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  1. #26
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    Driving from Spokane, you do have to drive past the park entrance so no way of not paying. I guess you could say youíre there for a day and not pay for all the days you are there...


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  2. #27
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    At a minimum you should have snow tires to go to Revy. I did it for years with nothing more than a late 80's Honda Civic on cheap all season tires and never had any issues, but requesting a rental with snow tires shouldn't cost any more. The road is usually well maintained up to Lake Louise. The next 100 km to Golden are usually OK as well. Things start to get dicey around Rogers Pass. The biggest risk is avalanche closure on the road, which can last more than a day and typically occurs several times per winter. Depending on the location of the closure, the alternative routes add many hours. For example, the most frequent closure is between Golden and Revy (this is the stretch that includes Rogers Pass). The detour is to head south from Golden to Cranbrook, adding about 6 hours.

    If your phone is unlocked, you can buy a pre-paid SIM card, such as this one: https://www.speakout7eleven.ca/sim-c...3in1-card.html

    You need a park pass to stop anywhere in the National Park. As another poster pointed out, if you parked underground at a hotel and took a shuttle, you would likely get away with no pass. Otherwise, Parks Canada does random checks, but especially at Sunshine and Louise. The ticket would likely get back to the rental company, which will charge your credit card along with a substantial mark-up.

  3. #28
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    Parks won't leave a ticket on a vehicle without a pass or send one later in the mail to you or your rental company. Although you may get stopped at a compliance check and would have to pay there.

  4. #29
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    Banff/Jasper/Kootenay/Yoho only have five entrances:
    1) Highway 1 near Canmore into Banff - by far the busiest
    2) Highway 93 at Radium into Kootenay
    3) Highway 1 on west side of Kootenay (about 35 km east of Golden)
    4) Highway 16 on east side of Jasper
    5) Highway 16 on west side of Jasper entering BC

    From Spokane, you would likely enter at Radium. It is not like US parks. Because these are through highways, there is only a fee if you are using (aka stopping in) the park. Enforcement is through random checks all over the parks, not at the gates.
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  5. #30
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug from Calgary View Post


    You need a park pass to stop anywhere in the National Park. As another poster pointed out, if you parked underground at a hotel and took a shuttle, you would likely get away with no pass. Otherwise, Parks Canada does random checks, but especially at Sunshine and Louise. The ticket would likely get back to the rental company, which will charge your credit card along with a substantial mark-up.

    If you come here respect our country, province and community. Buy a F'n park pass and don't be so cheap. Blast you local F's telling people how not to pay. Its like telling people that go to a food establishment not to tip. WTF. Tourists come here and pay huge to private business but then pretend they can't afford the entrance fee-? Yes they can bloody-well afford to pay the fees. The fees are there for a reason- to pay for the services to help protect the park, furthmore to help assist with costs in the event of a rescue within the park. If they don't pay you dumbasses well eventually will pay more to cover the tourists that you are enfluencing to scam us. Go figure.
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  6. #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by Verde View Post
    Thanks for the feedback. I will upgrade to 4WD with some proper tires.

    Will I also need to buy a Banff National Park Pass? I will be parking at the hotel in Banff for the most part while I am there.
    I hope I do not need a pass for me and my wife for the 5 days we'll be in the Banff area. That would be about CAD$100
    So 10$ a day per person. Bring a beer to the hill instead of buying it, that will pay for your pass.

  7. #32
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    Quote Originally Posted by eldereldo View Post
    So 10$ a day per person. Bring a beer to the hill instead of buying it, that will pay for your pass.
    This. Buck up, it's disrespectful not to. It's not like it's some big nasty corp you're ripping off. It's our national park.

  8. #33
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    Quote Originally Posted by teamdirt View Post
    If you come here respect our country, province and community. Buy a F'n park pass and don't be so cheap. Blast you local F's telling people how not to pay. Its like telling people that go to a food establishment not to tip. WTF. Tourists come here and pay huge to private business but then pretend they can't afford the entrance fee-? Yes they can bloody-well afford to pay the fees. The fees are there for a reason- to pay for the services to help protect the park, furthmore to help assist with costs in the event of a rescue within the park. If they don't pay you dumbasses well eventually will pay more to cover the tourists that you are enfluencing to scam us. Go figure.
    ^ This ^

  9. #34
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    Yeah ok, and I have paid both times when I visited but I felt like I was one of few who paid and had the pass visible on the windshield.... seemingly locals at grocery stores / private driveways didnít have any. Do locals who live there donít pay?


