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Banff in May, worth bringing skis?

post #1 of 25
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I'm going to be in Banff May 6-13 for a conference, and was wondering which resorts would likely be open and if it was worth bringing skis. I can for sure get in 1 full day, and maybe a half day in addition.
post #2 of 25
I would probably say no, but again thats me.

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=55338 for some additional information.
post #3 of 25
Sunshine Village will be great and the whole mountain will still be open. You can ski there until late may and never need to worry about conditions (they still have about a 7' base)
www.skibanff.com
post #4 of 25
How would hikin' be in June, I mean for snow, not backpacking. I mean, you could backpack to the snow. Oh, you know what I mean.
post #5 of 25
If anything is still lift served, I would bring the gear.

The scenery alone will make it very worthwhile.

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=53627

Michael
post #6 of 25
SSV will be open, should be worth it for sure, I had a sunny powder day last year on the 12th or 13th, and it was a way better season this year. Don't expect to ski in a T-shirt though, won't be freezing cold obviously but often not that warm either...
post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by splitter View Post
How would hikin' be in June, I mean for snow, not backpacking. I mean, you could backpack to the snow. Oh, you know what I mean.
you can still find some for sure.

might take a few hours to get to the snow, but it is around for sure
post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by splitter View Post
How would hikin' be in June, I mean for snow, not backpacking. I mean, you could backpack to the snow. Oh, you know what I mean.
Are you asking is it possible to hike to skiable terrain in June? If that's your question, the answer is yes. You should be able to drive up to the Sunshine Village parking lot and hike up the ski out to a variety of skiable terrain. Most runs at the ski area will still have coverage in June even though things are closed for the season (I've done it myself in the past).
post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by exracer View Post
Are you asking is it possible to hike to skiable terrain in June? If that's your question, the answer is yes. You should be able to drive up to the Sunshine Village parking lot and hike up the ski out to a variety of skiable terrain. Most runs at the ski area will still have coverage in June even though things are closed for the season (I've done it myself in the past).
I'm thinking of the Banff National Park area, whether you can skin from the trailhead, or backpack into a base camp sorta thing on dirt trail. If there will be any fairly long lines left of the peaks.
post #10 of 25
It should be good for May skiing. I was out there last saturday and found the conditions alright. The base is still strong but a couple of really warm days has resulted in a melt down for everything below 8000 feet. Runs were pretty scrapey in the morning. Holding an edge isn't an issue but the conditions aren't ideal. Of course by noon everything is soff. This freeze-melt cycle is most pronounced in the goat's eye area.

The best morning snow was the top half of the dive (high and north facing) or on groomed runs. The afternoon is all good except for the ski out which is running too slow.

I think it is worth a run up to see for yourself. The conditions aren't bad....for late spring.
post #11 of 25
i was there (SSV) this past weekend (April 21,22) and it was great. Particularly Sat (7 cm of new snow in the past 24 hours). Not spring conditions at all. It did get warm enough on Sat that Sunday was a bit harder on the non-groomed stuff, but still definitely worth it - except of course when the sun disappeared behind clouds and the light went flat flat FLAT.
post #12 of 25
I was at Louise on Sunday and was very very surprised with how good the snow was, especially higher up. I'll keep my pessimism to myself from now on.
post #13 of 25
And when conditions are 'acceptable' at Lake Louise, that means they are 'excellent' at Sunshine Village (which gets significantly more snow than L.L.).

For comparison, I hear that Whistler is now closed for the season, whereas Sunshine Village is 100% open, with complete coverage.

The bottom line is.... bring the skis!!!
post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by exracer View Post
I hear that Whistler is now closed for the season, whereas Sunshine Village is 100% open, with complete coverage.
FYI,
Just one side of the ski area has closed for the season (Whistler Mtn.). Blackcomb still has 5000 vertical open for about another week or so, then will be reduced to about 3700 vertical feet until June 3rd. At this time, Horstman glacier will be considered in bounds for public lift-serviced skiing until late July or early August (maybe longer with this year's snowpack).
http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/whatsopen/index.htm
I'll agree that skiing Sunshine Village in May is a lot of fun with nicer weather than Whistler, generally speaking.
post #15 of 25
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Originally Posted by exracer View Post
And when conditions are 'acceptable' at Lake Louise, that means they are 'excellent' at Sunshine Village (which gets significantly more snow than L.L.).

For comparison, I hear that Whistler is now closed for the season, whereas Sunshine Village is 100% open, with complete coverage.

The bottom line is.... bring the skis!!!
Dude, you've really got to tone down the SSV fluffing.
post #16 of 25
i am not the biggest SSV fan but i was there for a couple of event last weekend and was VERY surprised at how good it was, so take your skis....
and exracer average at LL is still better than SSV on any given day
post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by JeffW View Post
Dude, you've really got to tone down the SSV fluffing.
Okay, I admit. I used to run race camps and various ski events there for years (and skied free as a result), but irregardless of that, SSV still has the best conditions around without question. I got tired of paying into the 'Felix' retirement fund after each trip to Louise. I was feeling like I was paying the lease at his shop :.
post #18 of 25
I just skiied amazing pow today, one of my best days of the year today. Youd be silly not to bring the boards,
post #19 of 25
Might want to look @ this: http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=84255 for an indication of whats available.
post #20 of 25
as a former tuner/service guy i would have agreed with you until they opened goats eye and then SSV became the top dog of wrecked skis beating all others combined.....
post #21 of 25
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as a former tuner/service guy i would have agreed with you until they opened goats eye and then SSV became the top dog of wrecked skis beating all others combined.....
The last time I skied SSV, was the year before the lift was built accessing Goat's Eye. I always wondered what the appeal was about skiing what looked like a wind-blasted rock face. Now I'm thinking the back side would be something to see! Is it accessible or in bounds?
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post #22 of 25
It snowed/rained in Calgary today. Any word on what SSV got?
post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by Kid_Canuck View Post
It snowed/rained in Calgary today. Any word on what SSV got?
17 cm of pow today!!!.

Check the website for snow reports and upcoming weather forecasts. It's going to sunny and perfect spring skiing all weekend. http://www.skibanff.com/conditions/snow_report.php


The live webcams are always a good bet too http://www.skibanff.com/conditions/webcams.php
post #24 of 25
Yeah I posted that when the only forecast I had was +6 and rain in Banff, and their website wasn't updated. Was hoping for some info before it found its way onto the internet, which was after I had to make a decision.
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by Kid_Canuck View Post
Yeah I posted that when the only forecast I had was +6 and rain in Banff, and their website wasn't updated. Was hoping for some info before it found its way onto the internet, which was after I had to make a decision.
There have been times I've skied at Sunshine in knee deep fresh when it's been pouring rain at the lower elevations like the parking lot, Banff and Lake Louise due to the elevation difference. If they're predicting rain in Banff then don't wait for info. to make its way onto the SSV website.. get out there as fast as you can because it's usually a stellar day for the fresh stuff.
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