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post #1 of 18
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Anyone interested in doing the following (since gas is so damn high):

Drive say the Red Mt., Whitewater, Fernie, Whitefish Loop. Starting on either end no problem for me. Could also throw in Schweitzer if starting on West side or Silver Mt. or Snowbowl if starting on East Side.

I did Red and Whitewater last year early and got rained on hard so stopped loop and went home. Also skied whitefish and Fernie.

If anyone is interested let me know and we can work on the details later. I wouldn't be adverse to picking someone up at Spokane Airport either or someone else can etc.:
post #2 of 18

south bc loop

Hi. I'm not looking to join you, but would like to pick your brain on that loop trip as I'm considering a very similar trip for the New Year's long weekend (a trip to Utah over xmas week just fell through since teenager w/new job can't take the whole week off).

S. BC ski loop will be my "never skied there" trip. After driving from Seattle area, the direction/areas I am considering are Red, Whitewater, Kimberley, and Fernie. Any thoughts on the loop? Whitewater is a late edition trying to sort through travel times (ski during day, then drive to town nearest next ski area). Also, what can I expect for crowds over that long weekend? I'm guessing Fernie will be quite busy w/Calgary skiers.

Love to tack on Kicking Horse up north, but don't think I can. Finding cheapo lodging has been a bit of a challenge with my late planning start, but I'm sorting through that. I've been to some of these resorts in the summer & have been itching to return to ski. This may finally be the year.
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S. Bc

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Hi. I'm not looking to join you, but would like to pick your brain on that loop trip as I'm considering a very similar trip for the New Year's long weekend (a trip to Utah over xmas week just fell through since teenager w/new job can't take the whole week off).

S. BC ski loop will be my "never skied there" trip. After driving from Seattle area, the direction/areas I am considering are Red, Whitewater, Kimberley, and Fernie. Any thoughts on the loop? Whitewater is a late edition trying to sort through travel times (ski during day, then drive to town nearest next ski area). Also, what can I expect for crowds over that long weekend? I'm guessing Fernie will be quite busy w/Calgary skiers.

Love to tack on Kicking Horse up north, but don't think I can. Finding cheapo lodging has been a bit of a challenge with my late planning start, but I'm sorting through that. I've been to some of these resorts in the summer & have been itching to return to ski. This may finally be the year.
Lonepeak, give me some details and maybe I can help. Are you alone or with someone? Going to drive to Spokane from Seattle and then North?
Less expensive motels? Hostels ok? Are you from Seattle? Ever ski Schweitzer, 49, silver, Snowborl, Whigtefish? What kind of skier are you?
PM me if you don't want to put all this on open thread and I can probably help you out with some ideas etc. One real good deal going on now is "Red White and You", look on Red Mts. website under deals and you can buy a 3 day pass good at Red or whitewater for 89 dollars, buy it at a 7/11 store and they have a list of them etc. Let me know. Pete
post #4 of 18
I was thinking of a similar trip later in the season. Word is that they need some snow up there right now. My parents live in Colville, so I have a place to stay near Rossland. I have skied 49n, and while fun, it was nothing too special. Mostly a groomer and glades mountain, no steep terrain, but they have opened up another side since I was there a few years ago. I am planning on hitting Red and Whitewater at a minimum.
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I was thinking of a similar trip later in the season. Word is that they need some snow up there right now. My parents live in Colville, so I have a place to stay near Rossland. I have skied 49n, and while fun, it was nothing too special. Mostly a groomer and glades mountain, no steep terrain, but they have opened up another side since I was there a few years ago. I am planning on hitting Red and Whitewater at a minimum.
Let me know if you want some company. Not much snow at Red yet. Hav e more at Lookout and Silver. If this fits your needs: Red and Whitewater have a deal/promotion available at 7-11 storres. 89$ for a 3 days lift ticket either resort. Under "deal" on reds website it even lists gthe 711 stores you can purchase. Good deal if you're going to ski 3 days.
post #6 of 18
Can usually find some cheap hotel in Nelson for WH2O usally with a ski package incase you don't score the cheap tickets. Can also stay in cheap hotel in Cranbrook instead of Kimberley. Kimberley is mostly a giant intermediate playground.
Fernie well staying in town cheaper than on the Mtn, can also stay in Eureka Montana after and it's only 30 min from Fernie and 30 min to Whitefish cheap scary hotel with kitchenettes.
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can also stay in Eureka Montana after and it's only 30 min from Fernie and 30 min to Whitefish cheap scary hotel with kitchenettes.

