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VE6 Banff/Lake Louise in January

Looks like my wife and I will be in Banff at the end of January. I am looking for some of the “easier” summits to get to.

Looking at the maps, it looks like many of the summits are unreachable? Tunnel and Stony Squaw seem to have a good amount of activations. Looking for any suggestions if you have been to the area.

I would consider skiing if that gets me to a decent summit as well.

Thank you!

Kent, K9EZ

Kent.
There are two very close to Banff. As a matter of fact its in the town. A group of us normal activate both in the same day. 2 parties we activate and do S2S as well, then meet at lunch for a coffee then swap summits in the afternoon. The summit references are VE6/HC-034 Stony Squaw Mountain, HC-035 Tunnel Mountain. There is VE6/HC-206 WhiteHorn Mountain in Lake Louise Ski Resort.
Also close but sort of not is VE6/HC-255 Mockingbird Hill which has a short more direct route.

Malen
VE6VID

Guess it’s not the Banff where I live otherwise i would have happily joined you on an easy activation :grin:

Barry GM4TOE

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I activated Tunnel mountain three years ago. Took my wife and two young kids up. We were only staying over night in Banff and from what I could see, it was the only relatively easy summit to do with the family and time that we had. Nice views from the top.

Roger MW0IDX

Hi Kent,
I would echo Malen’s response that Tunnel Mountain and Stony Squaw are the only two easy winter peaks in close proximity to Banff townsite. You might be tempted to try Sulphur Mountain, it has a cable car to the summit ridge, but the actual summit is a couple of difficult kilometers south of the cable car station and in winter requires alpine technique. I am aware of a couple of failed winter attempts.

Whitehorn is within the Lake Louise ski area, and it is possible to take ski lifts to within a 100’ vertically of the actual summit. You do need to be proficient at down-hill skiing to do this as the final ascent is by poma-lift (not by chair-lift) and you will need to do an intermediate ski-run to descend from the summit, as I am sure the ski-run operators will not allow people to descend the ski-runs on foot. Mount Whitehorn is at the far-left of this map
https://www.skilouise.com/the-mountain/trail-maps.php

If you are prepared to drive about an hour east of Banff townsite, you will find a number of foothills peaks such as Prairie Mountain, Stony NW3, Deer Ridge (probably easiest), that have far less snow, and are activated many times in the winter.

Please let us know if you would like company on an activation, I am sure we will find a willing companion.

Ian
VE6IXD

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