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Ski in the Canadian Rockies Canadian Pacific Railway Company 1939

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Array I Ski touring above the clouds
You don't have to be an expert to ski in the Rockies.
On the contrary, many people go there to be initiated to the
sport, for the surest way to learn to ski—or improve your
present technique—is to place yourself in the hands of good
instructors. Practice conditions play a big part too, and
there's nothing like a good open hillside of soft snow for the
beginner, and long powder snow slopes for the tempo turn
Located at Banff, and operating at Mt. Norquay, is the
Banff School of Ski-ing. Norman Knight, chief instructor, is an
outstanding ski authority.
Mr. Knight says, "Our teaching is based on the best
principles of the Swiss, Austrian and Norwegian techniques.
Instruction here differs from that of many other places in that
our ski-ing is done, for the most part, in soft snow. This
requires a more thorough mastery of the fundamentals than
does hard snow ski-ing. We have so much virgin territory and
so much powder snow that we have to impress upon pupils
the value of the snowplow, snowplow turn and stem turn."
Rates for class instruction in the Banff School of Ski-ing
are $1.00 per class lesson (2 hours), or $2.00 for the two daily
Mt. Assiniboine ski-ing is under the tutelage of Erling
Strom whose "Natural Norwegian" ski technique is a happy
combination of the sound ski principles of Northern Europe
supplemented by advanced ideas of recent years. Guests at
Mt. Assiniboine Lodge receive ski instruction at no charge.
At Sunshine Ski Chalet a great deal of care is given to
instruction. Mr. Chester Edwards, in charge of that department has had a wealth of experience in tutoring skiers on
mountain terrain. His aides, too, are first class mountain men
with much ski skill and the patience so essential to instructors.
Rates for individual instruction at Sunshine Chalet are
$1.00 per hour, or $6.00 per day.
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Good instruction is one of the highlights at Skoki too.
Here the Arlberg technique holds sway and qualified continental instructors may be engaged by the day or hour.
Rates or further information will be given by the Skoki
The ski country of Banff, Lake Louise and adjacent areas
is a photographer's heaven. The most impressive scenery;
the best of snow; virgin slopes, smooth and untracked, and
bright sunny days all play their part in this wonderful photographic set-up.
A brilliant summer sun reflected from the peaks—
camera, lunch and a windbreaker for the high ridges tucked
in a small ruksack—dark glasses and sunburn preventive to
resist "old sol" and open shirts with sleeves rolled up to
greet him. It's one of those thrilling spring ski-ing trips!
Leisurely ski-ing over rising slopes leads to more energetic
enjoyment as the summit is neared. And what runs down
on granular spring snow!
Late ski-ing and ski mountaineering may be enjoyed from
any of the high country centres, from Lake Louise or from the
Chalet at Bow Lake. From Bow Lake splendid glacier and
icefield ski-ing may be had in late spring. Arrangements
for Bow Lake including necessary guide service, may be
made with Mr. James Simpson, Banff, Alberta.
Information regarding seasonal fare reductions, Tourist
and other economical classes of rail travel for individuals and
groups can be obtained from any Canadian Pacific office in
the United States and Canada (consult your telephone directory for address) or from General Tourist Agent, Canadian
Pacific Railway Company,, Windsor Station, Montreal.
Photographs in this folder are copyrighted as follows: Front cover-Lloyd Harmon,
Banff; (c) B. H.-Byron Harmon, Banff; (c) L. H.-Lloyd Harmon, Banff. Others by-
Canadian Pacific Railway Company.
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Sunshine Valley and Chalet
Located near timberline in the Simpson Pass district,
eleven miles by motor and four by skis from Banff, is hospitable
Sunshine Chalet. Accommodation in the completely modern
log chalet and its outlying lodge is provided for 60 guests.
Leading down to the chalet is a wide selection of practice
slopes, down-hill runs and tours that include some of the
choicest open ski-ing to be had anywhere. Sunshine Chalet
is located within one quarter mile of the continental divide,
the "snow apex" of Canada. The beautiful series of alplands^
which radiate from it comprise the largest unbroken, above'
timberline ski field in the central Rockies. As a visitor from
the packed slopes of the East remarked, "There is ample
room, within the few miles surrounding the Chalet, for
10,000 skiers!" Brewster Rock and Twin Cairn Peak are'long
swift mountain runs down thrilling changes of gradient unbroken by any obstacle. These, and many other runs have
the happy feature of wafting you right back to the Chalet
door. There are numerous runs here to test the mettle of the
expert, yet the country is so open that the novice can, by
skilful choice of gradients, negotiate them successfully and
with a feeling of justifiable pride. It is truly admirable
terrain for skiers of every degree of proficiency.
