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post #1 of 10
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I'm planning a 2 week trip this winter through BC and want to hit places like Red, Kicking Horse, Whitewater... Any suggestions on a circuit of ski areas that might make a good trip. I'll be heading from Vancouver and want to make a nice loop back covering several resorts with anywhere from 1-3 days in each.
post #2 of 10
Red.

get there, stay there.
post #3 of 10
This may look good on a map, but the distances are pretty big. The resorts are not really right next to each other. I think if you spend less than 4-5 days at each resort, you will feel like you are driving more than skiing.
post #4 of 10
Coquahalla to Kelowna and Big White 4hours
Down to Osoyoos and through Christina Lake to Red 3-4 hours
Up to Nelson and Whitewater 1 hour
Salmo Creston pass to Fernie 3-4hours
Straight up hwy 95 to Golden and Kicking Horse 3-4 hours
Straight back to Vancouver on the coquahalla 8 hours if Rogers Pass goes ok. You could sidetrip to Sun Peaks or Silver Star to break up the drive back.
post #5 of 10
I would go directly to Sun Peaks (I live here and will show you around if you like) 4hrs - all but 28kms of it are 4 lane freeway. From Sun Peaks I would either do the Okanogan loop Silver Star, Big White and Apex, (all are a couple of hours apart and so you haven't had any wasted travel days yet. If you do three days at each, your two weeks is pretty much done. If you only do a couple of days at each, you may wish to head east from Apex towards Red and White Water.

The other way I would go is from Sun Peaks take the number one to Kicking Horse 4 or so hours, and then on to Panorama aprox 2 hrs from which you can either travel east to Fernie / Kimberly, or south to the likes of Red and Whitewater.

I guess what really matters is what you are looking for in the experience. Many of these resorts are very different from each other. Some are good hard core ski areas only, while others offer the luxuries of "proper" destination resorts.

Your call.

Cheers,

Vic. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
post #6 of 10
2 words for you RED MOUNTAIN!

The place is awesome! Best treet skiing i've experienced!

Rossland is a nice little town too, I stayed at the uplander which has a free shuttle to and from the mountin each day which was great.
post #7 of 10
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Originally posted by wizard:
I'm planning a 2 week trip this winter through BC and want to hit places like Red, Kicking Horse, Whitewater... Any suggestions on a circuit of ski areas that might make a good trip. I'll be heading from Vancouver and want to make a nice loop back covering several resorts with anywhere from 1-3 days in each.
If your up around Red-Whitewater area, take a day and ski with Valhalla Powder Cats. The terrain is awesome!!. Snow was great in beg. of March. If you go stand-by it will only run you about $150.00. I spent three days with these guys, they're new on the seen but have the goods (and great guides).
post #8 of 10
Since Wizard skis 60 days per year, is a body builder and calls his home mountain Whistler, it is safe to assume that s/he is a good skier.

I don't think Sun Peaks or Big White are the answer. Both bill themselves as family resorts.

If you want to ski your ass off then Apex probably, Red for sure, Fernie probably, Kicking Horse or Whitewater if s/he doesn't mind having to hike back to the lift after skiing OB.
post #9 of 10
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Originally posted by Extaski:
If your up around Red-Whitewater area, take a day and ski with Valhalla Powder Cats. The terrain is awesome!!. Snow was great in beg. of March. If you go stand-by it will only run you about $150.00. I spent three days with these guys, they're new on the seen but have the goods (and great guides).
Hmm... Thanks for the suggestion. I had thought of doing some cat skiing last winter with Monashee Adventures, but it was a bad year for avalanches. I'll have to check into Valhalla Powder Cats, the standby price certainly sounds good. We did Whitewater and Red last March, awesome mountain, which is why we'd like to go back there this season. It would be nice to the Whitewater back country, which I heard is great. Probably will have to get a guide or hook up with some locals to show me where to explore.

BTW, where are Valhalla powder cats based?
post #10 of 10
You might want to look at the Cat Skiing in Revelstoke also. They have a good standby deal, but aren't advertising it right now. Check out their website: http://www.catpowder.com/index.html .

They are not that far from Kicking Horse, so you could probably do some juggling, and ski Kicking Horse while playing your chances on some standby cat skiing over at Revelstoke.
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