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Best Kelowna Area Resort?

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

I am heading to Revelstoke at the end of January. I have a week. I am thinking 7 days there i will get bored. So i can hit one more area on my way back to Kelowna. Never been to this area before. I can and will ski anything. So i am looking at a 2 day weekend (Sat/Sun) which resort is best? Big White/Silver Star/Sun Peaks???

 

Thanks

hoz

post #2 of 20

Hands down Big White and make sure you hit the skiercross track   Great Fun  oh yeah  loads of glade skiing  Happy Turns   Al

post #3 of 20

Silver Star for sure.  Small feeling but with a great expert backside area.  Steeps it has, and trees too.  If you like Revelstoke, you'll dig Silver Star. Lodging is cheap and abundant in Vernon, only 20 minutes away.

post #4 of 20

Sun Peaks is a very nice ski resort. It's the biggest you'll find in the area (outside of Whistler), and it's a nice village, with a lot of ski-in ski-out lodging all over, but I can't neccesarily say it would beat Big White for that. But, it's a great big mountain...

post #5 of 20
If you're already going to be at revy go to kicking horse. Its in golden bc. Tons of steeps,chutes,sweet bowls and a great back country. Just be careful people die there every year, some folks go over the back side into the valley and die(wolves,weather,temps),some people get caught in an avalanche. Its a sic spot none the less. Btw a tip for revy:DO NOT GO INTO THE NORTH BOWL AFTER 2:00pm it can take over an hour to get to the ripper chair from the stoke depending on your route. If you duck the rope after 2:00pm chances are you'll be sleeping outside because the ripper chair will have been shut off and everyone gone. Don't think so? There is a sign with a count of how many people slept outside so far. Last year I think it was 15.
post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 

Definitely want to hit Kicking Horse, but trying to avoid Rogers Pass and I think its easier to get to via Calgary. 

post #7 of 20

Lol at the first three responses each corresponding to one of the three resorts in the OP ... and the fourth introducing a totally different resort. 

 

And that's why you don't ask the Internet for definitive "which is the best" answers. On the plus side, sounds like you can't go wrong on an amazing trip. Have fun! 

post #8 of 20

Big White has a ton of variable ski terrain. It has a nice village a on site daycare, and the most ski in ski out condos of any place I have ever been. Sun Peaks has great instructors and great runs and a great village. If you like steeps they have some nice ones. Red Mt is a real funky kind of place, but has great ski terrain. Red has its following, you would meet a lot of great people.

post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by hozman View Post

Definitely want to hit Kicking Horse, but trying to avoid Rogers Pass and I think its easier to get to via Calgary. 
I hear ya on the Rogers pass issue. To me its not that bad since I've been on it since I was a kid. For an Alberta boy its the only sensible way to revy. Just make sure you have a snow flake symbol on your tires and a 4 wheel drive vehicle.
post #10 of 20
And for the record, sun peaks isn't anywhere near kelowna its a 2hr drive on a good day. Cool place though.
post #11 of 20

Thanks. I had thought someone mentioned it. But is is  a great resort. 

post #12 of 20

The same itinerary in February here and looks like sun peaks is close on the map ? Skidboy, are any of these mentioned above a straight shot between Kelowna and Stoke ? 

post #13 of 20

Sun Peaks is almost but not quite as much detour driving between Revy and Kelowna as going to Kicking Horse would be.  Apex is an hour south of Kelowna, more extra driving than Big White or Silver Star but less than the other two.

 

As for Rogers Pass, that's what weather reports are for.  Even the snowiest places are fine 80+% of the time.

 

The divergent responses reflect different priorities.

 

If you want steep terrain, Kicking Horse is in a class by itself vs. the other places on the list.  Next would be Apex and Silver Star.   Big White and Sun Peaks are big, have lots of convenient ski-in ski-out lodging.  Terrain is higher proportion intermediate but if you get powder there's good tree skiing.

 

Personally I would not spend 5 days at Revy and only two at the other options in the region.  All have their strong points and are worth visiting sometime.

 

I will be spending 4 ski days myself at some as yet undetermined mix of these areas around my annual 3 days with Mustang Snowcat in February.

post #14 of 20

Lots of good advice above. I agree with Posaune, Silver Star is the more interesting than Big White, particularly if you enjoy steeper terrain.

 

Big White is a pretty relaxed hill. Doesn't have much for killer steeps, but the snow is ususally pretty good. Can be fun with a group. Can't comment on Apex or Sun Peaks

 

While Calgary provides better access to Kicking Horse than Kelowna, if you enjoy steep chutes and you're concentrating on Revy anyway it's worth going over the pass for a day or two. I visit Kicking Horse more than any other resort, and I like it quite a bit more than Revelstoke. 

