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Ski in the Canadian Rockies Canadian Pacific Railway Company 1949

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The Grindslwold country from Deception Pass north o£ Lake Louise
Photograph by Orville Borgersen, Seattle, Washington.
SKI-ING IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES
The Canadian Rockies rank pretty close to Heaven in the minds of most skiers.
Experts who have returned from them to England, New England, Eastern Canada
or the Pacific Coast of the United States, indeed to any part of the world where
skiers gather, have brought hack tales of ski-ing that have made their friends
goggle-eyed with interest and envy. The untrammeled country, the powder snow,
the sunshine, and incredible vastness-of-it-all have fired them with an enthusiasm
that has been reflected in the ski and alpine journals of many countries. Their
accounts have not been influenced by that genial tendency to improve a story
that flourishes in the mountains, but have been based on experience with ski runs
and snow conditions such as one may dream about, and have been stimulated
by the sure foreknowledge that somehow, some day, all this magnificent country
should become known and available to more people. Parts of it have already been
tried and found perfect and are open to accommodate skiers, and it is with these
that we deal. Below and on the reverse side of this folder is matter relative to skiing and accommodation available at Banff, Alberta, about Sunshine Valley and
Mount Assiniboine, both reached from Banff, and about Skoki Valley, some twelve-
odd miles north of Lake Louise.  There is of course more ski country served by the WMm
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Mount Redoubt and Deception Pass near Skoki
Photograph by Orville Borgersen, Seattle, Washington.
main line of the Canadian Pacific Railway as it follows its spectacular route through
the Rockies, Selkirks and mountains of British Columbia; and there is much country
where exploration and pioneering has yet to be done on ski; but these are either
inaccessible for all practical purposes or are in early stages of development; and
for the time being the districts under review can offer anything the most ambitious
and experienced skier could wish for. The opportunities for pioneering awaiting
the ski-mountaineer and tourer are indicated by the east to west crossing of the
B.C. Coastal range achieved two years ago by Sir Norman Watson, and by expeditions of hundreds of miles on ski along and across the Great Divide by veterans
from Banff. Niall Rankin in the '32 issue of the "British Ski Year Book'' described
his experiences in and about the Skoki valley observing that the territory ....
occupies the merest thumbnail on the map compared with the rest of the snow-
fields in the Rockies and is on the edge of one of the finest ski-ing grounds in the
world. But it would take a lifetime to know much of this fascinating hinterland,
and those who have only a week or a month for ski-ing can occupy their time
magnificently and to the full with runs and tours in the districts herewith illustrated and described. The ski-ing and weather conditions, though the latter are
at times more severe than obtains in Switzerland, are ideal; and in the opinion of
Orville Borgersen, Seattle skier, some of whose photographs are reproduced and %»&&*.     ..^*Sw
On Tour at Simpson Pass above Sunshine Camp, south west of Banff.
Photograph by Orville Borgersen,  Seattle,  Washington.
who reported on the subject to the Seattle Junior Chamber of Commerce ....
"The Canadian Rockies offer one of the longest ski seasons in the entire world. One
can ski from November until May, February and March providing the best snow
conditions/' Among those most experienced with ski-ing in the Rockies is of course
Erling Strom, who has run the camp at Assiniboine for some years. Snow, he
assures us, can positively be depended upon during this long period, pointing
out that this is light and powdery throughout, as the area is so far inland, and that
the cold spells which keep it in this ideal condition are not unpleasant, thanks to
the dryness of the atmosphere. A 7000 foot timberline, he adds, allows for hundreds
of square miles of open ski-ing being readily accessible, sporty runs of two and
three thousand feet being commonplace in the %high country/ Though conditions are alpine, accommodation at present is on a simpler basis than is possible
in Switzerland. Ski Camps are camps and not hotels, supplies have usually to
be transported by pack-horse or dog team or even by back packing, and too much
should not be expected of them. Actually they provide the means for one of the
most stimulating of holidays available in this workaday world, and those who
know ski-ing to be one of the greatest of sports are eagerly seeking them out.
