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pls help me plan snowboarding trip to canada 2014 [from Australia, 2 weeks]

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I'm planning our first trip overseas to canada from australia for 2 weeks & would like your help with when is the best time to go to get the best snow conditions, accommodation & pass prices, & which resorts to check out with a good mix of piste & freeriding, intermediate riders, I'm looking at either late Jan or late Feb or early Mar as options & 2 maybe 3 resorts. Cheers!
post #2 of 10

I assume you will be coming to British Columbia but more info please. Will you have a car? Travelling solo or someone to share expenses? Party animal or not? Like big resorts or more out of  way? How much time do you want to spend travelling after you land in Vancouver?

Easiest by far is just go to Whistler. Two weeks barely scratches the surface and you can be there 3 hours after you get off the plane.

post #3 of 10

unless your planning on doing a road trip to get a variety Whistler will keep you occupied for 2 weeks. Or fly to Calgary rent a car there and ski out of Banff with a lot of hills within short striking distance . Unless there is a snow disaster all of B.C.and Alberta will be fine over the periods you mentioned. Just try to avoid the days around US President Day it's always much more crowded then than usual.   

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Thread Starter 
Thanks for your responses, my partner & i are travelling together, more interested in getting up early for first tracks than a big night life, prefer best mountain terrain over big resort, don't need many resorts facilities. Which is recommended for best snow & weather late jan or early mar? Interested in options on where else to check out other than Whistler, will drive between resorts. Thanks!
post #5 of 10

Late Jan. is better for the lower altitude and/or more sun exposed places: Sun Peaks, Big White, Revelstoke, Red Mt., Fernie.

 

Early Mar. is better for the colder places that accumulate snow gradually but preserve it better:  Lake Louise, Sunshine, Kicking Horse, Panorama.  These are the places most easily accessed from Calgary.

 

Whistler works fine for either time frame.  Whitewater and Castle Mt. are tossups too IMHO.

 

The above are long term generalizations. Weather is variable enough that either time period might be great everywhere.   You would have to be quite unlucky for it to be poor everywhere, though it happened in much of winter 2005.

 

Get out a map and check drive distances which are not trivial.   With 2 weeks you can cover a lot of ground, but try to avoid more than 2-3 hours drive for each move as most of the roads are not that fast, especially if there are weather issues. 

post #6 of 10

agree check map first. Most areas in B.C. Alberta are an easy drive between often less than 2-3 hours. But depending on what you prefer in terrain some will be a better stop for you.

post #7 of 10

Sun Peaks (near Kamloops) is the shortest drive to the B.C. Interior from the coast at about 5 hours from Vancouver or the OP could take a connector flight to Kamloops or Kelowna.

 

From Sun Peaks it is about a 3 hour drive to Silver Star (near Vernon), then about 1.5 hours to Big White (near Kelowna)

 

Sun Peaks, Silver Star and Big White offer lots of runs for intermediates, Revelstoke and Kicking Horse have a limited number of runs for intermediates.

 

Big White gets a lot of fog and a such is nick named Big Whiteout.

 

Silver Star is about 20 minutes from downtown Vernon and as such can offer cheap motel accommodation near the mountain while Sun Peaks and Big White are each 3/4 hours from Kamloops and Kelowna respectively.

 

For more info on Sun Peaks, read my review below. I am admittedly biased but I think Sun Peaks has a lot more variety, a better lay out, and is bigger than the other two resorts. Sun Peaks has a ton of ski in/out accommodation.

 

You will be surprised at how many fellow Aussies (both workers and skiers/boarders) that you will find at all 3 resorts. I think they sell vegamite at the Bluebird Market at Sun Peaks.

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
Cheers! It's awesome to get all your valuable feedback, we'll get out the map & look up your suggestions & start plotting our trip for end Jan ; )
post #9 of 10

If you go to Whistler, go there last. Better to go to the other resorts first, then end up there to enjoy the nightlife, if that's your thing.

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You will be surprised at how many fellow Aussies (both workers and skiers/boarders) that you will find at all 3 resorts. I think they sell vegamite at the Bluebird Market at Sun Peaks.

 

I doubt if it compares to Banff resorts in that regard.  I'm always surprised when I hear staff with a Canadian accent in Banff, as it tends to be mostly seasonal Australian workers.

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