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post #31 of 44
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Originally Posted by Kulharin View Post
 

Thanks, would Galloway/Jaffray be about the same distance/time? one accommodation post in Galloway said it was "20 minutes" to the mountain, but at 40km away in the winter I have a tough time believing that.  Hosmer doesn't seem to have much, but that would work well.  If I was going to work at Castle I'd likely live in Beaver Mines.

 

Ideally I don't mind paying a little bit more to be closer to the mountain, since I imagine for work/pleasure I'd be on the mountain 6 days a week.  My last 3 seasons have been at Big White but the 60km there and 60km back daily really started to wear on me after awhile. I'd rather not be any farther then 30km from the mountain.

Jaffrey is very pretty with a great log pub but much too far especially in winter. Hosmer is an armpit - think trailer park in a bad way. Check out Beaver mines on Google Earth street view. Three blocks on the highway and a speed trap on weekend mornings and that's it. If you did Castle your best bet is to go for the full immersion experience and use staff housing and walk to work.

 

In terms of who you would be teaching, Castle clientele are not destination skiers - they are local folks having fun with their families and some Calgary skiers down for the day. As far as clientele is concerned, Fernie is somewhere in the middle between Big White and Castle.

 

Let's talk skiing 'cause the teaching is only a means to that end. I know Big White very well. A nice genteel family oriented destination resort with all the amenities and no challenge to speak of except maybe the Cliff when it's foggy. If you go to Fernie or Castle you can expect to take your freeskiing to a whole new level. Much more 'rough and ready'. Castle can be like Jackson Hole on steroids. Be prepared for and savour that difference.

 

I'm glad I know the places you are looking at but disappointed I'm being so negative. If I had a better suggestion I'd certainly share it.


Edited by Castle Dave - 10/30/14 at 2:45pm
post #32 of 44
Thread Starter 

Big Whites most fun, challenging and technical terrain is off-piste/trees and out of bounds.. but yah from a piste stand point most of Big White's run are fairly easy... unless it hasn't snowed in awhile and you're cruising for icy moguls.  The mountain is also frequented by high winds and fog.. and combining those two gives an non-fun kind of challenge. (Not being able to see + big wind drifts)  At any rate, I know I wont be there this season. Mainly been actively looking for accom around Nelson and Fernie... I hope to have something finalized by the end of next week.

post #33 of 44

have you crossed off Silver Star  ? it"s closer to town better skiing and still resorty>

post #34 of 44

I meant better skiing than Big White

post #35 of 44
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I used to ski both a lot when they had the dual season pass but I much perfer the terrain on big white. SS is less vulnerable to wind and fog and putnam creek has a lot of great steep runs, but the tree skiing / glade terrain doesnt compare. At any rate I'm a level 1 instructor. I applied all over but whitewater, fernie and castle have been my offers.
post #36 of 44

 What's your max budget for accommodation ? Fernie looks like $500 minimum for a room in a house. Is that what you're finding?

Have you posted under 'Accommodation Wanted'? You know- 'Clean cut, mature, non smoker, non drinker, celibate ski instructor  seeks zen like peaceful environment to rebuild spirit' 

post #37 of 44
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Let's talk skiing 'cause the teaching is only a means to that end. I know Big White very well. A nice genteel family oriented destination resort with all the amenities and no challenge to speak of except maybe the Cliff when it's foggy. If you go to Fernie or Castle you can expect to take your freeskiing to a whole new level. Much more 'rough and ready'. Castle can be like Jackson Hole on steroids. Be prepared for and savour that difference.

I agree that Fernie and castle are more interesting than big white, but castle is smaller and less serious than Jackson. At least that's my impression after 70 or so days at castle, but only three at Jackson.


Also agree that there isn't much reason to live in beaver mines. You would be better off either on hill or in pincher or the pass.
post #38 of 44
Thread Starter 

I think I'd choose Nelson over Castle as my alternative choice; just for the the town, options for accommodation, the amount of snow they get, and close proximity to other amazing mountains that'd I'd have great deals to ski on; such as Red and Revy.

 

Just curious, across the border in the US from Rossland, are there any notable mountains there I'd want to check out if I were in Nelson for the winter? The same goes with Fernie.

 

Such as Degree 49, Schwetizer, and Whitefish?

post #39 of 44

Well, if you are in Fernie, then naturally come down here, it's not far.  If you are in Nelson, I'd make it part of a tour, but wouldn't suggest you drive 5 hours and back just to ski here.  A tour would certainly justify it.  

post #40 of 44
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I just returned from a trip to the Kootenays to look at places around Nelson and Fernie... Found something suitable and affordable in Ymir near Whitewater.  Fernie was low success, I'd have to move into a shared furnished house/apartment there and I have a cat.  Fernie on average is $200-300 more expensive for a place to live compared to Nelson; the outter communities away from Fernie were quite a bit cheaper such as Sparwood or Gallaway, but 40km commute... Elko and Hosmer had nothing.  Castle Mountain I could make arrangements to stay at "Beaver Mines Rest" I believe.

 

At any rate, it's been very mild in BC with most precipitation in the interior falling as rain; no snow on the passes.  I drove from Kelowna - Nelson - Fernie - Golden - Revy - Kelowna.

post #41 of 44
Yeah, it's been warm in the Alberta Rockies too. But there's been a lot of rock to play on, If that's your thing.

Even the icefields have a shallow snow pack.



Look nice though!

Starting to dump now though. smile.gif
post #42 of 44
Ymir would be pretty dam quite at night, but WW's pretty dam soft during the day!
post #43 of 44
Thread Starter 

Yah I don't mind quiet at night; when I want to go into town it's a short detour from the mountain. Plus I'd only be 60km from Red

 

Either I'll live in Ymir and do a season of teach and skiing at Whitewater with some trips to Red, Revy, Schweitzer for to use my free days.  Or I can stay at Beaver Mines Rest and ski pretty much just at Castle; no deals between Castle and Fernie or RCR from what I can see and no other near by resorts. Either way the commute is about the same at 30km; cost of living would be a bit cheaper in Beaver Mines.  Whitewater is small but tonnes of great snow, good steeps, trees and side country and never been to Castle.

 

Early in the season but so far Castle looks to have more snow then any of the BC interior resorts judging by the cams.  It's a real toss up, but and should decide quick.

 

post #44 of 44
I'm sure you'll have fun at either resort.

I had a pass at Castle for a couple of years while studying in Lethbridge. Midweek powder days are a blast ..... And there is hardly any competition for the goods.

Whitewater gets more snow, but in my limited experience a good dump seems to bring out all of Nelson, at least for the morning.It's not exactly crowded, but it isn't empty like Castle.

That said, Nelson rocks.
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