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First hand conditions KH, SSV, LL

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
anyone have recent (last week, this week) info on Kicking Horse, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise conditions.

I am planning a day trip with my daughter (non skier) and my bud and would like to go to any of the above as they have a gondola for my daughter to entertain herself with.

Kicking Horse is somewhere I have never been but the bottom conditions have me skitish to take the effort for a one day trip.

any insight is appreciated as it hasn't really snowed anywhere and isnt' supposed anytime soon.
post #2 of 27
post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 
thanks for the links Tony Crocker.

Anyone else have recent first hand info on SSV, LL, KH, Marmot?
post #4 of 27
hey Marmot how u been ??
Skied at the lake yesterday,, every double black is open (even some not on the map) and most are in really good shape,, sun had softened/iced up some of the lower/sunnier/frontside spots ,, but everything off the backside of summit and paradise is in great shape. When are you coming down??,, im going to silverstar this weekend , but any other time id come out. Let me know,,

Matt
post #5 of 27
Sunshine was ok but this weekends warm temps. have firmed things up a bit .
Just a little note re: KH , 3 buddies I skied with today are from Golden and opted to drive to Sushine today and Louise yesterday , both Banff areas are in better shape overall than KH.
post #6 of 27
The Lake was great yesterday, blue skies and warm up top. Coverage is great but it changed a lot from last week when all was fluff. Yesterday was the firm styrofoam that is so fun and predictable for ripping around on the steeps. Coverage of the gullies and er7 are awesome as is swedes. Thinning a bit on the shoulder of Er3 and the bumps on paradise bowl are getting harsh looking.

Supposed to cool and snow starting tonight. I'm back up there tomorrow, I'll let you know.
post #7 of 27
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Thanks for the FEB 12th posts all.

Bday skiing the 13th was okay but the warm temps turned the place into near a hockey rink.

Great coverage but damn hard in almost all locations. back side was okay in spots but was basically just hardpack that once was powder or soft.

Had a wicked good time going mach crazy fast in the morning on fresh groomers. Dayam ! those 8800's like to fly. still haven't hit their top speed and I was near scaring myself. with speed they turn as fast as you want for the speed. they held awesome all day on the hard icy conditions, were pretty forgiving in those brutal ice moguls.

Buddy on a pair of Soly Crossmax 10's 180 out edged me on the icy stuff. we tested to see who would slip as we tightened up the turn arcs and he won.

I will say I sure enjoyed turning decent laps on the Gondy. wow thats a relaxing way to ski and pretty worth the time on the lift for the run you get.

I will be back out that way in a few weeks I think it's near time for a Bear mountain picnic.
post #8 of 27
just got back home from Canada
skied KH 11/12/13 and LL 19 Feb - heli inbetween

Obviously conditions will have changed but when I was there:

KH - very good snow from top to bottom, soft bumps, fairly soft groomers (no ice), a little fluff in the trees, got some slough/sluff (?) management in on Whitewall!

LL - generally good cover but getting hard/icy on popular runs and sunny slopes
post #9 of 27
Thread Starter 
How was the Heli adn where did you go?

Thanks for the update on KH seems like this is the first I have heard from anyone not complaining about the bottom part of the hill.

LL hasn't really had any snowfall to speak of since I was there on the 13th, until today that is.

SSV got the most snow today at 17cm. Lucky bastards.

anyone been to Marmot Basin in recent days? Thinking of going there or LL this weekend.
post #10 of 27
SSV was great this AM, 17cm plus winds = happy times
post #11 of 27
Thread Starter 
Mntlion you dog, major jealousy happening.

You Calgary / Cochrane / Banff guys.

oooo I'll just go for a ski today

for me it's a whole day long ordeal.

I hope you got snow down your back

glad you got some of the elusive snow.
post #12 of 27
Speaking of which.... ooooo I think I'll go for a ski tomorrow. Lake should be ripe.
post #13 of 27
Thread Starter 
Oh now your just picking on me.

you guys are like a gang, I think the cops should take you all down for powder poaching.

Enjoy the lake, please give a report as I may be there on the 27th to meet some US buisness friends.
post #14 of 27
Please keep the reports coming, as i'll be in town for a week beginning March 9th.

Is it true that March is the biggest snow month for the Canadian Rockies resorts?
post #15 of 27
On a completely unrelated note, can a local (or anyone else) advise of a place to pick up discount lift tickets for LL, SSV, KH and Panorama?

I'll be staying in Canmore if that helps.

Thanks!
post #16 of 27
dive opend later yesterday and I got 2 laps this AM, snow was lighter then Wed, but more blown around, some deeper, some just the old hard surface.

