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Incredible Snow Conditions in Banff National Park 2011

15 Jan

Firstly, a belated Happy New Year to you all!

We are off to a fantastic start here in the Canadian Rockies. The snowfall so far has just been incredible.  So much powder, in fact, the Kicking Horse Powder Express from Banff has been cancelled the last couple of days due to it not being able to get through!

This is the snow POWDER report from today:

  • Lake Louise [Banff National Park] – 19cm received in past 24 hours (40cm in the past 2 days)
  • Sunshine Village [Banff National Park] – 21cm received in the past 24 hours (42cm in the past 2 days)
  • Banff Norquay [Banff National Park] – 35+cm in the past 24 hours. Their NORTH AMERICAN chair (BIG CHAIR) opened today!
  • Nearby Nakiska – 28cm in the past 24 hours, 38cm in the past 48 hours, 63cm in the past 7 days.
  • Nearby Kicking Horse Mountain Resort – 32 cm in the past 24 hours, 61cm in the past 48 hours (84cm in the past week). Incredible.

Have any of you managed to get up recently? If you have, we would love to hear about it!

Drive safe and enjoy this magnificent powder!

 

Banff Jasper Ski Holiday

27 Aug

Can’t decide where you would like to ski this winter then a twin centre ski holiday package is for you.

Twin centre ski holidays are perfect for experiencing more than one ski resort in Canada. If you are not sure, try out a ski-day trip such as the Kicking Horse Powder Express or the Panorama ski bus trip – they both leave from Banff and return in the same day. If you like the ski resorts, then you can come back the following year and stay a little longer!

Ski Holidays Canada just put together the sample quote below to give you an idea of price. If any part is not suitable, they can change it. It is based on 4 adults, all with separate beds, staying in 2 rooms.

Arrive: Saturday, February 27 2010
Depart: Saturday, March 13 2010
Nights: 14
Pax: 4 adults
Rooms: 2 (2 beds per room)

Twin Centre Ski Package includes:

– Scheduled airport transfers – Calgary YYC to Banff (Saturday, February 27 2010)
– Banff Aspen Lodge – Premium Room with breakfast included – 7 nights
– 6, 7 or 8-day Tri-Area Ski Pass (Banff Norquay, Sunshine Village, Lake Louise) with FREE ski shuttle from hotel
– 3-day club ski (Banff Norquay, Sunshine Village, Lake Louise) – starts Sunday February 28 2010
– Scheduled transfer to Jasper (Saturday, March 6 2010)
– Jasper Whistlers Inn – standard room – 7 nights
– 6-day Jasper Marmot Ski Pass with FREE ski shuttle from hotel
– 3-day “ski week” tuition – starts 9:30am, 12pm and 2pm daily. Includes video analysis.
– Private airport transfer – Jasper to Calgary YYC (Saturday, March 13 2010)

Discounted Package Rate (includes all taxes, promotions and early-bird discounts): CDN$7,380 for 4 adults, two rooms, and two beds per room (CDN$1,845pp). No additional discounts permitted – this is their lowest rate.

Every ski package Ski Holidays Canada put together is unique, as each one is created based on your preferences. For more information, contact Ski Holidays Canada direct.

 

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.

 

Ski Accommodation Kicking Horse

30 Nov

There is not a lot of ski accommodation in Canada left for renting over New Year.

Due to a last minute cancellation, a 3-bedroom on-mountain resort home has become available from December 28 2007 for 4 nights (Check-out Jan 1 2008) in Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is about 2 hours from Banff. This is an absolute gem and if you have not already snapped up a place over New Year, snap this one up!

Rate is CDN$695 per night plus applicable taxes (14%). Total rate for a 4 night stay is $3169.

To book this or to check if it is still available, contact rocky-peak Ski Holidays as soon as you can!

 

Banff to Kicking Horse onboard the Powder Express

23 Nov

Visit Canada’s newest ski resort in a day from Banff (and Lake Louise) onboard the Kicking Horse Powder Express. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort has developed significantly over the last few years and has a lot to offer especially to those looking for something a little more challenging. When you get there, you can catch the gondola to the top of the mountain. At the very top of the mountain, there is a world class restaurant (The Eagle’s Eye) with impressive panoramic views. This is where the fun begins!

From the top of the mountain you have the greatest vertical in the Rockies to cruise down. Kicking Horse‘s longest run is 10 km (6 miles) and there is a green run all the way down so that the more cautious of you can join in! With plenty of steep and deep, Kicking Horse offers some of the most challenging terrain in the Rockies. You can view the full statistics on Kicking Horse Mountain Resort by visiting a Kicking Horse Mountain Resort statistic summary page (complied by rocky-peak Ski Holidays).

The price of just $90 per adult, and $80 per child/youth including ALL tax is comparable in price to that of a regular day pass in most ski resorts in Western Canada. The Kicking Horse Powder Express will operate 7 days a week from January 6 2008 until one week before the season end. From December 19 to January 6 2008, the Kicking Horse Powder Express will be only operating on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Jump onboard the Powder Express from Banff for little more than the price of a one day lift pass!

 
 
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