We are not coming to specifically go to Kicking Horse, I've been asking because there have not been any magazine reviews yet. Have researched the other fields we want to go to. This will be our third trip to Canada, and have already been to Whistler & B, LL, Norquay, Sunshine, Silver Star, Big White, Red, Whitewater, Fernie. Our last trip we thought we'd visit lots and find a couple we really wanted to go back to. Problem is we'd love to go back to all of them, so with the exception of Fernie we are going to visit new resorts. Only spent 2 days at Fernie, which was not enough.
This trip we thought we would fly into Calgary, as Dougw guessed, pick up a 4WD, and then hit the road for 3 weeks - Edmonton (see the mall), Jasper, Kicking Horse, Panorama, Fernie, Castle. We thought by ending up at Fernie/Big Mountain/Castle area earlier than anticpated then we have a lot more choices than if we did the loop the other way. eg. go to Fortress. We are not going to pre book our accomodation so we can move on if the conditions are no good, or if we've had a good look around the resort.
Our dollar is very weak at the moment, we only get about 65c Canadian for our NZ $1. Our $1 in NZ buys the same as a $1 in Canada, so we don't get much change from $20,000 NZ each trip for two. Skiing in the US is out of our reach until we win Lotto. Luckily we got our seasons passes for the NZ winter for $299 so that will help the finances to make sure we can get to Canada next year. I am entering any travel competition I can find as well. Have enough air points to get one of us from home to Calgary.