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Old 12-09-2009, 11:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I'm going to be heading to Calgary to visit a buddy on the 2nd week of January. I'll unfortunately only have 3 days to ride while I'm there. My question is, how should i divide up my time between lake louise and sunshine? I wont really venture off piste or do any glades of any sort, just simply free riding on piste. I'm very green when it comes to experiencing different terrain/mountains as I'm from Ontario Canada (cries). Just looking to build on my experience from Tremblant and its decently long and challengin runs.

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Old 12-09-2009, 11:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Either one you're looking at about an hour and a half drive before you're strapping in so you might as well do one day at each and then pick the one you like the best for the last one. Both hills are pretty sweet, so pick the resort with the most fresh
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Old 12-10-2009, 12:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree with Dano. Go with whoever has the best snow, which there is a good chance it'll be SSV.

SSV will also save you 30 minutes of driving of time, which never hurts.
Being from Ontario myself, I think I can say you will have an amazing time and it'll blow your mind.
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If you are good at the flat parts and know how to keep your speed to avoid un-strapping, sunshine is a great place. If not, have fun walking a lot / skating with 1 foot, a lot. sunshine has lots of slow spots to avoid. Lake has much more sustained vertical, so if they had roughly equal snow, your riding style would fit lake better.
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If you are up for the drive Kicking Horse is well worth the trip. As said about depends on the snow. the Lake is a much better hill than SSV but the snow can be hit and miss.
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Old 12-10-2009, 11:24 AM   #6 (permalink)
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If you're dedicated enough, the 3-4 hour drive to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort In Golden B.C. will be you best snowboarding experience. If they have as much snow as they did last year (and so far, most mountains out here have broken last years recorded snow fall), you are in for the shredding of your life.

P.S. Don't be frightened by the f#ckheads in the jacked up trucks and the camo Tapout hats. They're harmless, douchey, but harmless (unless there's a UFC event that night, then they all think they're cage fighters)
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Old 12-10-2009, 12:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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If you are up for the drive Kicking Horse is well worth the trip. As said about depends on the snow. the Lake is a much better hill than SSV but the snow can be hit and miss.
So the snow at SSV consistently better than LL?

Man..you guys are killing me...i want to go now...and stay there for a month...ha

Kicking horse: is it more "epic" than LL? (for a lack of a better word)
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Hell yeah it is. Knee deep champagne powder (actually that much better than regular pow), killer tree and glade boarding, tons of steep chutes into pow bowls (if you're up for it), gondola running from the bottom to top for LONG flowing runs, and great food. Do it
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Personally, I think you should go to Sunshine. I was there about a week and a half ago and the snow was GLORIOUS. If the snow coming down in Edmonton is any indication of anything then Sunshine will STILL be just as rad. With that being said, I haven't been up to Lake Louis yet, so do take this with a grain of salt.
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Personally, I think you should go to Sunshine. I was there about a week and a half ago and the snow was GLORIOUS. If the snow coming down in Edmonton is any indication of anything then Sunshine will STILL be just as rad. With that being said, I haven't been up to Lake Louis yet, so do take this with a grain of salt.
Sadly the weather has gone retarded here. Calgary got smashed with up to 30cm in places last week and we got a bit of dust and -25!
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