Always happy to see the Brits
Originally Posted by gregh
I'm scoping out some deals from the UK, all the above places appear to have some good prices, however I want to make sure all the family has fun if we come out from the UK, as it's a long old flight and the jetlag ain't fun!
So there would be myself and my wife who ski anywhere and love power, my 6 year old who has skied 3 weeks and is very confident on blues, and my 3 year old (4 in April) who has never skied.
Do any of the above resorts stand out as being great for young kids? I'm especially worried about them getting too cold.
We see many Brits skiing in Canada. Tremblant has a "Ski le Gap" program filled with young Brits, but Tremblant is no match for the resorts in the west.
Banff appears to be a popular Brit destination, and with good reason.
Banff has a good mix of terrain and puts you in reach of Norquay, Sunshine, and Lake Louise, by shuttle. The scenery is awesome. Somewhat like Austria.
It is a two hour drive from Calgary. If you rent a car in Calgary, instead of gettng the bus transfer, you can do day trips from Banff to Panorama and Kicking Horse. Banff has probably the best apres ski environment of any Canadian resort.
Fernie is a different story. They have a shuttle bus (you have to pay) to Kimberley, so you can cop a day at Kimberley while you are there. Fernie usually has no crowds, and so no lift lines to speak of. However, there is a reason. Fernie is a four hour drive from the Calgary airport, and the pass into Fernie is sometimes closed due to snow.
Fernie gets loads of snow, and you can usually expect to be powder skiing. However, Fernie is more suited to expert skiers. There are a disproportionate number of expert runs compared to other resorts. If you are taking your young children, who are not really good skiers yet, I would stay away from Fernie. Don't get me wrong. I really like Fernie, and have friends with condos there. It's just about what would be best for YOUR vacation.
Fernie is a regular small mountain town, with a ski hill, and the Apres ski is not that good compared to Banff. Kimberley is also short on Apres ski, but at least it is better suited to families and skiers who are learning.
I have never been to Jasper, mostly because Banff is a better destination, and Jasper is more north, which tends to make it colder.
If you have never skied in the Canadian west before, I strongly recommend Banff. However, be warned, it is also a popular destination for German skiers, if that matters to you. You won't encounter nearly as many as you do in Europe, but they still make an appearance occasionally.