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Trip Report with some pics ---Banff 4/16 ---4/23 (kinda long)

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Pics here:http://community.webshots.com/album/330466694VjOFCM

Banff 2005



Saturday April 16, 2005….. Flew from Orlando to Calgary via Salt Lake -- all flights smooth and on time and luggage made it without a hitch. Arrived in Calgary about 1:00 pm – Exchanged some $$ got some groceries and headed to Banff. Stayed at Banff Aspen Lodge. Had nice dinner Mexican at Magpies & Stumps.—food was good /reasonable and very much enjoyed Called L7: and made plans to meet he & Leeroy at 9:45 at Sunshine Village.



Sunday April 17th ….. Had breakfast and headed to Sunshine Village ….new snow on the ground and was anxious to see how much up on the mountain. We were greeted with just under knee deep powder. We had untracked powder on Wa-Wa bowl and Tin Can Alley for the first 5-6 runs. Met up with Leeroy and his Family ---- L7 was MIA: (turns out he was lured into the Dive : with some ski betty: Had a great day skiing with them and went places I had never been and was sworn to secrecy Night was dinner at the Spaghetti Factory (food was good as always and an exceptional value)and hitting the hot tub.



Monday April 18th ….. Back to SSV and more skiing nice conditions and 4 cm of new snow… snow held up till about 3:30 by then we were tired. We started on WaWA and worked our way down to Goats Eye by afternoon. Skied mainly blues & blacks but did throw in a nice drop off of trail 103 on Standish (thanks Leeroy) Very clear and sunny got some great photos. Dinner was at some Diner Joe BLTSKF (or what ever) (food was OK but pricey for a diner) hot tub



Tuesday April 19th ……. Skied Sunshine again…. (heard that Lake Louise was pretty trashed especially the front) Decent morning and surprisingly the snow held up OK despite being warm .Skiied all day and had a blast.... Dinner was great we ate at Melissa’s MissSteak. Good food excellent waiter (Ben) . (hot tub)



Wednesday April 20th …. Rest day …..drove to the Columbia Ice fields. Very nice drive one of the prettiest I have ever done without question. Icefields were interesting and worth the trip. Dinner was a Rose & Crown Pub for light pub food for dinner. Nice



Thursday April 21st……skiing again but by 1:30 it was wet and sticky we hit the road…. Went on a nice hike to Bow River falls and a Banff walking tour nice day a long sleeve shirt sufficed. Day was nice for walking about and photos ….just too warm to ski. But we enjoyed the sun and sites in Banff. Dinner was back to the Spaghetti Factory



Friday April 22nd ……. Warm day ahead and low expectations: ….BUT ….we were pleasantly surprised. Snow was good again…. skied the groomed runs till it softened then followed the Sun an had a great last day. We skied from 8:45 till nearly 4pm with a short break for lunch. Really decent cover tho a rock or two was beginning to peak out ---easy to spot and miss, Skis ended the day with the bottoms intact.



Saturday April 23rd….. great flights home and back to weather that was at 6pm 2 degrees colder in FL than the temp at the same time in Banff.
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good timing ...

sounds like you had fun ,, I was up at sunshine on the 17th aswell gr8 day,, think i spent most of the day staring at L7 trax,, not sure though,,( gotta get a beacon,, and an avy course,,, and a helmet that fits ,,)

skiing was much better last weekend than this weekend. I was at louise today and most of the backside was closed due to isothermic snow ( if someone can fully explain what this means please do i skied in it but dont know the technical details) , By 2 or 2:30 pretty much everything on the backside was closed,(most of it didnt open at all), still had fun though and even found some good winter snow in one spot earlier in the day,, and some fun soft bumps later,,

heard that it was the same story at sunshine ,, can anyone confirm,
so mikebike to sum it up,, good timing,, thought you'd be glad to hear you pulled it off well,,
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I guess I should go in the corner and feel shame. Oh wait I skied powder in the dive all day, I feel no shame about that. Sorry to miss hooking up though. Literally 4 minutes to ski down and meet you guys and I come by the dive just as they opened it.

