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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-01-2008, 11:05 AM
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Sunshine Village Banff, AB

On December 12th you can ski or snowboard for free at sunshine. I was just on their website and it turns out its the anniversary of the hill. I think the 80th anniversary. I imagine it will be packed but hell its for free. Just though I would let you all know.
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post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-03-2008, 10:54 AM
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Only if you live between Exshaw and Field
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That Exshaw to Field stuff is such a load of crap... It's not broke ass Bow Valley locals that made Sunshine so attractive to the rest of the world, but quite the opposite actually since locals tend to think they're so fuckin cool, calling tourists gorbies, thinking they own the mountain, and ignorant shit like that. Sunshine admin., remember who pays the rent, and make a free day free for everybody. I almost regretted getting an RCR super pass over a Sunshine pass, since I had such a great season there last year. But if this is how they want to treat those who have the money to spend, and have for the past 80 years, I can't be happier to drive the extra half hour or so to The Lake.
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Sorry to bring this old topic back, but I am going to Sunshine Village or Lake Louise next week and I'd like some suggestions on which trails to go.

I am a beginner and my friends that already went to Sunshine Village suggested me this:

01. Take the Gondola to Lookout Mountain
02. Take the Strawberry High Speed Quad
03. Any trail from 40 to 44 will be really nice for me.

Also, here in my local hill I went to some blues, so after riding on trails from 40 to 44 I'd like to go on higher terrain, for example:

04. On Lookout Mountain, the routes:
04.1 27 or 29 or 34 or a mix of those.

Byt, I am here now to ask for help to for more suggestions

Thanks kindly to everybody
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Sorry to bring this old topic back, but I am going to Sunshine Village or Lake Louise next week and I'd like some suggestions on which trails to go.

I am a beginner and my friends that already went to Sunshine Village suggested me this:

01. Take the Gondola to Lookout Mountain
02. Take the Strawberry High Speed Quad
03. Any trail from 40 to 44 will be really nice for me.

Also, here in my local hill I went to some blues, so after riding on trails from 40 to 44 I'd like to go on higher terrain, for example:

04. On Lookout Mountain, the routes:
04.1 27 or 29 or 34 or a mix of those.

Byt, I am here now to ask for help to for more suggestions

Thanks kindly to everybody
I went to Sunshine last Easter and had a blast. My wife was a beginner so I got to know the green runs pretty well. Alot of runs have very flat spots so you need to pick your runs carefully or you will be unstrapping and walking.

Start with Strawberry Express and take Dell Valley 44. Nice mellow green and no flats, but it can get a bit crowded with noobs. Stay away from Rock Isle Road 40, it is the flattest run on the mountain.

Also try Standish Express and take Creek 53, I don't think there were any flats there.

You should avoid Wawa Quad especially Meadow Park 61. It has lots of flats, I did ok on that one but the wife hated it. Only take Wawa if you want to try the blues which are nice and wide and fun.

You could take Banff Avenue 1 from the top gondola station to Goats Eye Gondola station. You have to take the short Jack Rabbit Quad half way. Or you could go lower and take Wolverine. Banff Ave is a nice mellow green that is very quiet early in the day. If the weather is shitty/windy, I really recommend this gondola run to stay out of the weather.

If you want a challenge, try Goat's Eye. It is very fun but also pretty steep. I would only recommend it for intermediates and up. But it is extremely fun so I thought I would mention it. Goat's Eye is also very quiet early in the day.

We didn't go up Lookout mountain. Since the only green is a cat track, I didn't want to take my wife up there. It also can get super windy on Look Out so I try to avoid it.

I hope that helps.
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Lake Louise is VERY beginner friendly. I believe every lift except the summit platter has access to green runs and signage is very good pointing out which is the "easiest" way back down the hill.

The Gondola gives you the most options and vert for beginners. From there you can come down the front side on a number of green runs or you can take the green run Pika to the backside to the Paradise and the Ptarmigan chairs.

You basically can't go wrong at Louise if you're new and don't want to get in over your head.
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Nice thread resurrection! (FYI, it's okay to start a new thread asking for terrain advice in the future)

I agree with Wasabi and Sabatoa here...

Sunshine can be fun, but there are lots of flats, and if you're not comfortable straight lining those, you'll have to walk a fair bit.

Lake Louise has terrain for everyone, off almost every lift. You'll know by looking at the platter that it's not for beginners anyway!

Top of the World is a fun front side chair that gives you access to intermediate terrain to push you off the typical tree lined green cruisers and into some treeline-alpine terrain. There's a gully that goes under the chair that has a very mild pitch to it, and would be a great intro to mountain riding early in the morning before it gets bumpy.

Avoid the backside if you're not comfortable on long runouts, as there are long flats to the Paradise, Ptarmigan, and Larch chairs. That said, it's good to head back there at least once just for the scenery. From the top of Paradise you can get back to the Top of the World chair for more familiar terrain.

Have fun! Conditions were great this past weekend, and I think they have snow in the forecast.
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Good point on the long runout to the backside. I usually take one of the blacks to Paradise or Ptarmigan and forgot about that long runout if you take Pika.

The Gully from Top of the World is hands down my favorite run of any place I've been. As a resort rider, it's the closest I've felt to riding a mountain in it's natural state. It felt super organic and natural, and fun as hell.
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Wow... thanks everybody for all suggestions

I don't know yet which one I will go, but I already have a plan for Sunshine Village, and probably Thursday I'll made a plan to Lake Louise just in case.

So, my plan to Sunshine Village is: (in order)

Strawberry High Speed Quad
44
Standish Express
53
Wawa Quad Chair
Only to go on blues
Great Divide
27
...
and

Goat's Eye Express Quad
71

Starting with Strawberry High Speed Squad on 44, I need to train some toe slide a little bit more, so there is a change that I'll go to 40 just to play around with this.

After this, I'll go to 53 and any blues on Wawa, to prepare myself to try 27 at the top of the Great Divide.

Probably I will stay playing around this tracks for a bit and then move to Goat's Eye to try 71.

Also, do you know if there are lockers to rent over there? (probably yes) And how big they are? (fits a 30L backpack not fully loaded?) -- Found it: http://www.skibanff.com/sunshine-vil...uest-services/

Thanks again.

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they have lockers, in the basement of trappers lodge. they take coins, they are big enough.

forget what everyone has told you. go to the mountain. when at the top, open your eyes and use your brain to figure out where to go. its all downhill except for a few spots. use a trail map if you want, but its a wide open place, most of the trails are ill defined and you definitely don't need to micro manage your route. whats the worst that will happen? having to skate or walk for 2 minutes? relax and have fun.
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