Originally Posted by Js137
Thanks BC13. I was looking at the old thread and found the link to Tony's webpage and suggest the same.
I think the family would be pretty excited to leave the country so we might give that a try.
Quick question: For some reason I thought Banff and Sunshine were the same place. Are all these different resorts in close proximity to each other?
Sunshine Village is about 15 minutes outside of the town of Banff. I think Sunshine is a fabulous ski area for beginner through advanced skiers. Lots of varied terrain. It is also nice that most all of the terrain funnels back to one central area from which the lifts go out 360 degrees. Lake Louise ski area is about 45 minutes North of Banff in the town of Lake Louise. Norquay is a smaller ski area adjacent to Banff.
Banff is a very nice town set amidst the Canadian Rockies with options for everyone. Varied hotel, restaraunt, nightlife, and shopping options abound. The town of Lake Louise is much smaller and for the most part quite upscale. LL is a great place to visit when you ski Lake Louise but does not have nearly the options provided by Banff.
If you want a quiet experience you can stay at Sunshine Village in the only ski in/ ski out lodging in the park. I believe the hotel is called the Inn at Sunshine. The lodge is at the ski area, which is only reached by a 10 minute gondola ride. Once the gondola shuts down (not sure what time) you are there for the night, with guaranteed first tracks in the morning. Lots of lodging options in Baff offer outdoor heated pools, which I am sure your daughter would love.
If you decide to head to Banff and have a rental car you might consider driving north to the Columbia icefields which is one of the most beautiful spots in the continent. If I recall correctly, the drive North to Jasper is only about 2.5 hours, so I believe the icefields are less than 2 hours North of Banff. If you drive all the way to Jasper drive through the grounds of the Jasper Park Lodge. The Elk are everywhere on the grounds.
Skican.com usually has great rates and offers a split trip between Banff/Jasper (Marmot Basin).
Hope this helps