BANFF, ALBERTA, CANADA
JANUARY 13 - 20, 2018 Saturday to Saturday
!!! Done !!!
Trip Report: by Jim Boisso
An early start for some of the group on Saturday January 13th got fifteen Joliet skiers headed northwest to Calgary for a week skiing and sightseeing. The trip out to the National Park started just fine except the bus driver took us though the west side of town instead of using the major routes out of town to CANADA Route #1. We were able to check in upon arrival, every one had a balcony room on the quiet sides of the building. Just a short walk to the main drag of town served everyone for dinning, shopping and other entertainment. The bus stop to all the mountain resorts was just out the front door, bus services were all coach liners with ski and board storage below in custom designed storage shelves.
Sunday The first day those that were skiing ventured off to Sunshine Village, an excellent day of skiing. Many runs of all levels, lifts that are easy to navigate from one area to the next. Two of the group decided to ski out on the last run, it's the original service road up the mountain to the first base lodge. The gondola from the parking lot is the means to ride up and down for 99% of all skiers. Some times you just have to experience the whole mountain. The turtle's group just kicked back the first day and enjoyed some peace and quiet. Two of our adventurers ventured off to Kicking Horse Mountain for some snowmobiling. The evening meals were consumed in several locations, neighboring restaurants, the Meatball Bar at the hotel, and several downtown.
Monday found the group at Lake Louise Resort after an hour bus ride, a very enjoyable day was had by all, save one who took a bad fall and took the remainder of the week off to recoup. We were given free tickets to the Banff Springs Hot Pools, and the Banff museum, several of the ladies took advantage of a short dip in the natural pools. Some of the group took a wild animal tour in the Park. Each morning we enjoyed a good breakfast of both hot and cold varieties, with omelets or eggs made to order. Most mornings we had the restaurant to ourselves, with a few overnight guests stopping in for their morning send off.
Tuesday found us back at Sunshine Village and a great day skiing. Others in the group visited the chateau at Lake Louise for some great sunlit views of the lake and mountains. This day also marked the start of a new snowboarder adventure for Adam Jamant, he really took to the sport and is very enthusiastic about continuing.
Wednesday found the majority of the gang taking the day off and venturing to the chateau, there will be a winter carnival starting the Saturday we leave. The ice sculptures blocks were all in place being acclimated to the weather, our shuttle driver told us that the USA has won the past several years. The team is from the Philippines: so was he. The castle facade was in place and being photographed by all visitors. The lake was being enjoyed by skaters, cross country skiers and hikers. Others of the group enjoyed a grotto walk into a frozen stream canyon. With a night adventure into Johnston Canyon and some great views of the night sky before it started to snow.
Thursday every one went to Lake Louise Resort under the advice that they would have better snow coverage. It continued to snow though out the day, the light was not as flat as we thought it might be. It was a shorter than normal day because of the heavy snow and tired calves. Adam tried boarding again and had a great day remembering what he had learned two days prior. A number of restaurants were patronized this evening, Earl's, Wild Billy's Saloon, Bear Street Bar and Grill, and the Meatball. Every establishment visited through the week had rave reviews from one and all.
Friday was the last day and most of us spent it at Sunshine Village, just a day for cruising, enjoying the sun, and a mix of local skiers at lunch and on the
lifts with info from the area.
Saturday we enjoyed our last breakfast at the hotel, and waited for our bus, which was fifteen minutes late due to an accident on the route out. We had time to work with, the car that had stopped traffic west bound had been removed and the traffic had just started to move, looked to be backed up for one mile plus all three lanes, mostly skiers heading out for the weekend. The trip home was only marred by one glitch, Ron's skis did not make the luggage carrousel, they were in the airport but no one knew where. He received them at midnight that same day. It was a great trip with good times and comrades.
Double check your PASSPORT it should be good for 6 months after we return. Do it NOW.
Normal renewal time is 2 months.
Trip Includes: Air via United O’Hare to Calgary.
Ground Transport: Joliet to O’Hare, Calgary to Banff.
Seven Nights Lodging at Ptarmigan Inn Downtown Banff. Based on Double Adult Occupancy. Bed rooms reserved: 7 double queens, and 3 kings (first come first served).
Full breakfast, Carumba Restaurant onsite, wireless internet, free evening shuttle, sauna, two indoor hot tubs, ski lockers, fitness center, maid service, laundry, walking distance to shops.
5 of 6 day lifts good at Lake Louise, Sunshine Village, and Mt. Norquay. Senior rate for those 65 plus years young.
Resort Bus pass for week.
Trip insurance available: Travelex $105.
Based on 20 skiers:
Total full price: $1,350.00 , Senior full price: $1,325.
Price no lifts: $1,085. Price lodge and lifts: $710. Price lodge, lifts, 65+ $685. Trip insurance available: Travelex $105.
Deposit due at sign up: $ 340.00
Second payment due Sept. 21, 2017 $340.00, Third payment due Oct.19, 2017 $340.00, Final payment due Nov. 16, 2017
Make check out to Joliet Ski Club note BANFF
Final Date to Sign up without a penalty is October 5, 2017, and with a penalty is November 30, 2017, Make sure your membership is up to date.
Payments are taken at all meetings, as we would really love to see you, or can be mailed to PO Box 2542, Joliet, IL 60434-2542.
• Checks made payable to Joliet Ski Club
• Note trip name on the memo line.
• One trip per check.
• Payment may include all in your party.
Lake Louise resort: Base 5400 feet, Vertical 3250 feet, Top 8650 feet. 4200 skiable acres supports 145 runs and bowls, 10 lifts serve 25% beginner, 45% intermediate, 30% advanced. Sunshine Village Resort Base 5440 feet, Vertical 3500 feet, Top 8955 feet, gondola, high speed quads, 3360 acres with 115 runs and glades, 20% beginner, 55% intermediate, 25% advanced. Mt. Norquay Base 5500 feet, Vertical 1650 feet, Top 8040 feet, 160 acres with 60 runs, 29% beginner, 21% intermediate, 48% advanced.
$340.00 – Due Sign Up , 2017 $340.00 – Due September , 2017 $340.00 – Due October, 2017 $Balance – Due November, 2017
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