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Ski in the Canadian Rockies Canadian Pacific Railway Company 1941

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Mi The Towers" — south of Banff
Skoki Ski Lodge near Lake Louise
ON the sparkling, snow-mantled slopes and in the silent
valleys of the Canadian Rockies and by the cheery
hearths of chalet and lodge there is relaxing recreation
and peace to be found. It is the peace of freedom that rides
with those who worship the ski, and find in the perfection
of that sport a new and better world—sharp, clean, true and
robust. Here the lower valleys of spruce and pine rise
through the ranks of balsam and larch to the great, treeless
alplands. These upper expanses dip and roll as they lift their
slopes to the snow-wrapped peaks and glaciers that lure the
ski enthusiast on and on.
On the eastern slope of the Canadian Rockies there
nestles in the Bow River Valley the world-renowned mountain town of Banff—the hub of radiating valleys that lead to
the most favoured ski centres on this continent. Situated
on the main transcontinental line of the Canadian Pacific
Railway, it is the gathering point for skiers from east and
west—the training centre for those who would improve their
ski technique and the point of departure for the adjacent
"high country.''
Ski enthusiasts of the United States well know that all
American citizens are very welcome in Canada. It is essential, however, to secure a proper statement of identification
to facilitate re-entry to the United States.
Three and a half miles from the town of Banff a "four
^vent" ski centre has been developed on the slopes of Mount
Norquay. Recognized for some years as the finest competitive centre in Canada, Mount Norquay draws equal praise as
a rendezvous for those who wish to avail themselves of first-
class instruction on terrain that will always keep abreast of
their improvement. In this huge amphitheatre there are
slopes to test all grades of skiers, from novice to expert, by
offering something new and more advanced.
Skiers bound for the high country will do well to enjoy a
few days at Mount Norquay to get the feel of their skis again.
A bit of limbering up and conditioning will give you more
energy to put into your skiing in the high country—and
all skiers know what joy comes through achievement.
A great deal of work has been done on many of the slopes
and extensive grading operations have smoothed the surface
of nearly all the popular hills, thus permitting safe and
unrestricted skiing early in the season.
A newly constructed ski-tow of modern design has
been established in front of the Mount Norquay Clubhouse which lifts the skier 300 vertical feet in less than
one minute.
In addition to other slopes, this tow conveniently
serves the lower part of the championship downhill
run, the slalom hill and the jump.
There is comfortable accommodation available in Banff
with well appointed hotels catering especially to the needs of
skiers. Nor are these hotels unmindful of the fact that many
skiers plan their vacation on a modest budget. Here, too,
are shops with varied stocks of ski togs, equipment and photographic supplies. You will find also, the friendliness that is
characteristic of the sport—in the lounge, the tavern, in the
bus that rolls you a thousand feet above the town to the ski
centre on Mount Norquay'—or on the practice slopes—the
good fellowship of skiing is evident everywhere.
Mount Norquay Clubhouse:
Well-constructed frame building with over 4,000 ft. floor space. Contains lounge, ski
lockers, wax room and 90 ft. long lunch counter. Front windows command direct view
of practice slopes, big jump, Lone Pine slope and downhill course. No overnight accommodation is provided here.    Skis are available for rental.
Ski-Tow: (see preceding paragraph)
Championship Downhill Course:
Location: Directly in front of and facing the Clubhouse.
Length: 2 miles.    Grade: 45 degrees maximum.
Vertical decent: 2,800 feet.
Exposure: Upper mile east, lower mile south.
Type: Twice used for the Canadian Championship downhill race, it meets F.I.S.
standards.    New Course record (for 2500 ft. and 1^ miles) previously held by
Francioli of Switzerland and Machler of Germany was set by T. Paris of Banff in the
1940 Canadian Championships.    Time, 1 minute 52 seconds.
Gully Run:
Location: From Mount Norquay Clubhouse (5,600 ft.) down to the town level (4,500 ft.)
Length: 1 mile;    Grade: 25 degrees maximum.
Vertical descent: 1,100 feet.    Exposure: south.
Type: This includes, and extends beyond, the lower leg of the downhill course. Timber
trail run throughout. Upper 2/3 is 50 ft. in width while lower section, of lesser
gradient, is a single track run.    This is not a run for novices.