Below: Downhill schuss in the Skoki Valley, Mount Pika behind.
Photograph by Orville Borgersen, Seattle, Washington. Below: Downhill schuss in the Skoki Valley, Mount Pika
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Photograph by Orville Borgersen, Seattle, Washington. Left:  The Ski Camp above Banff,
Alberta, Banff National Park.
BANFF, that famous mountain resort, is appropriately the jumping-off place for ski-ing in a large
area in the Canadian Rockies. Norquay Ski camp
is directly above Banff itself; Sunshine Camp and
Mount Assiniboine Lodge are all reached from the
town; and Lake Louise, the station for Skoki Camp,
is just another 40 miles west on the main line of
the Canadian Pacific Railway. Banff, which has
a population of 2,500, has Stores where ski equipment can be rented or purchased.
Banff Hotel rates are as follows: Cascade Hotel,
50 rooms, European Plan, $1 up; King Edward
Hotel, 75 rooms, American plan, $3.50 up; European, $2 up; Mount Royal Hotel, 70 rooms, American, $4 up, European, $2.50. Calgary skiers often
patronize Mrs. Bryant's Log Cabin Inn. The C.P.R.
Banff Springs Hotel is not open during the winter.
BANFF WINTER CARNIVAL is being held
February 5-9.
NORQUAY SKI CAMP, which is connected with
Banff by a road climbing up a thousand feet
through timber, is a rendezvous for members of
the Calgary Ski Club and the Ski Runners of the
Canadian Rockies. Though not characteristically
alpine, it is a good place at which to condition for
ski-ing in more remote parts. There are excellent
downhill runs, a slalom course and a Jump.
SUNSHINE CAMP at Simpson Pass is run during
the winter by the Brewster Transport Company of
Banff, from whom rates and information may be
obtained. The cabin is comfortable, known in
summer to many members of the Trail Riders and
Trail Hikers of the Canadian Rockies, and is close
to fine open ski country. One of the alternative
trails to Mount Assiniboine continues southward.
MOUNT ASSINIBOINE LODGE, started in 1928 by
Marquis N. degli Albizzi with assistance of Erling
Strom, is the oldest ski camp in the Canadian
Rockies. Every year since then enthusiastic skiers
have found their way to this remote but most
beautiful part of the Rockies where spring ski-ing
is ideal.
In a high basin, 7200 feet above sea level, at the
foot of Mount Assiniboine (the Matterhorn of
Canada) and practically on the Continental Divide,
this camp has an ideal location. High mountains
on all sides provide an endless variety of ski-ing.
Ten distinctly different downhill runs, as steep
and sporty as one wants to make them, with
vertical drops of from two to three thousand feet,
all end near camp. Most of the ski-ing is above
timberline; but a sufficient amount of timber
around camp assures good ski-ing on stormy days.
The combination is so nearly ideal that during
eight years of operation the Assiniboine guests
have not yet missed one single day of ski-ing.
Left:   Sunshine at Assiniboine Ski Camp.
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Left:   Approaching Mount Assiniboine,
Photo,  Byron Harmon, Banff.
Slightly to the west of the Continental Divide,
Assiniboine gets the benefit of those big snowfalls
characteristic of the western slopes of the Canadian
Rockies. Ten feet of snow on the level is not uncommon. With a handful of skiers in a country
many times the size of Switzerland, fresh, un-
tracked, powdered snow is always available. In
spite of being thirty-two miles by trail from Banff,
some guests have returned as often as six times,
which proves that a visit must be worth while.
The trip to camp, of which three miles are made
by car, takes two days, with half way stopover in
the well-built Brewster Creek Cabin, where twelve
people can be accommodated (canvas bunks,
Hudson Bay blankets). The return trip is frequently made in one day by the better skiers.
Assiniboine Camp itself consists of twelve good
log cabins. The main one has a large and comfortable sitting-dining room with kitchen attached.
