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Canadian Ski Resorts: West Side vs. East Side!

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Hi everybody, my name is Matt and I'm new to the forums. 

I'm planning a trip to a ski resort soon, just one, in either Quebec or Alberta or BC. Which do you folks think offers better skiing when comparing the two sides of Canada? I have skied Alberta and B.C. before, but I have never been to Quebec. This makes me want to try out a ski resort in Quebec because it will give me an opportunity to see a province that's new to me, but my priority here is top notch skiing. 

What are your reasons for your preferences? For comparisons, I'm thinking about snow, terrain, ice, scenery, and weather. I'm not so much concerned about nightlife, food, lodging, and non-skiing activities; I'm just looking to ski-bum-it in a hostel and shred hard for 3 to 4 full days. Price isn't a factor. 

To give you some information about me that could help you help me, I'm from Manitoba and I would consider myself an intermediate skier. I have skied Sunshine Village, Lake Louis, and Big White in B.C. I like to ski through trees, groomers, and powder. I don't do park, moguls, or back-country. I'm a 22 year old male. 

Are there any particular ski resorts you could recommend me? 

Thank-you.

post #2 of 6

Being from Manitoba, have you skied Thunder Bay?  If you skied that, and liked it, you'll love Quebec.  Quebec is Thunder Bay on steriods.  If you didnt think much of Thunder Bay...go west.

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Sun Peaks, the third largest ski resort in Canada, is less crowded than Lake Louise and less foggy than Big White and Sunshine Village. I would primarily recommend Quebec for the food and culture but the snow in BC is drier and deeper, and temperatures not as cold as Quebec.

 

The hostel at Sun Peaks is right across the road from the Burfield Chair (less than 200' away) and they sell lift tickets right at the chair.

 

See my SP review in my signature or the link to SPs web site if you want more info.

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Originally Posted by Skidude72 View Post

Being from Manitoba, have you skied Thunder Bay?  If you skied that, and liked it, you'll love Quebec.  Quebec is Thunder Bay on steriods.  If you didnt think much of Thunder Bay...go west.

Thanks for the responses, guys. I have never skied Thunder Bay... what is it like for skiing? 

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Sun Peaks, the third largest ski resort in Canada, is less crowded than Lake Louise and less foggy than Big White and Sunshine Village. I would primarily recommend Quebec for the food and culture but the snow in BC is drier and deeper, and temperatures not as cold as Quebec.

 

The hostel at Sun Peaks is right across the road from the Burfield Chair (less than 200' away) and they sell lift tickets right at the chair.

 

See my SP review in my signature or the link to SPs web site if you want more info.

Cool. Yeah, the thing is, I don't like skiing too much in the super cold weather... so maybe I should stick to B.C... hmm... What you've said about Sun Peaks interests me though... 

 

Any more :) ??? 

post #5 of 6
This is a no brainer. If your priority is "top notch skiing", go west. Better and more snow, better terrain, and generally not as cold. As a bonus IMO British Columbians have it over the Québécois any day of the week (though maybe not night)! And Albertans aren't too shabby either.
Edited by Duckfeet - 12/7/12 at 3:03am
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This is a no brainer. If your priority is "top notch skiing", go west. Better and more snow, better terrain, and generally not as cold. As a bonus IMO British Columbians have it over the Québécois any day of the week (though maybe not night)! And Albertans aren't too shabby either.

It is true that Quebecers can have a bit of an attitude (maybe its a French thing). It has been my experience in past visits to Quebec that if you try to speak French to them, even totally fractured and inept, they still greatly appreciate the effort and recognition of their language. They will then be very friendly and usually speak to you in perfect English.icon14.gif

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