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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-11,Lethbridge, Alberta Protect Conditions for tourists Canuck    ^ ^visitors in Britain during crisis ^ * Ì High above Sunshine Village Skiers pause near Banff for equipment adjustments and scenic appreciation among the peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Wonder world in winter that’s Canadian Rockies By TONY SLOAN jet touches down at Calgaiy, Alberta, you are within 00 ml I miles of some of the darndest mountain scenery you’ll find anywhere. Add a little alpine village, not too big, not too small, surrounded by every Icind of ski run you can imagine and you’re in Banff, the Skier’s Shangri-la in the Canadian Rockies. ’The increased number of skiers and resorts that now swhig in wintertime are about the only changes Banff has undergone in many a winter mcon. The permanent poputa-tion hovers around 3,900 since all construction and commercial expansion is rigidly controlled by the National Parks Branch of the federal government. Seasonally, the summer multitudes including the hikers, campers, swimmers, climbers, golfers, eques trians, amateur pnuiv-graphers, fishermen, naturalists, strollers and nondescript knights of the road arrive in July and August ’There is a lull as the short alpine autumn turns the aspens to a gleaming gold and the first chill winds sharpen the air among the peaks above the Athabaska and Bow River valleys. Then the first dry fluffy snowfall, as early as mid-October tells alt life that winter is near. %i talk starts but it will be mid-November usually before the first high runs will open for the eany runners and professional instructor courses. The first ski area off the mark in November and the last to close the following May will be Sunshine Village, 14 miles southwest and 3,000 feet above the town. The lofty bowl is self-contained resort with 2,000-foot lift-serviced Japan skiers find Alaska ANCHORAGE (AP) -Snowy Alaska may not yet rank as a winter vacation haven, but Japanese ski enthusiasts are discovering it by the charter-load. Winter visitors from Japan have doubled in the last year ^ and now are pouring in at the rate of 1,000 skiers a month, said Director Frank Seymour of the Alaska Visitor’s Association. Chris Von Imhof, Mount Alyeska Ski Resort Manager, said he has printed duplicate menus in Japanese and hired Japanese-speaking persons for his desk and information staffs Von Imhof said Alaska isn’t really that far away for the Japanese ski enthusiasts He said it takes quite a long time for the Japanese to travel from their urban centres to Japan’s ski slopes. "It takes f ve or six hours by jet from the (Japanese) urban areas to Anchorage,” he said. “In fact, they probably can get more skiing time in on less-crowded slopes" Japanese skiers pay between $3M and $550, for a week’s package including two days in Anchorage and four at Mount Alyeska Alaskans heading to Japan without an excursion-rate advantage would pay $770 a person South Africa is ideal for the golfer-tourist CAPE TOWN - With its more than 300 courses and a climate that is ideal for the sport South Africans point to their counlr> as one of the gr«at golfing nations of the world In addition, they have Gary Player, winner of all of the world's lop tournaments, including the Big Four ~ the Masters the British Open, the IF S Open, and the U S professional The British introduced golf to South Africa almost a century ago. and the first competition was staged in \m at Wynberg near Cape Town To- Vv—----- JdV (he lop national event is the South African Open which IS pexl scheduled for Jan 30 to Feb 2 For the golfer-tourist. South \trica IS pretty close to pertedion A good many of the courses are located along the tourist paths and it is easy to alternate golf and sightseeing to suit the mood of the day TO REMAIN OPEN. PRAGUE - Most Czechoslovak castles close their doors during the winter months, but a few will remain open to visitors during the coming season vertical that runs right up to the rim of the continental divide. The combination of wide sweeping runs and an almost nightly addition of fresh, dry fluffy snow rates Sunshine among the very top choices for recreational skiing in the world. Mount Norquay still offers that great aerial view of the town from the top of the Lone Pine and Bowl runs and a real workout on the way down. The development of Stoney-^uaw's intermediate terrain a few years ago gave Norquay a better variety of trails. The new terrain has tamed the old toughy somewhat and it is now a fun experience for all classes of skiers including the Wishbone slope for navies. Temple - Whitehom, (Lake Louse) 32 miles west of Banff via the Trans-Canada Highway is a two-mountain complex with three faces and an intervening valley all interconnected by lifts. One of the largest ski developments in Canada, the trail system and choice of terrain are vast. A towering 2,850 vertical feet offers a choice of snow from packed and groomed to ski movie fluff. 