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post #1 of 21
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Alright, I've got freelance work that lets me do most of my work from remote locations, and therefore, I am leaving for Jan-April to head out west.

What I am looking for is comments/suggestions on a location (I originally posted last year, but was seeking to also work at the time, so I needed to be in or near economic centers, which is no longer required.)

I am a powder-hound type skier, looking for the harder terrain, Backcountry, etc.

At the same time, I am looking for *reasonable* accomodation prices, i.e. Whistler village is out...I'm not looking for a party scene, but a few local pubs might be nice. There is 3 of us total, and we are looking at up to 25 minutes from a resort. So far we have a list that includes places like Canmore, Alberta, Squamish and Pemberton BC, but am open to ny suggestions.

Any help...hoping to at least pick a general area in the next week...so we can start hunting out accomodations.
post #2 of 21
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..more on this, I would actually consider Whistler if anyone can comment on the availability of accomodations in the range of $1600-$1800/month for a 3 bedroom..I just assumed this was not really possible.
post #3 of 21
"I am a powder-hound type skier, looking for the harder terrain, Backcountry, etc."

Look at Golden B.C.. It may not fit your wishes as a party town, but the backcountry and local hill terrain are probably unbeatable in North America.
post #4 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply..to clarify, I'm not looking for a big-time party scene, but some local pub would be nice. In other words Banff and Whistler Village is a little too much party for us.

I will check out Golden, thanks...
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post #6 of 21
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Originally posted by jpc:
..more on this, I would actually consider Whistler if anyone can comment on the availability of accomodations in the range of $1600-$1800/month for a 3 bedroom..I just assumed this was not really possible.
You can find stuff in Creekside for that price but you got to look. Keep checking listings in the www.piquenewsmagazine.com site.

How about Sun Peaks? Its central so you can check other locations through the season.

Maybe Panorama?
post #7 of 21
Oh, man, you've got to be crazy. BC is some of the best terrain out there. If you can fork up for a cat every now and then, you can half access to some of the sweetest stuff on the planet, including Fernie legendary pow and the Island Lake Lodge. Or hell, just buy a polaris and ride Rainbow and the other heli-drop peak outside Whistler. There are unending options for SUPERB BC. While you're at it, check out Bella Coola. This is all assuming you can travel on this freelance... Notwithstanding, Whistler is an unbelievable place and blows away anything and everything in all of AB. Go BC, man.
post #8 of 21
I just looked at the Pique- that's the Whistler weekly. 1600-1800 is doable south of Creekside - think Bayshores; Twin Lakes etc. You can find 2 bdrooms and lofts or 3 bedrooms if you hunt.
post #9 of 21
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I'd love to tour the whole interior, but it seems that for the $$ I'm going to save a lot by at least having something of a 'home base' that I can operate from... not to mention every once and while I should do some work [img]smile.gif[/img]

I wasn't impressed with Panorama when I was out there last year...didn't like the lift system (I know they installed 2 new ones for this year).

Thanks for the tips on the area South of Creekside - I'll check that area out - that's exactly what I was wondering about Whistler (if there was something nearby that was less party, more reasonable then the village).
post #10 of 21
Second the idea of Golden. It has about 3 or 4 nice little pubs, ranging from the quiet to the less quiet, all serving good beer and food with good atmosphere and company. Kicking Horse has the terrain you're looking for, plus LL and Banff are day trip commutable if you want a change.
post #11 of 21
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Originally posted by jpc:
Alright, I've got freelance work that lets me do most of my work from remote locations, and therefore, I am leaving for Jan-April to head out west..
The big three (sunshine, Norquay and Lake louise) is
Adult (18-64) $1259
http://skibig3.com/shop/seasonpass.html

Lake Louise, Fernie Alpine Resort, Kimberley Alpine Resort, Nakiska, Fortress, Panorama in British Columbia, Ski Banff@ Norquay and Sunshine Village
$1559ish and 8 hills, just drive to who ever has snow
https://secure.skircr.com/pass_types/index.asp?pass=1

If you are just skiing and working as needed and at night, and have a car to travel I would look at the rockymountain passport

party town: Banff can be if you want it to be or let it, but it has everything within walking distance (food, coffee, resurants, pubs) and is about the same price and Canmore

Golden is a truck stop with some great skiing, and the weekend lines can be a bit long.
post #12 of 21
Do i remember seeing the Rocky Mountaan Passport cheaper than that if you ordered early enough in the year?
post #13 of 21
Thread Starter 
Yeah, I saw a deal on the pass, but it ended at the end of Sept....could have saved some $$ if we were smart enough to plan early [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #14 of 21
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Does anyone know how far (in driving minutes) Squamish is from Whistler?
post #15 of 21
driving time is about 30-45 minutes or so. Depends on traffic, snow, ice etc. Unfortunately this is the stretch of road that can get blocked up on a big snow day due to accidents or snow closure.

