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post #31 of 37
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Originally Posted by NovaLoafah View Post

I looked at flight costs from East Canada (Halifax) to Kelowna a week or two back on speculation. Flights to Lima Peru were cheaper. I can get to Denver, SLC, LA cheaper than I can get to Kelowna (1100 taxes in, kid you not). I'd love to ski B.C. and will someday but gonna have to do a bit more pre-planning with the piggy bank for next year.

 

Similar experience here.  We were looking at a ski vacation to Calgary or Kelowna (Toronto departure), and it was crazy.  We ended up booking to Denver (Buffalo departure) and it was $1000 cheaper MINIMUM just for flights for a family of 4.  Factor in other savings from Intrawest on lift tickets, and we are saving MAJOR money by going to Colorado instead of B.C or Alberta.

 

Sadly, it's cheaper for us to vacation in the US than in Canada for skiing.  I would love to hit the incomparible Canadian Rockies, but I guess the American Rockies will have to suffice LOL.

post #32 of 37
Sometimes you must sacrifice. But it really is foolish in some ways.
post #33 of 37
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I looked at flight costs from East Canada (Halifax) to Kelowna a week or two back on speculation. Flights to Lima Peru were cheaper. I can get to Denver, SLC, LA cheaper than I can get to Kelowna (1100 taxes in, kid you not).

Perhaps you can get to Geneva or Zurich for no more than Kelowna.  Seriously, most easterners should look at skiing the Alps more than they do.

 

Presumably the flights to Calgary are significantly less than to Kelowna, if not as cheap as Denver and Salt Lake.

post #34 of 37
1300 to Lyons and I believe a TGV to Chamonix.
974 to Calgary
1021 to Kelowna
844 to Denver

March 15-21 on expedia

So really I probably somewhat overstated how much cheaper it is to go Soutn vice West. As long as the shoestring isn't too frayed it isn't a deal breaker i guess.
post #35 of 37
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Originally Posted by JoeSchmoe View Post
 

 

Here in Southern Ontario, I know many casual skier / boarders who've ventured west and everyone stays in Canada.  They look at me with 4 eyes when I tell them I go to SLC every year (except this year- I'm going to CO).  

 

 

Today I thought of a conversation I had a while back with my brother's buddy from Toronto... then I thought of this thread. We were hanging out in Ellicottville on a summer golf weekend for my brother's bachelor party, and him and I got to talking about snowboarding (we were in E-ville after all).  

 

I have to preface this by saying that he may not be the most intelligent of men, and there was copious amounts of alcohol being consumed (it was a bachelor party after all) but it partly speaks to the naivety of the Canadian skiing public. 

 

After talking about skiing at Holiday Valley, he asked me in a whoa-type voice... "Have you gone skiing in the Rocky Mountains!".  

 

So I replied that I've skied in Colorado and in Utah several times.  

 

Then he responded... "No, but have you ever gone skiing in the Rocky Mountains!",

 

To which I replied, "yes, Colorado and Utah".

 

"But I'm talking about the Rocky Mountains!!!"

 

I asked him, "Have you ever heard of the Colorado Rockies... Have you heard of Vail... The Salt Lake City Olympics? ".  He started to clue in, but that's the Canadian mindset.

post #36 of 37

of course it is, we all know the real Rockies start at the 49th. south of there it's just swollen hills

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post #37 of 37
So true haha.
 
We're going to Colorado this year because it's WAAAAY cheaper for us than Alberta/BC.  My daughter asked about the mountains in CO, knowing I've been to Banff and she's seen many photos and videos of those mountains from my trips.  I told her, "The Rocky Mountains in Colorado aren't quite as awesome as the Northern/Canadian Rockies, but they're still the Rockies. We'll have lots of fun in Colorado, don't worry!" LOL.
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