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Ray Polglaze
Ray Polglaze
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Banff - lots of choices

02/18/2020

Great place to visit

Had a nice time in Banff. The mountains are beautiful and dynamic.
01/20/2020

Stunningly beautiful

A photo around every corner! Easy to travel to and from. Super nice people everywhere. Skiing is excellent! So many things to do! It can get a bit cold in the winter so bring good gear and dress in layers. Loved the Rose and Crown, The Balkan, and especially Ramen Arashi for meals!
01/19/2020

All inclusive vacation

It was our first vacation to Banff and we loved our vacation and our kids loved the skiing! It was during the New Years Break and we were thrilled to have really good snow. We booked with ski.com. The agent took care of everything for us! We didn’t have to worry about renting skis or car! We loved it! We tried several wonderful restaurants at Banff and the shopping! We especially enjoyed the Beaver tail (fried dough)! It was so good! We had an amazing time and would return again without a doubt!
01/17/2020

pretty great.

My son and I had never been to Banff. We were overwhelmed by the beauty. We were fortunate for several reasons. First, Banff received 2-3 feet of snow a day before our arrival. That left ski conditions near perfect (8-9/10). We could not decide if we preferred Lake Louise or Sunshine. Each is unique and worthy. Second, we brought our skates and sticks just in case. Upon our arrival in the afternoon, we spotted the ice rink next to the high school. The Zamboni was cleaning the ice! Then it was time for an old time shinny. The clear evening sky, mountain range, and tons of kids made it memorable. Lots of good food within a block of everything.
01/30/2018

Bucket List Items

This trip has been on my list for about 20 years now. I finally decided to 'just do it'. I am glad I did. What an amazing place. Loved the skiing, the lodge, the food and drink. Can't wait to go back. There really is no better place to ski on this planet that I know of. There were skiers from all over that stated the same thing.
03/22/2017

Lake Louise and the Lake Louise Inn

The Lake Louise Inn is located in the village, halfway from the Chateau to the ski hill. The rooms are well maintained and clean and we found the staff to be very friendly. The breakfast and lunch dining room did a great job and had reasonable prices. The two in-house dinner restaurants had typical bar food and pasta that wasn't the best in the world but it was pretty good. Two good points about the location are that we could catch the ski bus at the front door and that the village had a variety of stores and restaurants that could supply any necessities.
02/17/2017

Fabulous snow and trip organized so well

Thank you Kristine Bell for setting up this amazing vacation. We had a simple transition from Houston to Calgary, shuttle to Banff and great accommodations at the Caribou Lodge. Temps were -25 on the top of Sunshine on Monday and very cold several other days with snow almost every day. POWDER skin on Friday and making first tracks is something I will never forget. We had a great time and the scenery all over Banff is amazing and worth hauling the nice SLR camera with you. If you want a full service ski vacation, contact Ski.com and ask for Kristine Bell...
02/09/2017

5 Kentucky Guys on a 4 Day Ski Trip to Banff

We had an excellent time, the skiing was awesome, the views are absolutely gorgeous, the people are friendly. The food and dining experiences were good! I would highly recommend it to anyone!!
03/31/2016

Skiing in Area; Dining Options

My hip is going out as a 60-year old, so most of my comments come from my sons, ages 21 and 13. They liked Sunshine better. Snow was better; skiing is at a higher elevation than Lake Louise. Further problem was lift lines at Lake Louise on Good Friday. Lots of people came up for the Easter holiday. We hadn't been counseled on places to dine, so we ended up staying at the Lake Louise Inn without a lot of dining options. There are far more dining options in Banff, approx. 30-45 minutes away. Beautiful drive on the TransCanada Highway though.
03/16/2016

Lake Louise and Sunshine Village offer variety

Sunshine Village is a bit spread out as it encompasses 3 peaks so some advance planning to pick your way to a different area is do-able but can be tricky. Lake Louise's layout is very easy to negotiate with some very nice, long runs. The snow was a bit lacking when we were there (early/mid-March) which is apparently fairly normal. Being from Michigan we are used to icy, scraped conditions so we were somewhat at home on more than a few runs. We'd expected more powder than what we had.The shuttle bus service that was included with our ski pass (provided by Brewster Transportation) was very well run and PROMPT. We never made it to Mt. Norquay, the locals told us that they didn't have enough snow to make it worth our while due to their lower elevation. Still overall a gorgeous place to ski

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Ray Polglaze
Ray Polglaze
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1-800-908-5000
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Banff - lots of choices

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If you are staying in Banff, you have easy access to three very different ski areas on your SkiBig3 lift ticket. Norquay - the local mountain - is only 10 minutes from Banff. It is the smallest of the three ski areas, but is somewhat of a hidden gem. It is surprisingly large, with lots of medium length runs to enjoy and an excellent tubing hill.

Sunshine is about 15 minutes from Banff. From the base area, you have a 20-minute gondola ride up to the resort. From there, you can access a huge amount of terrain of all levels. Sunshine doesn't have much snowmaking, because they don't need it. They get so much snow that they actually "farm" it to keep the skiing conditions at a high level. Their season typically runs from early November until May.

Lake Louise is about 40 minutes from Banff and offers a huge variety of terrain. Blessed with very reliable snow and incredible scenery, Lake Louise will have you torn between wanting to race down the nearest run or stopping to take more photos. If you are looking for the perfect lunch, check out Kuma Yama in the main lodge - amazing sushi!

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Bill Kelly
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Banf/Lake Louise, 3 ski areas set amongst spectacular scenery!

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I wasn't prepared for the jaw-dropping scenery when I toured Banff and Lake Louise! Everywhere I looked, the Canadian Rockies towered above me.There are 3 ski areas near Banff and I was able to tour them all. Norquay is the closest ski area to Banff and it is the smallest of the 3 areas. Sunshine Village has the only ski-in, ski-out lodging in the Banff and Lake Louise area, and it is truly unique. The only way to get to the Sunshine Mountain Lodge is by taking a lift, riding up on a snowmobile or in a snowcoach! It is located halfway up the ski mountain. Lake Louise, with 4,200 skiable acres is the largest of the 3 ski areas. There is a common lift ticket for all 3 ski areas and a good mix of terrain for all levels of ability at each. We stayed in the iconic Banff Hot Springs Lodge and the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, both of which are truly grand hotels. We also toured the Rimrock Lodge, which has stupendous views. The hotel is built into a cliff. I didn't have time to visit the Banff Hot Springs, so that is still on my bucket list. Either way, I would definitely go back to Banff. Call me at ext 3692 or email Bill@ski.com and let's discuss a trip to Banff and Lake Louise.