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  1. #726
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    also banff ski swap Oct 10/11 AND 17/18

    And calgary swap is NOT happening. I think banff sale might be a bit busier then last year.


  2. #727
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    Quote Originally Posted by mntlion View Post
    also banff ski swap
    Be almost as interesting seeing how social distancing works at a ski swap as in the gondola line on a powder day.

  3. #728
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenshowers View Post
    Locals week at KHo. Free pass for everything, including biking up until Friday. You just need a license with a Golden or Area A address on it.
    Wow, nice to see a resort give back to the locals.


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  4. #729
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    snow up high in banff, lake louise, pano, marmot etc.


  5. #730
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    Quote Originally Posted by pano-dude View Post
    Wow, nice to see a resort give back to the locals.


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    They do it once in the winter and once in the summer, this was the first time they allowed you a whole week to choose when to use the pass and included mountain biking. In the past, it was only one specific day and sightseeing/hiking only.

    In continued tradition from Ballast Nedam days of ownership they still offer a locals pass price.

    They also have the Summit Fund which funds various projects around the community (school playgrounds, hockey teams, cycling club). I believe this program is currently on hold due to the covid.

    Once a year, staff clean up garbage along the entire road from the Columbia River to the ski hill.

    All and all, in addition to being one of the community's biggest employers, they do lots of good too!

  6. #731
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    The no grouping-up thing will be interesting. skinning to Goats Eye or Temple will probably be a key strategy on powder days. Otherwise lift capacities should be able to handle it once everyone is up there. RIP Fernie, Kicking Horse, and Revelstoke skiers. Someone will crank out a bottom to top lap at Panorama while their buddy waits in a gondola line at KHMR. Castle's capacity shouldn't be changed too much if there's no pairing up. Whitewater will be back to where they were with summit as a double.

  7. #732
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    Prepare for some serious slack/backcountry jongage. Be leery of who lies above you this upcoming season more than ever. Time to head farther and deeper in to the abyss for solitude and bliss.

  8. #733
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    SSV's posted their operational plans for the winter and it pretty much looks like business as usual for the lifts and gondy, except for the mandatory masks. Lodges will have a few more restrictions. If LL is similar, things might not shape up to be too bad.

    https://www.skibanff.com/explore/new...-winter-season

  9. #734
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    Morning lines at SSV will surely suck. I was there the last couple days before the shutdown and was not prepared for the gondola lineup (i.e. didn't get in early enough). Will have a weekday pass at LL this winter (and a work sabbatical!). Looks like the new summit lift is all in. I'm not looking forward to the traffic, snowboarders and snow bikes up top, but my quads will be thankful.

    Can anyone tell me about westbowl? I've never been in that zone. What's the terrain like? Any idea how far out the new resort boundary will go and will everything in between be open? Is the access back to the lifts going to be well below top of the world?

  10. #735
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    Access back is mid Olympic chair( ie: dubbed Star Wars all these years if u have heard of that) Same terrain as rest of mtn, no different...just more available terrain on pow days. Nothing to get to excited about, itís been skied to moguls for decades....

  11. #736
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    Found an email in my junk folder offering mountain collective passes at par... advertised at $489 but you get charged $370 USD so mine came in at $503 today... close enough.

    I made a little spreadsheet and if you only use 5 free days (there are 10 possible just at Canadian resorts) and compare that to having a louise card, it's almost break even at that 5th day.

    Even if you bought it and only went to louise and sunshine all year it's a better deal than the louise card on the 10th day.

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  12. #737
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    Quote Originally Posted by crashidy View Post
    They sent out an email to pass holders that they will not be doing bonus weekends due to the time schedule they have for getting the list service crew in for their annual inspection /overhaul

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    There was no lift maintenance happening on the mile 1 all week before or during the long weekend. Resort was busy with people just wondering around with nothing to do.
    It seems more and more the upper Management does not want to succeed in summer operations while All other resorts are pouring money into summer ops. They lost 2 long term trail builders half way through the summer and did not even try to keep them.
    But they have put all the snow guns out on the runs already and were quick to Instagram the fresh snow on Sunday.....

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  13. #738
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    Quote Originally Posted by pano-dude View Post
    There was no lift maintenance happening on the mile 1 all week before or during the long weekend. Resort was busy with people just wondering around with nothing to do.
    It seems more and more the upper Management does not want to succeed in summer operations while All other resorts are pouring money into summer ops. They lost 2 long term trail builders half way through the summer and did not even try to keep them.
    But they have put all the snow guns out on the runs already and were quick to Instagram the fresh snow on Sunday.....

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    shhhhhh- the investors group are filthy rich and only golf, they don't give two shits about mtn biking on sept long weekend...don't act surprised...if u want to protest those mansions surrounding Grey wolf are the 12-18 different investors that own the mtn.......

    As for the snow guns-Early season on snow training Facilities for international clients has been and still is one of there biggest winter incomes....guess we will see how that pans out with covid but my guess is they will be able to come and train as long as they quarantine upon arrival...
    Last edited by teamdirt; 09-10-2020 at 09:03 PM.

  14. #739
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    Wasn't Pano overrun with higher than normal mtb riders this year?

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  15. #740
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shorty_J View Post
    Wasn't Pano overrun with higher than normal mtb riders this year?

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    yes, busier, but not overrun

    but also started later, ended eary (no sept) and only open 5/7 days


  16. #741
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shorty_J View Post
    Wasn't Pano overrun with higher than normal mtb riders this year?

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    The entire Columbia Valley was over run with MTB riders this year.

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