Ok Folks you're coming this far and you're going to see some spectacular scenery. Hopefully there will be some wildlife spotting, bears, elk, rocky mountain sheep and maybe even some mountain goats. For many of you coming this far may be a once in a lifetime trip, you really should take the opportunity to walk on top of thousands of years of ice on a glacier and then experience it from hundreds of feet up in the air on a glass sidewalk cantilevered over the edge of a cliff.
Brewster Tours has been operating in Banff and Jasper national parks almost since the park were founded. Brewster operates all these venues and I have negotiated combination pricing on multiple attractions. The 3rd is world famous Banff Gondola tour which I can guide you to visit on Friday for those who are interested in going, its a fantastic ride up to the top of Sulphur Mountain with a spectacular view in 4 directions, it really is breathtaking for those sticking around longer and can fit it in their schedule.
The Icefield and Skywalk tours will take place on Weds and Thurs, we ride in any weather except for snow. I would like to take roughly half of the full group each day. This means about 80 people each of the two days. The Tundra Buggies hold 56 people each so we will fill roughy 1.5 buggies, don't worry, the rest will fill up.
The trek to the visitor center is roughly 3 hours from the host hotel. The road from Lake Louise up to the visitor center is two lane, 55mph limit with tourists.
Each days ride up to the Icefields will split into 3 groups. The first group will be KSU at 07:15 (five gallon gas tank bikes, preferably), the second group at 07:30, the third group at 07:45. There will be a pitstop at Sask River Crossing for fuel and another near the top of Sunwapta Pass for a photo op of the valley below (safest to do on the way up, right hand exit, unsafe to do on the way back, cross traffic on a curve).
We will be parking in the bus parking at the Icefield visitor center to keep all the bikes together for security and safety reasons. The ride up to and back from the Tundra Buggies will be on motorcoaches, no exceptions. Same with the ride to the hike to the Skywalk, motorcoaches to and from.
When the Skywalk Excursion is complete, the motorcoaches will deliver us back to the visitor center and we will depart for the return trip back down the valley to Lake Louise. Again we will try to stage out of the parking lot for the return trip. There will be a couple of photo ops on this return trip because the exits are on the right hand side. A fuel stop in Lake Louise and then ride directly back to the host hotel for the banquet and presentations on Wednesday and raffle/door prize/ SW VII announcement on Thursday.
You will need to sign up and pay for these attractions in advance. We are asking you to take a few steps to make sure that you don't miss your chance to experience Canada's magnificent and unique beauty. If you are RG.org forum savvy or if you have a teenager at home, the Quickstart instructions below will get you off and running. If you are like most of us and are more into riding and Road Glides, then you'll probably want to skip down to the "Technically Challenged" instructions.
1) PM or FB message Dreamrider (Peter) to get you access to the online glacier excursion signup form (different from the Shark Week signup form)
2) sign up on the signup form here
3) pay for your tickets here
Technically Challenged Version:
First Step - To access the google docs signup sheet, which is similar to the Shark Week signup sheet that hopefully you've all completed either PM Dreamrider (Peter) on the forum or you can email him at [email protected]
and you'll receive an invite from Peter to proceed with your signup. Those of you on Facebook can also message him to complete this step.
Second Step - Use the signup sheet at this link
to reserve your spot and let us know if you prefer to take the Wednesday trip or the Thursday trip. On that sheet you will also find a link to the ticket order form where you will pay for your tickets (sorry, but we need the payments in advance to ensure space on the buggies). Bringing up the link is a bit cumbersome due to the nuances of google docs, but follow the instructions on the spreadsheet, i.e. hover your mouse over the cell to bring up the link, and you'll be taken to the ticket order site. Or if this is too complicated (and at this point that's a distinct possibility), simply go to step 2:
Third Step - Pay for your ticket(s) at this link
, once again indicate whether you prefer to go on Wednesday or Thursday, and then pay via the PayPal link.
If you have any questions, please PM