Reservations for accommodation at Sunshine Chalet may
be made with the Mount Royal Hotel, Banff, which is in two
way communication with the Chalet by short wave radio.
The rates are: Single, $7.00 per day, $45 per week or
$180 per month.
Double: $5.50 per day, $35 per week or $140 per month.
Guide service from the end of motor transportation to
the Chalet is included in the above rates. A charge of one
dollar per person is made for motor transportation to or from
Skoki Ski Lodge near Lake Lo
Five miles up Ptarmigan Creek Valley—by ski or sleigh—
irom the Lake Louise station (one hour west of Banff) is
the newly constructed Temple Lodge. This is a beautifully
built, large, bright ski lodge, quite modern and accommodating twenty guests. Although not at timberline, easy access is
gained to that favoured level through openly spaced balsam or
winding ski trails. The upper reaches provide splendid runs
which lead you back into the Ptarmigan Valley and the Lodge
Ptarmigan cabin, two miles from Temple Lodge, is a
solid unpretentious little overnight hut with bunks for eight
people. Adjacent to it are some of the finest ski slopes in the
district, with equally good running down to either the cabin
or lemple Lodge.
From the summit of Deception Pass at 8300 feet the grandeur of this mountain wonderland leaves a never-to-be-forgotten
impression. And then comes a thrilling introduction to Skoki
Lodge as you skim with rocket speed down 1200 vertical feet
in a mile and a half to the comfortable log buildings
nestling so deep in the snow.
All modern conveniences have been provided and the
handsome main lodge and four separate cabins supply
accommodation that varies from comfortable to de luxe.
The highlights of Skoki ski-ing are the wonderful day
trips that lead to the Merlin Ridge, Ptarmigan Glacier,
Douglas Glacier or Drummond Glacier. Each of these tours
gives you everything a skier craves—including downhill
runs that vary from 2000 feet on the Merlin trip to over 4000
feet on the Drummond Glacier.
Rates at Temple and Skoki Lodges, which vary according
to the type of accommodation desired, are comparable with
those prevailing at the other ski centres. Any further information should be secured from or reservations made with the
Manager, Skoki Lodge, Lake Louise, Alberta. En route to Skoki
accommodation may be had over night—or for a longer
period—at the Mountain Inn, close to Lake Louise station Swift and thrilling descents
The snow-swathed crest of a "ski mountain"—the
clean-cut outline of glittering peaks etched against a sky of
deepest blue—sinuous mountain sides drenched in dazzling
sunlight—the crisp swish of happy skis skimming down
endless slopes—dip and rise with a swirl of snow (a highspeed swing is easy!)—the blast of cool air that seems to
surge up the hill as you fly down—(knees forward!)—the high
pitched reverberating whine of wind taut ski garments
(knees forward!)—the wind whipping tear flecks from the
corners of your eyes as down the slope you plummet—down!—
down!—down!    This is ecstasy!    This is mountain ski-ing!
The joys of mountain ski-ing are nowhere better exemplified than in the Canadian Rockies. The extent of the terrain
is without limit or, as one enthusiastic Easterner expressed it:
"There are more mountains here than there are kinds of
ski wax".
The main range of the Rockies culminates in the watershed or "ridgepole" of the continent. Leading up to that
ridgepole from the east is a vast area of valleys, rolling
alplands and great mountains. From a skier's standpoint this
country is ideal. Altitude changes of 1000 feet are mere
nursery slopes, those of 2000 to 3000 feet are common, while
for the adventurous and proficient skier there are a few runs
in the 4000 to 5000 foot class. Heavy timber, the bugbear
in many ski-ing regions, is not a limiting factor here, for the
timberline is low—from 7200 to 7500 feet—and miles of unmarked slopes and breath-taking mountain sides rise above it.
All very well, you say "but what about the snow?"
It comes early—before Christmas—it stays late—a month
after Easter—and there is plenty of it. Three hundred and
sixty inches fell at timberline in the season of 1938-9. Moreover, the snowfall is well distributed throughout the season,
assuring at almost all times a light powdery surface. It's
the exhilarating, dry atmosphere that makes this happy
condition, for as a skier, youjknow that quality of snow is as
"The Towers'* south of Banff
important as quantity—after the first few feet. And that is
only one of the reasons for the comment heard at every major
ski meet, in every club house, sport shop and ski train: "If you
really want ideal ski-ing you'll find it in the Canadian Rockies!"
