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Skiing in Canada in April 2012

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Hi!

 

I'm currently planning a ski trip to Canada in April (6th-15th) but I never been skiing in Canada before so I would really appreciate some advice!

 

Since it's so late in the season, we're should I go if I want to know for sure that there will be snow? I heard that Whistler and Banff are two places that have long seasons?

 

What are the conditions in Canada right now? Has it been alot of snow this year and does it look good for April?

 

Thank you so much in advance for your advice!

 

Cheers,

/Richard

 

post #2 of 14
Sunshine village near banff has great spring skiing at that time, as for snow coverage, they are having a fantastic season so far.
post #3 of 14

Sunshine Village in Banff will have perfect mid-winter conditions through the end of April, and spring conditions through May.  Whistler is generally hit or miss.... it could be awesome or it could skiing in the rain or fog (about a 40/60 split according to my experiences).

post #4 of 14

Hit Banff.  You have a choice of Sunshine Village and Lake Louise.  Sunshine is 5 minutes down the highway, LL is 45 min.  Both top notch resorts, both easily accessible.

 

Why choose one resort when you can have two from Banff?

post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thank you all so much for the valuable advice! So so far Sunshine Village in Banff is mostly recommended by everyone. Anyone with any information about Whistler Blackcomb April skiing? It's much cheaper for me to to to Whistler Blackcomb so that is why I really want to know as much as possible before I book.

 

Thanks!!

 

post #6 of 14
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It's much cheaper for me to to to Whistler Blackcomb so that is why I really want to know as much as possible before I book.


How is Whistler/Blackcomb cheaper?  It's one of the most expensive resorts in North America whereas ski season in Banff is considered low season (summer is about 5X busier) and you'll get great pricing on accommodation (and lift tickets, food, etc. is less costly than Whistler as well).

 

post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 

I currently live in Hong Kong and the flight from Hong kong to Vancouver is much much cheaper than flying from Hong Kong to Calgary. But I can imagine that accomodation and ski passes etc are much cheaper in Banff.

post #8 of 14

On the other hand, if you'll be here for at least a week, there's more to see/ski in Whistler.  Also depends on your lifestyle.....do you want/need cheap accommodation?  Then go to Banff.  If you want some comfort and more of a true resort/vacation experience, then go to Whistler.  Do you want to stay in one location, or do you mind taking a shuttle/car to another resort(s)?  There are plenty in BC from Whistler.

 

Kinda depends on what you want to get out of your trip, what's your priority?  Scenery? Relax?  Hardcore gnar? etc....

post #9 of 14

Conditions at Whistler in April are very good. My favorite time of year there. It might  be spring skiing on the lower 2,500 vertical but if so ski the upper 2500+  vertical where it will still be winter, lots of options. Usually April has more sunny days. Try to time before April 23 when Whistler shuts down for the season leaving only Blackcomb's 5000+ vertical operating.  Don't miss out on the peak to peak which allows you to ski both mountains in the same day. No end of things to do in the village.  For scenery nothing tops the Banff/Lake Louise area and skiing is good there too but it's not quite as easily accessed from your room.   

post #10 of 14

I've skied at Whistler several times in April and I've never had it rain on me.  My recollections are of powder and bluebird days, sometimes both conditions on the same day.  That time of year is usually some of the best skiing of the entire season.

 

Sunshine has a bad rep right now because of a labor dispute that started with a bratty son of the owner.  Several long time employees were fired and there is much bad blood in the ski community over this.  With a little searching (using the search function) you can find some threads here on Epic concerning this.  I, personally, would not choose to ski at Sunshine. 

post #11 of 14

That thread about Sunshine management is actually right at the top of the General forum now. Here.

 

In addition to the internal labor dealings, Sunshine thought it appropriate to try to censor discussions on public forums by having its lawyers threaten to sue. Forums were forced to take down old posts about the matter or risk lawsuit.

 

Unless that resort comes out with a big apology and/or changes hands to a more PR-savvy owner, I'd never ski there. F them.

 

 

post #12 of 14
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I currently live in Hong Kong and the flight from Hong kong to Vancouver is much much cheaper than flying from Hong Kong to Calgary. But I can imagine that accomodation and ski passes etc are much cheaper in Banff.

 

I don't know about that.  I looked at Air Canada and it's only $80 cheaper to fly to Vancouver than Calgary.  You'll lose that advantage after your first night's accommodation at Whistler.
 

 

post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks everybody for all valuable advice, I just booked a flight ticket to Vancouver 6th April :) can't wait!

post #14 of 14

That's cool, hope you enjoy! The past three seasons it continued to snow throughout April. Hint: if it's starting to warm up, stay on Glacier, Jersey Cream and 7th chairs on Blackcomb, and Peak, Harmony and Symphony chairs on Whistler (maybe Garbanzo if it's a busy day) as they're the highest. The top half of the mountain's where the good stuff's at anyway, and the bottom's more just to ski out and for the beginners/uber tourists. 

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