 

Red is a cool resort, but perhaps too far from Revelstoke to be worth the drive. Same for Whitewater.....but I do love this part of BC.

post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by skidboy78 View Post

DO NOT GO INTO THE NORTH BOWL AFTER 2:00pm it can take over an hour to get to the ripper chair from the stoke depending on your route. If you duck the rope after 2:00pm chances are you'll be sleeping outside because the ripper chair will have been shut off and everyone gone. Don't think so? There is a sign with a count of how many people slept outside so far. Last year I think it was 15.

 

Why wouldn't they hike back out to the the last spike? Sideslip/snowplow in by moonlight....or just walk the run down. It would take a while, but at least you would stay warm moving.


Edited by manchester81 - 12/15/15 at 4:43pm
post #16 of 20

Big White's well earned nick name is Big Whiteout, so only go there if sunny weather is in the forecast or you like skiing in the fog (you will have a lot less competition for the pow in that case).

 

Silver Star offers the least amount of detour driving between Revy and Kelowna and as Posaune mentioned there are inexpensive motels in the small city of Vernon only 20 minutes from the skiing. The problem is that on a powder day there are 40k people living 20 minutes from the mountain to draw from for an easy and quick powder morning visit.

 

Sun Peaks is about a 3+ hour drive from Revy and then about 3+ hours to Kelowna. Sun Peaks has a lot of variety, is bigger, and is less crowded especially on a powder day than SS or Big White.

 

Kicking Horse is the closest to Revy but with Rogers Pass in between and since Rogers Pass averages 60 closures per year it would be best to go to KH first and then Revy on the way back.

 

Note: Some of the Rogers Pass closures happen in the summer (and winter) from fatal MVAs and since someone from the coroners office has to travel from Kelowna to do an investigation, the closures in the past are often for 8 hours. There have already been at least 2 closures this winter, one for a fatal MVA, but I thought that I heard on a Kamloops radio station that there is now a coroner in Golden (Kicking Horse) so that should speed things up.

post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by manchester81 View Post

Why wouldn't they hike back out to the the last spike? Sideslip/snowplow in by moonlight....or just walk the run down. It would take a while, but at least you would stay warm moving.
Idk. It happens though.Even if you have skins Its a long way up. Plus the last spike is on the other side of the mountain. You'd be better off hiking straight up the ripper chair and taking the downtowner to the front face. The trail map is also not an accurate representation of what your facing being stuck down there. The Ripper connector takes you into the ripper area not out. (Just in case you looked at a trail map and haven't been there). The downtowner is the way out(downhill,gravity works for you). There is no run out of the ripper area except at the top of the ripper chair. Some people skin up to the top of the stoke chair at night and wait till morning and get some sweet freshies so who ever is stuck back there may run into folks near the the last spike but its unlikely.
post #18 of 20

The only thing more interesting about silver star is the steeper backside piste runs; big white has far superior alpine and tree skiing... so it depends what you're looking for.  Big white gets more snow on average but is also more susceptible to wind and fog.

 

Revelstoke, Kicking Horse and Apex can be awesome IF it snows... if it hasn't snowed in awhile silver star, big white and sun peaks will have a lot more groomed options. 

post #19 of 20

ALL of the places we're pushing are great and the OP can't make a wrong choice.  I agree that it would be a good move to reduce the days at Revelstoke in order to add days to the Okanogan.

post #20 of 20

1: Silver Star - if you like it steeper the backside is good, front side is mellow. 20 min to town of Vernon.

2: Apex no crowds, plenty of steeps snow lasts well between its limited falls but is 1.5 hr past Kelowna. 35 minutes outside of Penticton

3: Big White gets most snow ,most fog and is mainly intermediate terrain, 45 min from Kelowna

4: Sun Peaks is in another direction completely, similar terrain as Big White but less snow more sun, 45 min from Kamloops 

All have plenty of on ski in out lodging when booking in advance. On hill lodging can be pricier if you just show up.

Getting a rooms at the last minute in any of those towns is never a problem.

I would try a few none are far apart and they are all are good hills . 

 

If you want to spend even more time elsewhere other possible choices include 

1:Kicking Horse 2:Lake Louise 3:Sunshine or 4:Panorama.

All are very good hills each has a different micro climate and none are really far away..    

 

I doubt you will be unhappy with any choice.

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