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Majestic, sky-piercing Mount Assiniboine
Main Practice Slope:
Located in front of Mount Norquay Clubhouse.   Lower slope has average gradient of
15°, width 200 yards.   Upper part of slope culminates in Lone Pine slalom run, 600 vertical ft., 40° maximum grade.
Junior Jump:
A small practice jump (about 50 ft.) with tower inrun.
Senior Jump:
A splendid jump built into the hillside between practice and downhill courses.    Full
view from lodge.    Hill record 219 feet (Alf Engen, Salt Lake City).
Timberline, in this section of the Rockies, varies from
approximately 7,200 to 7,400 feet. The open country
entirely above the highest timber growth has an altitude
range of about 2,500 vertical feet. At these higher levels, the
snowfall is correspondingly greater and the season longer
than at the level of Mount Norquay ski centre. The snow at
the higher levels possesses those rare qualities of dryness and
lightness that make it unsurpassable for the finest type of
There are developments known as "lodges" or "chalets"
in four of the best high country areas. Two of these are
located south of Banff, with access from that town, and the
other two north of Lake Louise which is on the Canadian
Pacific main line 40 miles west of Banff. Each of these
centres is a self-contained unit located in an area that was
chosen because of its outstanding skiing advantages. Each
caters exclusively in wintertime to skiers and every detail of
operation is accordingly planned to assure maximum participation in the sport, all possible comforts and hospitable
An abbreviated list of some of the more enjoyable runs
available is given with information regarding each high
country centre. These lists are, of course, far from complete
from the standpoints of both numbers of runs listed and
details presented. Then there are many tours—day or
half-day that include not only the best of cross-country skiing
on untracked powder snow, superb mountain scenery, but
also some very satisfying downhill runs. This type of
outing ranks high in popularity in the above-timberline areas.
Through the recent extension of the Healy Creek road
the management now operates a motor service throughout
the winter all the way from Banff right to the door of Sunshine Lodge. The Lodge is situated in park-like country
near timberline. Comfortable modern accommodation is
available here in the main building and supplementary
cabin for about 75 guests.
One of the highlights of Sunshine skiing is the nearness
of splendid practice slopes to the Lodge. Farther afield
skiing leads to a great series of connecting alplands bordered
on either side by smoothly rising slopes.
Arrangements and reservations should be made with the
Mount Royal Hotel, Banff, which is in two-way radio communication with Sunshine Lodge.
The rates at the Lodge are (American Plan)—2 or more in
a room—$4.50 per day, or $30.00 per week. 10% off for
visit of two weeks or longer. Rooms for single occupancy
at slightly higher rates when available.
Motor transportation from Banff to Sunshine Lodge and
return—$2.50 per person.
Brewster Rock:
Location: Ascent starts right at Lodge.    Length: 2/3 mile.
Grade: 15 to 40 degrees.    Vertical descent: 2,200 ft.    Exposure: southwest.
Type: One of the best possible examples of a timberless and unobstructed ski mountain.
Always sufficient snow from December until early May.    Open terrain makes this
suitable for all but novices.
Location: 2 miles southwest of Lodge.   Length: 2 miles.
Grade: Up to 30 degrees.    Vertical descent: 1,200 ft. Exposure: north and northeast.
Type: All above timber except final approach to Lodge. Top few hundred feet steep and
somewhat varied.    Levels off to smooth long outrun. Novices don't go to summit.
Quartz Hill:
Location: Across rolling alplands 2 miles southeast from Lodge.    Length: lf£ miles.
Grade: Up to 40 degrees.    Vertical descent: 1,200 ft.    Exposure: north.
Type: Culminates a beautiful tour across treeless alplands.   An easy descent via west
ridge for second class skiers or steep descent on north slope for first class runners.
A guided trip.
Goat's Eye:
Location: 2 miles east of Lodge.    Length: 4 miles.
Grade: 25 to 35 degrees.    Vertical descent: 3,800 ft. Exposure: west and southwest.
Type: For first class runners. Requires good snow and permits a run down to the Healy
Creek Ford 1,500 ft. below Lodge.    Lower part timber and trail.    A guided trip.
