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Skiing Recommendations in the Rockies

Melbourne, Australia
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Skiing Recommendations in the Rockies

Hi, We are an Aussie family, on a world "Skifari" trip and Canada is on the list. We would be in the area end March/early April 2014. We are all experienced skiers, cope well with Aussie black runs, but probably not Canadian double blacks, with a 13 yr old.

Any suggestions for skiing? We were thinking of Lake Louise, Sunshine, or Fernie. Then we would like to drive to Vancouver (over 3-4 days in start of April) and stop at Kicking Horse or Revelstoke.. I have been reading about the winter driving. Will watch weather forecasts etc. and take our time. Hubby drives oversnow taxis on weekends in local resort.

Does this sound ok? Any Must Do's?

Many thanks!

Calgary, Canada
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1. Re: Skiing Recommendations in the Rockies

I hadn't heard of an oversnow taxi before, so I googled it: http://tinyurl.com/bq5x55r Looks like the same arrangement that is used for cat skiing here: http://tinyurl.com/c7azvxy

Perhaps it's a lack of imagination on my part, since I've never driven a snow groomer, snow cat, or even a snowmobile, but I don't think many of the skills involved with driving one of these vehicles translates very well to driving a car on winter roads. However, the plan to watch the forecasts and take your time is a sound one.

For more on winter driving, check out this TripAdvisor Traveler Article on the subject (if you haven't done so already, of course):


Traveller Articles are written by TA members like you and me, in response to popular forum questions.

Banff, Canada
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2. Re: Skiing Recommendations in the Rockies

You don't need to choose between Sunshine and Lake Louise. You can base yourselves in the town of Banff and ski both.

Having 3-4 days for your trip from Banff to Vancouver is a great idea. Time for a ski day, plus time to be flexible around weather.

Melbourne, Australia
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3. Re: Skiing Recommendations in the Rockies

Hi Country Wife and Banff,

Thanks for your suggestions. Oversnow taxi is a Toyota troop carrier 4WD which ferries guests from car parks to accommodation in the ski resort, as car access is restricted.

We will look at accommodation in Banff.


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