What do you drive, a helicopter?
post #8 of 18
cheap scary hotel..........Now that's my kind of ski trip.
post #9 of 18
Sorry for the late response...I forgot where I posted my questions. Anyway...

I'll be going with my wife and 2 sons (age 13 & 16). We are from across puget sound (Silverdale) which adds about an hour to our trip time heading east from Seattle. My older boy skis what I do, and we prefer off-groomed advanced/expert runs. Wife and other son are more groomer types. For the ID/MT area, we've skied Schwietzer, Silver Mtn, Whitefish, & Snowbowl. We have a condo at Big Sky which we hit for a week each season (driven past Lookout a bunch of times). I'm kind of hoping to save Silver/Schwitzer for a March long weekend, but after a lot of itinerary tweaking, I've settled on this for the BC trip next week (hoping more snow comes)...

12/27 Thursday: drive to Coeur D'Alene for night after wife gets off work.
Friday: Ski schwietzer, then drive to Cranbrook staying at the luxurious Econolodge for 2 nights.
Sat: Fernie daytrip
Sun: Kimberly, then drive to Castlegar Quality Inn for a night.
Mon: Red, then drive to Colville for a night b4 driving home new year's day.

I toyed with reversing the loop & spending 1st night in Colville (then Red, etc), but am concerned about having to drive that 2-lane stretch north of spokane late Thursday night (Coeur D'Alene on I-5 I can do in my sleep). Now with the "Red Card" deal you pointed me to, maybe that all changes. I'm always looking for a bargain to "sell" my wife on my crazy (& frequent) trip ideas. Is Red worthy of 2 ski days with a day at Whitewater? If so, we could do that and then head to Cranbrook to squeeze in Fernie. I'm not adverse to skipping Schwietzer just because we have been there 4-5 times before & always like to explore new places.

I even considered the Frenie down to Whitefish route as well, and checked on-line on that "scary" Eureka motel you mentioned (opted out due to lack of info).

So, what are crowds like at the BC areas over the holidays? I'm guessing Red gets a fair amount of Spokane skiers? As an added bonus, I would sure love to make the side trip to Ainsworth for the hot springs - I haven't been there in 20 years, and I know my kids would love it.
post #10 of 18
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Sorry for the late response...I forgot where I posted my questions. Anyway...

I'll be going with my wife and 2 sons (age 13 & 16). We are from across puget sound (Silverdale) which adds about an hour to our trip time heading east from Seattle. My older boy skis what I do, and we prefer off-groomed advanced/expert runs. Wife and other son are more groomer types. For the ID/MT area, we've skied Schwietzer, Silver Mtn, Whitefish, & Snowbowl. We have a condo at Big Sky which we hit for a week each season (driven past Lookout a bunch of times). I'm kind of hoping to save Silver/Schwitzer for a March long weekend, but after a lot of itinerary tweaking, I've settled on this for the BC trip next week (hoping more snow comes)...

12/27 Thursday: drive to Coeur D'Alene for night after wife gets off work.
Friday: Ski schwietzer, then drive to Cranbrook staying at the luxurious Econolodge for 2 nights.
Sat: Fernie daytrip
Sun: Kimberly, then drive to Castlegar Quality Inn for a night.
Mon: Red, then drive to Colville for a night b4 driving home new year's day.

I toyed with reversing the loop & spending 1st night in Colville (then Red, etc), but am concerned about having to drive that 2-lane stretch north of spokane late Thursday night (Coeur D'Alene on I-5 I can do in my sleep). Now with the "Red Card" deal you pointed me to, maybe that all changes. I'm always looking for a bargain to "sell" my wife on my crazy (& frequent) trip ideas. Is Red worthy of 2 ski days with a day at Whitewater? If so, we could do that and then head to Cranbrook to squeeze in Fernie. I'm not adverse to skipping Schwietzer just because we have been there 4-5 times before & always like to explore new places.

I even considered the Frenie down to Whitefish route as well, and checked on-line on that "scary" Eureka motel you mentioned (opted out due to lack of info).

