Sundance Lodge XC Ski Banff NP

Yesterday we ( Jocelyn + myself ) did a day trip up to Banff’s Sundance Lodge on our classic xc skis!

We started around noon and finished just as dark came, with about 5.25 hours logged ski time on the trail. We skied the last 1km or so with our headlamps, which was quite a beautiful experience as we traveled back along Healy creek!

We lucked out and got to ski at the same time as our fav Ski Blogger Bob over at skihere.ca and made it onto his blog post for his Sundance Trip Report, so we will throw it over to him for you to get the lowdown on this adventure!

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Distance Covered:

-27.8km, with some moderate climbing and a really fun downhill on the way out!

– with approx 400m of elevation gain thanks to a lot of ups and downs both there and back, I was glad to have been skiing a few times each week this season!

Our thoughts on this ski trip:

– the distance is substantial for a day trip. We prepared for a full day outside, and the possibility of skiing out in the dark.

– Sundance Lodge is open Thursday-Sunday for the season and makes a great weekend adventure if you want to do it over 2 days!

– we were only the 2nd + 3rd skiers on the 7.5km stretch to the lodge, behind our friend Bob who thankfully broke the trail of a few inches of new snow over the prior track set. This made for a bit more intense work out on the way up, but by the time we headed back (behind Bob), 4 sets of skis had used the track and we moved a lot quicker through the snow.

Skis used: I used my Rossignol  skis unwaxed for the first 2-3km as there was lots of ice and minimal snow coverage and then waxed accordingly. Jocelyn rented a pair of Rossignol waxless skis for the day.

 

View as we started along Healy Creek

View as we started along Healy Creek | Photo: Jocelyn

Starting out along Healy Creek

Mt Bourgeau + AV along Healy Creek | Photo: Jocelyn

Much of our ski was acending this fire road

Much of our ski was ascending this fire road, with the odd mountain peeking its head out! | Photo: Jocelyn

Crossing Brewster Creek a few km from the Lodge

Crossing Brewster Creek a few km from the Lodge | Photo: AV

From the bridge crossing Brewster Creek

From the bridge crossing Brewster Creek | Photo: Jocelyn

As we came out from the forest the lodge and Sundance Mountain appeared!

As we came out from the forest the lodge and Sundance Mountain appeared! | Photo: AV

Photo: AV

Photo: AV

Metsä the heeler!

Metsä the heeler goes for a rip off leash! | Photo: Jocelyn

4set
Exploring the outside of the lodge!| Photos: AV

❤ AV Have fun out there on the trails!

Not all sign posted summer destinations are safe for winter travel. Please research the trail you ware wanting to take appropriately.
– These are recommendations for snowshoeing, xc skiing + hiking only.
– If you are getting out there to play in areas that avalanches are possible, make sure to take an avalanche safety course to recognize the hazards involved with winter mountain travel. Always check avalanche.ca before you head out and know the snow
– No winter hikes/skis/snowshoes can be listed on our blog as free from all avalanche hazards due to the nature of winter travel. By using these recommendations you are acknowledging the risks associated with winter travel, holding yourself accountable for your actions.

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