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2023 Canadian Rockies Ski Big3

By BBSC, 07/21/22, 9:15AM MDT

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March 11 - 18, 2023

Opportunity to travel to the majestic Rockies in Alberta Canada to ski Banff, Lake Louise, Norquay, & Kicking Horse in BC

 

Banff Sunshine

Lake Louise

Mount Norquay

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort


Ski Big 3 Map


Caribou Lodge & Spa in Downtown Banff


26 Person Jetted Hot Pool at Caribou Lodge

This BBSC sponsored trip to ski the Big 3 in Alberta Canada includes:

  • Round Trip (economy) Airfare on Alaska Air* from Boise to Calgary (via Seattle). Checked baggage fees NOT included.
  • 6 Nights Lodging at the Caribou Hotel & Spa in downtown Banff
  • Round trip group transfer by bus from Calgary airport to Hotel
  • 4 of 6 day lift ticket for Big 3 Ski Resorts: Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise, & Mt. Norquay
  • Complimentary Ski Shuttle* from hotel to all Big 3 ski resorts included with lift pass
  • Optional add-on: 1 day (3/17) skiing at Kicking Horse Mt- includes bus & lift ticket
  • All booking fees, taxes & driver gratuity are included in price

*Note: Masks are currently required on all public transit in Canada
Baggage Fees are separate see details below

Located in Banff National Park, the Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa offers a mountain lodge hotel, a great steakhouse restaurant and a full service spa, all in one outstanding location. This ideal vacation spot is located on Banff Avenue, the main street in the town of Banff. Surrounded by mountains, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy.  The hotel's amenities include:

  • Choice of 1 King or 2 Queen beds
  • Breakfast Buffet (tax & gratuity included)
  • Welcome Reception (bartender, tax, gratuity included)
  • 26-person jetted hot pool
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary Local area ROAM bus* pass included with hotel

*Note: Masks are currently required on all public transit in Canada

The Kicking Horse add-on for March 17th is limited to the first 20 people registered and requires at least 15 participants. Pricing is estimated based on 20 people traveling by bus and will be adjusted if fewer people are interested in this trip. Please indicate your interest during registration. Final pricing will be determined and communicated by October 1st depending on the amount of interest.

Please note, it is approximately 2 hours by bus from the hotel to Kicking Horse Mountain. 4 hour bus ride round trip. The optional Kicking Horse excursion is recommended only for advanced intermediate and above skiers, as there is not much for non skiers to do at the mountain, and limited beginner/intermediate terrain. There is also a lot of terrain that is not lift served and hike to access only.  Kicking Horse Mountain Trail Map


Travel to Canada ID & COVID-19 Requirements

Citizens of the United States need a valid U.S. passport to fly to or transit through a Canadian airport. (Please check your expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months after your return date).

Canada requires leisure travelers to be Fully Vaccinated for Covid-19 unless they qualify for a medical exemption (testing and quarantine procedures and other requirements apply, entry is not guaranteed)
 

Find Out if You Can Enter Canada

 

All travelers must use ArriveCAN within 72 hours before your arrival to Canada.

Fully vaccinated travelers are currently exempt from the quarantine and pre-testing requirements. Travelers may be randomly selected for arrival testing. Please check here for up to date travel information.


You must be a current member of BBSC in order to participate in this trip

If you are not a BBSC member, register here


This trip has limited capacity, so please register early to insure that you have a spot. We have initially secured 25 total spots, 14 rooms (11 doubles and 3 singles) and 25 airline seats.  Please note only the first 25 people to register will be able to bring their skis* due to plane size limitations. We can potentially increase to 30 total participants with early registration. 

The total cost of this trip is based on 25 participants and depends upon your lodging preference, age at time of travel, and lift ticket purchase. 

*Checked bags are NOT included in the pricing below. Alaska Air charges $30 for the first standard checked bag and $40 for the second standard checked bag (up to 50 lbs each), each way. Ski Equipment is counted as 1 standard checked bag that includes one ski/board bag containing 1 pair of skis or snowboard and 1 boot & helmet bag, containing equipment only.  The 50 pound weight limit still applies, but the linear size limit does not apply to the ski/board bag. If clothing or other items are packed in the equipment bags, regular and oversize baggage fees will apply. Travelers will pay their own extra checked bag fee directly to Alaska Air at check-in. For example, if you plan to bring one full set of equipment including skis & boots and a checked suitcase of clothing, you will pay an additional $70 per person each way ($140 round trip) for checked baggage fees for 1 ski bag, 1 boot/helmet bag, and 1 suitcase. If you plan to rent skis but bring your own boots, and check a suitcase for clothing, you would pay $30 (each way, $60 total) additional baggage fees if you take your boots as your carry-on item. Please review all the Alaska Air baggage rules and size allowances for checked and carry-on items.

 

Double Occupancy Adult with 4 of 6 day Ski Big 3 Lift Pass: $2,100 per person
Double Occupancy Senior (65+) with 4 /6 day Ski Big 3 Lift Pass: $1,992 per person
Double Occupancy with NO Lift Tickets: $1,605 per person
Single Occupancy Adult with 4 of 6 day Ski Big 3 Lift Pass: $2,430 per person
Single Occupancy Senior with 4 of 6 day Ski Big 3 Lift Pass: $2,327 per person
Single Occupancy with NO Lift Tickets: $1,936 per person
Kicking Horse Add-On Adult Lift & Bus (estimated): $270
Kicking Horse Add-On Senior (65+) Lift & Bus (estimated): $244

 

Registration and payment for this trip is available online only. 

50% due at time of registration, by September 10, 2022

Final balance due on December 1, 2022

Kicking Horse Day Trip Add-On: Indicate your interest during registration to reserve spot, final pricing will be determined based on the amount interest, and payment will be collected on October 1st if minimum participant number is reached to secure the trip.

Cancellation and Refunds: 
Are solely at the discretion of the Club, subject to meeting minimum trip participant numbers.
All pricing is based on 25 participants, and may increase slightly (~$50 per person) if there are fewer than 25 participants.  20 participants is the minimum number required for this trip.


Cancellations prior to January 1st 2023 may receive a partial refund, less a $275 non-refundable assessment, plus any fees assessed by the airline, lodging and/or other vendors. Airfare cancellation fees are governed by the rules applicable to the fare basis used and many fares are nonrefundable.

Please understand that because of high pent up demand, particularly in Canada and Europe excursions, hotels are playing hard ball and imposing cancellation penalties once groups commit a given number even if they cancel some rooms well in advance. Much stricter air and hotel restrictions and cancellation policies are forcing the club/participants to shoulder more financial responsibilities for cancelations.


There is NO REFUND possible after January 1st 2023

 

Optional Trip insurance is available at your discretion through the travel agency, Alpine Adventures:
 https://goreadyinsurance.com/partners/alp/alpagent/single-trip

 

BBSC receives no financial compensation for any trip insurance policies purchased. BBSC has provided this information as a convenience to our members and makes no endorsement of the product. Members are free to shop for and use trip insurance from any provider.

 

Please use the link below to register for this trip. You must be signed into your Sports Engine account to register.

For additional information, please contact:

Doug Baker

Doug Baker

Trip Coordinator

Phone: 208-867-1286