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|12-13-2011 03:08 PM|
What I meant was that Castle is one of the best hills around... but they do not have a good park. (same boat as Revy & KH)
Bottom line, if you're looking for quick park access go to Norquay.
If you're looking for a really good park, go to Louise.
If you want to shred, hit one of the other 3 mountains I mentioned above. That's it, that's all (without going much further).
|12-12-2011 11:33 AM|
Originally Posted by sdbadd View Post
And my memory recalls that it usually takes over an hour to get to the Lake (minimum), due to high traffic in one of the most dangerous routes in Canada. (This is my personal view due to just seeing wayyy too many stupid things being done by drivers.) Everyone seems to slow down to a turtle like pace to get through some less than ideal conditions. Or at least this is how it was last time I was making the drive from Canmore to Kicking Horse in the summer of a couple years ago. (The summer is bad enough, lol) And yeah, I'm complaining over what some might consider 'not much', but to me, I'd rather floor the gas pedal Canmore to SV and get an extra half hour shut eye. You ask why I go to Castle when it's farther than Lake from Canmore? I had to because no college in Canmore. At the moment I may or may not be in school in January. - I'll be in Canmore in a few weeks if I don't. I changed my location from Leth to Canmore because I'm anticipating spending my winter/summer in Canmore then coming back to finish.
That and if you're riding a few times a week, piling on an extra hour every day to go to the Lake instead of SV adds up. Time spent learning 'Spanish' or something, lol. Oh-yeah, and doubling your cost of gas. Instead of a $15 gas bill, you're looking at 30. Extra 60 bucks on gas/wk times 4= Suddenly you're spending 250 bucks extra on gas when your monthly salary is about 1500 after taxes. Regardless of knowing other expences of mine, you get the point, lol.
Lake Louise is sweet, but if I'm going that far, in my mind I'm keeping the gas pedal busy all the way to Kicking Horse Resort I love this hill!
|12-12-2011 07:04 AM|
|12-11-2011 05:27 PM|
Originally Posted by chupacabraman View Post
Panorama is pretty mellow for their mountain biking steeps too, but they have great stunts in the summer just like it appears in winter. Lack of snow blows for them though, lol.
Lake Louise is quite the drive for a day of boarding... I go to college and my $$ allow me to make a day trip to Castle once a week. The Lake has an awesome park by the looks of vids and pics I've seen. Maybe make it out there once this winter. Castle is gonna be home though, forsure.
|12-11-2011 05:05 PM|
Norquay's park is quite good because it has a chair servicing it so you can lap it easy, and most of the surrounding hills have poor parks. Otherwise it wouldn't be anything special - that's for sure.
Louise & Panorama both have pretty good parks. (Panorama nice LONG park with chair). Pano is one of, if not THE least snowy mountain in the country, but is the best place to take the family for many nice mellow groomers runs and a ski-in village.
Best park in the Banff area is definitely Lake Louise (esp. since RCR is out and they got their jumps back). Going west, the better terrain parks are in the Okanagan (esp. Big White & Silver Star), and then onwards to Whistler, which of course has an amazing park.
Don't forget about Castle Mountain - it's one of the best, right up there with Kicking Horse & Revy.
|12-10-2011 05:05 PM|
Norquay definitely gets their ice-field rep because it is mostly man made snow, except for the North American chair which is all natural snow. I've been snowboarding here for 20+ years (back when snowboards were not allowed on the Big Chair - now called North American). My dad is a volunteer ski patrol here since I was a kid, so I get to board here free - the only reason I still come here once in awhile, although the park is quite good. In my opinion, Norquay is not icy, however they do get a fair bit of hardpack. Nakiska is more icy in my opinion.
The reason Norquay sucks is it's so small and half their runs are identical to each other. Its the one hill that you'll spend more time on the lift than on the hill. They do have some decent runs and even some decent bowls that you need to hike to when the snow is good, but very short and usually not worth the hike. On the plus side, their lodge is quite nice, the park is good and its great for family skiing. Next year when my boy is old enough, I'll be taking him here to learn to ski/board. I believe it's one of the only places you can lift tickets by the hour.
|12-10-2011 12:59 PM|
Originally Posted by chupacabraman View Post
Yeah, I don't know about kimberley; just here-say. In looking at vids on youtube and pictures, kimberley's snow always looked silky smoothe. Of-course even Norquay gets dumped on from time to time, so it's a mere guess on my part. Plus, it's BC, which I would say gets better snow.. Revvy, Kicking Horse and Fernie would be three places. Haven't ridden anything else in BC. Panorama is supposed to be good..
I was debating the Norquay pass to a large degree because I heard they had one of the better parks in Canada and the adding of the airbag makes a beginning freestyle riders progression leap forward. Coming from Canmore I may just want to head all the way to SV. We'll see.
|12-09-2011 07:19 PM|
That being said, I've had more than a few amazing days there. Often when the storms move in from the NorthEast and you'll get more snow here & in the foothills than at Sunshine. They have some challenging runs, a pretty decent park, and you can hit it easy right besides town... not to mention the rad ski-out back down to the Juniper Hotel on the highway (a must do on GT Snowracers).
|12-07-2011 09:56 PM|
LIft lines even on the weekend are short. I think I have had to wait maybe 2 minutes at worst. Its never that busy. There are a lot of kids there though which is ok but they are not very aware and do ride/ski all over the place.
Night riding is on Friday and Saturday nights this year. It doesnt start till Jan. Again never busy. The air bag might be busy though as it will be popular this season as its friggin awesome!
The shuttle from Banff is not free. Its $15 return and I think $10 for season pass holders. (Dont quote me on the second one.) the best way from Canmore is on the airporter. I think it $10 bucks each way. The greyhound is fucked in the winter as its super unreliable.
If you are looking at Sunshine have you seen the Sunshine Marmot card? A good deal if you are not getting a pass - https://store.skibanff.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=2
Let me know if you have any questions!
|12-06-2011 09:43 PM|
Originally Posted by roremc View Post
How are the lift lines compared to Sunshine during the week? No doubt packed on the weekends, but I won't be there then, unless for a bit of night riding - haven't done that since I was 16 and went to some very small hill in North Dakota, lol. Sitting up top Norquay looking down at the Banff lights is something I'm totally going to do - with my trusty bowl of-course :P
BTW, I know there's a free shuttle up Norquay from Banff, but is there a shuttle coming from Canmore? I may have to take the greyhound to banff in the morning, then hop on the shuttle if that's the case.
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