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Banff Snowmobiling – Snowmobile Tours

30 Dec

These tours offer guided snowmobile tours in the Canadian Rockies. You will be shuttled through the majestic Rockies from Canmore, Banff, and Lake Louise. The closest snowmobile operation is 84 minutes from Banff and 50 minutes from Lake Louise – they are located just west of Yoho National Park outside of the National Parks.

All the trips provide all the necessary winter gear, a new well maintained skidoo, a highly qualified guide, and a memory that will last forever!

Want more power? You can upgrade your 380cc Skidoo to a 550cc Skidoo for just a small amount extra.

There are other tours such as the High Power Private trip and for more experienced riders – the Extreme Tour!

The price is CDN$250 for a full day of action including ALL TAX, some insurance, a BBQ lunch and return transportation from Banff.

Include this tour as part of a ski package and save 10% with rocky-peak Holidays, offering ski holidays in Western Canada.

 

Banff listed as top Ski Getaway on Trip Advisor

24 Dec

Trip Advisor rating of Banff as number one within top ten list for Ski Getaways!
Here is the list or check out the Trip Advisor site:😕
1. Banff, Banff National Park
?2. Vail, Colorado, United States?
3. Zermatt, Valais, Swiss Alps?
4. Whistler, British Columbia, Canada?
5. Stowe, Vermont, United States?
6. Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada?
7. Jackson, Wyoming, United States?
8. Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Rhone-Alpes?
9. Sun Valley, Idaho, United States?
10. Cortina D’Ampezzo, Belluno, Veneto
Source: Trip Advisor site

 

Banff Winter Wildlife Tour – Moose

12 Dec


To book a Banff winter wildlife tour, or to include it in an existing package, contact rocky-peak Ski Holidays.

 

Ski Banff at Sunshine Village

11 Dec

All lifts are now open at Sunshine Village, Banff. Goat’s Eye Mountain was opened on Friday Dec 7th 2007 at 11am which pleased skiers and boarders as it gave them access to all the fresh powder!

All the ski hills are in great shape in the Canadian Rockies. To book your ski holiday in Canada, contact rocky-peak Ski Holidays.

 

Resorts of the Canadian Rockies – Rail & Box Parks

04 Dec

Resorts of the Canadian Rockies (RCR) has recently announced some changes to the terrain park facilities at their resorts, which will see a focus on enhanced Rail & Box Parks and the removal of man-made jumps.

Please see the new RCR Rail Park webpages below, which include a Q & A section on the changes, as well as a list of planned features for each of their parks.

Lake Louise: http://skilouise.com/the-mountain/rcr-park.aspx

Fernie: http://skifernie.com/the-mountain/rcr-park.aspx

Nakiska: http://skinakiska.com/the-mountain/rcr-park.aspx

Kimberley: http://skikimberley.com/the-mountain/rcr-park.aspx

 

Ski Holidays Canada

02 Dec

Thinking of a ski holiday in Canada? Considering visiting any of the following ski resorts: Banff Norquay, Fernie, Jasper Marmot Basin, Kicking Horse, Kimberley, Lake Louise, Nakiska, Panorama, Sunshine Village, Whistler Blackcomb? Then read on!

Things to consider before deciding where to go on a ski holiday in Canada. The following is based on statistics gathered direct from the ski hills by rocky-peak Ski Holidays.

? Price

We all have a budget to stick to, well, most of us anyway!

Best value ski resort: Jasper Marmot Basin

Most Expensive ski resort: Whistler Blackcomb

? Terrain (Based on % of resort)

Mostly beginner: Jasper Marmot Basin

Mostly intermediate: Nakiska

Mostly advanced: Whistler Blackcomb (Kicking Horse is close second)

Mostly Expert: Panorama

? Time of year

Earliest opening: Sunshine Village, Banff

Latest Closing: Whistler Blackcomb

Be aware that the coldest months are January and February. Some of the best rates of the season are in January and as long as you have plenty of warm clothes just in case, it is definately worth taking advantage of these rates.

? Duration

Longest season: Whistler Blackcomb (Sunshine Village, Banff close second)

Whistler Blackcomb opens November and closes in early June – how great is that?! Blackcomb Mountain also has a glacier which can be skiied on in the summer.