'The Kings Domaine, Post Hotel, Pipstone Lodge and Mountaineer Inn sum up the accommodation rij^t at Lake Louise but Banff facilities are only 40 minutes away via scheduled bus service. Banff hotels, motels, inns range from the gargantuan Banff Springs Hotel to the smaller more intimate village hotels. At least five bistros feature live entertainment with such interludes as "happy hours” when drinks are served at wassailing prices. Music and song run the gamut from gentle guitar and folk singing to thunderous rock Marmot Basin, ISO miles north of Banff via the Banff* Jasper Highway caps the Rocky Mountain ski high. Marmot's 1,800 vertical feet features open slope sweeps above treeline before descending into the lodge pole pine forests on the lower slopes. The choice of routes down from the summit ridge to the lower base lodge ranges from easy to testy. Fast, dry snow, particularly on the upper summit runs makes Marmot a late season favorite for the sunshine set. Alpine opulence at Jasper Park Lodge plus fine resort hotels in town arc experienced for a fraction of their summer rates Altogether, Jasper’s Marmot Basin offers a ski package that makes the four-hour highway drive or tram ride from the Edmonton gateway well worth the effort. How do you get there and how much does it cost^ . . best to check out such comprehensive ski vacation packages as Air Canada’s “Skifari” or 0 P, Air’s "Ski Canada West” plan or just ask someone who has been there. Lake Placid, being com* pletely dependent on the tourist business, will take positive steps to assure Canadian visitors that they will not be unduly inc«iveniettced by the fuel shortage. The Mayor of Lake Placid, Robert Peacock, announced that a Free Sunday Night Lodging program is now in effect throughout the Lake Placid While Face mountain resort area. A skier or family of skiers who have spent Friday and Saturday nights in a hotel or motel will be invited, free of charge to stay over Sunday night. The program is obviously in effect to convenience Canadian skiers with insufficient gasoline in their cars to make the return trip to Canada. All gas stations throughout New York are open for business as usual throughout the week beginning at midnight each Sunday S/IS cuts speed and saves fuel A one year program to conserve fuel by Scandinavian Airlines has produced a savings of two million gallons, the company announced The fuel savings program was introduced in the fall of 19?2. It called for slightly reduced speeds in the company’s 67 jetliner fleet. SAS serves 97 cities in 51 countries throughout the world, and consumes 265 million gallons of jet fuel annually The sUght decrease in speed saved between one-and-a-half per cent in fuel consumption on each flight. SAS flight captains made individual efforts wiiich contributed even more to the fuel conservation program A standing committee has be<M set up by the British Tourist Authority to coordinate recommendations and action in respect of tourism during the current energy problems in Britain. The committee is headed by Sir Alexander Glen, Chairman of the British Tourist Authority, and comprises representatives of hoteliers and restauranteurs; airlines; car hire firms; travel agents; the motor clubs; and the English, Scottish, Wales and Northern Ireland Tourist Boards; as well as British Rail and the National Bus Company. Following its first meeting December 19, Sir Alexander Glen said; “All countries are at present suffering from uncertainties in regard to travel but the British Tourist Authority Is confident that in 1974 Britain will continue to offer good value to Canadian visitors. Plans for visits to Britain should continue.” According to reports from London received here, Canadian visitors to Britain this week experienced