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Lake Louise and Sunshine at Banff, AB, Canada

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Had a fantastic trip to Banff, Canada, for a week of Skiing courtesy of a Fall Line Ski comp. Big thanks to everyone who put the effort in to make it all come together for an unforgettable week skiing at some of the quietest and remote in-bounds skiing i've had the pleasure to do. I've never skied such varied terrain in one place as i have at Lake Louise. World Cup downhill runs, tree skiing, with and without bumps, couloir skiing, with and without bumps, bump skiing, some bigger than others etc etc... It's been an average season out in lake louise by all accounts following last years huge dumpage, but it still held more than enough snow. It snowed while we were there which kept things nice and fresh. Sunshine has lots of snow and we were fortunate to ski on a fresh powder day. Of the two, we preferred Lake Louise - though we never had a chance to try Delerium Dive at Sunshine as we only there for 2 days and were injured and drunk for one of them

Anyway, a few pictures below... hope you enjoy them.

Me and Keith at the top of the 6 man chair at Lake Louise.


Keith on one of many double blacks that were on the Ultimate Steeps section on the back bowls of LL


Keith (again... he has pictures of me) heading towards the run out to the larch area on a double black


Keith dropping in at Sunshine


There be a storm coming on Goatseye Mountain )


Sparkles in the sun at Lake Louise


There's more photos on my flickr site here

I'll add more over the next few days and hopefully some of me skiing. and some videos to follow as well.

If you get the chance, get over there. A more friendly place you will not visit. Cheap food and drink and some of the best snow i've had the pleasure to ski on. I skied harder and steeper than i have ever before and learned so much about different techniques. Brilliant

If only i could move there


Hopefully you can see the pics. IF not, check out my post over on snowheads http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewt...t=39055#922973
post #2 of 14
Gorgeous. I loved both areas when we lived in Calgary for a few years, a few years back. Skied Sunshine a lot, and Louise a bit. Is that horrible surface lift still the primary access to the bowls? DH is a snowboarder and I would hear him chanting to ignore the pain every time we went up.

Sounds like you had an awesome time. . . hope you get back there!
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Yeah, they still have the poma tow up to the bowls... i quite enjoyed it It was one of the few things that reminded me of skiing in scotland (my home), and it meant that there were never any queues heading over that way - coming to think of it, we never had to wait more than 2 secs in one queue all week. I'll defo head back at this time of year again.
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All I can say is Keith OWES you for those great shots of him! I have had a desire for many years to ski LL. Still hope to someday, if for no other reason than the scenery. Thanks for posting. I will check your flickr next.
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Originally Posted by bigpmacd View Post
Yeah, they still have the poma tow up to the bowls... i quite enjoyed it It was one of the few things that reminded me of skiing in scotland (my home), and it meant that there were never any queues heading over that way - coming to think of it, we never had to wait more than 2 secs in one queue all week. I'll defo head back at this time of year again.
Yeah, the poma's not so bad for skiers (HELL for boarders, though), although it is long and steep and slow. And lines? What lines?! The lack of people is, along with the amazing scenery, one of the high points of skiing in Alberta!

Scotland, eh? A week or so ago, we were at a small, kind of silly Scots festival near our house, showing the boys what tartans and bagpipes and the like are. DH and I are both partly of Scots extraction and gave our kids very Scots names. Son #1 (4yo) has decided that he wants *one of those crazy skirts.* And DH and I want a trip to Scotland, me for the hiking and horseback riding and fly fishing, DH for the single malts (he loves obscure, small bottlings) and golf. Maybe someday. . .
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Hey mollmeister,

If you come over to Scotland at this time of year, you may get to do all those things... and ski )

Check out http://www.winterhighland.info/

We have very good conditions over here at the moment. There's also plenty of places to go climbing all year round and you can play golf most places any time of year. I play at my club right through the winter. Scotland also has some of the best mountain biking in the world so you could do that too.



Maybe i should get a job for tourist info!
post #7 of 14
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a few more pics from our trip

View down to Sunshine terrain park


Keith on the LL back bowls


This was hilarious - the smallest kicker giving awesome height through a small clump of trees


Wish i had got this a fraction earlier
post #8 of 14
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A short video from our trip...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPKweMdNz7o

It's the first one i've ever made and was only filmed on my wee canon ixus but it looks ok
post #9 of 14
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couple more...

me on the double black right in front of you when you come off the poma - probably my favourite run at lake louise, nice snow, nice gradient and not that many rocks to contend with.




looking at me down that slope



further across on a single black diamond - looking pretty tracked out in the background

post #10 of 14

Slice of Heaven for kids

Sunshine is incredible. Spent 5 days with my son, 5 yrs old...he is a black runner there now. Weather ranged from sunny, to total whiteout conditions, last week of April and there was so much snow. Instructors are really good, and old fogies like Dad (me) improved their technique and gained some confidence. Though skiing down the Divide chair in total whiteout conditions was a trip (not to be repeated), the ground was moving forward under my skis twice, note visibility was restricted to skis and that's about it!
video of our trip - link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_uoROUiYMQ
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Originally Posted by dustyfog View Post
Sunshine is incredible. Spent 5 days with my son, 5 yrs old...he is a black runner there now. Weather ranged from sunny, to total whiteout conditions, last week of April and there was so much snow. Instructors are really good, and old fogies like Dad (me) improved their technique and gained some confidence. Though skiing down the Divide chair in total whiteout conditions was a trip (not to be repeated), the ground was moving forward under my skis twice, note visibility was restricted to skis and that's about it!
video of our trip - link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_uoROUiYMQ
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The Great Divide at Sunshine is whiteout I'd say 90% of the time I've been there. Sunshine and Lake Louise are great resorts, a ton of terrain for everyone so its never too crowded. I spent 5 days out at Lake Louise during Family Day weekend, 10cm dump on Friday. That was some of the best skiing I have ever experianced.
post #12 of 14

agreed

only skiied sunshine and it was perfect, could use a bit more sun and shine though..but hey, who's really complaining, its a great place to ski, especially with kids...next time will visit louise also..but i will stick to green and blue runs, maybe some calmer blacks...at my age its all about enjoying the ride, and gliding downhill...!-)
post #13 of 14
They don't call it the unshine for nothing!
post #14 of 14
Lake Louise is absolutely fantastic...
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