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post #1 of 20
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Given the current meltdown in the PNW, just wondering if folks can recomend any six hour destination in interior BC? Looking for SNOW. Not rain, not rocks, but snow. and it looks like the interior is the only place....

Can anyone suggest any of the mountains / resorts up there for a weekend hop?

Thanks,
David
post #2 of 20
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Originally Posted by tetsuma
Given the current meltdown in the PNW, just wondering if folks can recomend any six hour destination in interior BC? Looking for SNOW. Not rain, not rocks, but snow. and it looks like the interior is the only place....

Can anyone suggest any of the mountains / resorts up there for a weekend hop?

Thanks,
David

The system is so big you have to go to the Rockies for snow. Try cheap flights to Calgary
post #3 of 20
I just got back from Sun Peaks and the coverage was very good. The forecast is for snow for the rest of the week. 6 hours from where?
post #4 of 20
Utah, round trip just over $200. I will be there Feb. 2
post #5 of 20
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Originally Posted by pheft
I just got back from Sun Peaks and the coverage was very good. The forecast is for snow for the rest of the week. 6 hours from where?
Yeah, that would help -- six hours from Seattle. Driving distance. So, big white, sun peaks, red mountain... all around the same driving distance from Seattle. Anyone care to comment on which is the best bet?
thanks

David
post #6 of 20
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Originally Posted by tetsuma
Yeah, that would help -- six hours from Seattle. Driving distance. So, big white, sun peaks, red mountain... all around the same driving distance from Seattle. Anyone care to comment on which is the best bet?
thanks

David
Im sorry to say that i talked to a buddy of mine who works at Sun peaks and its uh a little warmer then the ski report says. If I were you I would call the Cahilty Lodge or someone to give you the straight goods. The good news is that it may cool down a little
post #7 of 20
I'm looking at intermtn region or Sierras for mid Feb road trip. Will collect my data from NOAA sites and resort data. ... still hoping for some dumpage here in the PNW.
this Jan has been least skied Jan in maybe 25 years for me...
post #8 of 20

Banff area resorts still getting snow

Although the lower valleys are getting rained on there still is fresh snow being dumped on the upper mountain in some of the resorts around Banff. Sunshine, Louise, Norquay, Kicking Horse, and (perhaps) Panorama all have managed to dodge the snow-eating weather system that has brought gloom to the PNW. Marmot may have the best conditions of all, although I haven't been there for a week (not many people have since freezing rain has shut the Banff-Jasper highway for four days).
post #9 of 20
I'm booked for eight days at Whistler leaving NYC tomorrow, Monday, January 24th. I'm going to eat the costs...aaaaarrrrrggggghhhhh... and go to Vermont where there's snow. I guess that doesn't help you folks in Seattle. But maybe you'll feel a little more fortunate.
post #10 of 20
Like Pheft, I was on the recent Sun Peaks trip. It was wonderful! Lots of snow and cold, dry temps. Saturday last week was the coldest skiing I've done (no exposed skin). They definitely weren't suffering from overheating.

Big White and Silver Star normally receive weather patterns similar to Sun Peaks. Any of these three resorts will likely offer great conditions. Count upon 6 hrs drive from Seattle. Well worth it for a 3 day trip.
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by Captain_Strato
Like Pheft, I was on the recent Sun Peaks trip. It was wonderful! Lots of snow and cold, dry temps. Saturday last week was the coldest skiing I've done (no exposed skin). They definitely weren't suffering from overheating.

Big White and Silver Star normally receive weather patterns similar to Sun Peaks. Any of these three resorts will likely offer great conditions. Count upon 6 hrs drive from Seattle. Well worth it for a 3 day trip.
From Seattle, which one of the three is closest? Isn't there also something like, "Big Red," or some similar name around the same locale? Is quickest drive 97/transcanada, to US 9 (i.e., not going through Vancouver)?
thanks!
D
post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by tetsuma
From Seattle, which one of the three is closest? Isn't there also something like, "Big Red," or some similar name around the same locale? Is quickest drive 97/transcanada, to US 9 (i.e., not going through Vancouver)?
thanks!
D
Hey tetsuma - here's an overview map



btw i know a great place to rent at sun peaks wink - wink.
www.Topofthemountain.ca - Ive got a 3 bdroom to rent there. - check out Trails Edge 30 in the Condo section.

Big white is close to Kelowna. Kelowna is closer for you

Red Mountain is close to Rossland but is quite a bit farther for you. You have to go to Spokane and then its another hour or so north.

Ive never driven from Seattle so someone else will have to answer the question. The forecast is for the area to get a little colder next week so you might just get some snow
post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by LeeLau
Hey tetsuma - here's an overview map



btw i know a great place to rent at sun peaks wink - wink.
www.Topofthemountain.ca - Ive got a 3 bdroom to rent there. - check out Trails Edge 30 in the Condo section.

Big white is close to Kelowna. Kelowna is closer for you

Red Mountain is close to Rossland but is quite a bit farther for you. You have to go to Spokane and then its another hour or so north.