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_4 _ Surprise Point and Standish Hump:
Location: Rises right from the Lodge on the south side.    Length: ^ and 1^ miles.
Grade: Up to 30 degrees.    Vertical descent: 800 ft.  Exposure: north and west.
Type: Standish Hump is ideal practice and slalom slope ending at Lodge. Fairly steep,
hill open.     A more gradual and longer descent may be made to the west past foot of
Paris Basin,  13^ miles.
Although it will not be opened during the 1941-42 ski
season, both Mount Assiniboine Lodge and the spectacular
beauty of its surroundings will not soon be forgotten by
visitors of previous seasons. The region with its timberline
amphitheatre of glacier-hung peaks dominated by towering
and majestic Mount Assiniboine (11,870 feet) is a notably
impressive one.
The skiing in this area is renowned for its great variety,
and word of the temporary closing of the Lodge, although
probably only for one season, will be received with regret by
many ski enthusiasts who have succumbed to its irresistable
This attractive new ski resort just recently completed
is now open to receive visitors. Operated in connection with
Skoki Lodge by James Boyce, Lake Louise Ski Lodge is
strategically located at the junction of the Banff-Jasper
Highway, one quarter of a mile east of Lake Louise station.
It consists of a well appointed main lodge containing single
and double rooms—some with private bath. Several
comfortable and well equipped individual cabins with stone
fire places are also available.
There are many excellent ski runs down the mountains
on both sides of the Bow Valley in this area and the whole
Lake Louise ski region is now within convenient range of
modern winter accommodation.
Rates on application to Lake Louise Ski Lodge, Lake
Louise, Alberta.
Situated high up in a little tributary valley of the Bow
River, and looking across at the great peak whose name it
bears, Mount Temple Chalet is 4 miles by ski or 5 miles by
tractor drawn sleigh from Lake Louise station. The trip takes
one hour and the charge (including baggage) is $1.50 per
person return. This carefully built modern chalet, just
below timberline at 6,800 feet, is at a central point from
which improved wide cut timber-runs lead up to the treeless
expanses in which skiers delight.
Two miles above Mount Temple Chalet, in the upper
Ptarmigan Valley is the snug little Ptarmigan Hut which can
be used to advantage as a mid-day or overnight stopping
place for skiers from either Mount Temple Chalet or Skoki
Rates: $6.00 per day, or $35.00 per week—American Plan.
Accommodation limited to 22 persons.
A Ski school and guiding service is operated under the
direction of Mr. Syd Feuz, son of Walter Feuz, the well
known veteran Swiss alpine guide of the Canadian Rockies.
Mount Temple Chalet is under the management of Mr.
Clifford White, one of the ski pioneers of the Rockies. Post
office address—Mount Temple Chalet, Lake Louise, Alberta.
The Silvertip:
Location: Ascent starts from Mount Temple Chalet.    Length: 2^ miles.
Grade: Up to 30 degrees.    Vertical descent: 2,200 ft.    Exposure: southwest.
Type: Open mountain slopes down through scattered larches to wide timber trail
leading to chalet.
Eagle Mountain and Eagle Valley:
Location: West of chalet overlooking Pipestone Valley. Length: Three runs 1 to 2 miles.
Grade: up to 35 degrees.   Vertical descent: 3,500 ft. (toPipestone Valley). Exposure:
varies (mostly west).
Type: A variety of runs from Eagle Mountain and in Eagle Valley.  The long run to
Pipestone Valley (lower part timbered) leads away from the Chalet and can be used
en route to Lake Louise.    As with most of the major runs in the Mount Temple
area, this is a guided proposition.
Lake Louise Run:
Location: Temple Chalet to Lake Louise station.    Length: 4 miles.
Grade: Gradual and uniform. Vertical descent: 1,800 ft. Exposure: protected by timber.
Type: An interesting trail run for all types of skiers with a variety of alternatives for
better class runners by including an initial ascent and thereby adding open running
and increased descent.
Ptarmigan Valley:
Location: Slopes to west of Ptarmigan Hut thence to Corral Creek and Mount Temple
Chalet.    Length: 3 miles.
