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A January 2004 trip to Banff by kinaida

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Quote: Everything positive you have heard about Banff's beauty is absolutely true! Absolutely incredible scenery and skiing.

Ski Banff!

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Welcome to Banff Photo, Banff, Alberta
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The purpose of this trip was to go skiing in the mountains. My husband and I had never been skiing in the mountains before, growing up in the Midwest, so we were excited to try our hand (or legs) at real skiing. We were initially looking in the Colorado/Utah area, but found the resorts there very difficult to reserve and expensive. So we started expanding the search to Canada. My husband did some research on skiing in the area and discovered that not only does Banff have skiing, they have some of the best skiing in the world! We invited some friends to go with us, one of whom is a fairly serious skier. He was very impressed with the mountain (we primarily skied at Lake Louise) a...Read More

Banff Rocky Mountain Resort

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Banff Rocky Mountain Resort Photo, Banff, Alberta
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Best Things Nearby:This resort is about a five-minute drive from Banff. There is very easy access to Highway 1 and to the town. If you're looking to be right in the middle of downtown Banff, this isn't the place for you. It is right in the middle of Banff National Park and you are surrounded on all sides by the Canadian Rockies -- a definite plus! It was great to step outside of the resort in the mornings and be surrounded by majesty.Best Things About the Resort:The location was outstanding. Since we're not real party people, we enjoyed being on the outskirts of town. It was also nice having such easy access to Highway 1. Being from Chicago, I'm used to traffic...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 22, 2004

Banff Rocky Mountain Resort
1029 BANFF AVE
Banff, Alberta T1L1A2
403-762-5531

Seoul Country Restaurant

Restaurant | "Seoul Country Korean Restaurant"

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I was expecting good things from Seoul Country and was not disappointed. We are spoiled by the abundance of good Korean cuisine here in Chicago, so I was excited to see what Banff had to offer. I had read some reviews online prior to coming, which were positive, so we made it a point to come here. Reservations were not needed the evening we went (I think it was Wednesday night). We were almost the only ones in the restaurant! The requisite side dishes were all fresh and delicious, which is often a sign of the rest of the meal. We also ordered an order of mandoo for an appetizer, which was very good. There was a gas grill in the middle of our table on which we cooked our meat. Our wai...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 25, 2004

Seoul Country Restaurant
215 Banff Ave
Banff, Alberta T0L 0C0
+1 403 762 4941

Lake Louise Ski Area

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Attraction | "Skiing at Lake Louise"

Lake Louise Ski Area Photo, Banff, Alberta
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Lake Louise is truly a world-class ski resort. This was the first mountain that I had ever skied and was a bit intimidated by the size. I hadn't skied in three years prior to skiing here and surprised by how steep some of the green runs were, particularly on the front of the mountain. This isn't a mountain that is very well-suited for beginners, in my opinion. There is a small bunny hill on the front of the mountain, but the next step up from that are the greens, and I found them to be fairly steep and long. I much preferred the backside of the mountain, especially the green bowl and the Larch area. The Larch area is facing the backside of the mountain and is less steep, but the runs a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 25, 2004

Lake Louise Ski Area
Junction of TransCanada Highway and Highway 93
Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0
+1 403 522 3555

Glacier Shop/Breeze Ski Rental

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There is no shortage of ski rental shops in Banff. It can be somewhat overwhelming to figure out which one has the best skis for your money. We were very happy with our choice of Breeze Ski. It is located inside of the Glacier Shop, which is a trendy ski shop that sells clothes, skis, goggles, etc. We arrived to pick up our skis on a Sunday, late afternoon. It took us 2+ hours to get our skis! There was someone in front of us who was trying on skis to purchase, so that absorbed much of their attention. There were only two guys working, so we ended up spending a lot of that time waiting. However, once we did get served, they were extremely attentive to every detail. My friend who has...Read More