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Sunshine Village or Lake Louise

post #1 of 8
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Can anyone offer a small compare and contrast for these two hills? I'll be hitting one of them Wednesday, March 2, on the way out to Kicking Horse.
I know LL has some fine views, and as it'll be a pretty easy ski day, that could be nice. On the other hand, what little I saw of SV on television during a Warsteiner Cup DH (some of the retired World Cuppers) looked real nice, too.

Thanks for anything.
post #2 of 8
In response to your subject line: Both.

Sunshine: Better snow, more crowds, weird base area (you have to take a gondola to the skiing base area), some good terrain, closer to Banff

LL: Huge, BEAUTIFUL views, much less crowded, nice lodge, nice terrain but more on the intermediate side, 45+ minutes from Banff via free (I think) bus.

Went to SV the first day, and LL the next 5.

If you are there early in the season (esp. LL), rent skis or bring your beaters.
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
"...much less crowded."

and it's Lake Louise strong outta the gate.
post #4 of 8
They can both be considered a little quirky as far as getting around the mountain. If you are familiar with the 'flow' of the place, both of them are excellent, but first timers often get disgusted with the segmented layouts.

You need to make the choice for your skiing based on weather. The good skiing at Sunshine has little or no cover, and the name 'sunshine' is often a misnomer. It it is a real heavy snow day, you would be better off at Lake Louise; but if it is a blue bird day, the choice is hard to make. The top of both ski areas can get blustery cold, but Lake Louise has more sheltered options to revert to. ...That first week of March is often a good snow week, so you will have to play it by ear. - I wouldn't reccomend trying Sunshine in heavy snowing conditions, as it might look like a giant blind puzzle to a first time visitor; but the feeling as you ski down Lookout or Goats Eye mountains on one of those scenic Canadian rockies' days is hard to beat.

You really can't go wrong with either of them, but they are VERY different areas in terms of 'feel'.
post #5 of 8
What type of skiing are you after?

For on-piste cruising, both are about equal. The Lake might have a little longer runs, tends to be steeper and likely be less crowded.
For the steeps and gnarly terrain, SSV has Wild West and Delerium Dive - both areas require full avy gear(shovel/probe/beacon), while the backside of Lake Louise has as good or better terrain without requiring the extra gear.
If you've only got one day and have to choose, I'd recommend the Lake.
post #6 of 8
Let's see...Wednesday, so crowds won't be a problem....you're going to kicking horse so you'll probably be able to ski the runs on either mountain...

If there is fresh powder and/or sunshine, then go to sunshine. If it is socked in go to louise.
post #7 of 8
Lake Louise hands down really. For variety, skiable terrain in any conditions, accessibility, efficiency on runs on demanding terrain.
post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by L7
Lake Louise hands down really. For variety, skiable terrain in any conditions, accessibility, efficiency on runs on demanding terrain.
echoing the aove,
skied both last April & the lake is hands down the winner,
although I missed the Dive @ SSV by poor planning on my part.
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