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  1. #151
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    Also consider one of the ski cards. Sunshine and Louise each have discount cards that pay for themselves after 2 ski days, and can be used for discounts at other hills like Panorama and Revelstoke.
    Louise: https://www.skilouise.com/louise_cards.php
    Sunshine: https://www.skibanff.com/ski-ride/pa...ine-super-card

    The Costco lift ticket is just for Sunshine, whereas the SkiBig3 ticket can be used for Sunshine, LL or Norquay.


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  2. #152
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    Quote Originally Posted by dgilligan02 View Post
    Planning a day at Sunshine and a day at LL, largely basis mntlion's "how to" thread. Was gonna stay at Sunshine Mountain lodge, but that's out now as we've added a third to our party who's on a different budget. Seems Canmore and Banff are both driveable to either, just added time. But wondering. If it's a storm day...much risk of getting trapped in town? Never been to the area, not sure if it's like LCC where if you're staying out in Sandy you could be on hold waiting for avy mitigation/road clearing instead of skiing.
    It's a bit of a late answer, but at Sunshine if you're stuck at the bottom due to avalanche control chances are most of the staff are too, so you're not missing much of anything.

  3. #153
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    cheap tickets in banff for First Responders

    https://www.skibanff.com/explore/new...ghwiB3AZwJ1NOQ


  4. #154
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    Hey,
    Lot's of good info on this thread but just wondering if anyone has any tips for skiing LL on a Sat. I have a day there later this month on the way to KH and Revy. I get it that it's not Mammoth or Vail but there's probably areas/lifts to hit or avoid when it's busy?
    Also, I'll be hitting the road from YYC around 5:30pm on the Fri before up to LL. Not ideal timing but any guesses on how long that will take with the traffic etc?

    Thanks a lot,

  5. #155
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    Quote Originally Posted by marcs44 View Post
    Hey,
    Lot's of good info on this thread but just wondering if anyone has any tips for skiing LL on a Sat. I have a day there later this month on the way to KH and Revy. I get it that it's not Mammoth or Vail but there's probably areas/lifts to hit or avoid when it's busy?
    Also, I'll be hitting the road from YYC around 5:30pm on the Fri before up to LL. Not ideal timing but any guesses on how long that will take with the traffic etc?

    Thanks a lot,
    YYC to LL is 90 from the edge of the city

    LL on a sat: Get to Larch, from the Gondi first thing, Then a few paradise laps, early lunch in upper temple lodge (sawers nook)

    summit/paradise laps all afternoon


  6. #156
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    Great thanks a lot

  7. #157
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    Thanks for this awesome thread!
    I'm planning on heading up with the fam for our kids spring break in mid April. Sounds like conditions should be solid spring skiing to full-on winter at that time! And lots of great info on non-skiing stuff, too (just in case). Thanks.
    We are planning to ski SSV and LL. We are finding a really good deal on a hotel in LL and a good deal on a condo in Banff. I'm assuming it would be better to be in Banff, generally speaking, right? Would it be a huge pain to be staying at LL if we wanted to ski SSV and hit restaurants in Banff too?
    We will probably fly to Calgary and rent a car, but considering the shuttle (though with 4 of us, a car is usually same price or cheaper).
    Thanks!


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  8. #158
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob D! View Post
    Thanks for this awesome thread!
    I'm planning on heading up with the fam for our kids spring break in mid April. Sounds like conditions should be solid spring skiing to full-on winter at that time! And lots of great info on non-skiing stuff, too (just in case). Thanks.
    We are planning to ski SSV and LL. We are finding a really good deal on a hotel in LL and a good deal on a condo in Banff. I'm assuming it would be better to be in Banff, generally speaking, right? Would it be a huge pain to be staying at LL if we wanted to ski SSV and hit restaurants in Banff too?
    We will probably fly to Calgary and rent a car, but considering the shuttle (though with 4 of us, a car is usually same price or cheaper).
    Thanks!


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    I would stay in banff. Way more things to do, eat, see.

    Not sa huge pain it stay in LL, and better with a car, but better. Unless you really want a quiet, romantic get away.


  9. #159
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    Having just stayed in both Banff (ok, Canmore) and LL I’d also agree on staying in Banff. Although I think tons more condo options in Canmore.

    We stayed in LL after skiing up there thinking we wouldn’t want to drive back to Canmore that evening. We all agreed afterwards it would have been fine, and maybe less hassle than relocating.

    Bonus, tho, was early AM access to the Lake at sunrise. Before the hordes arrived.
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  10. #160
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    My recommendation is to take take the Trans Canada Hwy to Banff... and then keep on driving and go to another community. This reduces your chances of getting an STI, being ran over by a terrible driver, or being persuaded to buy a Canada Goose parka.

    That being said, Banff is beautiful and has all the ammenities. Just be comfortable with a bunch of people and budget on the high side.
    I like huge dumps.

  11. #161
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    Thanks guys! We are going in mid April, so I hope it isn't super crowded. And I'm pretty good at saying No to parka salesmen
    Sounds like skiing SV may be a better bet at that time than LL, so we are starting to look into Canmore also. I expect it would be a pretty easy drive from Canmore to SV that time of year? Like 30 min?

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  12. #162
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob D! View Post
    Thanks guys! We are going in mid April, so I hope it isn't super crowded. And I'm pretty good at saying No to parka salesmen
    Sounds like skiing SV may be a better bet at that time than LL, so we are starting to look into Canmore also. I expect it would be a pretty easy drive from Canmore to SV that time of year? Like 30 min?

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    CMR to SSV maybe 45? + 20 min gondola ride bit over an hour from hotel to chairlift. LL is the same timing. longer drive, but no gondi.

    also free bus service from BNF to SSV or LL. leaves every 30 min all over town. WELL worth doing (free, save the planet, have a beer after skiing/nap, etc)

    April will NOT be crowded.


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