Ya just went up for a few hours today
post #17 of 27

More on SSV

It was snowing all day Thursday, probably another 5 to 7 cm by the time I packed it in and hit the hot springs. I'm looking forward to another three or four hours in the SUNSHINE (I hate flat light--either my glasses fog up or my goggles fog up or both--but it is supposed to be clear tomorrow), before I have to head home and pack for a trip to Edmonton .

Lots of little stashes of powder around, even some good snow where I didn't expect to find it. (Knee deep on Strawberry Face: ) It was great to get up for a mid-week day (although the parking lot was more full than I expected). I didn't even mind the six hours I had to put in marking assignments and answering emails tonight.
post #18 of 27
The lake on thurs had lots of very light fluffy snow. Pretty firm underneath still, this meant the snow didn't always stick to the steeper pitches. Good skiing but pretty poor light. Occassional glimmers of decent light but mostly skiing blind. Skied pika trees for the first time in years and it was great. Other trees would have been good too I'm sure but I pulled the plug early as my knee gets cranky trying to react to all the stuff I can't see.
post #19 of 27
went saturday and it was great,, perfect bluebird,, lots of trips up the platter..and one good crash down er6, havent had a big one in awhile and it was scary but cool..things are getting firm in some spots but still super fun,, sunday snowing most of the time i was there,, maybe inch or two on the car by the end of the day,, and more than that higher up,, the lake is pretty sweet right now,,,
post #20 of 27
Thread Starter 
Jimmy. How was the snow though, was it still hard under the fresher stuff or had that softened up ender the fresher stuff.

When I was there last (Feb 13) it was hard hard hard stuff.

Thinking of hitting either the shine or Marmot this weekend. Gonna watch the snow and see where it leads me.

I hope Marmot I havent' even been there since Nov 25 for opening day and that was well Crapiest yet in the last 9 years of opening days.
post #21 of 27
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Originally Posted by Marmot mb
How was the Heli adn where did you go?

Thanks for the update on KH seems like this is the first I have heard from anyone not complaining about the bottom part of the hill.

LL hasn't really had any snowfall to speak of since I was there on the 13th, until today that is.

SSV got the most snow today at 17cm. Lucky bastards.

anyone been to Marmot Basin in recent days? Thinking of going there or LL this weekend.
Yeah KH gets bad press but the lower pistes were PERFECT when I was there. Of course they are not what you go for but it definitely helps the overall experience.

Heliskiiing was at Mica. Awesome but I guess you knew that already.
The wind got up on day 2 which created some windcrust in places in the Alpine but the tree skiing was very special. No snow while we were there. I just cant imagine how good it would be after a foot of fresh.
post #22 of 27
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Originally Posted by Marmot mb
Jimmy. How was the snow though, was it still hard under the fresher stuff or had that softened up ender the fresher stuff.
When I was there last (Feb 13) it was hard hard hard stuff.
Thinking of hitting either the shine or Marmot this weekend. Gonna watch the snow and see where it leads me.
it was definetly hard in spots on saturday,, the little bit of snow sunday was working hard to soften things up,, and it was working.. Now seeing that they have had two days of snow since i left, im sure its soft now. My greatest debate is whether or not im "sick" tomorrow,, looks like cold and snow all week,, this weekend should be great,,
post #23 of 27
The Lake did not suck today. One of my blindest runs down WH1 first thing but then some good gaps in cloud started coming and got lots of runs with reasonable light. Not hard underneath at all anymore on the back and barely on Grizzly bowl. Wind loading and big soft piles of sluff in lots of spots. Supposed to keep snowing I think.
post #24 of 27
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Thanks L7 good to know it has recovered.

I am really thinking of hitting Castle Mountain this weekend. Have you seen their snow fall numbers for this week? Holy crap batman.

Someone warned me about Avy closure there when it snows real hard. Is this true? should I be carefull taking a 6 hour drive for a day or two of skiing given this and the snow they have gotten so far and to get?
post #25 of 27
Oh man, this is looking VERY good.

I arrive in Banff next week.
post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by Marmot mb
should I be carefull taking a 6 hour drive for a day or two of skiing given this and the snow they have gotten so far and to get?
Biggest problem with driving down to Castle on a big snowfall weekend is that too many people see the snow report and go. Remember, there's really only one chair so lift lines can kill you. If I were driving 5 or 6 hours anyway and snow conditions were good everywhere, I'd likely keep going to Fernie or save the driving and just head to Banff.
post #27 of 27
I'll be down at Castle on the 10th (11?). Something going on there that weekend. I'll be under a tent most the day. For up to date reports some of the TGR guys go that lots.

It was good when I was last there and I hear the season has been good to them. The lack of lifts is valid for sure, it's a different world there really.
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