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  1. #126
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    Anyone want to post up some cool videos from the dive?
    General LL and sunshine videos would be cool too. Not having any luck on youtube..

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_pretzel View Post
    Anyone want to post up some cool videos from the dive?
    General LL and sunshine videos would be cool too. Not having any luck on youtube..
    current? Dive and backside of LL are winter mode and empty. SSV and LL marketing facebook will have some too


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    Quote Originally Posted by mntlion View Post
    current? Dive and backside of LL are winter mode and empty. SSV and LL marketing facebook will have some too
    Was more thinking just general stoke. Can be from whenever.

    Btw, is sunshine open daily until may 20? Do they keep most of the mountain open?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_pretzel View Post
    Was more thinking just general stoke. Can be from whenever.

    Btw, is sunshine open daily until may 20? Do they keep most of the mountain open?
    this was 2 years ago (me and spook)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6zBCZczEqg

    he has some other videos too


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    Quote Originally Posted by mntlion View Post
    Dive and backside of LL are winter mode and empty.
    Actually yesterday in the Dive seemed like the busiest of the season, a surprising amount of people made it out of the Calgary carnage. Milky Way and Galaxy Chutes were skiing most excellently!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mntlion View Post
    Is there a specific strain that is best?
    Tech talk I know....

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    HAd a beautiful view of the Rockies as I drove home at 8AM from dropping wife off at the airport.

    Some new gear needed this winter and the ski shops are all closed until at least Sept. Getting itchy....


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    Old thread bump. I hate crowds.

    If I come to ski Banff late Jan on a Thurs/Fri is it gonna be nuts?

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    That would be a no.

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    hard no


    so Lake Louise Vs Mammoth, CA

    MAM 3,500 acres ski-able terrain, serviced by 28 lifts, with a VERY busy long weekend hitting 20-25K people

    LL 4200 acres ski-able terrain, serviced by 10 lifts, with a VERY busy long weekend hitting 7K people


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    ^ ^ solid, thanks gents.

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    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.

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    how to ski banff

    Quote Originally Posted by mntlion View Post
    hard no


    so Lake Louise Vs Mammoth, CA

    MAM 3,500 acres ski-able terrain, serviced by 28 lifts, with a VERY busy long weekend hitting 20-25K people

    LL 4200 acres ski-able terrain, serviced by 10 lifts, with a VERY busy long weekend hitting 7K people
    As a longtime employee & pass holder at Mammoth I’ll play along. I would say that the comments above are accurate, but for me the biggest is the bone chilling temperatures at SV/LL.

    I’ll preference this with the fact that I’m a Californian born and raised and a West Coast skier. I’ve skied LL twice and SV twice on three different Powder Highway trips in late February & March. Had fun at both SV & LL, but we froze are balls off. Single digit highs, with an occasional heat wave with temps climbing into the teens. Full face coverage was mandatory. This was without any wind, it was that cold, Artic air.

    Mammoth, it’s not like that. It gets windy here for sure, but even in January the daytime temps are typically very pleasant, with night time lows in the 20’s. Like I said, I’m a Californian, never skied East of Colorado, and am used to skiing a wetter and soggier coastal type snow pack, so the difference in the temperature really stood out to me. Good times skiing both places we’re had.


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    You should consider staying in Lake Louise if its only for a night or two, then you could also easily visit Kicking Horse for a day. If it snowed, the Calgary mob would be delayed in their arrival at the hill. If you stayed in Banff, there are several good restaurants and things to do after skiing. From Banff the drive to SSV is painless and the Lake is less than an hour away on a flat road. Just err on the side of an early start as the Trans Canada highway can be a real shit show in a snowstorm.

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    Thanks for thoughts.

    Weíre all native MInnesotans, so hopefully we can hack the cold.

    Weíre skiing Thurs/Fri so hopefully thatíll limit Calgary Mon-Friíer population.

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    No significant risk of getting trapped in town. Sunshine road can close for avy work, but this doesn't happen very often (like hardly ever) and it doesn't take long to complete.

    Banff to Lake Louise should always be clear.

    Beyond Lake Louise, the highway can have some issues with avy work or slides across the road, but again, it's not that common....at least in the Rockies. Rogers Pass is another story.

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    LL is skiing VERY well right now, had another day today that far exceeded expectations for this time of year

    and NO crowds


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    https://calgaryherald.com/news/local...hrough-rockies

    Looks like closures will be minimal in summer and ski season, sticking to shoulder season. But worth being aware....




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    Quote Originally Posted by dufferdan View Post
    https://calgaryherald.com/news/local...hrough-rockies

    Looks like closures will be minimal in summer and ski season, sticking to shoulder season. But worth being aware....
    With much of the construction being in avalanche paths there couldn't be any real construction in winter even if they could cope with the cold and snow at road level.

    Originally the Ministry of Transportation planned to do the construction without the long closures and diversions. I expect that all the potential bidders told them there wasn't a cat in hell's chance of them doing that without backing up westbound traffic all the way up the 10 mile hill and eastbound right through Golden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickinbc View Post
    With much of the construction being in avalanche paths there couldn't be any real construction in winter even if they could cope with the cold and snow at road level.

    Originally the Ministry of Transportation planned to do the construction without the long closures and diversions. I expect that all the potential bidders told them there wasn't a cat in hell's chance of them doing that without backing up westbound traffic all the way up the 10 mile hill and eastbound right through Golden.
    When we built the bridge a few years back, we did a lot of work in the winter, but we also had beacons on everyone that worked outside a machine, and got shut down a few times due to avy control work above us.

    The last time I looked at a plan for this last section, it involved a couple cantilevered bridges and a section of road on the far side of the river. Not sure what the current design is, but thatís what it used to be.

    Iím glad Iím not working on this section.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Eastern Sierra Skier View Post
    As a longtime employee & pass holder at Mammoth Iíll play along. I would say that the comments above are accurate, but for me the biggest is the bone chilling temperatures at SV/LL.

    Iíll preference this with the fact that Iím a Californian born and raised and a West Coast skier. Iíve skied LL twice and SV twice on three different Powder Highway trips in late February & March. Had fun at both SV & LL, but we froze are ball off. Single digit highs, with an occasional heat wave with temps clinging into the teens. Full face coverage was mandatory. This was without any wind, it was that cold, Artic air.

    Mammoth, itís not like that. It gets windy here for sure, but even in January the daytime temps are typically very pleasant, with night time lows in the 20ís. Like I said, Iím a Californian, never skied East of Colorado, and am used to skiing a wetter and soggier coastal type snow pack, so the difference in the temperature really stood out to me. Good times skiing both places weíre had.


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    I was in mammoth 2 winters ago, over pres day. First day the hill shut due to winds, next day the cold front moved in, hill was still busy for me, but I guess VERY quiet due to temps by local standards. Felt like a normal day in banff in Feb.


  23. #148
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caucasian Asian View Post
    The last time I looked at a plan for this last section, it involved a couple cantilevered bridges and a section of road on the far side of the river. Not sure what the current design is, but that’s what it used to be.

    I’m glad I’m not working on this section.
    Nothing on the other side of the river - basically straightening out the current alignment with bridges and cuttings. However it will be interesting to see how much the successful bid differs from the Ministry's 'concept plan' (and how close the bids are to the already increased $600m budget). Really going to be a hairy project with lots of potential to go wrong - I bet CPR will have their lawyers on standby in case their line is blocked by rockfall (believe that happened during the original construction of the highway). Hope that we don't discover that ruling out a tunnel was a big and costly mistake (Ministry didn't like it because it would have been long enough to require manning 24/7).

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