Don't listen to the B.S. that some people spout!!!!
Whistler is a great place, but it is a one-site ski area. It may be the biggest(7100acres) on the continent, but it's proximity to the coast and the considerable isolation from the rest of Canada's great skiing may not make it the best skiing choice.
For the best choices in skiing, you should look toward eastern B.C. and western Alberta. As for size, there are five(5) ski areas in this region that are at least twice as big as anything 'down-under'(excluding Perisher Blue). People in this region do a lot of traveling to different ski areas, and if you position yourself at the proper ski area you should be able to take in about a dozen nice ski fields that have a better quality snow than you will see at 95% of the coastal areas. Your 'overhead' would be lower in this region also. -- Just do some homework and find a place that will meet the needs you have.
I would reccomend Ski Banff Norquay for a work area. You could then stay in Banff and occasionally ski any of the big resorts like Sunshine Village(3168 acres), Lake Louise(4200 acres), Kicking Horse(2800+ acres), Panorama(2800 acres), or Fernie(2500 acres). I highly reccomend any of these areas, but none of them, with the exception of Fernie have much in the way of nightlife. There are Aussies and Kiwis working at all of these areas, but not in the concentrations that were mentioned above.
Good luck with your winter season up north!!! [img]smile.gif[/img]
[ September 23, 2002, 09:24 AM: Message edited by: feal ]