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How busy are BC resorts mid to late March?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I am wondering how important it is to book accomodation at this time, or are there good deals too be had if the mountain is not full?
I am probably going to book accom at Big White, through Allura Direct for the first week of the three I will be skiing, and thought I might play it by ear to keep my options open re best snow at different resorts.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 15
Pretty much busiest time of year outside of Xmas. Toronto families go out in droves on spring break. Plus americans, germans, japanese.....
post #3 of 15
If possible wait to see how much snow they get during dec. and jan.I say this because I like you book early and last year I booked early to whistler and they didn't get much snow,I went the 1st week in march.Mid 50's all week which is good but not when there very little snow.And yes it was busy.Had to heli-ski to get the freshies.Let me also say if your thinking BC, I would consider whistler.When they get snow theres no place better.Plenty to do for singles,or families,tons of rest.and shopping,huge pedestrian only village.
post #4 of 15
On the flip side I think Big White and Silver Star made out not bad last year. Not a great season but nothing like the pacific northwest or Whistler or even Rossland/Nelson. Those resorts are pretty consistent but they can get rain.
post #5 of 15
If you are talking about sunshine, louise, marmot, Check the school calenders. If you go after the break you are fine. If you go during break.......busy busy busy.

If you are talking Whistler, it is always busy.
post #6 of 15
I was at Silver Star (which is close to Big White) last season during the US Presidents Day week and there were almost no locals at all. That's during February, so in March you should be fine unless you hit a school holiday. These are not big international destination resorts even though they might like to be.

Don't listen about Whistler. Go to interior BC. Better snow and more real, not like visiting Disneyland. There is plenty of terrain to keep you happy.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the tips, everyone. Does anyone have any recommendations for accommodation at Silverstar for 4 people. I recently had a few days skiing at Mount Hotham in Australia with blue skies, no wind and pretty good snow (in the mornings anyway) and am hanging out to visit Canada come March. Can't wait!
All advice appreciated.
post #8 of 15
I can't give you a specific recommendation, but if you stay at the resort almost any location is good. They have a very clever set-up that makes most places ski-in ski-out, or nearly so. I stayed in Vernon in a cheap motel but that's a 20 minute drive away.
post #9 of 15

March Break for Calgary Schools

This will primarily affect the Banff Resorts, as well as Fernie, KH, Panorama and Kimberley. There are also a fair number of people who head out to Big White/Silver Star at this time. The Calgary Public Board (about 100,000 students) break runs from March 25 to April 2nd. The Catholic Board break is in mid-April.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thats good to know, gnjantzie, I will be around BW/SS from about March 12th to 24th, then I check out what else looks good. At that time of year would you go to BW or SS first, in terms of snow reliability historically, or doesnt it make any difference?
post #11 of 15
Peejay, you will be hitting B.C. resorts right at the time of Ontario's March Break - when many families head west. I understand the B.C. school break falls at the same time - Mar 11-19. So it will be the busiest time. That said, I skied Big White last year under same conditions and we never waited longer than about 10 minutes at busiest lifts.
post #12 of 15
This is what I'm talking about, Toronto break probably has the biggest direct impact. However just never enough to crowd the slopes or lifts at Silver Star all that much. Not sure of the impact on accom availability. Go to their website they have a huge variety of housing as many private homes are rental pooled. Now the crowds in the cafeteria..... that's another story. I suggest easy access to your place and cooking facilities. Unless you're very brave don't go anywhere near the little swimming pool in the evenings but kids (and adults) can have a blast at 'tube town' and the skating rink.

Through the website you can order a week's groceries and have them sitting at your doorstep when you arrive. As mentioned most of the rental homes are walk in, ski out or some variation without much difficulty even for lunch breaks.

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Originally Posted by D3TO
Peejay, you will be hitting B.C. resorts right at the time of Ontario's March Break - when many families head west. I understand the B.C. school break falls at the same time - Mar 11-19. So it will be the busiest time. That said, I skied Big White last year under same conditions and we never waited longer than about 10 minutes at busiest lifts.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by pheft
Don't listen about Whistler. Go to interior BC. Better snow and more real, not like visiting Disneyland. There is plenty of terrain to keep you happy.
Phil speaks with wisdom. Whistler is still a great mountain, but be prepared for the ballyhoo. Sun Peaks, Big White and Silver Star have superb dry snow, 2000 + hrs of sunshine per season, and ample terrain (especially at Sun Peaks). But, MUCH cheaper. We bought passes at Sun Peaks this year, even though we live in Bellingham, WA.

Sunshine and Lake Louise are also not to be missed. However, as L7 reported, these resorts crowd-up badly at peak season (March and Christmas). The terrain there is outstanding and the views alone are worth the trip. Stunning!
post #14 of 15
I am a Sun Peaks local who skis often at Silver Star and Big White.

I can't really say enough good things about these hills... from great layout and terrain to awesome villages (especially Silver Star) consistent snow and rare long lineups.

This past season at Sun Peaks was quite busy due to the crappy season everywhere else... plus on the busiest day in Sun Peaks history one of the lifts broke down and had to run on backup power. Even then the lineups were nowhere near Disneyland type lines.

On average at all 3 hills christmas is the busiest, followed by the President's day holiday. As far as March goes, things start to slow down, though if it is a really nice day there will be more people. But don't expect to wait more than 10 minutes in line.

I'm not sure about booking. I've never really had to before.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by pheft
I was at Silver Star (which is close to Big White) last season during the US Presidents Day week and there were almost no locals at all. That's during February, so in March you should be fine unless you hit a school holiday. These are not big international destination resorts even though they might like to be.

Don't listen about Whistler. Go to interior BC. Better snow and more real, not like visiting Disneyland. There is plenty of terrain to keep you happy.
Whistler like Disneyland? Second that motion. Only thing missing is Annette and the partying mousketeers.

Go inland; repeat, go inland. Cheaper too.
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