Grade:    Up to 20 degrees on upper part.    Vertical descent: 1,500 ft.   Exposure:
northeast for above timberline slopes.
Type: Splendid open running on moderate slopes with unlimited choice of route for
first \XA miles and  1,000 feet.    Thence by low gradient trail through scattered
trees near timberline to chalet.    For all classes of skiers.
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Skoki Lodge, 10 miles north of Lake Louise, has for many
years successfully entertained ski visitors from far and wide.
Under the experienced management of James Boyce (Skoki
Jim) this is a very harmoniously run establishment that has
a great deal to offer mountain skiers of varied tastes. Some
exceptionally fine one day tours are not the least of the
attractions to be enjoyed from this comfortable and modern
Accommodation centres in the main two-storey log
building which is particularly well equipped. If preferred,
accommodation may be had in separate cabins for two, four
or eight persons. The smaller of these are equipped with
open fireplaces and are most comfortable.
En route to Skoki from Lake Louise, guests may ski the
full distance or take advantage of tractor sleigh transportation for the first five miles (as far as Mount Temple Chalet)
at $1.75 return, or $1.25 one way. The Lodge rates are
$6.00 per day, or $35.00 per week. Monthly rates on application. Charges include guide service from and to Lake Louise
but not on tours from the Lodge. Reservations should be
made with James Boyce, Manager, Skoki Lodge, Lake Louise,
Deception Peak:
Location: Between Ptarmigan Peak and Deception Pass.    Length: 1 mile.
Grade: Up to 25 degrees.    Vertical descent: 1,600 ft.    Exposure: north and west.
Type: An interesting run for those beyond the novice class. From bottom of run it is
less than 1 mile touring to the Lodge.
Fossil Mountain:
Location: Northeast Buttress of Deception Pass.    Length: 1 mile.
Grade: Up to 35 degrees.    Vertical descent: 1,500 ft.  Exposure: west.
Type: An open run from a splendid viewpoint down to the Lodge. Higher part is
exposed and occasionally wind crusty.    Novices do not go all the way to summit.
Pika Bowl:
Location: On east face of Mount Pika in front of Skoki Lodge.    Length: 2/3 mile.
Grade: 20-35 degrees.    Vertical descent: 1,500 ft.   Exposure: northeast.
Type: A superb downhill course for top runners. Starts in a steep bowl, down across a
smooth bench of gradually lessening gradient (which is a splendid practice slope for
all grades of skiers) then drops abruptly for last 200 vertical feet down a straight
shallow gully to a level outrun.
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Sunshine Chalet —near Banff
Douglas Glacier:
Location:    Highlight of a day tour east of Skoki Lodge.  Length: 4 miles.
Grade: Up to 30 degrees.   Vertical descent: 4,000 ft.    Exposure: northwest.
Type: The very finest in big scale ski runs.  Consistently good snow.  Ideal for a day's
tour in March or April.    A long series of glacier terraces of changing gradient.
Drummond Glacier:
Location: Day's tour north of Skoki Lodge.    Length: 4 miles.
Grade: Variable.    Vertical descent: 4,500 ft.   Exposure: south and east.
Type: A great open glacier with a fairly gradual slope into the Red Deer Valley.   This
combines unforgettable running with a lull day's tour from Skoki. Length rather than
difficulty limits participation to more experienced skiers.
On the eastern slope of the Canadian Rockies, the winter
atmosphere is predominantly clear and dry. December is
usually the month of greatest snowfall and consequently of
least clear view. The colder temperatures characteristically
occur during late December and January. From February
until the first of May, skiing is at its best in the high country.
Frequent light snowfalls assure a powdery surface most of the
High-country skiing is possible during early December
but is quite dependable from Christmas until the end of
April. Skoki Lodge opens for the Christmas season.
Sunshine Lodge and Mount Temple Chalet usually initiate
their season about Christmas but will, on advance arrangement, take guests at any time. Each of these resorts operates
during the summer season, catering to parties interested in
riding, hiking, fishing, photography and other outdoor
At Mount Norquay the ski season is shorter than in the
high country. Here skiing starts in earnest around first of the
year and continues through until early April. Delightful
sunny days are experienced during most of the winter.
