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post #31 of 46
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Originally Posted by TransRocky08 View Post

I see. Interesting, will note to him. I feel very much not prepared for cat skiing, first things first, getting used to powder from a chairlift is first.
Tks for the update on the road Dano T.

sorry but the reason for the articles wasn' so much about taking cat skiing as it was about just taking some group lessons for off piste/powder....that's all i was getting at.

....it seems, from reading on red and whitewater's sites, that they do offer powder lessons as a group too...

...whitewater even has gal specific lessons for pow, which is nice: http://www.skiwhitewater.com/whitewater_adult_programs.php

 

regardless, given their terrain and world class powder conditions, i'm sure even as a ''regular'' group lesson you'd find the instructor

doing some off piste to get you familiar with such, if you requested it.


Edited by canali - 11/12/12 at 7:22am
post #32 of 46
Thread Starter 
So, we figured out we'll have only 8 days for our Powder Highway itinerary, coming from Vancouver.
Does flying into Cranbrook and renting a car to go to Rossland, then Nelson, then Fernie (2 ski days in each) sound like a good plan? Are there too many high passes driving from Cranbrook to Rossland or to Fernie?
Thanks again!
post #33 of 46

No matter where you go, you're going to find high passes. It is a fact of life when you are in that region.

Being a Revy local, I do think you're missing out by not including it in your plan. It is about as close to lift access back country as you can get. But, considering you seem to be not very interested in shedding some pow, and that Revy is a VERY steep place (On average, there is no real intermediate or beginner terrain) it may not be the right place for you.

post #34 of 46

when is your trip happening?

hopefully you'll report back on how you enjoyed it.

all the very best

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Originally Posted by TransRocky08 View Post

So, we figured out we'll have only 8 days for our Powder Highway itinerary, coming from Vancouver.
Does flying into Cranbrook and renting a car to go to Rossland, then Nelson, then Fernie (2 ski days in each) sound like a good plan? Are there too many high passes driving from Cranbrook to Rossland or to Fernie?
Thanks again!
post #35 of 46
TransRocky, flying into the smaller airports in winter can be dicey. The locals call Castlegar Airport Cancelgar in winter. To ski Fernie I would fly to Calgary and then it is 2-3 hours drive to either Fernie or Castle and they are 2 hours from each other. Assuming you are from Vancouver then an alternate Pow Hwy trip would be fly to Kelowna drive 2.5 hours to Revy, then south on hwy 23 & 6 for about 4 hours to Nelson and then Rossland. You could complete a circuit by then heading west on hwy #3 to #33 and up the Kettle Valley to Kelowna. I'd recommend a day at Big White as #33 takes you right by there, but it's nick name is Big Whiteout. Since it is about an 8 hour drive from Vancouver to Revelstoke it might be better to drive from Vancouver instead of fly to Kelowna.
post #36 of 46
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We're planning on doing this road trip Feb 20-28. Not doing Revy this time, my husband has been there and loved it, but wanna check other areas in the interior of BC. plus, it does sound a bit intimidating, not that the other BC resorts don't too....

But to hit Rossland and Nelson, you find the best airport option to be Kelowna, then? Is it better because of the airport or roads which will get us to these locations, rather than Cranbrook?
I thought Cranbrook would be less dicey than Castlegar during the winter...
Anyway, looks like Red and WW are pretty hard to get to.
post #37 of 46

your right Cranbrook is the closest major airport hub.  Castlegar is dicy.for cancellations and I suspect you probably be routed via Vancouver anyway. Even if you could possibly get a direct flight to Kelowna you might as well go to either Spokane or Calgary for the road time. Red and Whitewater are not very close to any major airport. But don't worry about the roads in winter we usually find it rare to encounter any major difficulties just be prepared. Usually the travel time is less than in the summer (no traffic).

post #38 of 46

Between Castlegar and Cranbrook Cranbrook airport is you first choice by far. Cranbrook to Red is about 4 hours and one pass over the Salmo Creston. It's a big pass but only takes about 1 to 1 1/2 hours to cross maximum. The rest is pretty flat. However Spokane is closer to Red/Whitewater and probably cheaper

post #39 of 46

Spokane airport to Red is three hours with nothing in the way of passes and decent roads on the way up.  Nelson is probably four hours from the airport, an hour east of Rossland.  The chances of getting canceled in Spokane are much lower than anywhere in the interior (Cranbrook or Castlegar) and, I would guess, the airfare is less.  

post #40 of 46

TransRocky08

 

There is a weekly shuttle from Sun Peaks to Revy (I think it is Thursday's) leaves SP at 7am arrives at Revy at 9:30 and leaves Revy at 3:30pm.

