Banff/Lake Louise in April
Conditions are usually excellent.
read my reply to the thread on to vinn under the heading "April and May skiing?!? Yay!"
Here is what I said: "
Without a doubt the best skiing into May is Banff, Alberta's Sunshine Village. Last year I was skiing powder during that month.
Capuccino's? Banff has dozens of cafe's and there is a Starbuck's in the hotel up at Sunshine as well for your fix.
Lift passes from Banff include bus transportation from the hotel, so you don't need a car. If you insist anyway, chains are not required as the valley will be free of snow at that time - not that we ever use them here. Good winter tires suffices.
NB: elevation at Sunshine Village tops out below 9000 ft. and the town of Banff is only 3500 - 4000. In the Canadian Rockies we say "where the view, not the altitude, take your breath away.
October you will find some ski touring up at that passes like Bow Summit. SSV and Lake Louise opened this year Nov 9! The first World Cup downhills for men and women are held at Lake Louise for a reason. Guaranteed snow."
You can read an article I wrote in my newsletter last May on skiing in Sunshine Powder: (www.CanadianMountain.com/newsltr
Have a great trip