Man, I sure am envious!!! It sounds like you have the option to make this trip the best of the best! ...Here is my slant, even though I am sure there are those who might have differing opinions:
The best skiing location on the continent is at Golden, B.C.. The local hill is Kicking Horse and will rival anything on the continent once completed. For now it is an expert hill with just a sprinkling of tame runs to meet demand. I don't think anyone can find fault with the tremendous skiing found at the top of the mountain, but for now it just isn't a complete ski area. ...But the good news is that it is within an easy early morning drive of such notables as Lake Louise, Panorama, and Sunshine Village. All three of them serve up expert terrain that is seldom found inbounds in the lower 48, with the added benefit of being full service resorts. Snow conditions are generally excellent during mid-winter. Even low snow years generally see good preservation characteristics due to their location high up the continental rockie mountain spine. The resort skiing up there is not the snowiest on the continent, but good crisp light snow is the rule rather than the exception.
The heli-skiing is unrivalled in this area. Several operators are located in Golden. There are plenty of options in the area, and one would have no problem finding whatever you might want. Snowcat skiing is available also. Just to the west is Revelstoke, where there is a snowcat operation above Powder Springs ski area. There are some real deals to be had skiing stand-by with their powder cats. There are also many other alternatives for anyone with an imaginative mind. The folks in the Golden area for years sold themselves as a recreation area without the benefit of a recognized 'ski area', and that tradition lives on. I am sure you can find what you may want in the area, but please be advised that this area has not yet become a tourist destination. You might not find all of the plush services destination skiers have come to expect.
Hope you have a terrific trip!!! [img]smile.gif[/img]
[ January 24, 2003, 07:18 PM: Message edited by: feal ]