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Mini TR - LL/KH/SV/Norquay 3/2-3/9

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Just back from a family trip to Banff with my (s)low intermediate wife, 5 y/o and 2 y/o. Stayed at the Mount Royal Hotel which was a decent place, well located for walking to dinner in the evenings, if nothing else.

3/2-3/4, we went to Lake Louise. With no new snow, the front-side trails and Larch area were often somewhat icy. Good snow could be found in the bowls on the backside, especially off the summit platter. The bumps were nice and soft, especially later in the day. My 5 y/o daughter was in lessons all 3 days and was skiing all the greens (and some of the tougher greens we've come across) on the mountain well. On the last day after skiing, we took a trip up to the lake to walk around a bit.

3/5, I left the wife and kids to shop in Banff and I took the bus to Kicking Horse. What an impressive mountain! Again, no new snow left the lower parts a bit hard, but great snow was to be had on the upper half. I signed up for an advanced group lesson, which turned into a private and I got shown a lot of great terrain and everything facing north along the ridges was great. The lunch at the Eagles Nest at the top was the best meal of the trip for me.

3/6-3/7, hit Sunshine Village with the family...with more sunshine. The 5 y/o was in ski school the first day and skied with us the next. This is a great family mountain as she could ski all over it. And when I wanted to take a steeper, bumpier route, she and my wife had an alternate where we could quickly meet up. The greens here are quite flat, uphill in parts so they were able to handle blues and even easier blacks. My daughter was leading me all over bumps, through trees and was skiing all over the place. My 2 y/o son was quite excited to ride the gondola up to daycare and more significantly, we even got him out for his first ever day on skis. He was hesitant at first, but wasn't hesitant when he said he wanted to do it again. I found some good snow in Cleavage on Goats Eye.

3/8, I hit Norquay for a couple hours by myself. What a great local hill! Its not huge, but its got some steep stuff, nice bumps and nice groomers to just rip on. Even though it was a Saturday morning and there seemed to be racers everywhere, there wasn't a line to be had. In the afternoon, we hit the waterslides at the Douglas Fir Resort which the kids obviously got a kick out of.

3/9 it was back to Sunshine for our last day. Definitely our busiest day as far as crowds were concerned, but we took it pretty easy and cruised around the mountain. I found some good snow halfway up the Divide chair right near the ledges.

No significant new snow during the trip, but 7 out of 8 days of sunshine made for a great family trip and allowed us to enjoy the amazing beauty of the area.
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Nice Scott:

Decent season in the east

Utah powder madness

Alberta in the sunshine with the family

Spring in Colorado

Pretty good season for you I would say::
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Yep...looking forward to that Colorado part now.
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