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post #1 of 11
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A couple of friends from college and I are thinking about going to Lake Louise on spring break. Anyone been there? We went to Whistler last year and had a blast, but are looking for something different, and well, cheap, seeing as how we are college students. Any other places in Canada worth it? Fernie? Kicking Horse?
post #2 of 11
Lake Louise is a fine ski area, but you really should be looking at staying in Banff and skiing on the tri-area pass. You get to ski Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village, and Lake Louise along with bus transfers so you can adjust your skiing choices according to prevailing weather conditions and crowds.

There are many housing options in the area and the cheapest are hostels. There are three in Banff proper and one in Lake Louise. Remember that Lake Louise is an isolated spot in the middle of a large national park, so the nightlife there will pretty much be nonexistant. Banff is different. .. During spring break, the place can get pretty lively.

There are tour operators that handle day trips to Kicking Horse and Panorama for less than the cost of a lift ticket down in the U.S.. Banff is geared toward fulfilling a lot of recreational needs that are not in the immediate vicinity. --I don't think you could wind up dissappointed with a trip to the Banff area, but you must be forewarned that it will be entirely different from what you experienced in your Whistler trip.

I hope you have a great time, and get to enjoy some of the continent's lightest powder! [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #3 of 11
bunch of the people on this board skiied Fernie last year, inclu yours truly. Definitely worth a trip imho.
post #4 of 11
I would not take a day trip to panorama. Not very different from LL. Absolutely do Kicking Horse. Banff is party place so careful out there guys! ie make a trip to the drug store before going out.
post #5 of 11
Yes, Latex is a fashion accessory in LL.
post #6 of 11
I agree with feal. However, if I may add a point or two. You didn't say whether you wanted simply a good SKI area or whether you were wanting some apres ski time as well.

My suggestions: SKI adventure: 1) Kicking Horse
2) Fernie
3) Castle Mountain (Cheap & Steap)

With some apres ski:: 1) Banff (from here you can do Sunshine, Lake Louise, Nakiska(in town), plus Kicking Horse is about 2 1/2 drive. Bus available to all these areas.

Keep skiing faster! :
post #7 of 11
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Originally posted by FlipFlopFly:
With some apres ski:: 1) Banff (from here you can do Sunshine, Lake Louise, Nakiska(in town), plus Kicking Horse is about 2 1/2 drive. Bus available to all these areas.
Keep skiing faster! :
I think FlipFlopFly means Mt. Norquay is in town (well, a few miles outta town). For more info, check out www.sblls.com this will tell you more about the tri-area passes, which are a great deal, and include transportation to and from the resorts. Lake louise is a beautiful resort but has been known to miss out on huge snowfall, and get icy. During any peak times, it is really busy and you spens a lot of time waiting in line and dodging other skiers. Sunshine is a great high-alpine resort with some awesome terrain and 100% natural snow. If you like ripping on winch-groomed steeps, try Norquay. It is so quiet during the week that you will never have to wait in line. I lived in Banff 2 years ago and it is definitely a fun place to be.. great nightlife, beautiful town, and amazing scenery. But I would also suggest Kicking Horse and Fernie if you are interested in strictly skiing and terrain. they are not as developed as the Banff area. Hope this helps!
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Originally posted by rossi9irl:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by FlipFlopFly:
With some apres ski:: 1) Banff (from here you can do Sunshine, Lake Louise, Nakiska(in town), plus Kicking Horse is about 2 1/2 drive. Bus available to all these areas.
Keep skiing faster! :
I think FlipFlopFly means Mt. Norquay is in town (well, a few miles outta town). For more info, check out www.sblls.com this will tell you more about the tri-area passes, which are a great deal, and include transportation to and from the resorts. Lake louise is a beautiful resort but has been known to miss out on huge snowfall, and get icy. During any peak times, it is really busy and you spens a lot of time waiting in line and dodging other skiers. Sunshine is a great high-alpine resort with some awesome terrain and 100% natural snow. If you like ripping on winch-groomed steeps, try Norquay. It is so quiet during the week that you will never have to wait in line. I lived in Banff 2 years ago and it is definitely a fun place to be.. great nightlife, beautiful town, and amazing scenery. But I would also suggest Kicking Horse and Fernie if you are interested in strictly skiing and terrain. they are not as developed as the Banff area. Hope this helps!</font>[/quote]Oops, yes, I did mean Mt. Norquay.

Keep skiing faster! :

FlipFlopFly
post #9 of 11
Kicking Horse is not 2 1/2 hours from banff unless the weather is bad. It should be less than 2 hours in decent weather.
post #10 of 11
I second Rossigirl and fearn. I skied Banff in early May 2001. LL was spotty with Spring-conditions (ice, hmm, not to East coast standards). Norquai was closed already, but Sunshine still very good pre-spring conditions. I enjoyed it a lot.
In terms of budget, Canada easily beats the US. The price tag is extremly lightened up by US$-favored exchange rate, lift pass prices. Coming from abroad, you can even get some of the GST back, back in 2001 it only required some form filling and receipt keeping. I've heard the procedure has been updated. Sorry i don't have pointers, but check it out and safe more $$$.
post #11 of 11
Greetings, fellow Bostonian! Lake Louise, Sunshine and Fernie will give you more varied terrain, better food, better conditions, better service, cheaper prices than any of our local New England Hills.
Enjoy!
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