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Louise or Sunshine on opening day?

post #1 of 16
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Anyone have any firsthand info of which is looking better for this weekend? I was at Sunshine last year and the first two days were epic, though quite crowded on the Saturday. Doesn't look to be quite as good this year (fingers still crossed) and I've never skied Louise this early in the year. I know Sunshine is the safer bet, but I have a seasons pass at Louise so it won't cost me a dime there.

Any comments or past experiences on which chairs will be open at Louise...am I stuck just to the groomers (I've heard sometimes it's only Wiwaxy), or will some off-piste terrain be open up high? Louise is reporting 15cms today, Sunshine only 9cms...

Other consideration would be Norquay I suppose who are apparently re-opening Friday as well. Wish I'd known they opened for a few days last week.
post #2 of 16
This time of year, the lack of cost at Louise is irrelevant. What you need to be concerned with is the guaranteed $60 repair bill you will have by the end of the day. I.M.O., save yourself the grief and ski Sunshine. There will be far more runs open there, and based on what I've seen on their live web cams, it looks like excellent early season conditions.

And I never believe the snow reports from Louise. Every time they fake me out with good snow reports, I end up cursing the fact I went there. There's a reason it's nicknamed "Lake Lousy" or "Rock Louise".
post #3 of 16
^^^I love these posts.^^^
In fact, I love them more and more everytime I drive by the line of cars heading to SSV and ski nice soft snow all day at the Lake.
post #4 of 16
This time of year you will be tired, and board in a few hours tops, so I'd go with the free option.

also if you stay off the closed, or not recomended runs, you should have no issue with the skis, go exploring, and yes you will hit rocks.

As you get to know any hill better you will hit less rocks
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by JeffW View Post
^^^I love these posts.^^^
In fact, I love them more and more everytime I drive by the line of cars heading to SSV and ski nice soft snow all day at the Lake.
I think you missed the point of the post. He was asking about opening day. You typically won't see the conditions you describe at the Lake until late January or after.
post #6 of 16
Nope, no point missed. Your post was a typical rant and not really relevant to opening day at either hill.
LL and SSV aren't typically that different early season. Both are decent if you stick to the groomed runs available and both are going to be rocky if you explore a bit.
Like Mntlion says, the only legitimate reason to choose one over the other is if you've got a pass and don't have to pay. If you're paying for a day ticket, go where there's less crowds.
post #7 of 16
SSV opeing on Fri, LL delayed until sat
post #8 of 16
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Looks like my decision has been made for me. Don't really mind paying now since there is no other option available...waiting one more day before getting to ski is simply not an option
post #9 of 16
SSV was crusty, but good coverage, rain will make anice base, but is a bit jarring right now
post #10 of 16
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SSV was crusty, but good coverage, rain will make anice base, but is a bit jarring right now
I'll be up tomorrow, so I'm hoping for snow overnight. Unfortunately I was tied up in the city all day, so I had to get my fix night skiing at Canada Olympic Park---the horror...the horror! :
post #11 of 16
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Solid day, some really nice, soft snow off Standish, though it was quite windy with little visibility up top. Spent most of the morning lapping Jackrabbit and Wolverine to shake off the rust and avoid the lines up top. Standish was still great in the afternoon, even a few short shots of pretty deep untracked stuff. Wish I could have traded skis at lunch, the Z9's were great in the morning, but the Mojo's would've been ideal for the afternoon.

I really want to hit Louise on Sat, but with so much to get done I think it'll have to wait for Sun/Mon/Tues (hopefully all 3 days!) I'd love to hear how it is up there today from anyone who goes...
post #12 of 16

Sunshine and Lake Web cams

Does anyone have any good web sites
for web cams of these resorts?
(also, Panorama and Kicking Horse)

Thx,
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by t1henderson View Post
Does anyone have any good web sites
for web cams of these resorts?
(also, Panorama and Kicking Horse)

Thx,
I don't know the link for the Lake, but I check the SSV webcams frequently before I go up. The link is http://www.skibanff.com/conditions/webcams.php and you can view static images or large live shots by clicking on the View Live Cam links.
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by Singel View Post
Solid day, some really nice, soft snow off Standish, though it was quite windy with little visibility up top. Spent most of the morning lapping Jackrabbit and Wolverine to shake off the rust and avoid the lines up top. Standish was still great in the afternoon, even a few short shots of pretty deep untracked stuff. Wish I could have traded skis at lunch, the Z9's were great in the morning, but the Mojo's would've been ideal for the afternoon.

I really want to hit Louise on Sat, but with so much to get done I think it'll have to wait for Sun/Mon/Tues (hopefully all 3 days!) I'd love to hear how it is up there today from anyone who goes...
Hopefully you changed your mind and made it up there. Not to rub it in, but it made Sunshine's opening look like garbage. Easily the best opening day I've ever seen there.
post #15 of 16

Sunshine day 2

Sunshine on day 2 was pretty darn good also. About 10 cm overnight so lots of powder in the early morning before the crowds got too big (half a km of road parkers on the way out at 1:30). With another 20 cm forecast over the next three days, it looks like Angel and Divide chairs might open on Friday.

On the other hand if there is powder at Louise I might have to break down and use the first free day from my card to try it out later this week.
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by TOLOCOMan View Post
Hopefully you changed your mind and made it up there. Not to rub it in, but it made Sunshine's opening look like garbage. Easily the best opening day I've ever seen there.
Unfortunately I didn't. I ended up sleeping for over 12 hours straight until 2:17pm and woke up with a really stiff back. Not sure if it's from sleeping so long or skiing the day before. I definately wish I made it out today, but I was obviously in desperate need of some sleep too. Hopefully you left some snow for me there on Sunday!
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