The centre and capital' of this ski domain is the famous
town of Banff. In a setting of towering snowclad peaks,
this gay community is the gathering place of skiers from far
and wide. Skiers from Australia and New Zealand route
their trips via the Canadian Rockies to enjoy the sport; from
Canada the United States, and European countries enthusiasts are coming to Banff, their ski vacation headquarters.
Banff is the doorway to the "high country" ski centres of Mt.
Assiniboine, Sunshine Valley and Skoki and the host to
those who ski nearby at Mt. Norquay. Accommodation is
friendly, comfortable—and quite in keeping with the needs
(and means) of the average skier. The Mount Royal and King
Edward hotels assume the air of ski chateaux in the winter,
for the ski pulse beats high when there's snow on the pines'
gUttering on the hills and pep and energy in every breath of
mountain air.
Three miles from Banff is Mt. Norquay, Canada's major
competitive ski centre. Of course, it is by the same token
a perfect place for general recreation, instruction, practice
and conditioning. There is bus transportation from Banff to
Mt. Norquay and provision there for catering, waxing and
delightful relaxation. It is expected that a ski tow will be in
operation at Mt. Norquay during the season of 1939-40.
Special reference to instruction at Mt. Norquay is made
under the heading "Ski Instruction" and a detailed description of courses is included in the paragraphs announcing the
Dominion Ski Championships of 1940.
Banff is well supplied with all of the things that a skier
may require. Complete lines of skis and equipment are
carried as well as ski togs, snow glasses, sunburn preventives,
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Magnificent vistas in a white wonderland
At Mt. Norquay the ski season extends from Christmas
time until late March. At the high country ski centres early
snowfalls have settled by the Christmas season. Temperatures
until mid-February are frequently quite brisk, although the
very dry atmosphere and the quickened circulation of active
ski-ing, do not make them easily felt. March is the month
preferred by many, while the dazzlingly brilliant days of
April bring ski-ing beyond compare. Late spring ski-ing
can usually be counted on until the middle of May.
At time of going to press arrangements for the immediate erection of a commodious ski lodge on Mount Norquay
were being completed. A ski tow close by was also being
seriously considered.
The annual highlight of all Canadian competitive ski-ing
is the Dominion Championship Meet. This winter, competitors and spectators for this international tournament will
gather at Banff, as the Meet is being staged at Mt. Norquay;
generally conceded to be one of the world's top ranking
competitive centres. Dominion Champions will be named in
both men's and ladies events at this gay ski event that will
draw a representative international field.
The dates are, February 29, March 1, 2 and 3, 1940.
The men's events, in which both open and closed champions
will be declared, are downhill or straight race, slalom, jumping and cross-country. The ladies will compete for honours
in downhill, slalom and combined.
At Mt. Norquay spectators have the good fortune to
view all events from one vantage point. Competitors are
favoured, too, for the standard of the courses is very high.
Downhill or straight racers have in about 2 miles a vertical
descent of 2800 feet into which are packed every possible
test of ski-ing skill and judgment. With the town of Banff in
well arranged miniature 3000 feet below, the racer gets off to
View from Mt. Assiniboine Ski Lodge
a flying start on a wide open 30° slope, above timberline—a
half mile of topspeed swings—a short gully—check on the
crest of a 45° drop—a hurried christie or two 'till you think
you can hold it, then a schuss—down like a meteor—swing
right (will you make it?)—a steep, wide cut, winding gully
(your legs feel like putty!)—another schuss and you're across
the line—exhausted!
The slalom course may be set on any one of three slopes.
The smallest provides an altitude change of 500 vertical
feet and either of the others up to 800 feet. Needless to say,
with this choice there is a great variety of running.
The large ski jump is a well constructed "natural" one
that enables the jumper to display his best style. In competitions the length of jump is usually from 170 to 200feet. The hill
record was set by All Engen, of Salt Lake City, at 218 feet.
