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Banff, Lake Louise, Sunshine & Norquay

Discussion in 'Canada' started by AWJ, Aug 13, 2020.

  1. AWJ

    AWJ One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Looks like Lake Louise is getting a new chair - saw this on facebook:


    So had a look to see where it was going and found their long range master plan was approved last year, with a whole stack new chairlifts and lodges.

    https://globalnews.ca/news/5896863/lake-louise-ski-resort-renovations/

     
  2. AWJ

    AWJ One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Another article on it:

    https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/long-range-plan-for-lake-louise-to-build-up-not-out

     
  3. AWJ

    AWJ One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    And ski lift bits of the long range plan:
    https://lrp.skilouise.com/lrp
     
  4. AWJ

    AWJ One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    AWJ One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Looks like the new lift is the Summit chair on the below map:

     
  6. AWJ

    AWJ One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    1st snow of the coming season happened a couple days ago at the lake. Wishing covid would **** off so I can get back there!
     
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    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Was a work party scheduled this coming weekend for upper mtn wiring improvements, start house base, etc. With no nth american WC rounds this season, that work party was canceled. Bullet dodged.
     
  8. AWJ

    AWJ One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Looking pretty good at the Lake for mid October
     
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  9. AWJ

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    Sunshine looking pretty sweet as well
     
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  10. AWJ

    AWJ One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Norquay opening this weekend, earliest ever opening!
     
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    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    The council sprayed the streets in town with mag chloride today, possible snow expected overnight. Ultra early if it happens. Haven't even had first frost yet down here in the valley and grape harvest is still in progress.
     
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    There's a frost predicted for Vancouver overnight tomorrow night!
     
  13. AWJ

    AWJ One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    https://www.rmotoday.com/banff/mt-n...814623?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

     
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  14. AWJ

    AWJ One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Now Lake Louise opening up for its earliest ever start!
     
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    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Good work LL! This is what is possible when the weather cooperates and your snowmaking system isn't busy making snow for the world cup DH track. FIS's loss is the public's gain. Entirely possible that they could have lifts open for seven months this season.
     
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    Interesting looking at the cams this morning. The base cam from the lodge has shown the base of the gondola and the carpets all pre-season. This morning you could see folks lined up for the gondola - let's say "learning to social distance". The cam now appears to look up the main slope avoiding the views of the queues.
     
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    We made it to Mt Norquay today. A little of each: mizzle, sleet, snow and sun. Great little beginner run was the only one open but more than enough for stretching the legs. A great cover in the open run, a little thin back towards the lodge.

    Mt Norquay has one day available on the mountain collective pass. This was not advertised but Skibig3 appears to have included the day somewhere or somehow. This was a bonus.
     
  18. AWJ

    AWJ One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    looks like it really has been a ripping start at the Lake if they've got Paradise chair spinning and the back bowls open already:


     
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  19. AWJ

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    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I wonder why the switch to a chair at the summit. So high up in the alpine you'd think wind would make a surface lift more practical.
     
  22. AWJ

    AWJ One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I've had the same thoughts...

    from the times i've been up the old poma, there wasn't much breeze to speak of. Can't say i've ever felt the wind in the Banff resorts anywhere near as much as at Thredbo!

    4 seater chair though, that would have a decent amount of weight even with out people sitting on it.
     
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    A couple of thoughts:

    1. The place is big enough so that closing 1 or 2 lifts doesn't have a great impact.
    2. The reduction in capacity for a surface lift isn't justified due to the limited number of days when a chairlift would be on hold.
    3. The great majority of N. American skiers have grown up with chairlifts only, and don't handle surface lifts well.
     
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    Skiied LL on Friday and Saturday just gone. Friday was pretty quiet in terms of crowds, hardly any wait times for lifts. On Saturday the queue for day tickets would have been over 100 people at 9:30am and the gondola had a fairly long line for most of the day. Conditions deteriorated by midday on Saturday - some rocks started to surface as it got skiied out. The black runs that were open already had skinny coverage so we left those for the next visit. With a decent dump of snow and their snowmaking capability, there should be a lot more runs (40/160 were open) available with improved coverage. Some of the runs they opened on Saturday (e.g. Grizzly Gully) were very borderline in whether they should be open, it was definitely a day to have your rock skis/board with you. The enforcement of mask wearing could probably improve, especially in lift lines where there were often no lifties actually in the area where people queued up and in close distance to each other.
     
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  25. AWJ

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    Doesn't seem like much, but 5-9cm at the cold temps you get in Alberta makes it awesome to ride
     
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    Skite.
     
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    trappers Safety not guaranteed Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    I wann go back .. LL and Sunshine ... lots of fun, and pretty spectacular was there 10 years ago and remember it well!
     
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    Number 3 is the most likely reason. Boarders especially struggle with drag lifts.

    Nice to see they're getting some cover. Will be weird not heading to LL in a couple of weeks for the DH. No Whistler Cup at the other end of the season either.
     
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    Banff resorts have been getting plenty of the good stuff this week:

    Lake Louise




     
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  31. AWJ

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    Sunshine:

















     
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    AWJ One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    And the mighty 'quay:


     

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    AWJ One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    And a video from Sunshine to get you drooling on this Saturday morning:
     
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