and -30c...that's hard to predict too, so bring layers!

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It's looking pretty good for this year so far- we've been getting consistent snowfall the last few weeks, and are getting hit hard this weekend. It also doesn't look like temps will be going above 0, so that bodes well for snow preservation. But thanksgiving, as usualy, is a bit of a crapshoot. LL has more snowmaking than SSV - at minimum, most of the front side will be open, as will some of Larch . Last year, we were skiing the back bowls end of November. At SSV - most of Standish, Wawa and Lookout will be open, but some runs will probably have thin coverage. Goat's eye maybe will be half open? It's still really early to tell - but we can keep you updated here :)  One thing I will mention though is that I love the atmosphere during the world cup/winterstart at Louise - it's really fun, lively, lots of parties, good atmosphere. I've skied the last 4 years from mid-November on - but conditions have varied widely. I do think you'll have fun regardless :) Temperatures at that time of year have varied anywhere between -5c and -30c...that's hard to predict too, so bring layers!

Great info. Thanks! Looks like a wait-and-see approach would be smart. 

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I should mention that we were skiing Louise back bowls from third week of November on last year...

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