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Advice needed Banff Late March/Feb 2020

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Bpoos, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. Bpoos

    Bpoos Hard Yards

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    So off to Banff next year, looking at the Elk Hotel or similar. Do most hotels over there offer drying rooms so we can have nice warm boots and gear in the morning? I see that some of them have 'ski lockers', but that doesn't sound like a warm inside room to me? Or is it so cold over there that your clothes don't get wet and you just keep them in your hotel room?
     
  2. Beerman

    Beerman One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Haven’t stayed in Banff for a very long time. But, if they are like most Canadian hotels they will have base board heaters near the front door. Base boards = Skirting boards in Canadia, so will heat boots etc. Heat in the rooms will dry nearly everything else if hung correctly.
    Communal drying rooms don’t really exist.
     
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  3. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    We stayed at the Elk in January, great boutique hotel, didnt see a boot drying room but didny actually look

    Suggestion for you: deal directly. We got best rates online, and then contacted them directly and they matched the price AND upgraded us to a suite
     
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    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Your last sentence is the correct answer. Most hotels will ask you not to take skis into rooms but use the ski locker room. Everything else goes to your own room. Whistler can be warm and wet, but Banff? Nuh uh.
     
  5. Bpoos

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    Oohhh now you've for me scared!
     
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    absentskier Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    What are you scared about?
     
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    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Doesnt have to be insanely cold to not need a drying room, just needs to not rain or thaw during the day. Drying room is an Aussie peculiarity.
     
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    absentskier Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Biggest issue is ensuring boots and inside of gloves (if you sweat) dry out properly if you're staying in a hotel room.
     
  9. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Wouldnt the ambient room temperature be sufficient overnight?
     
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    absentskier Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Depends. Often not for me. I take boot heaters when on the road.
     
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    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    I guess I’m lucky my hands and feet don’t sweat that much.

    On a slightly different note, I went into a ski/boot room at a hotel and just about passed out from the stench.

    I was lucky enough to be close enough to the door that I made it out on my hands and knees.

    Another metre and I dont think I’d be here to tell the tale
     
  12. Bpoos

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    Happy to put up with a stuffy drying room for warm cosy boots though! Maybe it is just an aussie thing!
     
  13. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    I stick mine near (but not too near) the heater in the room
     
  14. LDJ

    LDJ One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Don’t leave your boots in the car overnight in Banff I did that accidentally on a crazy cold night and couldn’t ski until 10.30am the next day as couldn’t get them on. Literally had to sit next to a heater pulling them apart at norquay ski resort. One mistake I won’t make again
     
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