Ive never driven from Seattle so someone else will have to answer the question. The forecast is for the area to get a little colder next week so you might just get some snow
thanks for the info, really helps. and i'll keep the rental in mind. Looks pretty busy over the weekends, which is good.

Now to talk my g/f out of work for a couple of days...
D
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by tetsuma
From Seattle, which one of the three is closest? Isn't there also something like, "Big Red," or some similar name around the same locale? Is quickest drive 97/transcanada, to US 9 (i.e., not going through Vancouver)?
thanks!
D
On another thread in resorts the report is that Red Mtn. is also suffering from the pineapple express. Sun Peaks has gotten good reports for the last several days as one of the few resorts with good conditions in the NW. Otherwise you could check on a flight to Calgary for the Banff area resorts. I really haven't seen any postings on Big White/Silver Star and based on the utter mendacity of resort snow reports I want to hear from someone who actually has been there.

The quickest way from Seattle is to take the cutoff (from Bellingham to the 9) from the I5 and cross the border at Sumas. Then catch the TransCanada 1 to Hope, cut off on the Coquihalla 5 toll road and either go directly to Kamloops for SunPeaks, or take the Okanagan connector (5A/97C) over to Kelowna. You will be on the Canadian equivalent of Interstate (with the exception of the Sumas cut-off) for almost the whole trip. About 5 hours Seattle to Kamloops or Kelowna depending on the amount of time you spend at the border (Sumas is supposed to be quicker for crossing as well). I would not recommend the 97 through the south Okanagan or the 1 north of Hope if you are looking for a quick trip.
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by gnjantzie
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The quickest way from Seattle is to take the cutoff (from Bellingham to the 9) from the I5 and cross the border at Sumas. Then catch the TransCanada 1 to Hope, cut off on the Coquihalla 5 toll road and either go directly to Kamloops for SunPeaks, or take the Okanagan connector (5A/97C) over to Kelowna. You will be on the Canadian equivalent of Interstate (with the exception of the Sumas cut-off) for almost the whole trip. About 5 hours Seattle to Kamloops or Kelowna depending on the amount of time you spend at the border (Sumas is supposed to be quicker for crossing as well). I would not recommend the 97 through the south Okanagan or the 1 north of Hope if you are looking for a quick trip.
Thanks, the directions are really helpful. The heavy highway usage makes this a plus. It's funny... 5 hours is actually better than the typical time to whistler, which can get really bad on the I5 border crossing. Why don't Seattlites think more inland -- or at least, me?
David
post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by tetsuma
thanks for the info, really helps. and i'll keep the rental in mind. Looks pretty busy over the weekends, which is good.

Now to talk my g/f out of work for a couple of days...
D
No worries. If any of you epicskiers want SunPeaks local reports I'll get hold of my buddy who lives and works there

Same goes for Red. I can always ask someone who lives there
post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by tetsuma
Thanks, the directions are really helpful. The heavy highway usage makes this a plus. It's funny... 5 hours is actually better than the typical time to whistler, which can get really bad on the I5 border crossing. Why don't Seattlites think more inland -- or at least, me?
David
5 hours is a bit optomistic. I usually think 5 hours from Bellingham. On MLK weekend it took us about 10 or 11 hours because of freezing rain. You take your chances...

Also, there are much better ways to get to Whistler from Seattle than bashing your way through Vancouver.
post #18 of 20
Usually, the drive to sun peaks from Seattle is around 5 1/2 to 6 hours and to Big Whiste 6 1/2 to 7 hours. Pheft is right though, it can take MUCH longer if conditions are bad. Definitely drive during the day if this is your first time up.

I just was at Sun Peaks and the conditions were great. Much better than Whistler was 2 weeks ago.
post #19 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input. That's still not a bad haul for a weekend.

seeya
D
post #20 of 20
actually quite a few americans are now buying in Sun Peaks. So are vancouverites. The early bird seasons pass for Sun peaks is a little under $ 400 Canuck!

From North Van to whistler is about 1.5 to 2 hours. From SE suburbs of Van to North Van can be 1 hour. From eastern suburbs of Van in the fraser Valley to North van cab be 1.5 hours.

OK this is getting close to advertising so i want to be careful here. If you call Topof the mountain and rent a place from them and mention my name - they give me a 10% referral cut so i just want to make sure i disclose that.

There are also two other places for rentals - Bear Country and Peak Accomodations. Both have lots of selection too and Ive got no affiliation with them. Do NOT go through Sun Peaks central reservations - who can be somewhat clueless. If you rent from Top of the Mountain, you get discount lift tix and she also offers a shopping service for groceries etc. I'm sure other places do the same thing.

Do get out to the Burfield chair if you can. Its excrutiatingly slow but the goods are up there. Especially if the wind is low. Bring your ice-skates too as there's a nice little outdoor rink.

If you don't want to cook then there's nice restaurants in town too. I've eaten at the place next to Cahiltys', Powderhounds and the pub-style food at the base lodge which is ok but expensive. The first two were better value imo
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