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Ski in the Canadian Rockies Canadian Pacific Railway Company 1937

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Ski Jump at the Dominion Ski Championships at Banff SKI IN THE
All the winter splendor of the
Canadian Rockies is in tune
with the joy of skiing! Crystal
clear air, miles of open slopes,
and the powder snow that skiers
revel in have quickly won the
acclaim of enthusiasts who are
familiar with mountain ski-areas
the world over. What countless
miles of towering peaks and
dipping valleys offer their snow
clothed slopes to the "white
thrill'' of skiing! To ski at all is
thrilling, but to ski on terrain
and under conditions that can
only be classed as ideal is an
experience that lifts one from
the everyday world to a plane of
sheer delight.
Banff is the center for all who
would enjoy the pleasures of
this King of Winter Sports. This
far famed hospitable town is the
starting point from which emanate ski possibilities of every
By happy circumstance Mt. Norquay Ski Camp is but four miles
from the town. This is the place
to get back into the swing of
skiing! Gentle nursery slopes—
wooded ski trails—daring slalom
runs on open slopes with pitches
up to 35 degrees—a 2,000 foot
downhill course that last year in
the Dominion of Canada Ski
Championships saw Francioli of
Switzerland flash to a close win
over Prager, Chivers and Bradley of Dartmouth; Kolterud
of Norway; five of his team
mates on the Swiss Universities
Ski Team, and the cream of
downhill competitors from
Canada and the United States.
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Photographs in this booklet are
copyrighted, respectively, by
Peter Whyte, Banff; A. C
Phillips, Vancouver; Associated
Screen News Limited, Montreal,
and Canadian Pacific Railway
Company, Montreal.
1. Vertical Downhill 3000 feet
in one mile and a quarter
2. Motor road from village 4
xf   3.  Slalom 800 feet vertical.
ffe.      $1  4.  Jump  possible   over 250 feet
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Germany   and    Lake   Placid, &
Do you jump? Norquay is admirably equipped! A small
hill for the younger people or those who want to "take it
easy"—a larger, magnificently engineered jump for those
who want to "stretch out" for the thrill of a 200 foot flight.
Said Alfred Engen of Salt Lake City, American National
and Dominion of Canada jumping champion. "I am quite
pleased with the hill. It is one of the best I have jumped on!''
Expert instruction for the novice may be secured at Norquay
or by arrangement in Banff. A few days spent here, or
longer if you are a beginner, will put you in fine fettle to
enjoy the rest of your vacation to the full in the high-
country ski areas.
Accommodation to suit any purse may be found in the
hotels and inns at Banff. The ski shops carry Canadian,
United States and the best of Continental ski bindings and
accessories. Members of the local club, Ski Runners of
the Canadian Rockies (affiliated with the Canadian Amateur Ski Association) always appreciate the opportunity of
fraternizing with fellow skiers. The Secretary, Ski Runners
of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, will gladly answer any inquiry that you may care to address to him.
For the ultimate in skiing one must have open slopes of
every gradient and magnitude, covered by a very thick
blanket of snow. The high-country of the Canadian Rockies
provides no less. Slopes are open because they are above
timberline: variety is inevitable for the Rockies cover an
area many times that of Switzerland: for change of altitude
slopes meet the wishes of the most enthusiastic skiers,
varying as they do from gentle practice hills to runs of
several miles, with changes of 3,000 to 4,000 feet vertical.
In an area so enormous as that covered by the Canadian
Rockies there are of necessity thousands of square miles
that have yet to feel the impress of ski. Three outstanding
and accessible districts have, however, been developed
and it is these areas at Mt. Assiniboine and Simpson Pass
near Banff, and Skoki Valley in the neighborhood of Lake
Louise, that offer the sheer delight of skiing as it is found in
few other places in the world.
Life at the high-country camps is quite informal. There is
none of the "dress-for-dinner" type of ceremony. All camp
procedure contributes to relaxation and comfort. And
well it might after invigorating days in the open. The food
is wholesome and of the very best. One will be delightfully
surprised at the excellence of the cuisine that is provided,
in these  places  apparently far  from the  beaten track.
Stoney Indians try the "Sticks that fly'
Franz Obrecht off Switzerland at Mount Norquay
Grace Carter
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TRfllL TO  BANFF -   FROM   SKI-C/lMP TO    MOTO^ROflD - 7 MlL£5 Ample lounge room and understanding hosts make it easy
to enjoy any degree of companionship or privacy that is
desired. But what skier wants to be alone when he can sit
before the fire and talk of waxes, the day's runs, and how
he is perfecting his tempo turn!
SUNSHINE LODGE (Altitude 7,200 Feet)
Fifteen miles south and west of Banff at an altitude of
7,200 feet, near the summit of Simpson Pass, is Sunshine
Ski Lodge. The trip from Banff makes an easy day for
the average skier. However, during any but very
extreme snow conditions, this distance can be reduced
by from one half to three quarters by using motors and
horses whenever possible to facilitate access to the camp.
