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Boxing Day 2011 in Banff National Park

23 Dec

Here are a couple of things for you to do on Boxing Day in Banff National Park:

Free Tea Tasting
Enjoy this educational and entertaining weekly event.
6:30—8:30 PM | Banff Tea Co, 208 Caribou St.

Grant Slavin Boxing Day Special
10:00 PM | Rose & Crown

 

Christmas Day 2011 in Banff National Park

23 Dec

The HO! HO! HOliday festivities continue on Christmas Day in Banff National Park.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!

Banff Gondola Skating Rink
Enjoy free skate rentals, cookies and hot chocolate while skating with the Brewster Bear.
10 AM—4 PM | Banff Sulphur Mtn. Gondola

Santa Family Photo Days
Get your photo taken with Santa and his elves & receive a complimentary e-card! (Santa hits the slopes at 2pm.)
11 AM—1 PM | Lodge of Ten Peaks, Lake Louise Ski Area

Torchlight Dinner & Ski
This ultimate way for your group to wrap up a wonderful day on the slopes. The excitement begins at Whitehorn Lodge, where you will enjoy après drinks, appetizers and live music in a majestic setting.
Where? Lake Louise Ski Area (tickets still available)

 

 

Christmas Eve 2011 in Banff, Canada

23 Dec

If you are lucky enough to spend Christmas in Banff National Park in the beautiful Canadian Rockies, be sure to check out the following this Christmas Eve:

Santa Family Photo Days
Get your photo taken with Santa and his elves & receive a complimentary e-card! (Santa hits the slopes at 2pm.)
11 AM—1 PM | Lodge of Ten Peaks, Lake Louise Ski Area

Hockey & Karaoke
Hockey, karaoke and dancing, to please every taste!
5:00 PM | Beaver Bar, Samesun Hostel, 433 Banff Ave.

Heavy Metal Techno Christmas
Archimedean Groove & No World Order II Live
10:00 PM | Bruno’s

3 Days of Christmas
Grant Slavin kicks the Scrooge for 3 straight nights
10:00 PM | Rose & Crown

Dave Lang and the Black Squirrels
Country/Swing
10:00 PM | Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon

 

What’s happening in Banff? December 23 2011

22 Dec

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23 2011: EVENTS

Tea House, Sightseeing & Tubing Opening Day
All Day | Mt. Norquay

Santa Family Photo Days
Get your photo taken with Santa and his elves & receive a complimentary e-card! (Santa hits the slopes at 2pm.)
1 AM—1 PM | Lodge of Ten Peaks, Lake Louise Ski Area

Country Christmas
Enjoy a sleigh ride followed by a delicious dinner and live music! Reservations required, 403-522-1898
6:30 PM | Brewster Dance Barn, Lake Louise

Daniel Sky Live
A singer/songwriter originally from Winnipeg. In September he released his new record “Spider Milk.”
9:00 PM—11:00 PM | The Beaver Bar, SameSun

3 Days of Christmas
Grant Slavin kicks the Scrooge for 3 straight nights
10:00 PM | Rose & Crown

Dave Lang and the Black Squirrels
Country/Swing
10:00 PM | Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon

Stan Jacobs Live!
Offering up the best in 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s pop, blues, R&B, jazz standards, light rock, reggae, calypso and country music styling’s.
9 PM| Rundle Lounge, Fairmont Banff Springs

Al Barrett Trio
9:30 PM | St. James Gate Olde Irish Pub

 

What’s happening in Banff – December 22 2011

22 Dec

DAY & EVENING EVENTS FOR: Thursday December 22 2011

Greek Night
With live belly dancing, Greek dancing Zorba-style and plate smashing, this is a weekly treat not to be missed!
8:30 PM | Balkan Restaurant, 120 Banff Ave.

