Hi all,

My friends and I are thinking of changing up our annual Western trip skiing and turning it more to the North, Banff to be exact.  I was last there in 2006 and skied Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Kicking Horse.  Has anyone been there more recently?  Lodging options?  Other "nearby" areas to ski. 

Thanks in advance.  

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Banff is one of my favorite places on Earth--Splurge and Stay at the Banff Springs--one of the seven wonders of Canada

 Yup -The Fairmont Banff Springs resort hotel is well worth the extra $$$.  Skiing can be hit or miss in early/late season, But that place has more going on during the summer than in the winter...  Designed by an American, built by Chinese to look like a Scottish Castle

Place is in Yosemite caliber type beauty. A bus will pick you up at most hotels and bring to the resorts, Lake Louise and Sunshine are the very close and great resorts but do yourself a favor and head over to Kicking Horse !! it is amazingly huge and easily one of the best mts I have rode and I have been to a lot.

Yup - Ditto what he said. 3,800ft of vertical is nothing to shake a stick at...... It ain't Whistler or Revelstoke but Panorama and Kicking Horse are BC's #3 & #4 in Vertical......

Mike Dann said:

Place is in Yosemite caliber type beauty. A bus will pick you up at most hotels and bring to the resorts, Lake Louise and Sunshine are the very close and great resorts but do yourself a favor and head over to Kicking Horse !! it is amazingly huge and easily one of the best mts I have rode and I have been to a lot.

If you are going to drive the 4+ hours to Kicking Horse you should also go to Revelstoke.  Both are tremendously awesome and Revelstoke is only an hour past Golden/Kicking Horse.  Usually people will stay at one and hit the other on the way in or the way out for a day.  I have never done Panorama but have friends that did that loop.  It is south and is connected from Banff by a major highway.  So the Kicking Horse - Panorama combo works also.  All 3 are known for deep dry powder.

4  hours to kicking horse ?!  it is about 1hr 45 min each way and being a passenger makes it easier 

Hawk said:

If you are going to drive the 4+ hours to Kicking Horse you should also go to Revelstoke.  Both are tremendously awesome and Revelstoke is only an hour past Golden/Kicking Horse.  Usually people will stay at one and hit the other on the way in or the way out for a day.  I have never done Panorama but have friends that did that loop.  It is south and is connected from Banff by a major highway.  So the Kicking Horse - Panorama combo works also.  All 3 are known for deep dry powder.

banff area gets scant snow. can be good given largely north aspects and low angle of the sun.  And please dont get me wrong, I have had stellar days in alberta.  I worked there two seasons in late 90's.  Sunshine Village has some serious terrain, cowboy ridge and delerium are the real deal.  Still get a lump in my throat thinking about some hairy experiences there.  

However, If I were buying a plane ticket and paying for lodging/tix and my goal was skiing (not making others happy), I would head west to interior BC.  Red, Fernie, whitewater......Revelstoke.  Kicking horse is stellar too although not technically interior BC.  Tons of great cat skiing (in the kootenay, selkirks, monashees....) and touring.  Can fly into MT ID or WA and cross border sometimes for better airfare$.

Sorry I meant from the airport in Calgary.  I guess a stop was also included for beer and things.  Either way both are a must do.  Right Mike?
 
Mike Dann said:

4  hours to kicking horse ?!  it is about 1hr 45 min each way and being a passenger makes it easier 

Hawk said:

If you are going to drive the 4+ hours to Kicking Horse you should also go to Revelstoke.  Both are tremendously awesome and Revelstoke is only an hour past Golden/Kicking Horse.  Usually people will stay at one and hit the other on the way in or the way out for a day.  I have never done Panorama but have friends that did that loop.  It is south and is connected from Banff by a major highway.  So the Kicking Horse - Panorama combo works also.  All 3 are known for deep dry powder.

There are a bunch of these outfits that have popped up in the last 10 years.  Did you actually do that one?  Something that I have always wanted to do but never pulled the trigger. It is coming soon though.
 
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Fly into Golden,  and Day #1 can be a warm up day at Kicking Horse

Ha,,,,Banff !

First you need a car since only one major hyw to centers.

Main street is full of inns, hotels and bistros. All great!

The local secret is to hit the natural hot pools ( pools the size of olympic pools).

Natural lava heated pools that will make you  "putty like" after a day of skiing.

All is just 2 minutes above the town.

Try Panorama and its glades to the right.

Good skiing

Pa

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