Austin Skiers

banff, Canada

january 18 -  january 25, 2020

7 Nights lodging at the Ptarmigan Inn


When you come to Banff, CAN (Alberta Province) you're likely to run into travelers from literally all over the world! When international travelers think of skiing in Canada they think of two places - Whistler and Banff. It's truly international skiing at it's finest. There isn’t really an actual Banff ski resort, well in the town anyway, but there are three ski resorts in the majestic Banff National Park.

The nearest ski area is Mount Norquay, just under 8km (5 miles) from Banff town is essentially Banffs' local resort and arguably Canada's' oldest dating back to 1926. It's relatively small with only 190 acres,  but it has a great mix of runs, from beginner slopes with a large proportion of intermediate and advanced terrain to some memorable expert mogul fields. If you’re up for a serious advanced run try Lone Pine. Norquay’s most challenging trails, Memorial Bowl, are accessed from the North American chair via the Mystic Express. Norquay also has Banff’s only night slopes, and a tubing park.

The next nearest area is Banff Sunshine, just over 16km (10 miles) away. Sunshine had it's beginnings in 1927/28 when the Canadian Pacific Railways built a cabin on the site of the present day Old Sunshine Lodge. Banff Sunshine is significantly larger at some 3,358 acres with some crossing over from Alberta to the British Columbia province. Sunshine is about 20 minutes by road from Banff and takes another 18 minutes to get to the village by gondola. Most of its runs are intermediate and advanced, this somewhat remote resort, with some of the highest trails in Canada, has an excellent snow record, and a good reputation for powder. Some of its 3,358 acres cross from Alberta into British Columbia.

The biggest ski area is Lake Louise, just under 65km (40 miles) from town. Lake Louise is the largest of the three ski resorts offering a variety of terrain from gentle slopes and long cruising runs, glades, chutes and some of the Canadian Rockies most exciting and wide open bowls. The three ski areas of Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Mt. Norquay provides more than 8,000 acres to ski!

Lake Louise -  With over 4,200 acres of terrain spread across four mountain faces, Lake Louise is one of the largest ski resorts in North America. Just minutes from the village of Lake Louise, the ski area’s exceptional layout allows families and groups of all abilities to ski together with beginner, intermediate and expert runs from every chair.  When visiting Lake Louise Ski Resort, be sure to take your camera! The spectacular views of mountains, glaciers, lakes and forests are truly unique and befitting of Canada’s first National Park. Mountain Stats: Lake Louise Ski Resort has 4,200 acres, 145+ runs,  3,250 feet vertical. Chairlifts: 1 high speed 6 passenger gondola, 1 high speed 6 passenger chairlift,  2 high speed quad chairlifts, 1 quad chairlift 1 triple chairlift, 1 T-bar, 3 carpets. 25% beginner, 45% intermediate, 30% Advanced

Sunshine Village - The world-renowned resort features more than 3,300 acres of skiable terrain, ranging from gentle beginner runs all the way up to extreme big mountain runs. Sunshine’s very own Delirium Dive has been named one of the 10 top off-piste destinations in the world. They have an average snowfall of 360" with 107 trails and 12 lifts.

Mt. Norquay - Mt. Norquay continues to be the locals’ gem. Famous for being the training ground of Olympic and World Cup athletes, and with excellent beginner terrain, everyone will love this small, family-friendly resort. Mt. Norquay offers expert snow-making on 85% of the terrain.

The Town of Banff
An extensive variety of shops, more than 130 bars, restaurants, coffee shops and bakeries are available in Banff. Entertainment is endless in Banff with access to world-class cultural experiences, performances, events, as well as three local museums, and eight contemporary art galleries. You’ll be ready in no time for a soothing soak in our famous hot springs.

We will spend our week at the Ptarmigan Inn centrally located in Banff National Forest just one short black from downtown. Free bus transportation to and from the slopes is available from the Inn. Check out their website for all the amenities including: FREE WiFi, two indoor hot pools, sauna, steam room, complimentary Banff Roam Bus Passes for the Banff Transportation System,  complimentary hot/cold breakfast and a made-to-order omelette station. The rooms are superior hotel rooms with double occupancy.


Transportation
Our club will fly from Austin to Calgary on United. We will bus from the Calgary airport to Banff arriving in about 1.5 hours. The landscape between Calgary and Banff is constantly changing and provides some of the clearest markers of the last ice age, and the creation of the Canadian Rocky Mountains you will see. This starts with an unassuming rock outcrop seen by looking out the right hand side of the coach just west of Calgary. Believe it or not, this is the start of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Airline Schedule (United Airlines)
Jan 18   AUS to IHA       7:15am/8:14 am

              IAH to YYC     9:35am/1:05pm

Jan 25   YYC to DEN   12:15pm/2:44pm
             
DEN to AUS   5:20pm/8:26pm










2020 Banff, Alberta, CanadaYou must be a current Austin Skiers member to join a trip.

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Registration will open on August 23
at 12 noon



Trip Chair: Tere Mayne
Assistant Trip Chair:
Steve Knouse


Full Trip Price: $1,299 USD
(Includes air, ground transfers & lodging). 

Ground Only Price: $648 USD
(lodging only)

Ground transfers from/to airport $ 98 round trip (additional cost for Ground only participants)

Single Supplement = $525



Lift Tickets - Lake Louise, Sunshine, and Norquay Combined: (USD Prices)

ADULTS:
3 of 5 days - $237
4 of 6 days - $270
5 of 7 days - $310
6 of 8 days -  $372

SENIOR (+65):
3 of 5 days - $182
4 of 6 days - $215
5 of 7 days - $238
6 of 8 days - $285


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