The other cabins are equipped with two or three
beds and other log cabin furniture. Each bed has
two mattresses, flannelette sheets and Hudson
Bay blankets. A fire is built in each cabin before
the guests get up in the morning.
The staff consists of a good cook, a kitchen helper
and two outside men who chop wood and bring in
water. Erling Strom does most of the guiding
himself, being in possession of a first class Alpine
Ski Mountaineering Guides License issued by the
government. He also teaches ski-ing free of charge.
Usually the lodge opens during the first week of
March and closes the last week of April. A guide
leaves Banff every Friday morning and guests
wishing to join should arrive at Banff on a Thursday
or join Mr. Strom when he goes out himself. Rates
are $70. per week, everything included. Communications should be addressed to Erling Strom
direct at Lake Placid Club, N.Y., U.S.A. Write
early.
LAKE LOUISE, west of Banff, is the station on the
main line of the C.P.R. from which Skoki Camp is
reached. Nearby there is also good ski-ing on the
famous Victoria Glacier, seen by tens of thousands
of tourists, and Swiss guides are available for
those wishing to visit it. Experienced guidance on
glaciers and like areas is desirable to avoid dangers
from avalanches. The Mountain Inn at the station
provides simple and comfortable accommodation,
and_ Deer Lodge, en route to the Chateau Lake
Louise (closed in winter) may be operated by
Mrs. Crosby of Banff during part of the winter
season. Skiers making Banff their headquarters
can leave by train for Louise after midnight and
ski up to the guides7 chalet and the glacier beyond
after dawn. Returning trains pass through in the
late afternoon and evening.
Right:   Cave in Victoria Glacier,  Lake Louise,
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THE SKI CAMP AT SKOKI, 13 miles north of Lake
Louise Station, is in one of the finest areas of alpine
ski-ing country in the west.
The first four miles are on a good trail up through
timber, the next three miles a gradual rise through
the open Ptarmigan Valley country to the Halfway
Cabin, at an altitude of 7000 feet or more. Here
there is overnight accommodation for those who
wish to stay, otherwise one may break the journey
and have a hot meal before continuing. It is a
comparatively short climb to Ptarmigan Lake,
which is crossed in a direct route to the foot of
Deception Pass, the summit of which is 8200 feet;
and from there it is a two-mile downhill run through
open country to the main camp. It usually takes
five or six hours from Lake Louise Station to Skoki,
and can easily be made by beginners. Skins for
climbing are recommended and can be procured
in Banff. The boys who pack in the fresh vegetables, meat, eggs, and mail, make the round
trip from Skoki to Lake Louise Station in less than
eight hours, including a long rest at Lake Louise.
The Skoki Camp is situated at an altitude of 7200
feet, on the Little Pipestone below timber line.
A variety of ski-ing slopes surround the camp and
are easily accessible, an hour's climb giving one
the choice of rapid steep descents, or long gradual
runs. A few miles from camp in several directions
are other mountain slopes and valleys, affording
a great many different runs of varying steepness.
The accommodation at the camp consists of a
main building (17 x 25 feet) which is used as dining
and living room, with the kitchen adjoining. On
each side, about 100 feet from the main building,
are 16 x 20 ft. cabins, one for ladies and the other
for men, with room for eight in each, comfortable
bunks and sleeping bags being used. Nearby is the
bath house with a generous supply of hot water
for the bathtub and two showers.
The Camp is open from January 1st until April
20th, under the management of James Boyce, of
Banff, Alberta, well known guide and packer.
There is a competent staff, including a cook and
guides to look after the needs of the guests. The
rates are: $50. per week, $150. per month. Additional rates and information may be obtained by
writing to James Boyce in Banff, Alberta.
GENERAL INFORMATION regarding fares, Tourist
Class train accommodation, etc., can be obtained
on application to your own travel agent or any
Canadian Pacific Office in Canada and the United
States (consult your 'phone directory for address)
or to the General Tourist Agent, Windsor Station,
Montreal.
Right:    Rupert   Edwards   gelandesprungs in powder snow near
Skoki;  Mount Richardson behind.   Photo by Borgersen.
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