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post #61 of 75

Internet forum bickering can sometimes be more fun to read than the original thread and sometimes not so much.

 

 

So to sum up: The two biggest resorts in western Canada can both fulfil the OP's needs, which means its just a matter of weighting the priorities.

 

For jaw-dropping mountain scenery and a chance to view elk and big horn sheep close up and maybe even mule deer or moose its Banff/Lake Louise.

 

For the best partying, shopping and dining its Whistler/Blackcomb.

 

The actual skiing is of course weather dependant and a bit of a gamble as to which resort will have better spring skiing for a determined in advance week.
 

post #62 of 75

perfect summation.
 

post #63 of 75
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perfect summation.
 

 

What he said... but would the dining in Banff be just as good when you factor in Chateau Lake Louise and Banff Springs?

post #64 of 75
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What he said... but would the dining in Banff be just as good when you factor in Chateau Lake Louise and Banff Springs?


The fine dinning in Banff might be just as fine as Whistler but Whistler has a lot more choices of all types of dining. Same goes for shopping.

post #65 of 75

I don't see the Village at Whistler and the town of Banff as really being in the same league at all.  Banff is a real town which has grown organically over the years.  Whistler Village is a corporately planned place that has never been anything but a tourist trap.  I don't have much interest in shopping, but Whistler Village gives me the creeps while Banff seems more interesting.  Banff seems big enough to me to have a similar amount of shops to WB.

 

As far as weather, I must agree that if you're looking for a  better chance of decent weather, Banff is your best bet.  As an example, during this great skiing year in the PNW I made four different trips to WB where I had the opportunity to ski 9 days.  I actually skied 7 and skipped 2 because of bad conditions.  However, all of the 7 days I skied were awful.  They were either rock hard conditions, raining, blowing hard, or crowds were ridiculously huge.  What a waste.  When Whistler is on, it's fantastic, but this entire year was a huge bust for me.  I recommend Banff to give you a better chance of good conditions.  

post #66 of 75

Actually the townsite of Banff is the last reason to visit the  park. Ask any one who has moved to Jasper. The same stores,coffee shops and tourist outlets that litter Whistler Village  are there too. Weather in mountains is always hit and miss. Personally I have never had a great day at Fernie or Red despite skiing there frequently, but the potential is there. This was a good snow year in the PNW but I can''t say I had what I would call a fabulous day at Baker (nor in the last ten years). I know there have been some - I just missed them. Timing is everything. It can be easy when your local but it's hard to book a holiday in advance. For both Whistler/Blackcomb and Lake Louise/ Sunshine that's the attraction, if is a totally crappy day at least there is something else to do besides sit in your room.

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post #67 of 75
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Actually the townsite of Banff is the last reason to visit the  park. Ask any one who has moved to Jasper. The same stores,coffee shops and tourist outlets that litter Whistler Village  are there too. Weather in mountains is always hit and miss. Personally I have never had a great day at Fernie or Red despite skiing there frequently, but the potential is there. This was a good snow year in the PNW but I can''t say I had what I would call a fabulous day at Baker (nor in the last ten years). I know there have been some - I just missed them. Timing is everything. It can be easy when your local but it's hard to book a holiday in advance. For both Whistler/Blackcomb and Lake Louise/ Sunshine that's the attraction, if is a totally crappy day at least there is something else to do besides sit in your room.

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Eh, there's still something to a real town over a corporate development. I can understand how the touristy shops might not appeal to residents, but that's why they're touristy shops. I'll take a real town (touristy or not) over a faux village any day. I can't speak to Whistler, but Banff seemed to have some character to me.

post #68 of 75
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I don't see the Village at Whistler and the town of Banff as really being in the same league at all.  Banff is a real town which has grown organically over the years.  Whistler Village is a corporately planned place that has never been anything but a tourist trap.  I don't have much interest in shopping, but Whistler Village gives me the creeps while Banff seems more interesting.  Banff seems big enough to me to have a similar amount of shops to WB.

 

As far as weather, I must agree that if you're looking for a  better chance of decent weather, Banff is your best bet.  As an example, during this great skiing year in the PNW I made four different trips to WB where I had the opportunity to ski 9 days.  I actually skied 7 and skipped 2 because of bad conditions.  However, all of the 7 days I skied were awful.  They were either rock hard conditions, raining, blowing hard, or crowds were ridiculously huge.  What a waste.  When Whistler is on, it's fantastic, but this entire year was a huge bust for me.  I recommend Banff to give you a better chance of good conditions.  

 

As someone who has skied many many times in both regions, I agree 100%.

post #69 of 75

Well having read the entire thread I must say I agree that the NSW is a huge downer here. Without her, you would have a lot more options. Bummer.

 

Still,  "it is what it is". If she has to come, then I suggest you lay out the options to her and explain the situation fully. If she has to be there, you want her happy. You'll have a great time at either of those areas, no question.

post #70 of 75

and as this has resurfaced - let us know how lunch was.

post #71 of 75

in 7 months time!

post #72 of 75

Given the parameters of the non-skiing wife, Whistler is probably the safest choice.  Tons of good restaurants, all within walking distance.  And she could take a gondola up to a mid-mountain lunch.  For Banff/Lake Louise you will need to stay in Banff so she will have enough to do during the day.   You will be 20-30 minutes away skiing at Sunshine or Lake Louise, so she's on her own all day unless she has a car.  

 

My second choice in your situation would be Aspen.  I have a good friend with a non-skiing wife and she always loved it there.  Aspen/Snowmass are high and mostly north facing, preserve snow quite well in spring, though March would certainly be better than April, true for the other places too.

 

I love Utah but it's bad idea in this situation.  In April Park City will usually be slop (it's warm, low and a lot of it faces east) so you will want to be in the Cottonwood resorts, where there is little for her to do.

post #73 of 75
Thread Starter 

Due to unforseen circumstances (son #2 not being available this season) I have decided to pospone the trip and I am now looking / thinking of delaying for a year.  This is better for several reasons and the main one being we will not be tied to going at Easter (not sure when it is anyway in 2014).

 

It's great hearing all the opinions though - I did have Aspen on the shortlist but isn't it tres expensive ?

 

Perhaps another way of keeping the NSW happy would be to do alternate ski / no-ski days and don't worry about meeting up on a ski day for lunch (I guess it must be a European thing).   I agree entirely - for pure skiing it would be better if she didn't have to be there.

 

Anyway, gotta plan this years trip right now - been thinking of Switzerland .....

post #74 of 75
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 I did have Aspen on the shortlist but isn't it tres expensive ?

 

With the current exchange rate, I don't think it's any more so than Whistler?  Unlike Whistler, people ski Ajax top to bottom all day. So you could easily have lunch with your wife in town or she could ride the gondola up with you,  for lunch on top.

 

Aspen's a really nice historic mining town, with a lot of alternative activities.  The art museum is very nice and it's free!

post #75 of 75
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With the current exchange rate, I don't think it's any more so than Whistler? 

It's far easier to find reasonably priced lodging in Whistler, compared to Aspen, and easier to find lift ticket discounts, too. Which is not to say you shouldn't go to Aspen if you can swing it. Espeically if you are going with a non-skiing partner, it's a good pick.

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