I was at Whistler 2 years ago in late November, early December. Huge powder day Saturday December 1, no-one on the mountain that day or the next. Why?, highway from Vancouver (and Squamish) closed for 5 hours because of an accident. Pretty good for everyone already up there.
post #16 of 21
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Originally posted by jpc:
Does anyone know how far (in driving minutes) Squamish is from Whistler?
Squish is a spread out town. The south end has a suburb called Valleycliffe. That's about 45 - 55 minutes from Whistler

The north end has Brackendale and Highlands and is about 40-45 mins from Whistler

Squish doesn't have a whole ton of night life but you can bike year round so that's pretty cool. you can find cheap places to rent there.

There's also small communities called Pinecrest and Black Tusk about 15mins south of Whistler and I've seen places for rent there but usually for Long term leases.

Pemberton is only about 30 minutes from Whistler and there are places for rent there too, but if you want to get out of the sea to sky area and tour to other places it might take a little longer to get out of town.

I think pinecrest/blacktusk/pemby and Squish will all have places in your price range for rent fyi
post #17 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks LeeL for the lay of the land...last question, is there any public transportation system from any of these areas? One of the members of our party doesn't drive, so they are hoping to have some options (aside from bugging us).

I'm sort of guessing the public transport doesn't leave the Whistler area, but figured I'd ask in case..
post #18 of 21
I agree you may need to adjust your 25 minute thing for Squamish or Canmore. Even Pinecrest is easily that long by the time you hit traffic and lower speed limit at function junction and then actually get to lift parking. Don't imagine there's a lot of rental there either and judging from what my buddy just sold his place in there for it won't be that cheap in the winter. Golden and Fernie are both real cheap rental wise. Fernie offers nearby Castle, not too far Big Mountain (Whitefish) and pretty close for Whitewater and Red at Nelson and Rossland. Banff doesn't have to be so party for you and rental markets are pretty good if you're on the renting end of it.
post #19 of 21
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Originally posted by jpc:
Thanks LeeL for the lay of the land...last question, is there any public transportation system from any of these areas? One of the members of our party doesn't drive, so they are hoping to have some options (aside from bugging us).

I'm sort of guessing the public transport doesn't leave the Whistler area, but figured I'd ask in case..
There's some sort of bus system by Greyhound but its not cheap. There's also some sort of shared thing for people travelling back and forth but its strictly for weekday travel during work hours. You can check with the muni by calling up Emma the transportation coordinator on that.
post #20 of 21
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Originally posted by L7:
I agree you may need to adjust your 25 minute thing for Squamish or Canmore. Even Pinecrest is easily that long by the time you hit traffic and lower speed limit at function junction and then actually get to lift parking. Don't imagine there's a lot of rental there either and judging from what my buddy just sold his place in there for it won't be that cheap in the winter. Golden and Fernie are both real cheap rental wise. Fernie offers nearby Castle, not too far Big Mountain (Whitefish) and pretty close for Whitewater and Red at Nelson and Rossland. Banff doesn't have to be so party for you and rental markets are pretty good if you're on the renting end of it.
Pinecrest is getting ridiculous! Also pinecrest doesn't have stores anywhere close so it sucks if one of your friends doesn't have a car to get by at least for milk, bread etc.

However, I did see a long term rental for a 3bd/ 1ba in Pinecrest at 1600 per month a while ago in the Pique. There are places that will rent but they're not cheap at all. Squish will be cheapest. Pemby will be more expensive. Then Pinecrest/Blacktusk.

Speaking of Fernie - I agree that its an awesome mountain. Snow coverage is better IMO than the mountains east of the continental divide. I don't know the rental market but its not that far to get from Fernie to other mountains but the roads can be a little tricky in winter. Mind you, thats true of all ski hills.
post #21 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the help guys - here's the update:

We are targetting Whistler area, largely since for a 4 month excursion, it has the best balance of terrain, snow, closeness to major center (Van. city), and we have been there before.

Now I just have to find one of these places for $1600 [img]smile.gif[/img]

Seriously, we are expecting $1600-$2K, for a 3 bedroom...not much in the pique this week unless we go to Pemberton...guess we'll try again next week.

Thanks to everyone for the input...we still have Canmore as a fallback if this all starts to look unrealistic for the budget...
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