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Whistler, Big White, Banff, or Sun Peaks?

post #1 of 5
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Am planning a season out in Canada, but wondering where to go, so need some advice. From the research I've done so far I've got the folliowing:

Whistler - Biggest and best, but seems expensive, and a little less personal than somewhere smaller. Is it worth the hype?

Banff - Lots of ski options, there are a lot of companies running season long courses from there, there's the option of 3 ski zones, but I don't like the idea of getting the bus everyday. Have also heard it hardly ever gets above freezing.

Big White - Don't know much about it, seems like a smaller version of Whistler. Anyone say anything on it?

Sun Peaks - Looks like quite a small resort, but still has a large ski area, and large terrain. Haven't spoken with anyone who's been there though. Is there enough to keep you happy for a season?

Any thoughts and comments would be more than welcome.

Thank you

post #2 of 5

Whistler:  Huge, every kind of terrain, great skiing.  Crowded, expensive, a small city.

 

Banff: Beautiful town and setting, good skiing close at hand (however, I've only been there in the summer).  You have to drive to the various hills, they don't come down to town.

 

Big White:  Known as an intermediate's hill, also known as Big White Out because of the frequent fog.  Not near town so you either have to live at the resort or commute.

 

Sun Peaks: Extensive hill.  Mostly intermediate but it has some expert terrain.  Like Big White it's a way from town so you either live on the hill or commute.

 

If I had to choose I would pick Whistler for the terrain and I'd put up with the urbanity.  Of course, that's presupposing that I could afford it.

 

 

post #3 of 5

I'd probably choose to live in Banff and ski at Sunshine, but that's just me. At Whistler it's not like you're going to live walking distance from the lifts anyway unless you're rich. The commute might be about the same. 

post #4 of 5

of the 4 areas you listed Banff and Whistler are by far the best for skiing.  Banff is top for beauty and Whistler top for everything else. But a "season" doing what? Living off the cash and just skiing? Or trying to live in one place and get some type of job to supplement the trip? If the later secure the accommodation and employment prospects first most resort towns fill up pretty quickly. You might wind up in none of the above.

If it is just skiing also consider Golden as a base. Kicking Horse is the local hill, Lake Louise, Sunshine Revelstoke and Panorama are within day tripping distance  

post #5 of 5

Add in Nelson or Rossland, Fernie too. 

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