Banff Journals

Big Terrain Cravings Satisfied in Banff

A March 2004 trip to Banff by Josh S

The Bow River along the Trans-Canada Highway Photo, Banff, Alberta More Photos
Quote: An account of the incredible off-piste skiing opportunities at Lake Louise and Sunshine.

Big Terrain Cravings Satisfied in Banff

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The Bow River along the Trans-Canada Highway Photo, Banff, Alberta
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Big terrain. That’s what I was looking for to cap a somewhat blasé ski season on the East Coast. Don’t get me wrong—carving a high-speed GS turn on boilerplate ice can be a thrill, but I thirsted for more. Vivid dreams of the drop-in, the chute, and a sequence of jump turns filled my nights. I yearned for the long glade of reasonably spaced trees, the wide-open powder bowl, and the sheer vertical. I was completely obsessed—I had to do something to satisfy my cravings. So I flew out to Banff, and guess what: big terrain everywhere. Just an hour-and-a-half drive from the Calgary airport lie two full-on ski areas with some of the best lift-serviced terrain in North America: Lake Louise and Sunshine...Read More