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Ski Resorts in BC

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
For our yearly get out of the home front ski trip every year, we usually head down to colorado, utah, wyoming. We have never been north of the border and next year we are thinking of heading up to British Columbia for some good Canadian skiing. Basically I have the esteemed task of finding the right resort to hit. Can anyone help me?
Here is what we look for:
1. Nice long groomers for high speed thigh burning runs
2. Steep, steep, and more steep.
3. Powder.
4. chutes, couloirs, anything challenging
5. Good places to eat/have a beer
we'll probably be planning on March '08

Thanks a bunch
post #2 of 13
In no special order: Whistler/Blackcomb, Kicking Horse, Fernie.
Actually chances for powder are slightly higher in Fernie and Whistler (in the last case mainly thanks to its sheer size). The best steeps can be found at W/B as well. Fernie may somewhat lack steeps but has some nicely pitched tree runs. Kicking Horse is a great place for steep skiing but it is mainly ridge skiing so that you won`t find anything as steep and sustained as Ruby/Diamond bowls @ Blackcomb.

There is laso a nice place called Panorama with Hobacks like stuff named Taynton Bowl. As i have never been there i cant give you any advice on this.

Remember most BC resorts are highly dependant upon time and weather so be aware of rain, fog and slush. Anyway if you are lucky enough to get sunshine and powder somewhere in Whistler you won`t regret you came there.
post #3 of 13
I would second Whistler - it covers all your criteria. Panorama has some great long groomers and its Taynton Bowl provides challenge, but it doesn't have the steeps and couloirs that Whistler has, gets less snow and has pretty thin picking for food/pubs etc.
post #4 of 13
I would vote for Kicking Horse, if they have a good snow year. Absolutely no crowds compared to Whistler. Over 4,000 vertical, and 70 inbounds chutes, about 55 of which you can ski to without climbing, plus some very steep glade skiing. Check out their on-line trail map. Also plenty of cruisers and they claim to be the No.1 resort in North America for powder, but that claim is a little suspect. You can fly to Calgary or Spokane and rent a car. Both approaches offer a drive by of serveral other good resorts. Doesn't have the night life of Whistler, but still plenty of places to party.
post #5 of 13
Fernie/Castle combo is good and the closest to you. Or do a BC loop in an RV.
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by apeyros View Post
Remember most BC resorts are highly dependant upon time and weather so be aware of rain, fog and slush.
What resorts in the world aren't dependent on weather? There is only one resort in BC is known for rain, another one has a fog rep. and not sure which one is known for slush unless it's the one where it's "always" raining.
post #7 of 13

Trip to BC

Ignore the comments about flying. You can drive from Bozeman to mid-BC in 8 hours ....did it on Feb 9th.

Panorama consistently suffers from lack of snow ....runs are steep and scenery is wonderful... but if you don't have good snow ... everything else doesn't matter.

Kicking Horse can vary from phenomenal to icy treacherous conditions.

Think about sharing your time between Whistler and Silver Star. SS conditions are more dependable but night life is minimal ...two great pubs ...but that's it.

The front side consists of long cruising groomed blues and the back side (the dark side) is mostly ungroomed, extremely steep double blacks plus some hike in unexplored terrain. Even the blacks have to be groomed by cats with winches.

All accomodations are ski in / ski out.

Remember that you will need passports by next year.
post #8 of 13
Here's another vote for Silver Star. The Putnam Creek area is great with lots of steep, challenging terrain. Trees, bumps, the whole thing. Calling it the "dark side" is a good description because it's well shaded which makes the good snow last longer.

The front side is groomed as smooth as a baby's butt with very wide, long trails.

If you want to drive to Vernon just a few klicks down the road there's lots of places to eat and drink.
post #9 of 13
If you are only going to hit one resort, you'd better go to Whistler/Blackcomb. Over 7,000 acres of the best terrain in North America. IOW whatever you love to ski, they have more of it there than you will find in any other resort. Plus it is a true destination resort with the night-life to go with it.

On the other hand, the BC interior is great. If you can rent a car and take a driving trip, there are a great many good options. Start with Red Mt. in Rossland. Great town, great mountain with some very steep trees. Also the FIS downhill is one of the best high-speed cruisers around. 45 minutes north is the town of Nelson & Whitewater resort which boasts more steep trees and an in-bounds backcountry type experience. East lies Fernie with Castle just beyond. Then North to Kimberly, Panorama, Kicking Horse and the Banff resorts. A two week driving trip would be perfect; if you only had a week, you would have to pick and choose--I'd probably pick Red, Whitewater, Castle, KHMR, and one of the Banff resorts.
post #10 of 13
I was going to suggest Silver Star and Red but for the lack of " 4. chutes, couloirs, anything challenging". They are challenging but not in the sense of chutes and couloirs but in steep bumps and trees.
post #11 of 13
If you do come to Whistler, be sure to set aside a little extra cash for some of this...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ubUXLv-6iw
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the great insight, this season isnt over yet and I already cant wait for next season to begin! Again thanks alot, especially that heli skiing video...perhaps a second or third job is in order for the summer........
post #13 of 13
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Thanks for the great insight, this season isnt over yet and I already cant wait for next season to begin! Again thanks alot, especially that heli skiing video...perhaps a second or third job is in order for the summer........
And again, don`t forget to post oyur TR here!
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