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post #31 of 44

I personally think Sun Peaks is a far superior mountain compared to Big White. I know a lot of people that prefer Silve Star as well, which may be more of a fit for what you're looking for. Town is close, mostly intermediate terrain and good snow quality. The good news is you have lots of options.

post #32 of 44
Thread Starter 

The idea is to be in the village/ski resort. Kind of ski in/out if possible. 

Seems the best fits are Sun Peaks and Big White. 

Silver Star's village is much smaller right? (just based on google maps hehe)

post #33 of 44
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Silver Star's village is much smaller right? (just based on google maps hehe)

Yes.

In terms of villages Big White is probably the biggest 'village' but Sun Peaks is a close second and easier to get around. As mentioned earlier, I wouldn't go to Big White because of the fog. When I lived on Vancouver I skied there many times over many years and averaged about 50/50 fog/clear days. I finally quit and went to Sun Peaks or Apex instead.

post #34 of 44
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Yes.

In terms of villages Big White is probably the biggest 'village' but Sun Peaks is a close second and easier to get around. As mentioned earlier, I wouldn't go to Big White because of the fog. When I lived on Vancouver I skied there many times over many years and averaged about 50/50 fog/clear days. I finally quit and went to Sun Peaks or Apex instead.

 

Apex is a kick ass hill,.... Love a good road trip down there to ski it.

 

:)

post #35 of 44

All of the resorts in Western Canada have negative of some kind, some though come with a silver lining. At Sun Peaks the biggest negative is that it gets slightly less snow than others and has a very good reputation as a family, intermediate mountain. This keeps expert skiers and powder hounds elsewhere so on a powder morning there is way less competition for powder. I usually show up on a powder morning at the Sunburst (bubble) chair 20 minutes before opening and will end up at or near the front of the line.  At Revy you better get there 1.5 to 2 hours before lift opening.

 

You will have to ski with me on a powder morning at Sun Peaks to experience my "powder plan" but lets just say I know how to be the first one or close to it on a powder day on some runs at 10:30 in the morning when other mountains and parts of SP are usually already skied out.

 

One thing about Silver Star is that the close by small city of Vernon is a pretty nice community of 20k people but the negative is that there are a large number of skiers living only 20 minutes from the runs so it is real easy on a powder morning to show up for a couple hours and ski the place off, then go home. Lots of retired people live there.

 

All of the other small ski towns in B.C. also have an unwritten 15cm (6inches) rule: If it snows that amount overnight people drop what they are doing, skip school or work, and go skiing for a few hours and many business don't open until 11am.

post #36 of 44
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All of the resorts in Western Canada have negative of some kind, some though come with a silver lining. At Sun Peaks the biggest negative is that it gets slightly less snow than others and has a very good reputation as a family, intermediate mountain. This keeps expert skiers and powder hounds elsewhere so on a powder morning there is way less competition for powder. I usually show up on a powder morning at the Sunburst (bubble) chair 20 minutes before opening and will end up at or near the front of the line.  At Revy you better get there 1.5 to 2 hours before lift opening.

 

You will have to ski with me on a powder morning at Sun Peaks to experience my "powder plan" but lets just say I know how to be the first one or close to it on a powder day on some runs at 10:30 in the morning when other mountains and parts of SP are usually already skied out.

 

One thing about Silver Star is that the close by small city of Vernon is a pretty nice community of 20k people but the negative is that there are a large number of skiers living only 20 minutes from the runs so it is real easy on a powder morning to show up for a couple hours and ski the place off, then go home. Lots of retired people live there.

 

All of the other small ski towns in B.C. also have an unwritten 15cm (6inches) rule: If it snows that amount overnight people drop what they are doing, skip school or work, and go skiing for a few hours and many business don't open until 11am.

 

Good friend of mine runs a business in Penticton,.... he has a 20cm rule for himself & all his employees,..... 20cm overnight & they all meet outside the Gunbarrel at Apex at 7:45am for a morning "toolbox talk" .... & then they ski until either the snow, or their legs are trashed. Midweek at Apex, that can take quite a while for the snow to get trashed so it's usually the legs that give out first.

 

Because of my proximity to the Morrisey chair (about a 1 minute ski/skate from my door), my powder day will start there,.... Usually on any of the washing machine runs, but the fave is Static Cling,.... Then Tumble Dry,.... (Really looking forward to the installation of the West Morrisey Chair),..... Then "Back in Time" to the Burf,..... At which point Sunnyside, Juniper, & Back Door beckon.

 

After that I'll head back to Morrisey to play around on the sides as there's always fun to be had there. :)

post #37 of 44

Not meant to hijack the thread but in case anybody is interested in Apex here is the trail map. Lots of very black runs.

trail-map-2014.jpg

post #38 of 44

Lots of people look at Apex only having one quad chair & dismiss it,.... But that one chair accesses a LOT of terrain. Great hill. :)

post #39 of 44
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Lots of people look at Apex only having one quad chair & dismiss it,.... But that one chair accesses a LOT of terrain. Great hill. :)

 

My best powder skiing day ever was at Apex on a tree run next to the Gun Barrel. Thigh deep and untouched on a Sunday and I only skied that run all day. I had the run to myself and was the only one skiing it all day long. And people pay big $$ to go heli skiing? Why bother? This was in he late 80s before some of the on hill development but the place still usually delivers.

post #40 of 44
Thread Starter 

I'd probably get a bit too tired or riding 1000 times (took 9428 chairlifts last year) the same 2/3 chairs :)

Apex sounds good too, but might be a a bit too small (the village). 

post #41 of 44
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Lots of people look at Apex only having one quad chair & dismiss it,.... But that one chair accesses a LOT of terrain. Great hill. smile.gif
Mind bendingly efficient, especially compared to what I'm used to. But then most NA hills are.
post #42 of 44
Thread Starter 

Ended up moving to Vancouver. Was no way to find accommodation in Big White (or any other place)

post #43 of 44
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Originally Posted by MiguelCanada View Post

(took 9428 chairlifts last year)

While possible, that number of chairlifts seems too high as it would require 188 1/2 days times 50 lifts per day. Are you including gondolas, etc. or did you only ride chairs at Whistler last year?

 

I skied Whistler three days last season and my total according to them was 55 lifts (included some gondolas, many T-bars (and an almost 6 pm apres ride on Magic chair to get back to my car) and 88.5K vertical. My first two days were in a clinic with Extremely Canadian and lift counts/vertical were lower than my only free skiing day when I boarded Whistler gondola at 7:22 to get to First Tracks Breakfast and then rode 22 lifts and skied 34K vertical before quitting at 2:40 to drive to Seattle.

 

When I looked at WB's leaderboard for last season, the highest number of lifts is 3,950 / 163 days = 24.2 per day) and next highest is 3,333 lifts / 178 days=18 per day. Both skied over 6 Million Vertical Feet and the person with the highest vertical averaged almost 41,500 per day.. There were three people who apparently skied all 194 days WB was open.

 

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Ended up moving to Vancouver. Was no way to find accommodation in Big White (or any other place)


Craigslist, Alluradirect (more for short term/vacation), kijiji.ca ?

post #44 of 44
Thread Starter 

Gotta say congrats for the math and the post!

I meant 942 chairlifts,  9428 would have been a bit too many hehe

 

Regarding the stats, those top 2/3 are robots created by WB/the company.

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