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At Banff Soul Ski + Bike, we believe that the right boot for you is the boot that fits best. A well fitting boot can enhance your skiing experience, just as an ill fitting boot can put a damper on an entire season. So how do we ensure that you end up with the best possible boot fit? Years of experience, and lots of measuring. We believe in taking the time to measure and analyze the shape of your feet, discuss your skiing experience, style of skiing, and further preferences before we even think of pulling a boot off the...

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Banff, Banff National Park, mountains, ski, skiing -

As the sun starts to sink out of sight earlier in the evening, the air turns crisp and cold, and the snow line creeps further and further down the mountainsides, it’s no secret that winter is just around the corner. Anticipation has been building since the haze of summer smoke appeared in the valley, and for some, since the call of “last chair” in May. While it’s easy to froth over the latest films being premiered at iF3 or Banff Film Fest, or to pour over the latest gear drops and tech updates, don’t forget a few key steps in...

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Bike-packing isn’t new to Banff, but with the Canadian segment of the Tour Divide on pause for 2021 due to COVID-19, we have missed our fair share of gravel grinders and road warriors this year. Although travelling south by bike has been off the books for most of the year, that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been any bikes laden with packed bags rolling through the Bow Valley.  Earlier this summer, Simon V. Hradil-Kasseckert quite literally rolled up to our shop on his self-supported cycling mission, touring from Victoria, British Columbia to Montreal, Quebec. Simon was kind enough to chat with us...

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Standing at 5’3”, Alex Stange may not be the biggest skier on the mountain, but with her bright pink helmet and finesse in the park, she’s hard to miss. As the season winds down, you can often spot her sliding rails under the Glacier Chair at Lake Louise - she’s infectiously stoked on spring park laps. When she’s not in the park, ripping laps on the back side, or touring the resort’s slack-country, she can be found tucked away in the Lake Louise dispatch office, as one of three women who run the entirety of the resort's on-hill communications.  A...

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Banff, Banff National Park, Lake Louise, mountains, ski, skiing -

At 4,200 acres, Lake Louise is one the largest and most versatile ski resorts in Canada – if not the world. Wrangling that terrain is a small but dedicated team: the Lake Louise Trail Crew, or more candidly known: the “Organic Snow Farmers Association of Lake Louise”. With a crew of only nine, OSFALL is a small, but incredibly pertinent piece of the puzzle when it comes to turning Lake Louise into an operational ski resort each winter. With five years at the Lake, three of which with OSFALL, Shelby Charkowy is the sole female on the crew this year...

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