Sunshine Village, Banff closes end of May. If you are wanting to stay a season then go for the resorts with the longest season. If you are coming out for just week, it is best stick with just one resort, that way you will get to know the runs well. For two week ski holidays think about spending one week in one resort, and the other week in another.

If you don’t want to do the split resort ski holiday, Banff, for example, has access to Banff Norquay, Lake Louise and Sunshine Village and if you are prepared to travel a couple of hours, Kicking Horse onboard the popular Kicking Horse Express Ski Bus. Lake Louise also has easy access to all these resorts too.

? Snow Quantity

Greatest average snowfall: Whistler Blackcomb (Fernie is close second)

This might be why Fernie was rated number 5 best ski resort in North America in Skiing Magazine’s “Top 25 Resorts in North America”. Whistler Blackcomb was number one again!

If you are after deep powder, then increase your chances by visiting the resorts with the highest average snowfall. One thing to remember though is that you can have a powder day in most resorts if your timing is right (and you are lucky!), however, skiing while that snow is coming down is not that much fun as you can not see too much so don’t pray for too much snow at once!

? Snow Quality

Best quality: Sunshine Village, Banff

Quality not quantity comes to mind. Head to the higher resorts for the best quality snow. If the temperatures rise a bit, you still know you will be getting good quality snow, not that horrible slushy stuff. The higher the resorts, the lower the temperatures are going to be so that is something to bear in mind.

In my opinion, Sunshine Village, Banff has the best quality snow. It is ideally located on the Continental Divide and is a high resort and so Sunshine Village, Banff often receives snow when the other ski resorts aren’t.

? Best Powder

Kicking Horse without a doubt! Kicking Horse has it’s famous "champagne powder" that you can just cruise through. The air is so dry, you will find it is almost impossible to make snowballs out of this light fluffy powder. If it looks like the snow is going to hit Kicking Horse Mountain Resort while you are out here, be sure to hop on the Powder Express Bus to Kicking Horse.

? Racing

Do you like to Race?

The best for racing are Lake Louise and Nakiska. With their groomed runs you fly!

? Greatest Vertical

Do you like long runs?!

Whistler Blackcomb has the greatest vertical in North America (closely followed by Vail) and Kicking Horse has the greatest vertical in the Canadian Rockies. You will find your ankles will burn if you try to do the run from top to bottom in one go. It is certainly a buzz when you do a great last long run from top to bottom to finish your day.

? Skiable Terrain

Whistler Blackcomb comes first to no surprise. Lake Louise has the greatest skiable terrain in the Canadian Rockies. Both these resorts have enough runs for you to be finding new runs year after year!

? Family friendly resorts

All the resorts cater to families, some more so than others. Sunshine Village, Banff, Banff Norquay, Lake Louise, Jasper Marmot Basin and Whistler Blackcomb are all excellent for families of mixed ages and abilities.

? Accommodation preferences

You may want to decide what sort of ski accommodation you would like before you choose the ski resort as not all accommodation types are available at every resort. Larger resort homes are available in Whistler Blackcomb and Fernie unlike Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper which have just mostly hotel rooms. Ski-in, ski-out properties can only be found at Kicking Horse, Fernie, Kimberley, Panorama, Whistler Blackcomb, and Sunshine Village .

I hope I have been able to give you a few things to think about when planning your ski holiday in Canada. For more information and expert advice, be sure to contact rocky-peak Ski Holidays for your ski holiday in Canada.

 

Banff Leads the Way with LED Streetlights

01 Dec

Townsite enlightened by environment-friendly streetlights

On November 4, 2007, the Town of Banff and OSRAM Opto Semiconductors (a world leader in light-emitting diode LED technology) unveiled eight LED streetlights on Bear Street. The innovative new lighting leads from Banff Town Hall to the entrance of Central Park.

The lights are the first of their kind ever installed in North America. The LED lighting pilot project is part of the Town’s ongoing priority to implement energy alternatives throughout the community.

The custom manufactured LED prototype lamps replace existing 100W metal halide fixtures.

Due to the nature of LEDs, we can expect to see 36 per cent saving in power consumption, and a 93 per cent reduction in maintenance costs. Each LED streetlight will also account for a 324 lb reduction of CO2 into the atmosphere.

“We are really pleased to be working with OSRAM Opto Semiconductors,” says environmental coordinator Chad Townsend. “OSRAM has invested significantly to help us explore lighting alternatives for our community.”

Source: Town of Banff

 
 
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