A January 2004 trip
to Banff by davidtraill
Quote: Lake Louise was the experience we had hoped for, with pleasant staff, great skiing and views, and a little kick of magic.
The scheduled pickups for the ski resorts were right on time and easy to use. We traipsed down to the activities center, where they arranged for us to go heli-touring with no fuss. They offered an indoor/outdoor pool (heated), squash courts, games for loan, and all kinds of other things that made you feel at home. The shuttle into town was also a godsend—they even ignored the hourly schedule if you asked nicely for a ride.
We got what we needed and wanted, and if we had a bigger room, we would certainly go back.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 7, 2005
Banff Rocky Mountain Resort
1029 BANFF AVE
Banff, Alberta T1L1A2
Restaurant | "Old Spaghetti Factory"
Situated in a small indoor mall, the restaurant had fast and friendly service, a pleasing variety of food, mountains of pasta and sourdough bread, and all of it was tasty. With its central location in Banff and the allure of the amazing shopping opportunities along the street, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 7, 2005
Spaghetti Cascade Plaza
317 Banff Ave
Restaurant | "Melissa's Missteak"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 7, 2005
Melissa's Restaurant and Bar
218 Lynx St
Banff, Alberta T0L 0C0
+1 403 462 5511
Restaurant | "The Rose and Crown"
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 7, 2005
Rose and Crown Banff
202 Banff Avenue
Banff, Alberta T1L 1B5
+1 403 762 2121
Attraction | "Lake Louise"
Lake Louise Ski Area
Junction of TransCanada Highway and Highway 93
Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0
+1 403 522 3555
Our flight was magnificent, soaring over peaks, hovering next to glaciers, and flitting through canyons laden with snow. While the flight wasn't cheap (three fares of C$250 per trip required - we paid for a third empty spot to go), it was awesome. We oohed and ahhed the whole time, with helpful suggestions and banter with our pilot. Needless to say, we shot a lot of pictures and video.
This was well worth the time, effort, and money, even if you have to miss a day on the slopes.
Don't expect great skates. In both my pair and my wife's, the laces were broken, and the ankle support was sadly lacking. The kids zipping around the ice had their own skates and made a sad mockery of my wife, trying her best on an uneven surface creased by numerous skates while wobbling around the oval in skates that couldn't tie up strongly enough to support her ankles. We gave up after five minutes and spent the rest of the time exploring the grand old hotel.