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post #1 of 17
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right, after the excellent feedback I got on my US or Canada 3 month thread ive listened to the wise words and have decided upon whistler for december before heading east through BC (revelstoke etc) before hitting alberta, so...

basically I now need to find a months worth of accomodation in whistler during december..

and also if anone can help with accomodation in places like revelstoke, banff, golden, red mountain etc for january/feb and maybe march Id appreciate it

can anyone help?

Im 33 so not in the young party animal category! skiing is the priority on this trip ( i wont be working)

Ill be hiring a car for the duration so transport not a problem

If anyone can help theres a bottle of malt whisky from the old country in it for you
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post #3 of 17
There's a bloke called veeeight on www.snowheads.com (and sometimes here on Epic) who has instructed for quite a few seasons in Whistler. I'm sure he can give you a lot of advice on that particular resort if you PM him.
post #4 of 17
For accomodation at Red - with Character try the Red Shutter Inn - right at the base of the ski Hill - or angelas B and B in Rossland. The people that own the Red Shutter also do Cat skiing that might be worth looking into.
post #5 of 17
Whistler certainly won't be cheap for a month. The Whistler-Blackcomb website is pretty easy to use to scope out a variety of places. The Teton Gravity Research forums often have people from the Vancouver/Whistler areas who post so they may be helpful. You might seek possible space (though scarce) in Pemberton (a community a short drive away).

Another website to check out (just for stoke and backcountry info) is doglotion.com. Not used frequently, but some of the pics will give you a really good idea of what is awaiting you!
post #6 of 17
How do you feel about hostels? Both the IHF and Samesun have hostels in a few of your destinations. You also should be able to round up some skiing partners (or drinking partners). Are you willing to stay in a dormitory or do you need a private room? Do you need kitchen facilities or will just a room do?
post #7 of 17
Thanks, Martin

Firstly, the best bit of advice I can give you, is to sort out your accommodation NOW!! Yes, I know it's August, but Whistler and Accommondation are not the best of bed buddies!

If budget is not a consideration, stay at the Four Seasons Resort, where you'll not want for anything. Thoroughly reccommended.

However, if you're taking the Scotsman out of Scotland, but not the other way around........ (and please remember to factor in tipping for everybody/everything).

The first place to look for accommodation is the weekly local magazine, the Pique News Magazine. All the local rentals and property advertised here. Bear in mind that rent is proportional to area and neighbourhood, so avoid the really central areas (eg: village, upper village etc.) and head out somewhere like Creekside, Whistler Cay, Brio, Apline Meadows etc. Basically, anywhere that is served by the excellent local bus service. I know you've said you've got a car, but you really don't need one during your stay in Whistler. Use the money instead to stay at the Four Seasons! If you don't know where all these neighbourhoods are, here's a map to help.

Don't forget comprehensive travel insurance for your trip, one of the best policies for UK folk is from The BMC.

Two links below that are well worth your time reading and digesting, although they are a couple of seasons old (so references to The Shoestring Lodge and The Boot Inn are no longer relevant) - they are still worth digesting.

Survival Guide

Snow is Cold blog


Many bears find their accommodation through Allura Direct, the local Tourist Office website, and the official WB website (a good resource).

Finally, two links about tipping!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tip
http://www.findalink.net/tippingetiquette.php


Now. How about some lessons?
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post #9 of 17
Hillcrest Hotel in Revelstoke is where I stay each year. Nice place, awesome restaurant, decent bar. This is where Selkirk-Tangiers bases out of so lots of heli-skiers hanging around all the time. Two thumbs up recommendation.

Link: http://www.hillcresthotel.com/
post #10 of 17
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Hillcrest Hotel in Revelstoke is where I stay each year. Nice place, awesome restaurant, decent bar. This is where Selkirk-Tangiers bases out of so lots of heli-skiers hanging around all the time. Two thumbs up recommendation.

Link: http://www.hillcresthotel.com/
Looks a little pricey though on the days I can get the reservations widget to work. At $140 per night (AAA rate), it's more than twice as expensive as the local Super 8's $67.50 (my standard for basic accommodation) and even the Best Western comes in at $80 per night. A private room at the Samesun hostel is $48.20 and a dorm bed is $23.60. I suspect that will encompass the full range of prices for staying in Revelstoke (note I do not include taxes in any of these quotes and it might add 10%). I haven't seen any info on lift and accommodation packages yet.
post #11 of 17
You might try the Monarch (I think that's it). It's right downtown and not nearly as nice as the Hillcrest but CMH bases out of there so I think it's pretty decent.
post #12 of 17
some B&B's in banff do weekly and monthly rentals.
post #13 of 17
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You might try the Monarch (I think that's it). It's right downtown and not nearly as nice as the Hillcrest but CMH bases out of there so I think it's pretty decent.
Sorry, not the Monarch but the Regence....or Regency....or Regents....whatever. Something like that anyway.
post #14 of 17
There is a nice hostel in banff, up tunnel mountain road, good rates, and the food there is very good for the price you pay. Plus ther is a small pub in the basement, and you can walk into the downtown area in about 15 minutes.

http://www.hihostels.ca/PM/957/hi-ba...+centre.hostel
post #15 of 17
only 33 and not a party animal? These north american people obviously haven't heard of the Creag Dhu's reputation for partying in the Coe! rock on Jacksonville - from the Starav.
post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hi Gary, funnily enough I am a member of the creagh dhu, perhaps I know you?
post #17 of 17
Possibly. I'm, a member of the Starav MC and up until last year we had a doss in the Coe, just in front of the Red Squirrel bunkhouse. However, we were evicted by the then owners who wanted to sell off the property and needed us away. £4 years that hut was there. Climbed and ski / ride with Andy Gallagher, Cammy Phair, Darren Steveson, Alan Petit and a host of others. Mainly at the coe but will go anywhere. Hope your trip to BC is good.
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