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    Riding in Banff

    I'm going to Banff for vacation this summer, and was wondering if you had any trail recommendations. I'm not looking to do much climbing, I'm more interested in trying some downhill stuff.

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    so do you ride DH much? nothing in the national park is lift serviced.

    kicking horse, fernie, panoroama are the closest for chairlifts

    lots of nice XC rides in the banff, canmore, lake louise areas, but you have to pedal
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    Thanks for those recommendations. I've never ridden downhill before, so I'd be getting into it for the first time. I ride XC all the time at home, so I wanted to try something different over vacation. Which of those places would be best for a beginner at DH?

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    all have mixed trails but I found Kicking Horse a lot more brutal{very long descents that are steep} than Fernie, so got very tired very quickly, but Kicking Horse will be a lot closer to Banff, haven't ridden Panorama so I'm off googling

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    Pano is a lot less brutal than Kicking Horse, it has a wide range of stuff so you can work your way up in difficulty at your own pace. Fernie (my local hill) is okay for beginner to intermediate, or more DH oriented riders as opposed to freeriders, they removed much of the built stuff a couple of years ago and what is left is closer to the ground. They have been focusing more on natural terrain lately - plus last year they decided to only be open Thurs through Sun...

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    If you can't go to a lift-accessed park, try these trails near Banff:

    Lake Minnewanka - classic Rockies singletrack alongside a lake. Beautiful.
    The Reclaimer - you can shuttle this trail off of the Spray Lakes road just outside Canmore
    Riders of Rohan - fall-line shuttle trail at the top of Spray Lakes road. Cross the dam and hike up a short way
    Moose Mountain - shuttle trails near Bragg Creek

    Panorama and Kicking Horse are the closest lift-accessed resorts. Good luck, and enjoy the Rockies!
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    Parks Canada has a MTB trail guide for the area

    http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/ban.../activ2/a.aspx
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