|Originally posted by roundturns:
I used to get up to Calgary for business and always took my ski stuff and spent the weekend. I liked Sunshine better than Lake Louise. You're asking about backcountry and I have no idea if backcountry access exists. I liked Goat's Eye Area at Sunshine. If Goat's Eye is too tame there is Delirium Dive aea that is true super expert terrain. Looking over at Delirium from Goat's Eye confirmed to me that I didn't belong there.
I believe Sunshine's average snowfall per year is 400 inches and Louise 30 miles up the road is about 1/2 that amount.
Prospects for better snow I think lie with Sunshine. Louise has a lot of snowmaking on the lower part of the mountain however.
The town hill Norquay is a great place too. Skiing the tough stuff at Norquay is a heck of a challenge.
I missed not being able to ski there around business trips this year.
I agree, i've been to louise a few times and didn't like it at all.
I'm pretty sure backcountry areas exist, but they're very hard to find a good time in so far (I've gone backcountry a few times, didn't like it, so im looking for a good part of it)
I went on delirium dive a couple weeks ago, very fun and nice run...lots of powder.