Accommodation at Sunshine is centralized in one large
log building, equipped with running water and electric
light. After an addition since last winter, this comfortable log cabin now accommodates 50 guests with ease.
The Sunshine Camp is strategically located within one-
half mile of the Continental water-shed — which also forms
the boundary line between Alberta and British Columbia.
It is at the foot of a great expanse of rolling alplands that
are entirely above timberline and that rise in many places
in beautifully undulating slopes to 2,000 feet above the
lodge. How easy it is to get back to the lodge after a
morning or afternoon's fun! No matter what direction you
may be on the alplands, just point your skis towards
camp, and in a very few minutes you will christie to a
stop right at the very door of the cabin.
The two most renowned runs in the Sunshine district are
Brewster Rock and Quartz Hill. Each is absolutely open
and free from obstruction. If your skill permits, you can
zigzag down in a spray of powder snow as you execute
short, quick high-speed Christies. If less adventurous, you
may lead your plume of snow on quarter-mile traverses
at just the right gradient for the speed you wish. It's a
magnificent country—with miles of slopes and many feet
of powder surfaced snow—just made for skiers. The camp
is open the year round, catering to riding and hiking
parties during the summer, with skiing available from
mid-November through May. Accommodation should be
arranged well in advance with Sunshine Ski Lodge,
Mount Royal Hotel, Banff, Alberta. The rate for two or
more persons in a room is $5.50 per day or $35.00 per
week. For single occupancy, $7.00 per day or $45.00
per week. These rates include guide service to and from
the camp and motor or sleigh transportation from Banff
as far as snow conditions permit. Sunshine Lodge
is   operated   by   the   Mount   Royal Hotel  at  Banff,   and
Skiing at
Mt. Assiniboine On Simpson  Pass
above Sunshine
In the Skoki
Country. guests occupying preferred accommodation
at the latter may transfer to the Lodge,
without additional expense, for any desired
portion of their stay.
SKOKI LODGE (Altitude 7,000 Feet)
Set in the midst of glorious ski country, ten
miles north, of Lake Louise, this camp plays
host to many of the ski great from both sides
of the Atlantic. One dons skis at Lake
Louise Station and with a guide enjoys a
pleasant tour up the Ptarmigan Valley to the
Skoki ''Halfway Hut" where rest and refreshments are had before proceeding the remaining four miles—wide open,-above timberline
skiing—to the Skoki Lodge. What a thrilling
introduction as you swoop down 1,200 vertical
feet in the last mile and a half to the cozy
cabins poking their roofs of red and green
cedar snakes up out of the snow!
It is a camp in name only. A hot bath or
shower, electric lights, a sumptuous meal—
all the comforts that one could wish!
The Merlin Ridge, Deception Pass, Bunker
Hill, Mt. Carson and Fossil Mountain all are
high class runs, easily accessible from the
main lodge. From the summit of Fossil
Mountain, but three miles from the camp and
2,500 feet above it, one scans a sea of peaks
rising in all directions. You slip from the
visual grandeur to the surge of exultation that
accompanies your descent as you swirl down
the mountain side in a long series of linked
Christies! A newly built cabin adds ease and
enjoyment to one of the finest runs in the
Rockies—that off Drummond -Glacier. Six
miles of thrills in a drop of 4,000 vertical feet!
For the tyro there are gentler slopes and shorter runs. On the practice hill near camp he
can have just as much fun perfecting. his
"stem-christy", under the tutelage of one of
the guides, as the more experienced skiers
have on an all day expedition—and develop
just as good an appetite too!
Skoki Camp will be open this year from
Christmas until late in April. Accommodation, which may be had in the main lodge or
separate cabins, is at the all inclusive rate of
$50.00 per week, and reservations should be
made as early as possible with James Boyce,
Manager, Skoki Ski Camp, Lake Louise,
Alberta. —^
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SKIERS •*--- Here is the opportunity you have been waiting for*
Just think of it, one week at SUNSHINE SKI LODGE, the Skiers
Paradise in the heart of the Canadian Rockies* This wonderful
Ski Centre is situated fifteen miles southwest of Banff on the
Continental Divide at an altitude of 7800 feet, where the bright
sunshine and crisp mountain air combines to produce the most
ideal Ski-ing Conditions* All this with accommodation in a modern two storey log cabin, with all the reasonable comforts of
everyday life, together with rail transportation from Vancouver
to Banff and return, transportation by automobile or sleigh for
about eight miles and Guide services, for a minimum of $45*75*
Meals and berth between Vancouver and Banff v/ould be extra.
Leave Vancouver       7:15 P.M. Sat* Feb. 26th
Arrive Banff 5:25 P.M. Sun* Feb* 27th
(Dinner, overnight and Breakfast at Banff)
Leave Banff Jv*M* Mon* Feb. 28th
Arrive SUNSHINE LODGE       P.M. Mon. Feb. 28th
(Lunch on the Trail, Dinner Monday and all
meals and lodging until Lunch Sunday.)