very little inconvenience over normal conditions. A summary of the situation as of today,follows. L^bting and Heating — There are no restrictions on lighting and heating for hotel bedrooms. Only public rooms in hotels, restaurants, stores, offices affected. In general, thermostats in hotel lobbies have been adjusted to 63°. ’The three-day week and the electricity cuts do not affect Transferred to Tokyo Henning Schreiber, manager for Canada of the German National Tourist office, has been transferred to the new office in Tokyo as director for Japan Henceforth, the Montreal office will be headed by Guenther Nischwitz, who has been assistant manager of our office in Paris for over four years hotels. Where no safety risk is involved, street lighting has been reduced by 50% since December 10. Other Tovrift Facllltte* and Service* — Theatres, restaurants, hotels, museums, covered-in premises used for sport and oUier entertainment are not affected by electricity cuts. The three-day work week has the greatest effect on industry, offices and stores. But many shops are staying open on the no-light days iirtjen they are not permitted to use electricity for either Ught or heat. ’They are doing a brisk business by paraffin lamps, candles, etc. Stores in London are crammed with shoppers and doing a roaring business. Food stores are operating as normal. The Gasoline Situation — There is still no gas rationing and no immediate plans for it as of today. 'Rie panic bunng of last week has eased and the rate of buying has returned to normal as of last week In ieneral, it is still necessary to le up at a gas station in the London area, but the queues are not long and you can get the gas you need. Gas stations often limit the amount they serve, but outside London the situation is greatly Improved. It is wise to remember that nearly all gas stations are closed on the weekend. Some open Saturday morning but most are closed Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday. Car rental services are operating normally. With effect from December 8, the maximum speed hmit on any road or motorway is 50 mph except where lower lunits apply. Road signs will continue to display old speed limits. Public Transportation — There is no restriction on gas for public transport 17118 means that buses, taxis, etc. are running normally. Lond-haul trains (inter-city) are operating well but regional services which carry commuters to London are virtually Inoperative. On longdistance trains there has been a cutback in service which means delays and late arrivals, but one can get where one wants to go. - Interul Fllfhti - Internal 'flights are subject to cancellation and delays, rather like the inter-city trains, but you will eventually reach your destination although it may take a little longer. Donettlc Oil Supply — 'There are no plans for rationing at the moment. Supplies are not considered critical at this writing. Although the situation is serious in terms of prospects for industry, the overall atmosphere in Britain is cheerful The people seem to be taking today’s problems in their stride gei hn( -The Herald- Travel Passport Photos Candid Wedding* Picture Fr*min() — Photo SuppHei A. E. CROSS STUDIO Phone 328-0111 710 3rdAve. S. Phone 328-0222 SpcnJ three glorious weeks mCarwrv Isljntl', wii h Sunflight from S477 (price per pcrM>n, double occupancy) Lcdvc Sundays, vij Airlines of Spam Many oihcr Sunflighl vacjl ions lo thoo-iC from Pucei Mthjca so \uppkmeiii di» mg liiiih Drop tn, or phone loilm »477 Snnlll^ Canadai Number One HdkbytnakeL A.M.A. TRAVEL AGENCY 608 - 5th A ve. South, Lethbridge    Phon« 32S-1181 or 328-7921 OlHc* op«ti Mondiif ttMV Frldcy t:30 a.m. to $ p.m. • SatHrdir S;30 lo 13:30 p.m — Ampto Ffm Parking. or mo rars IS PROUD TO INTRODUCE 1974 MINI MARK V A beautiful conversion for Canada’s most popular car. DO YOUR PART FOB THE ENEHGY CRISIS! Drive in prestigious comfort while your car is making 20 mllos par gallon, a combination you can’t beat. Drop in today, you’ll be very impressedi The complete Mini Mark V kit consists of the front end conversion (Mood, pre-assennbled Qrill and Housing) and Trunk Deck lid. This Is designed specifically for the 2 door Sedan, or Model 10. There is, however, widespread use of just the Front end kit on Pinto Station Wagons and Runabouts. BIT THE ONE DEAL Him Phone 223-3537 mupBn mah ar ars 6ITTHI ONI DIAL HIM TABER. Alberti ;