Archive for November, 2007

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 Avenue Open Dec 3 2007

26 Nov

The official opening of Banff Avenue for vehicular traffic has been set for Monday, December 3rd 2007.

The 100 and 200 blocks of Banff Avenue have been closed to vehicles since mid-April, to accommodate the Banff Refreshing project.

On Dec. 3, Mayor John Stutz will celebrate the re-opening with a ceremonial drive down the “refreshed” Banff Avenue between 12 and 1p.m.

Leading up to opening day, Banff Avenue will, and has been the scene of several great outdoor events as the annual WinterStart Festival returns, including Christmas in the Rockies (last weekend), the Santa Claus Parade of Lights (last weekend), and the CP Rail Jam and Street Party (Nov. 30, Dec. 1).


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!


Santa Claus is coming to Banff and Canmore!

23 Nov

Where to catch him:

1) “Light up Canmore” on FRI Nov 23 2007 (tonight) from 6-8pm at the Civic Centre Plaza. There will be hayrides, hot dogs and hot chocolate to celebrate this annual event in Canmore.

2) “Parade of Lights” in Banff on SAT Nov 24 2007 at 7pm. Please note that Calgary has cancelled it’s parade due to construction this year, so the turn-out in Banff is likely to be high.

The “Parade of Lights” in Banff will be preceded by “Christmas in the Rockies” which includes an afternoon of activities including Ginger Bread decorating!

3) Photo opportunities with Santa are from 2 to 6pm on SAT Nov 24 2007 in Banff. Just follow the reindeer tracks or the trail of cookie crumbs to find him!

Good luck with finding him and remember to be good!


Banff Wins Construction Award

23 Nov

The Town of Banff won top billing in the Alberta Construction Magazine‘s annual awards for Banff Refreshing, a $22.8 million project to rejuvenate Banff’s tired downtown core.

The project, which is replacing century-old underground infrastructure and spruces up the 100 and 200 blocks of Banff Avenue, was name top project of the year in the civil category.

The 100 and 200 blocks of Banff Avenue are due to be reopened to traffic by the end of November. Landscaping will be completed next spring, with a final completion date for the project at the end of June 2008.

Alberta Construction Magazine was impressed by the pedestrian-friendly nature of the project, including the wider sidewalks, additional benches and rest spots for people to take in the scenery, as well as more greenery along the main strip.

The Town of Banff’s $1 million marketing and communication’s plan to keep people informed and coming to Banff during construction was also cited as a positive part of the project.

Banff also got credit for the use of recycled materials in the project, such as asphalt removed from the original road that was later reused as the base of the new road put down last month.

Source: Rocky Mountain Outlook


Banff Wins Transit Award

23 Nov

Banff Mayor John Stutz has won a national award for his role in championing the evolution of the town’s new public transit system, from a mere bus ride to what is touted to become an enjoyable experience.

The mayor received the award from the Canadian Urban Transit Association in Quebec City on Wednesday Nov 14 2007. Banff is expected to bring in its new fleet of four hybrid buses early next year.

As part of the overall plan, the Town of Banff will place larger-than-life wildlife wraps around the buses, put story boards along the interior ceilings of the buses, and install a GPS system to help orient transit riders who are less familiar with Banff sites.

Source: Rocky Mountain Outlook


Banff Dog Sled Tours

04 Nov

Why not try something different this winter in the Canadian Rockies?

dog sled tours

Banff dog sled tours are a great way to get around and see the snowy wilderness in the Canadian Rockies!

The dogs love what they do – it is their full-time job in the winter months! Before your Banff dog sled tour you can have photos taken with the dogs, they are all really friendly, so this is a must if you are a dog lover! On the longer tours you can give it a try yourself – make sure you have the anchor ready just in case you need to stop! Guides will assist you to give you a helping hand and you can just sit back and relax in your sleigh as you speed through the winter wonderland.

The great thing about Banff dog sled tours is that you can fit it around your skiing time so that you do not lose precious ski holiday time off the slopes.

Now there are increased transfers from Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise and for 2008, dog sled tours out of Panorama, getting to the dogs has never been easier this winter 2008 ski season!

The best way to book is to contact rocky-peak Holidays direct and they will take care of everything.

Booking with rocky-peak Holidays also means you pay no booking fees!

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