iso thermic, iso is one, thermic is temperature. It refers to one temperature through the snow pack. It happens right at the thaw point and the snow is essentially rotten. See Tom@Cham 's near death post to see the effect. It's really bottomless until you bottom out on mother earth below.
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thx for the reply L7.good info,, and feel no shame,, the snow was gr8,im sure the dive was even better), and im sure everyone here knows no friends on a powder day,,
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Thanks for the photos, looks like spring has sprung!
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Ah...that explains Thursday

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Originally Posted by L7
iso thermic, iso is one, thermic is temperature. It refers to one temperature through the snow pack. It happens right at the thaw point and the snow is essentially rotten. See Tom@Cham 's near death post to see the effect. It's really bottomless until you bottom out on mother earth below.
Would that be why most of the runs I wanted to ski at Sunshine were closed off by early afternoon on Thursday? Looks like I'll just have to get up there again to make up for lost time
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Originally Posted by gnjantzie
Would that be why most of the runs I wanted to ski at Sunshine were closed off by early afternoon on Thursday? Looks like I'll just have to get up there again to make up for lost time
Yep, Temps plummeted today. I'm in Cochrane not sure where you are. That should give a solid refreeze and it there's some snow on top it could get good again. I'm betting on some snow.
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Nice to hear of your trip. Our group (Mountain High Ski Club) was there at the same time - April 17 to 23. We did 3 days at Sunshine and 2 at LL.

SSV definitely provided better and deeper snow due to the higher altitude. We wanted to ski The Dive. However, a transciever and shovel were required. We discovered that on-mountain rental of these items mandates the inclusion of a guide. Too much!

A couple of guys did pick-up the goods in Banff, so the guide was avoided. Still, they only got one shot before the ski-patrol swept the hill. Water could be heard gurgling under the snow-pack. Not good!

Goat's Eye had some of the best spring-slush bumps I've skied. It's easy to look like a hero on that stuff.

LL was awsome. Larch provided the best runs, but Top of The World was also good most of the day. LL has absolutely knee-quivering views! Un-friggen'-believable. I suppose you get used to it - but it's difficult to imagine how.

Wildlife was also a hoot - big horned sheep hogging the road and Elk snoozing on the train tracks. Too funny!

All in all, one of the most memorable ski trips ever! It wasn't chest-deep powder, but the views were jaw-dropping and spring skiing was as nice as anything we've ever done.

We'll be back!
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While in Calgary on Business, I managed to get up Banff on 4/22, and ski Sunshine on 4/23. Snow was pretty good if you stayed ahead of lengthy sun exposure. By later afternoon everything was pretty slushy. Difficult for this midwestern hard pack skier to adapt.

Had a great time in Banff. Lots of scenery, (of all types). Stayed at the Banff Caribou lodge, very nice. Martinis at Saltlic, and dinner at the Grizzly House was great! Try that exotic fondue, rattlesnake, alligator, shark!
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Oh, and one other thing that impressed me: I found that on average, the ability of skiers was higher at Sunshine than anywhere I've been in western U.S. : (Taos, Vail, BC, Breck)
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Originally Posted by Captain_Strato

A couple of guys did pick-up the goods in Banff, so the guide was avoided. Still, they only got one shot before the ski-patrol swept the hill. Water could be heard gurgling under the snow-pack. Not good!
I think I went in there with your guys. From Portland I think and one's name was Bruce maybe. One guy was on tellies. They got their little otovox packs at Monod's. They were pretty slow with taking pictures and I carried on with another guy I knew who came by. Saw them again at Goat's eye later in the day as they went for lunch.
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L7: Yes, indeed you did. Doug was on the tele's (a remarkable athelete) and Bruce, a slightly older guy, was on Volant's.

I thought about ol' L7 when we were there. Too bad I missed you.

Doug said the slope was icy, which makes it tough for tele-dudes on that kind of pitch (they can really only use one ski for edge-hold).

I really wanted to try The Dive, but not on unstable ice, especially not with a subterrainian waterfall. Soft mush, pow or carvable hard pack would have been fine.

