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Banff/Nakiska 2017/2018

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First week of November, and we're open for business! Norquay and Nakiska were open this weekend. Sunshine opens on Friday Nov 10. Picking that KHMR will open earlier than scheduled (they've posted crazy vids of 3ft of snow at the top).

Anyone go up to Nakiska this weekend? I was in Banff for the Film Festival and there looked to be plenty of snow on the hills.

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I was up at Nakiska on Saturday with the kids for opening day. The lower mountain was pretty thin and not open.  They are going to need a lot of snow making to get coverage, but are rumored to be opening the lower mountain this weekend.  Everyone uploaded and downloaded on Olympic chair.  Upper and Middle mapmaker were the only runs open off the gold chair, plus the glades (thin).  Conditions were cold and way icier and hardpacked than I expected with all the recent snowfall.  

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I was up there with my kids on Sunday, soft bootin it. The conditions on Sunday seem better than Saturday, it was actually pretty good. Mapmaker was in mid season form I would say. They usually (or at least used to) blow this run first so it could be used for pre-season training, I am thinking that they still do that and open it to the public on the weekends to catch some more revenue. We didn't check out the glades (my boys are 7 and 9), but it looked like there was lots of snow elsewhere up top. It was super crowded on the one run, but lots of fun and no rocks. I wouldn't be comfortable on plates in that type of crowd, but I did see someone leaving with a carving board as we got there at noon. It certainly met (and probably exceeded) my expectations for getting a few turns in on the first weekend in November. 

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Jan 24 to Feb 3. I'm planning on heading out pm Thu Jan 25th (depending on road conditions I might stop in Fernie for the night and drive the rest in the morning), coming back on the 29th. Assuming I can swing the couple of days off work ...

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Ugh, Silver is down for maintenance again? It had better be open by the weekend.

Any of the locals going up this weekend? I'll be at a crossfit competition all next weekend, so I'm probably going to head up this Sunday. I could be talked into Saturday if anyone else is going.

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