At the previous Dominion Championships held at Banff
(in 1937) the winners of the events were: cross country,
Howard Chivers, Dartmouth Outing Club; jumping,
Alf Engen, Salt Lake City; combined jumping and cross
country, Sverre Kolterud of Norway; downhill, slalom and
combined downhill and slalom, Pierre Francioli of Switzerland. Since that time Francioli's record for the downhill
course (2 min. 26 sec.) has been bettered by Franz Machler
of Germany (2 min. 14 sec.) and Lew Davis of Vancouver,
B.C. (2 min. 16 sec).
Entry forms and further information regarding the 1940
Dominion Championships may be secured from the Tournament Secretary, Dominion Ski Championships, Banff, Alberta.
Accommodation may be arranged with the Mount Royal or
King Edward hotels, or arrangements for very economical
accommodation may be made through the Accommodation
Committee, Dominion Ski Championships, Banff, Alberta. An
excellent ski vacation can be planned to start with the annual
Banff Winter Carnival in mid-February, continued with high-
country ski-ing and  reach its climax at the Dominion Meet. Brilliant sunshine and powder snow
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The ultimate in a ski vacation is found on the incomparable terrain above timberline.   From the lower valleys with
their silent aisles of spruce and pine, up through the less
thickly growing stands of balsam to the domain of the lonely
krch   you  follow  the  valleys   of   snow-choked   mountain
streams that gradually dwindle as you reach the expanding
uplands.    Here, in the most carefully selected districts are
located three ski centres which are entirely western in their
atmosphere, their geniality, and in their elimination of all
stSfy orthodoxy.    Yet they have a definite code which is
early sensed by the guest: an infectious friendship for all an
all pervading sense of equality and a clear cut purpose.  Tha
Purpose is complete enjoyment on the part of each individual
—with ski-ing the central theme of the symphony.
Accommodation that centres around the main lodge of
each high country area is very comfortable thoughtfully
arranged and efficiently managed. In spite of the fact that
the gargantuan appetites of skiers are not over-selechve you
are served food that would tempt the jaded appetite of an
eP1CErrch of the high country lodges operates in summer
also and caters to riding parties, anglers, climbers, botanists,
photographers and the many others who enjoy a peaceful and.
inspiring mountain outing. u;^~j.
The lodges are not palatial; they are not over-publicized,
the accommodation is not luxurious; the rates are not high
There is one respect, however, in which these three centres
reign in absolute supremacy.    Their ski terrain and snow
conditions cannot be bettered on this continent.
A large mountain amphitheatre, beautiful beyond description, circled by an array of imposing glacier hung peaks
and crowned by the clear cut wedge of Mt. Assiniboine that
reaches up nearly 12000 feet into the blue!    Such is the
Mt. Assiniboine—the Matterhorn of the Rockies
panorama in full view of the lodge and cozy cabins that look
up in worship at the glittering peak. „(„,*,,«,'«
Mt. Assiniboine is not a mere mountain, it is one of nature s
most inspired architectural creations!
Mt. Assiniboine spells variety!    Here are two and three
thbusand foot runs down changing mountain sides of smoothly
sweeping glaciers; tricky little gullies that test your finesse
and hah day tours through park-like glades and along gently
sloping mountain sides. ,
At Mt. Assiniboine your host will be Erling Strom, who
first became known to skiers on this side of the At antic some
15 years ago when he won the United States Western Championships in Jumping and Cross-country That accomplishment was climaxed in 1932 with his brilliant ski ascent of
North America's highest mountain, Mt. McKinley Mr. Strom
has been very well known also in his capacity as Instructor at
the Lake Placid Club for the last twelve years. Erling Strom s
genius as a raconteur and host contributes in no small
measure to the pleasure of a ski vacation at Mt. Assiniboine.
Local topography makes Mt. Assiniboine exceptionally
good for late spring ski-ing. In the sunny days of late April
one often finds snow conditions that can not be bettered at
any other time of year. .    _   ■ ,
Accommodation here is in weU built log cabins with
central dining room and lounge in the main lodge Access is
gained from Banff by either of two routes. The first, by way of
Brewster Creek, is two days ski-ing with overnight accommodation at the Strom's Halfway. The other route, which is
now gaining favour, is by the regular route to Sunshine
Chalet thence one full day's ski-ing to Assiniboine by way of
Citadel Pass. This permits of a splendid round trip tour
returning by way of Strom's Halfway.
The rate for complete accommodation at Mt. Assiniooine
including guide service, and instruction—is $54 per week.
All arrangements should be made with the propnetor,_Lrling
Strom, at Banff, Alberta, from late April, until October. During
the winter season he is chief instructor at Mont Tremblant
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