What's the pitch there? Looks like 60 degrees in some places.
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they had several small avalanches in the dive while we were there.... (latter part of the week) Looking up the dive on the right side down lower and then over the shoulder to the skiers right.

I think Epic Ski should isse vests to all members so we could know who is playing for what team....
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Originally Posted by Captain_Strato

Doug said the slope was icy, which makes it tough for tele-dudes on that kind of pitch (they can really only use one ski for edge-hold).

I really wanted to try The Dive, but not on unstable ice, especially not with a subterrainian waterfall. Soft mush, pow or carvable hard pack would have been fine.

What's the pitch there? Looks like 60 degrees in some places.
I really didn't see either ski. I skied down and then took a safe point to wait and couldn't see. They were taking forever and when I finally poked out and could see them they putzin' with pictures still. I yelled up I was hooking up with the other guys.

It was crunchy, don't know about the water running underneath though, I think it was a pretty solid freeze. It closed before it softened because the slopes off galaxy ridge get earlier sun and they could have broke free before other stuff lost the crunch. They may have been long enough that some water started to run but probably on the traverse to fatboy just where rocks were exposed. I don't think there was much threat yet but coming soon. It was heating up fast that day and that cauldron makes a good furnace.

I wouldn't say it's 60 degrees but lots of solid 50 I guess and maybe a little more.

Mikebike, you're welcome to the vest so I can spot you. Not sure I'd be wearing one. Leeroy probably would though, he clearly has no fashion sense.
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Leeroy did say something about you being a pretty boy L7

you do keep it interesting here ....so carry on...


did you catch the bit about Eric the Solomon Demo guy telling me about where you worked...

I concluded you are not only a ledgend in your own mind but even in the minds of several others... (jk)
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Originally Posted by mikebike
Leeroy did say something about you being a pretty boy L7

you do keep it interesting here ....so carry on...


did you catch the bit about Eric the Solomon Demo guy telling me about where you worked...

I concluded you are not only a ledgend in your own mind but even in the minds of several others... (jk)
Yea I caught that but didn't really know what to say from there. I first met Eric when I was hooked up with Dynastar and that was the Dynastar demo tent up there. Don't know where he got the idea I worked at Monod's though. Curious to know who you spoke to at Monod's.

If you'd been at 'the gathering' and saw the fur when Leeroy took his shirt off you'd know that near everyone is 'pretty' in comparison.
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L7 ,quote :" Mikebike, you're welcome to the vest so I can spot you.
Not sure I'd be wearing one. Leeroy probably would though, he clearly
has no fashion sense."

Leeroy,reply: Your starting to sound like the wife , and I do have some fashion
sense ......problem is I have grown out of most of it.

L7 ,quote: " If you'd been at 'the gathering' and saw the fur when Leeroy took his
shirt off you'd know that near everyone is 'pretty' in comparison".

Leeroy,reply: Your still sounding like her , and thanks for the Kookanee idea my
screen test is next month on the banks of the Kootenay river.
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I think his name was Peter.... he was on the second floor.... up in the Boot area.....and he said ..."We wish he worked here" big guy blond hair not much over 30 I would guess....

they were getting ready to steam the carpet but was pretty friendly...
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That's funny, he runs that end of the shop. I thought of talking to them but didn't think they'd be into it. That and one of the brother's is a bit..... rough. Pete's a good guy.
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L7: The Mt. Rose Chutes may have been a tad steeper than The Dive in some spots. However, The Dive appears more intimidating. If you fall in The Chutes, you have a hope of grabbing brush to brake the tumble.

No such hope on The Dive. One bad turn and it's a long, long way down.

It's my reason to return - fully equipped.
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L7: No such hope on The Dive. One bad turn and it's a long, long way down.

It's my reason to return - fully equipped.
yea I know of a couple of ragdolls down there, not pretty. I think I've been over once and flipped my feet over the top so quick I almost didn't touch down. I get pretty serious about getting the feet downhill is there's any threat of slide at all.
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