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Old 07-13-2010, 01:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking to book a trip to Banff, when is the best time to go and to start booking a hotel and flight?

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Mid-January to March. February gets pretty cold some years, but its gorgeous all winter. Might snow a bit closer to March.
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Early April without a doubt. I have been here two seasons and early April is always powdery gold! Having said that you will only get good powder at Sunshine and spring conditions (awesome) at Lake Louise. Kicking Horse will be closed.
If you want powder Early April is guranteed! As said above Dec and Jan can be cold. Feb can go either way and March is usually pretty good!

Where are you flying from? What sort of accom are you after?

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Hey guys,

We'll be flying from Toronto, gotta get out of the ice coast!

As for accomodations we're not looking for anything too fancy as long as they are close to the hills, if its on the resort even better. Would be better to stay outside of the resort and rent a car to get around?
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I lived in Banff for 7 years (100-150 days per season)

DO NOT go between Mid-January and Early-March... you will be disappointed, there is always a dry spell then.
Best times for pow: November, early January, Late March -> Mid April
Sunshine Village gets lots of snow, consistently. Lake Louise gets only 1/3 of that snow, and is always icy. Kicking Horse is wicked (one of the best hills in Canada) and is a must hit.
Even though Banff is the first to open in early November, everyone knows it's all about the dry spring pow.

Base yourself out of Banff, use a car to get to the hills (sunshine 12 mins, louise 40 mins, kicking horse 1.5 hrs) You're going to have a blast in Banff! (you may never leave)
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I lived in Banff for 7 years (100-150 days per season)

DO NOT go between Mid-January and Early-March... you will be disappointed, there is always a dry spell then.
Best times for pow: November, early January, Late March -> Mid April
Sunshine Village gets lots of snow, consistently. Lake Louise gets only 1/3 of that snow, and is always icy. Kicking Horse is wicked (one of the best hills in Canada) and is a must hit.
Even though Banff is the first to open in early November, everyone knows it's all about the dry spring pow.

Base yourself out of Banff, use a car to get to the hills (sunshine 12 mins, louise 40 mins, kicking horse 1.5 hrs) You're going to have a blast in Banff! (you may never leave)
How do you find living in Revelstoke as opposed to Banff?

I was there a few weeks ago and it was amazing! I had only seen it in winter previously.
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How do you find living in Revelstoke as opposed to Banff?
I was there a few weeks ago and it was amazing! I had only seen it in winter previously.
I love it here! Don't get me wrong some of the best years of my life (so far) were in Banff and I took full advantage of everything there is to do there. I like it better here though for a few reasons....
- i'm 27 now so i don't need a crazy party bar scene like banff anymore
- revelstoke is not in a national park like banff so you don't get all those restrictions
- it's closer to the okanagan and the summer is twice as long as banff
- winters are SH*TLOADS of snow and are never cold

The one thing that surprised me though is how expensive it is. Coming from Banff I figured "it can't be as expensive"... well it is. Rent is cheaper (in the summer) but relatively the same in the winter... it's just a lot easier to find a place to live in Revy as opposed to Banff. The following things cost more in Revy than Banff: food, beer, utilities
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The following things cost more in Revy than Banff: food, beer, utilities
But thats mostly due to the different taxes between Alberta and BC right?
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But thats mostly due to the different taxes between Alberta and BC right?
Yeah most likely. 5% AB vs 12% BC. Revy is just isolated, so they jack everything up in price (you can still get cheap groceries in bigger town in BC such as Vernon). Beer is crazy in BC though... $30 + tax + deposit for a 15 pack.
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Yeah most likely. 5% AB vs 12% BC. Revy is just isolated, so they jack everything up in price (you can still get cheap groceries in bigger town in BC such as Vernon). Beer is crazy in BC though... $30 + tax + deposit for a 15 pack.
You know your thought of how expensive things are is warped when this seems cheap! Gotta love NY...
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