I may have reason to be in Banff-Canmore the first two or three weeks of November. I'd have even better reason if I thought there'd be good ice in. I realise it's still too early to say.
I've only climbed there February-March (1997 & 2003), never that early. I know the Ghost comes in earlier than other areas, mayb K-Country, and most probably routes that are higher and facing north, but I'd be interested in hearing peoples' actual experiences of climbing ice in that early-mid November period. I know it's variable, but are there any constants, or good bets? Is it not worth the effort?
I'd prefer to do a bunch of long WI3 routes, maybe some WI4 and don't mind going up to Jasper or environs if needs be. I've never climbed north of the DT Highway. I don't mind a bit of an approach, but I won't have skis with me. I'm really only interested in pure ice routes, I can climb rock at home.