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  10. #35
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    Quote Originally Posted by tmokes View Post
    Yeah ok, and I have paid both times when I visited but I felt like I was one of few who paid and had the pass visible on the windshield.... seemingly locals at grocery stores / private driveways didn’t have any. Do locals who live there don’t pay?


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    as a resident of banff, we dont have to buy a pass to use banff only (but have to for jasper, yoho, etc) but we still do have to go GET our free pass

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  11. #36
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    Growing up in Calgary/Banff, the vast vast majority of people have legit passes displayed on their cars in the park year-round. At least that was my experience, and they did somewhat frequent checks in various parking lots and entrances to the ski hills.

    Agree about getting real winter tires if you want to go past Lake Louise. Note that most rentals at YYC have shitty all seasons, not even "M&S" rated. In my opinion 4WD/AWD doesn't matter for HWY 1 from Calgary to Revy, real snow tires are fine, braking/cornering traction is much more important on the highway than accelerating.

  12. #37
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    Just pulled into Banff with the GF - planning to stay at least through Tuesday. We have MC passes so will be skiing LL/Sunshine the next few days. Would love to link up with anyone around for some turns / beers - who's here/skiing?

  13. #38
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    I'm flying in & driving up tonight and will be at LL tomorrow.
    I read the road to Sunshine will be closing tomorrow briefly for Avalanche control work.

  14. #39
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    Skied SSV on Friday. They were checking for passes at the front end of the parking lot. Could buy your pass there.

    Even though usually I am passing through on my way to Panorama, I still buy a Park pass every year. It is the right thing to do, IMO.

    Also, in case you were not aware, when you buy the pass at the Park gate, you can request the form that you send in with the requisite documentation and nominal (like $15) and you can get a second tag for a second vehicle. You have to prove that it is in the same household as the first pass. Technically, you canít have both vehicles stopped in the park at the same time, but if you use two vehicles to travel in/through the national parks, it saves the full freight of a second annual pass.


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  15. #40
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    Quote Originally Posted by mntlion View Post
    just do a day trip as needed to KH
    https://www.banfftours.com/activities/kicking-horse/
    price is for lift and shuttle (same price as buying a ticket at the hill)
    good to know.

  16. #41
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    Quote Originally Posted by Verde View Post
    I'm flying in & driving up tonight and will be at LL tomorrow.
    I read the road to Sunshine will be closing tomorrow briefly for Avalanche control work.
    they ususlly close it 11-1ish, so people can get in/out fine in the morning and the afternoon


    lake was skiing VERY well today

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  17. #42
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    Banff kicks ass. Had my second day at SSV today and had fun with the few centimeters of new snow. Conditions are thin in places (got a few new gouges) but it adds to the spiciness.

    Was lucky on Monday to have clear and warm weather which softened up the south chutes off of Goats Eye. Took the hike to check out Delirium Dive and it looked like it would be lots of fun in the right conditions. Still wouldnít go for the line in your video, though mtlion.

    Going back to Lake Louise tomorrow for my last Banff ski day. Looking forward to getting back into the paradise side, but not the steep icy poma ride.

    Weíre staying at the Rocky Mountain resort and loving it: first on and off the shuttles and 2 big hot tubs. We have a kitchen so donít need to go into town to eat at the restaurants. Suits me fine.

    I am in constant gaper mode checking out the scenery. Truly an amazing place.

  18. #43
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    Quote Originally Posted by Verde View Post
    Banff kicks ass. Had my second day at SSV today and had fun with the few centimeters of new snow. Conditions are thin in places (got a few new gouges) but it adds to the spiciness.

    Was lucky on Monday to have clear and warm weather which softened up the south chutes off of Goats Eye. Took the hike to check out Delirium Dive and it looked like it would be lots of fun in the right conditions. Still wouldn’t go for the line in your video, though mtlion.

    Going back to Lake Louise tomorrow for my last Banff ski day. Looking forward to getting back into the paradise side, but not the steep icy poma ride.

    We’re staying at the Rocky Mountain resort and loving it: first on and off the shuttles and 2 big hot tubs. We have a kitchen so don’t need to go into town to eat at the restaurants. Suits me fine.

    I am in constant gaper mode checking out the scenery. Truly an amazing place.
    Enjoy it, but DONT tell your friends, we want to KEEP it quiet where a 15 person chair line makes local say "fuck this, too busy, I"m going home"

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