 

Also, we are just finishing up our first trip to Red and I think that you would both like the skiing - there is some good intermediate cruising terrain despite it's reputation and heaps for your DH. The Grey Mountain cat leaves from the confluence of two green runs so it is right on the mountain. Big Red Cats also operate from the base of the mountain, although I doubt that you would need it if you were here for a couple of days. 

 

There are free snow host tours at 10am each day, but if you have limited time I would recommend that your DH consider the ShredRED guide service from ski school. Red is pretty spartan with its signs (completely different from Sun Peaks). Many of the tree and bowl runs do not have signs and the entrances are often unobtrusive traverses through the trees. We had a great day when we did it and we found places we may not have found and learnt alot about the structure and layout of the mountain.

 

But, Red is a skiers mountain, if you like the type of base village and facilities that Sun Peaks have then you may be disappointed by Red. There is a base building with cafeteria, small retail shop and demo centre and another lodge in Paradise. No Polish coffee shop or vertical juice bar and shops to wander around. But, everyone has been really friendly and even over the holidays it is uncrowded compared to other resorts, you can still find virgin lines in the afternoon, but they also have great groomers as well.

post #41 of 46

good point of contrast as below....i've read that as well:

Red is more a ''real skier's town''...doesn't have the same ''buzz'' as would a more commercial resort like SunPeaks.

 

...so maybe will be a good reason to take off to one of those many hotsprings and relax.

http://www.krtourism.ca/hot-springs-map/

http://www.hellobc.com/british-columbia/transportation-maps/trip-ideas/hot-springs.aspx

 

 i hear Rossland is 'quaint'...but 'cool' Nelson will be easily worth checking out for a few days once you visit whitewater.

 

 

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But, Red is a skiers mountain, if you like the type of base village and facilities that Sun Peaks have then you may be disappointed by Red. There is a base building with cafeteria, small retail shop and demo centre and another lodge in Paradise. No Polish coffee shop or vertical juice bar and shops to wander around. But, everyone has been really friendly and even over the holidays it is uncrowded compared to other resorts, you can still find virgin lines in the afternoon, but they also have great groomers as well.

post #42 of 46

so how did the trip go?

post #43 of 46
Thread Starter 
We're still traveling, two more ski days! We're in Fernie, seems like the snow is following us, great conditions in Red and Whitewater. Will post a TR soon!
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post #44 of 46
Thread Starter 
Tks for the message!
post #45 of 46

I introduced my girlfriend Liz to the Powder Highway areas in the same late February timeframe:

Feb. 18 Whitefish:  http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=10842

Feb. 19 Fernie: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=10828

Feb. 20 Kicking Horse: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=10835

Feb. 21 Purcell Heli: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=10836

Feb. 22 Revelstoke: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=10842

Liz had another day at Revelstoke and a day at Silver Star while I had my 3 days (reserved a year ahead) at Mustang Snowcat: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=10892

Feb. 27 Whitewater: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=10851

Feb. 28 Wild Horse Snowcat: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=10852

Mar. 1 Red Mt.: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=10856

 

It rained the morning of Mar. 1; that's why we drove through Montana Mar. 2 and skied Bridger/Big Sky/Moonlight the next 4 days.  The skiing the rest of the trip was excellent.   The big powder dump was while I was at Mustang, though it was only 8 inches at Revelstoke.   The trip was a great success introducing Liz to 13areas she had read about but never skied before. Fernie was her favorite.   The trip was also intended to bring her as an easterner up to speed in powder.  I should know better than anyone that you need luck from the weather for that.  There was a lot of soft, cut up snow but the Wild Horse snowcat was the only really deep powder for her, and the 8,000 vertical there was helpful but not nearly enough.  

post #46 of 46

The Whitefish link brings you to Revelstoke....

 

Link should be:  http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=10821

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