Drawn to Nature
Hour-long Winter Solstice drawing session open to anyone in the community. Participants will be welcomed to explore various still-life sketching techniques in an informal drawing session.
6—8 PM | Banff Park Museum National Historic Site

MasqueRave VIII
SantaRave with Piranha Piranha
10:00 PM | Dancing Sasquatch

Party Beats
Featuring DJ Laela. Season pass giveaway to Lake Louise.
10:00 PM | Hoodoo Lounge

3 Days of Christmas
Grant Slavin kicks the Scrooge for 3 straight nights
10:00 PM | Rose & Crown

Sailesh
World Famous Hypnotist
10:00 PM | Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon | $5

 

6 of the Best – Banff Bars

18 Aug

I’d like to introduce our guest blogger, Nick Coates. He wrote the following article for us based on his bar experiences in Banff. Here are his top six Banff bars:

Melissa’s
Home of the infamous $2.75 high ball, Mel’s is a lively bar with a great atmosphere. A firm favourite with both Banff locals and visitors alike due to its chameleon nature; Mel’s is a sports bar, steak house, and party bar all rolled into one!
The ground floor restaurant serves up huge slabs of meat, chargrilled to perfection, while the 2nd Floor bar caters for all your sport watching and party needs. It’s also a great spot to pick up breakfast if you’re feeling a little fragile the next day!
Quick tip: don’t forget to tip the barman if you want to get served quickly and never ask to change the channel from Ice Hockey!

The Storm Cellar
Situated on the ground floor of the Banff Alpine Lodge at Tunnel Mountain, this lively bar is a firm favourite with young travellers and locals alike. Offering some of the most reasonably priced drinks in town along with regular open mic and karaoke nights, this lively little bar is the perfect place to start a night out in Banff. There’s also a darts board, table football, big screen TV, and an Ice Climbing wall outside. So if you’re feeling adventurous why not see if you can scale this icy behemoth… just leave the beers for afterwards!

Trapper’s
This lively mountain bar can be found at the top of the Sunshine Village high speed gondola. Trapper’s boasts some of the finest food available on mountain; serving up huge plates of Nachos, delicious pulled pork sandwiches, as well as all the usual Canadian favourites. It’s also perfect for sunny days on the hill thanks to its extensive outdoor seating area and sun terrace.
There’s really no better place to grab a cold one after a hard day’s riding with your buddies!

Wild Bill’s Saloon
One of Banff’s more lively venues, Wild Bill’s hosts regular live music nights with both local and international acts passing through on a regular basis. As the name suggests there’s a bit of a western vibe going on here, where else can you cattle roping in the mountains?! So if you fancy playing cowboy/cowgirl for a night or just want to check out some awesome live bands head on down to Wild Bill’s! They also throw a mean Superbowl party…

The Dancing Sasquatch
Not only is this nightclub the number one contender for our “Best named club in the world. Ever” award, it’s also a great place for a night out. With local and international DJ’s gracing the decks playing the very best in Dubstep, Hip-hop, Techno and everything in between coupled with unbeatable drinks deals the Dancing Sasquatch is definitely the place to party after hours in Banff!

Aurora Nightclub
The other of Banff’s nightclubs, with a relaxed atmosphere and some of Canada’s finest DJs passing through Aurora is a great place to party. Complete with pool tables and its own take-away pizza stand Aurora ticks all the boxes for a great night out! It also throws a killer Australia Day party for all you Aussies out there!

The author, Nick Coates, recommends SnowSkool for snowboard instructor courses

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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?!

 

Banff Norquay to extend opening – 2011

31 Mar

2011 has so far continued to bring us plenty of snow here in the Canadian Rockies with low temperatures keeping the ski conditions perfect.  Mother Nature is making sure we don’t get to see spring just yet (although we are officially almost 2 weeks into spring!).

The ski resorts in Banff National Park received another good dosing of the white stuff today:

  • Sunshine Village, Banff – 20cm in past 24 hrs. High of just -3°C (26.6°F) reached today.
  • Banff Norquay received 7cm in the past 48 hours.
  • Lake Louise received 9cm of fresh snow over the past 24 hours.

 

Sunshine Village still intends to open through to late May and Lake Louise intends to close May 1st. Banff Norquay just announced that they intend to extend their opening through to April 24th 2011. It seems that there is plenty of the white stuff for Easter – not only will we be skiing with the Easter bunny, you might want to look out for bears on skis too!

Happy spring to you all!

 

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!

 
 
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