So, what are crowds like at the BC areas over the holidays? I'm guessing Red gets a fair amount of Spokane skiers? As an added bonus, I would sure love to make the side trip to Ainsworth for the hot springs - I haven't been there in 20 years, and I know my kids would love it.
Sounds like a good trip to me. Check with Newfydog on Fernie Crowds. I do know that as you drive into area, stay left and follow RV Park signs and you can park right next to the snow and ski downhill for your lift ticket earlier you get there the closer to the snow. I park 8" away last year (thanks to Newfydog). Check with him on crowds. As of now Red doesn't have snow worth skiing in fact I don't think they have opened yet. Can't really give you any good facts on crowds around Christmas - New Years as usually avoid ski areas then. Pete Reds definitely big and diverse enough for 2 days with one at Whitewater. However Snow could be a problem.
post #11 of 18

whitewater resort // lodging

First, I appreciated the heads up on the red/whitewater pass deal.

I've been to both mountains on two prior trips and expect to return again this year.

Lodging at red was skipped both times, last trip I headed over towards whitewater and bedded down in Ymir at their hotel, a new owner has started to restore the place and was very nice for the night. Of course the dining night life would varied in Nelson but this worked after the drive and was actually closer to Whitewater than continuing up to Nelson. They had food at the bar and little store next door was good for breakfast. Headed east to Fernie the next day and passed through Cranbrook all the way to Yahk, where I found a great little motel, reasonable little place although the name alludes me. Something like the cozy quilt I think.

I stayed at the three sisters travelodge in Fernie and thought it was in a good location, I was able to walk to the nightlife, from there and they had a pool.

I believe I stayed at that scary motel ?? // @ a truck stop kind of in Eureka, there were some other places near a gambling restaurant to stay.

Great day on Big Mountain, Fridays they had night skiing included and I got about a half foot of snow that evening with it.

I'm looking at either of two options this year/ depending on snow and other factors. Possibly to loop south through Idaho to check out some other mountains and over into Montana. The Lost Trail Powder Mountain Just looks like I have to try it. The weekend only aspect of several mountains in Montana makes it difficult for trip continuity.
So more likely is heading north, all from Spokane, I'd like to get up to ski @ powder king. With stops along the way.

Anyone up for some exploratory road trip or experiences out that way please chime in. I'm thinking of traveling near the end of January, and hope to book a flight within the next couple of weeks. V.Varmit
post #12 of 18
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First, I appreciated the heads up on the red/whitewater pass deal.

I've been to both mountains on two prior trips and expect to return again this year.

Lodging at red was skipped both times, last trip I headed over towards whitewater and bedded down in Ymir at their hotel, a new owner has started to restore the place and was very nice for the night. Of course the dining night life would varied in Nelson but this worked after the drive and was actually closer to Whitewater than continuing up to Nelson. They had food at the bar and little store next door was good for breakfast. Headed east to Fernie the next day and passed through Cranbrook all the way to Yahk, where I found a great little motel, reasonable little place although the name alludes me. Something like the cozy quilt I think.

I stayed at the three sisters travelodge in Fernie and thought it was in a good location, I was able to walk to the nightlife, from there and they had a pool.

I believe I stayed at that scary motel ?? // @ a truck stop kind of in Eureka, there were some other places near a gambling restaurant to stay.

Great day on Big Mountain, Fridays they had night skiing included and I got about a half foot of snow that evening with it.

I'm looking at either of two options this year/ depending on snow and other factors. Possibly to loop south through Idaho to check out some other mountains and over into Montana. The Lost Trail Powder Mountain Just looks like I have to try it. The weekend only aspect of several mountains in Montana makes it difficult for trip continuity.
So more likely is heading north, all from Spokane, I'd like to get up to ski @ powder king. With stops along the way.

