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First Grizzly Bear Sighting of 2011

08 Apr

Even though the snow keeps coming and it’s April 8th 2011, the bears are now starting to wake up. Dan Rafla of Parks Canada managed to snap the first photo of a grizzly bear in Banff National Park just a few days ago. This grizzly certainly has a sleepy face!

Click to enlarge:
The frist grizzly bear sighting in Banff National Park for 2011
Meanwhile, the ski resorts in Banff National Park are in incredible shape. Below are a couple of webcam snapshots from today. Fresh powder and cooler temperatures are creating some of the best spring skiing seen for years!

Lake Louise [Banff National Park] snapshot from today:
Lake Louise webcam snapshot
Sunshine Village [Banff National Park] snapshot from today:
Sunshine Village, Banff, ski cam snapshot from today

 

Snowfall warning still in effect – Banff National Park

02 Apr

It seems we just keep getting these snowfall warnings this year! Environment Canada once again posted a snowfall warning for Banff National Park and surrounding area with good reason. The snow has been coming down heavily all day today with no end in sight! It’s April 2nd 2011 – where is the spring??! With temperature highs of below zero degrees centigrade today, this new snowfall is not going anyway and as a result, the ski resorts are in incredible shape.

Sunshine Village ski resort, in Banff National Park received 12cm in past 24 hours. That’s 47cm in the past 72 hours and the snow has been coming down hard all day. Can’t wait to see tomorrow’s report!

The highway cameras in Alberta give you a good idea of the current driving conditions in Banff National Park – if you must drive, please drive safe or take one of the ski shuttles instead. The locals who drive these buses know the roads better than anyone!

Here is the current weather conditions for Banff:

SNOWFALL WARNING IN EFFECT, Banff

Posted: April 2nd, 2011 05:46 PM

Persons in or near this area should be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and take necessary safety precautions. Issued: 3:46 PM MDT Saturday 02 April 2011


Current Conditions: -2.7°C

Posted: April 2nd, 2011 06:00 PM

Observed at: Banff 4:00 PM MDT Saturday 02 April 2011
Temperature: -2.7°C
Pressure / Tendency: 100.8 kPa rising
Humidity: 82 %
Wind Chill: -7
Dewpoint: -5.4°C
Wind: E 9 km/h
Air Quality Health Index: N/A


Saturday night: Snow. Low minus 4.

Posted: April 2nd, 2011 06:00 PM

Snow ending this evening then cloudy. Amount 2 to 4 cm. Low minus 4. Forecast issued 4:00 PM MDT Saturday 02 April 2011

Banff Current Weather Source: Rocky Mountain Holidays


Thanks for reading and be sure to share your experiences in Banff National Park with us below. When this storm blows through, the ski conditions will be incredible tomorrow.

Will spring ever arrive in Banff National Park?!

 

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 Spring Powder 2010

09 Apr

As predicted by weather experts, after our milder El Niño winter this year, the snow has kept coming in the spring making for great spring powder days at the Banff ski resorts.

The ski resorts in Banff National Park are in excellent shape. Today, Banff National Park is enjoying another POWDER DAY!

Sunshine Village Banff received 25cm in the last 24 hours

In the last 24 hours, Sunshine Village received 25cm (9.8in), Banff Norquay 20+cm (+7.9in) and  Lake Louise 13cm (5.1in). These ski resorts are all included in your Tri-Area Ski Lift Pass which includes the frequent ski shuttles to and from Banff.

With extended spring lift opening, you now have more time to play in the powder. At Sunshine Village, lift times have been extended to run until 4:30pm (Jackrabbit 5pm) until season close (May 24 2010).

Contact us at Banff Blog if you require more information!

 

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.

 

Sunshine Village Banff – Open 2008

14 Nov

Sunshine Village is open, with a fantastic 60-cm base of pure, natural snow.

It’s early-season conditions. The Strawberry lift and two quads – WaWa and Standish are now in operation. More runs are expected open Saturday, as crews finish preparing runs.

It’s also a great time to stay on the mountain, at Banff’s only ski-in, ski-out hotel. The Sunshine Mountain Lodge, formally known as the Sunshine Inn, is offering discounted rates, with packages starting at $139 per person including next day skiing. Contact rocky-peak Ski Holidays for details on this and other ski specials!

To check on the current snow conditions for Sunshine Village, call the 24-hour snow phone at 403-760-SNOW (403-760-7669).

Happy skiing and riding!

 

Heavy Snowfall – May 9 2008

09 May

Yes, the snow is still coming! Sunshine Village has re-opened Goat’s Eye mountain for you to enjoy. Their weekend outdoor concerts are happening every weekend until May 19th!

Today’s snow report for Sunshine Village:
Past 36 hours: 50 cms
Past 4 days: 55 cms
Base: 206 cms

Today’s Forecast:
Snow Showers
High 0 °C
Low -10 °C

Tomorrow’s forecast:
Light Snow
High -1°C
Low -7°C

Mountain Status:
12 of 12 lifts open
64 of 107 trails open

What are you waiting for? Ski Banff at Sunshine Village!

 

Banff Powder – April 2008

19 Apr

With 45 cm of new snow in the past 24 hours Sunshine Village is currently sitting at 64cm in the past 2 days!

It’s time to get back out on those slopes again – the season isn’t over yet!

