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Contest Won: Kimberley, Fernie, or KH in Late March/Early April?

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EpicSki Community,

 

We've won a contest for a ski trip out west (from Ontario). We have three options for locations and dates:

 

Fernie Alpine Resort - Fernival - April 7th - 10th
Kimberley Alpine Resort - Spring Splash - March 31st - April 3rd
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort - Slush Cup - April 1st - 4th

 

There are four of us going (two couples - ladies are not strong skiers, more inclined to relax than ski), so skiing quality needs to be balanced with resort/village amenities. I would consider myself and friend as very strong intermediate skiers by western standards. One concern we have are conditions for that late in the season.

 

Any suggestions or recommendations? 

 

Thanks in advance!

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1: Kicking Horse at that time of year.

    But it is much more weighted toward advanced and is not a lot up at the resort when not skiing.

    With a vehicle it's also only 45 min to Lake Louise and 1.5 to Banff if you have never been there.   

2: Fernie is the most developed. The town is is closer and nicer than Golden but has a fairly low  

    base and by that late snow is iffy.

3: Kimberley nice family resort, big compared to eastern hills but it's not at the others level

post #3 of 4

For what you're looking for, more than likely Fernie.  Though Kicking Horse may have better snow that time of year, Fernie on average gets more snow through the season but is more vulnerable to warmer temperatures... Kicking Horse also is mostly Advanced and Expert terrain... Fernie has a more resort vibe. 

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Hi, @rjskis - I agree with @Kulharin and @noncrazycanuck - Fernie will be your best bet in terms of amenities, and catering to a mixed group than Kicking Horse. However, the big factor will be weather. Fernie at that time of year might even be experiencing rain below a certain elevation - if that is true, than it actually becomes a really challenging mountain for beginners/intermediates. Fernie's greens and easier blues are exclusively on the lower mountain. The upper bowls are black and what I would call dark dark blue - they're great for adventurous intermediates and advanced/expert skiers. If the weather is not great, then Kicking Horse and Fernie I would say are equivalent in mostly being for advanced/expert skiers. How late can you wait to make a decision? 

 

One thing to consider if you decide on Kicking Horse however is the relative proximity to Lake Louise/Banff. I agree with @noncrazycanuck about this. If the weather is poor/warm/rainy, you have the option of doing other activities in LL and Banff - snowshoeing, ice skating, shopping, and it will probably be colder. You could even do a day of skiing sat LL. 

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