Anyone up for some exploratory road trip or experiences out that way please chime in. I'm thinking of traveling near the end of January, and hope to book a flight within the next couple of weeks. V.Varmit

Might be interested keep me informed of your plans. I also have a ski partner that might want to go. PM me on some specifics please.
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post
Sounds like a good trip to me. Check with Newfydog on Fernie Crowds. I do know that as you drive into area, stay left and follow RV Park signs and you can park right next to the snow and ski downhill for your lift ticket earlier you get there the closer to the snow. I park 8" away last year (thanks to Newfydog). Check with him on crowds. As of now Red doesn't have snow worth skiing in fact I don't think they have opened yet. Can't really give you any good facts on crowds around Christmas - New Years as usually avoid ski areas then. Pete Reds definitely big and diverse enough for 2 days with one at Whitewater. However Snow could be a problem.
Funny you mention the Fernie RV park. I stayed there with my trailer for 1 night 2 summers ago. I had some fantastic evening flyfishing on the Elk River, then me and the boys mt. biked the area the next day in what had to be one of the nastiest weather days I've ever done. But, I'm an old man at 45...my boys had a blast despite us wearing the Fernie issued hefty bags to keep dry.

I'm holding my breath for continued snow as the week goes on...so far it's looking good. I'll keep my fingers crossed that Red & others will be decent by New Year's.

One last question on that red&white pass - does the link work for anyone? http://www.redwhiteandyoucard.com/ It keeps dying for me. I'm trying to find out if I can buy more than 1 ticket in one day with one pass. My wife (or I) may want to skip out on a ski day while the boys keep going, so ideally I may want 2 passes for 2 days - if possible to use that way (i.e., buy 4 tickets one day, 2 the 2nd day).
post #14 of 18
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So. BC

Give Red or Whitewater a phone call and they should be able to answer that question. My guess is they want you to stay in area for 3 days but if I am wrong post the answer on this thread so we'll all know the answer if you can. thanks Pete

Talk to friend who was having lunch at Silver today and since Sun he said they've gotton almost 10 inches, so coming down a little at a time.
post #15 of 18
Ah yes the special Eureka hotel last time the mice got 1/3 of our supplies. Sorry about 30 min, it's to the town of Fernie or Whitefish then to the ski hill, of course I've never had border crossing problems either.

The ski Red/H2O passes have to be registered to the user so you can't multi ticket one day. However with the exchange rate even two days pays for itself.

On another loop note, Turner should be truly incredible this Powder friday.

After tonights storm Silver should be p-tex safe.:

Pete bring the fat boards.
post #16 of 18
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Ah yes the special Eureka hotel last time the mice got 1/3 of our supplies. Sorry about 30 min, it's to the town of Fernie or Whitefish then to the ski hill, of course I've never had border crossing problems either.

The ski Red/H2O passes have to be registered to the user so you can't multi ticket one day. However with the exchange rate even two days pays for itself.

On another loop note, Turner should be truly incredible this Powder friday.

After tonights storm Silver should be p-tex safe.:

Pete bring the fat boards.
Tele you going to be at Silver Tommorrow? I have alread pulled up beside two or three tele skiers and asked them if they are dancing - pretty confused looks I get, so I shut up and ski off down the hill. I am going to teach tommorrow (maybe there won't be any lessons). What you wearing? I will probably b e in Red Carbon Parka, black spyder pant, giro silver helmet. 5'11 wanna be powder skier. Think I can use my Gotamas tommorrow? thought prospector, ridge, etc. might be ok?
post #17 of 18
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Ah yes the special Eureka hotel last time the mice got 1/3 of our supplies. Sorry about 30 min, it's to the town of Fernie or Whitefish then to the ski hill, of course I've never had border crossing problems either.

The ski Red/H2O passes have to be registered to the user so you can't multi ticket one day. However with the exchange rate even two days pays for itself.

On another loop note, Turner should be truly incredible this Powder friday.

After tonights storm Silver should be p-tex safe.:

Pete bring the fat boards.

I finally was able to check the red & white link (must have been blocked at work). All questions have been answered. Problem is - I'll have to get the pass b4 departing since they quit selling them on Dec 25th (planned departure is 27th), AND it has to be registered 48 hrs in advance. Glad I checked the fine print. Regardless, it's a great deal. I'll get our friends parents (in spokane) to pick some up for us and mail them out.

Thanks for the suggestions and the tip on the red/white card.
post #18 of 18
Haven't missed a day since last Monday, so yes I'll be there. I ski on some yellow Volkl G3's and am usually in black.
Can't miss the tarped up jeep in the parking lot.
Prospector and Ridge were skiing well, still some hidden rocks on Wardner traverse but everyone tells me it's great.
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