 

Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine Events – April 2008

29 Mar

Tuesday April 1st 2008
Greek Night – Balkan visit www.banffbalkan.ca for more info
Beer Factor – Hoodoo 18+ only 10pm – late
Red Hot Karaoke – Wild Bills 18+ only 10pm – late

Wednesday April 2nd 2008
Wild West Wednesdays – Wild Bills 18+ only 8pm – Late

Thursday April 3rd 2008
Greek Night – Balkan visit www.banffbalkan.ca for more info
Final Hockey Night: Ottawa vs. Toronto – Elk & Oarsman 5:30pm

Saturday April 5th 2008
Suds plays on the Kokanee Deck – Lake Louise Mountain Resort

Sunday April 6th 2008
TV Rock – Aurora’s 18+ only 9pm – Late

Monday April 7th 2008
Get Wild (Bake your own calzone)– Wild Flour Bakery 5pm – 6:30pm

Tuesday April 8th 2008
Greek Night – Balkan visit www.banffbalkan.ca for more info
Beer Factor – Hoodoo 18+ only 10pm – late
Red Hot Karaoke – Wild Bills 18+ only 10pm – late

Wednesday April 9th 2008
Wild West Wednesdays – Wild Bills 18+ only 8pm – Late
Ski Norquay Closed for the Day

Thursday April 10th 2008
Greek Night – Balkan visit www.banffbalkan.ca for more info
Ski Norquay Closed for the Day

Saturday April 12th 2008
End of Year Beach Party – Ski Norquay

Sunday April 13th 2008
Projected closing of Ski Norquay

Monday April 14th 2008
Get Wild (Bake your own calzone)– Wild Flour Bakery 5pm – 6:30pm

Tuesday April 15th 2008
Greek Night – Balkan visit www.banffbalkan.ca for more info
Beer Factor – Hoodoo 18+ only 10pm – late
Red Hot Karaoke – Wild Bills 18+ only 10pm – late

Wednesday April 16th 2008
Wild West Wednesdays – Wild Bills 18+ only 8pm – Late

Thursday April 17th 2008
Greek Night – Balkan visit www.banffbalkan.ca for more info

Friday April 18th 2008
Rob Bosinger Memorial Weekend – Sunshine Village

Saturday April 19th 2008
Rob Bosinger Memorial Weekend – Sunshine Village
Suds plays on the Kokanee Deck – Lake Louise Mountain Resort
Aaron Pritchett playing at Sunshine Village 2pm

Sunday April 20th 2008
Rob Bosinger Memorial Weekend – Sunshine Village
Aaron Pritchett playing at Sunshine Village 2pm

Monday April 21st 2008
Get Wild (Bake your own calzone)– Wild Flour Bakery 5pm – 6:30pm

Tuesday April 22nd 2008
Greek Night – Balkan visit www.banffbalkan.ca for more info
Beer Factor – Hoodoo 18+ only 10pm – late
Red Hot Karaoke – Wild Bills 18+ only 10pm – late

Wednesday April 23rd 2008
Wild West Wednesdays – Wild Bills 18+ only 8pm – Late

Thursday April 24th 2008
Greek Night – Balkan visit www.banffbalkan.ca for more info

Friday April 25th 2008
ANZAC Day

Saturday April 26th 2008
Spring Episode ’08 – Lake Louise Mountain Resort
Kokanee Freeride – Lake Louise Mountain Resort
Coors Light Peak Party illScarlett playing – Sunshine Village

Sunday April 27th 2008
Spring Episode ’08 – Lake Louise Mountain Resort
Coors Light Peak Party illScarlett playing – Sunshine Village
Projected closing of Lake Louise Mountain Resort

Monday April 28th 2008
Get Wild (Bake your own calzone)– Wild Flour Bakery 5pm – 6:30pm

Tuesday April 29th 2008
Greek Night – Balkan visit www.banffbalkan.ca for more info
Beer Factor – Hoodoo 18+ only 10pm – late
Red Hot Karaoke – Wild Bills 18+ only 10pm – late

Friday April 30th 2008
Wild West Wednesdays – Wild Bills 18+ only 8pm – Late

 

Sunshine Boosts Size of Rogers Terrain Park by 1/3

06 Mar

The opening of the Grizzly terrain park section has added four new acres of features to test the skills of riders of all levels while boosting the size of Sunshine Village’s famed Rogers Terrain Park by one-third.

Skiers and boarders now can access 12 full acres of the Rockies’ best jumps, boxes and rails while enjoying the spectacular beauty of Sunshine Village.

”We’re really excited about all the new features which add so much more to our terrain park experience,” said Tim Hyndman, Terrain Park Supervisor. ”We’ve received extremely positive feedback about the four biggest and boldest jibs we’ve ever built at Sunshine Village.”

Grizzly has awesome features ranging from small to extra-large, including four large and extra large jibs. The highlight is a 24 foot long by four foot high box, professionally painted by local artists Don Petersen and Anthony Orsatti from New World Samurai Tattoo Studio in Canmore.

”We were approached by Sunshine staff to create a piece for the terrain park and we jumped at the opportunity,” said Petersen. ”We’re thrilled with the way it turned out and look forward to doing more work in such a fantastic venue.”

Come bask in the sun and snow at Sunshine Village. With great weather forecasted, skiers and boarders can revel in the warmth while enjoying Canada’s Best Snow.

Sunshine Village, Alberta’s number one ski and snowboard resort receives over 30 feet of natural snow annually and boasts 12 lifts, including the most quads in the Canadian Rockies. Sunshine each year attracts more than 500,000 skiers and boarders during Canada’s longest season stretching from November to the end of May.

Ski Holidays in Western Canada can be booked through rocky-peak Ski Holidays.

Source: Sunshine Village, news release

 
 
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