Hey there caboose...Thought i should shine a light on things for ya. I've waited 45minutes at the base at Lake Louise, and Banff can be the same kind of deal. Banff is short runs, Lake Louise has nasty flat areas. If you're looking for the best Mountain and snow conditions with a small line up, go with either Fernie, BC or Kicking Horse in Golden, BC. (Fernie 2hrs and Golden 3hrs from Calgary,AB). Night life is far down on my list and powder and ski experience is what i care about the most. Fernie and Golden/Kicking Horse are the best Mountains in the Rockies.