At the high country centres late season skiing is to be
had in certain restricted areas. As some of the chalets and
lodges frequently close for a month or two between the ski
and the summer seasons it is advisable for special arrange-
— 8 — Twin Cairn Mountain near Banff
ments to be made. Late spring or early summer skiing is
possible largely because there are many glaciers in the Canadian Rockies. The glaciers are at altitudes of the heaviest
snowfall, they retain their snow surface indefinitely—in some
cases all summer—and they usually offer beautifully graceful
and thrilling slopes for skiing. Skoki Lodge is near glaciers
on which very late skiing is available.
There is no doubt, however, that the most accessible and
probably the best late skiing is to be had in the Columbia
Icefield district, some 85 miles northwest of Lake Louise.
Skiing conditions are particularly favorable here until late
June. After that time the snowline on the glaciers rises
rapidly and the skiing is not of the best. The Icefield itself,
covering an area of more than 100 square miles, has a constant snow surface. Gradients on it are however more conducive to touring than downhill skiing. After the first of July
the quality of the snow on the upper Icefield deteriorates.
In summary, then, the best late skiing in this area of
gigantic glaciers is during the month of June. It is found
not on the Columbia Icefield proper (altitudes 9,500—
11,000 feet) but on glaciers adjacent to and flowing down
from it, (6,500 to 10,000 feet) particularly those on Mount
High class accommodation may be secured here at the
Columbia Icefield Chalet, situated a few hundred yards from
the snout of the Athabaska Glacier. Arrangements in this
regard as well as for guide and transportation from Banff or
Lake Louise may be made with Brewster Transport Co.,
Ltd., Banff, Alberta.
That very essential phase of skiing, competent instruction, is available at Mount Norquay, Banff, and all of the
high country centres. Each of the lodges and chalets has its
own instructional staff and well qualified and widely experienced ski mountaineering guides.
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Mount Temple Chalet — close to Lake Louise
To properly enjoy skiing in the high altitudes of the
Canadian Rockies the right equipment is essential. The main
point is not to have too warm an outfit but an absolutely
windproof one. Especially is this so during March and
April, when skiing is at its best; for, although the days
are warm there is usually a cold wind blowing when you
reach the exposed upper levels of the mountains.
Let's start at the top:—A light cap that protects the ears
should be worn. Sun glasses that also protect the eyes at the
sides are a requisite accessory, as the reflection from the snow,
even on dull days, is very strong. For dry lips use oil
containing ointments only. To prevent and treat sunburn
apply "Skol," Tannaflavine jelly, or any commercial liquid
that contains tannic acid. Light woolen underwear, a sweater,
windbreaker and ski pants of thin, snow and wind-resisting
material have proved the most satisfactory outfit. Take a
thicker woolen ski shirt along for colder days and shoe oil
to make your boots watertight. Windproof mitts to pull
over the woolen ones are required in severe weather.
Do not forget sealskins, an invaluable aid to climbing.
Buy those that tie onto the ski with a buckle. A reserve
ski-point of aluminum may prove helpful if you should break
your ski halfway down the run. If you intend to go on long
cross-country trips, take a warm but light sleepingbag with
you. A little ski repair kit might come in useful and should
contain some string, a piece of wire, a few nails, leather shoe
laces, a knife and a screwdriver.
A soft climbing wax, some "Klister" wax for the spring
season and a good universal wax will do the trick.
Information regarding low rail fares for individuals
and groups, train service to Banff and Lake Louise and other
details can be obtained from any Canadian Pacific office in
the United States and Canada or from General Tourist
Agent,   Canadian   Pacific   Railway   Company,   Montreal.
Photographs in this folder are copyrighted as follows. Cover photographs. Mount
Temple Lodge and "Speed. .. thrills ... and perfect snow" views by Lloyd Harmon;
Sunshine Chalet and Twin Cairn Mountain views by A. C Phillips; Ski-mountaineering is high adventure" by Peter Whyte; others by Canadian Pacific Kailway
Company. Printed in Canada, 1941 A sector of Mount Assiniboine country
Lake Louise at its spectacular best in winter
On Lower Douglas Clacier — in from Skoki


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