Leave SUNSHINE LODGE Sun. Mar.  6th
arrive Banff P.M. Sun* Mar* 6th
Leave Banff 1:45 A.M. Mon. Mar. 7th
Arrive Vancouver      10:30 P.M. Mon. Mar.  7th
Those wishing to do so could spend a portion of the time at
Banff or extend their visit for a longer period*
Other all expense tours are on sale daily until March 10th and
are available at Sunshire Lodge, Skoki Lodge, near Lake Louise
or in Banff where Ski-ing could be indulged in at Mt* Norquay*
As accommodation at the above Ski Lodges is very limited and
the bookings heavy reservations should be made early*
For full information and illustrated booklets regarding the
above tours or for information regarding Ski-ing in the Canadian Rockies, see Mr. If*  S. Anderson, Canadian Pacific City
Ticket Office, 434 Hastings St. West or telephone Seymour 1710* Solid Comfort at Skoki  Ski   Lodge.
This camp, which for many years has operated during March and April for spring
skiing, will not be receiving guests during the
coming season. Its well-known Manager,
Erling Strom, Ski Instructor at the Lake
Placid Club, New York, will be back again
next year with any new ideas that he may
gain on a tour of Continental Ski centres this
These forms of sport, for the more advanced
skier, are becoming increasingly popular in
the Rockies. Excellent terrain for late spring
glacier skiing is found on the northern slopes
of the Waputik Icefield, 25 miles north west
of Lake Louise. This area embraces some 30
to 40 square miles of ice that retains a good
snow skiing surface until early summer.
Runs are long and varied, and have altitude
changes of several thousand feet. No ski
camp is operated in this district, but spring
accommodation may be secured at the Bow
Lake Camp (log bungalows) by arrangement
with the proprietor, Mr. lames Simpson,
Banff.     Glacier skiing should not be under
taken without the services of an experienced
mountaineering guide. Arrangements may
be made through V. V. Kutschera, Banff.
The main requirements for a mountain ski
trip are several extra pairs of socks, a wind-
proof jacket of GrenfeU cloth or some similar
material, a light sweater, ski mitts, and sun
glasses. Any of these articles plus waxes and
all other ski accessories may be secured at
reasonable prices in Banff. A great number
of skiers are photographers also. Many
sound suggestions on mountain winter photography can be had from either of the camera
shops at Banff, which carry a complete stock
of photographic equipment and supplies.
The Alberta Championship Slalom and Downhill races will be held at Lake Louise under
the auspices of the Lake Louise Ski Club.
Both events will be run on one day over
courses comparable to those used for the
Dominion of Canada Ski Meet at Banff last
year. The date, in early March, will be set by
the Rocky Mountain Zone of the Canadian
Amateur  Ski  Association. Both Skoki and Sunshine Ski Camps stage
annual spring meets with events for ladies
and men. One of the major features of the
Skoki Meet is the Skoki to Lake Louise race
for the handsome Glacier Trophy presented
by Sir Norman Watson. Viateur Cousineau,
ace skier from the Laurentian mountains
north of Montreal is the present holder of the
trophy. The dates of these meets, which will
be announced later, will not conflict, and will
be in late March or early April.
(Heard over a coast to coast hook-up of the
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on the
eve of the Dominion Ski Championships,
Banff, March 4, 1937).
Walter Prager (Coach of the Dartmouth
Outing Club Ski Team, thrice winner of the
Arlberg Kandahar downhill and twice winner
of the combined downhill and slalom).
11—Your Canadian Rockies look much like
the Swiss Alps. Possibly the peaks themselves
are more rugged.—At Norquay the sun has
been shining brightly since we arrived. It
was very warm and clear so I did not need my
jacket or sweater. Skiing was a real pleasure.
—The downhill course compares quite favor
ably with courses at St. Anton and Murren,
on which the Arlberg Kandahar is run/7
Arnold Kaech (Member of Swiss Universities7   Ski Team.)
"We might as well be at home here for the
mountains much resemble our own. I would
say the Rockies are more rugged and impressive.77
Alfred Lindley (American Olympic Skier,
member of Bush Lake Ski Club of Minneapolis).
"In the past ten years I have made six trips
to the Canadian Rockies for skiing—I have
skied in most of the better known ski resorts
in the Alps but have always enjoyed the
Rockies fully as well.77
INFORMATION regarding seasonal rate reductions, Tourist and other economical classes
of rail travel for individuals and groups, etc.,
can be obtained from travel agents or any
Canadian Pacific office in Canada and the
United States (consult your 'phone directory
for address) or from the General Tourist
Agent, Windsor Station, Montreal.
Interior View of Skoki Ski  Lodge.
Printed in Canada 1937 *****


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