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Any one in Banff?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Hi All,

I was wondering, I plan on going to Calgary ( to visit family) sometime in winter (open Sched) I may have to go by myself (wife hasn't decided) since i don't drive
1) how would i get to Sunshine Village or Lake loise without a car?
2)Is there anybody out there wiling to show me around and maybe work on my skiing the first day or so?

in case you haven't read any of my posts, i'm new to skiing as of last year and I LOVE it, it has become my passion. I am dieing to Ski the mountains but am afraid to do it alone. Any help would be welcome. Please let me know if anyone is interested, i can work my scedule around to siut.
post #2 of 6
fwiw there are buses that run from calgary to SSV and LL at least for part of the winter
if you go to biglines.com there is a "rides" forum that lets people post when they need or can give a ride and it is frequented by many calgarians
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks!! I'll deffintly use it when the season opens, any Idea around when SSV and LL open again?
post #4 of 6
Openings usually around beginning-mid Nov, decent skiing generally not until mid Dec. As per Waxman, there are shuttles from Calgary to SSV,Norquay,LL or just post here, at TGR or at Biglines when you get in and someone will likely be around to give you lift and maybe a tour of the hills.
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
What is Norquay like?? No one ever talks about it. You hear all about SSV and lake louise there was even an article about SSV in Skier. I haven't heard anything about norquay
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The Norquay blues and double blues are extremely well-groomed throughout the season. If you like riding corduroy, it's well worth getting up there at 9:00 for two or three hours of skiing. Norquay also has hourly tickets so you can manage to do a morning fairly cheaply. The times I've been up there, I've found that I'm ready to leave about noon as the groomed snow is scraped off and the underlayer of ice starts poking through. Extensive snowmaking on the blues also help to keep a fairly consistant quality of snow through the heart of the season.

The blacks and double-blacks off the old double chair include one of the classic ski runs in the Canadian Rockies, The North American. It's rated as a single black on the map, but the lift sign is pretty emphatic that only expert skiers should ride up.

It's a fairly small hill, with between 25 and 30 runs. Beginners are pretty well restricted to the Cascade chair, but there is a lot of terrain for intermediates and above. The double-blues feature some really steep sections (often just off the top of the lift) which can be intimidating for early intermediates (particularly when that ice starts poking through). Intermediates may want to head over to the Spirit chair and pretend they are racers for a couple of hours.

You can pick up a Big3 pass which allows access to any of the three Banff area hills (SV, LL, and Norquay), but I'd be tempted to just pay the hourly. My visits last year were when Sunshine had a power failure, or the Sunshine access road was blocked and the road to LL was in poor condition. It is not a bad hill, it just suffers in comparison with the big 2.
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