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Where to Go: Big Sky or Revelstoke/Sun Peaks

post #1 of 19
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Sorry for another dual post as I also posted this on the Getting Together forum. Not sure which was best so went for both.

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Where to Go: Big Sky or Revelstoke/Sun Peaks
I have the opportunity to ski either Revelstoke and Sun Peaks in BC or Big Sky in the states the first weekend in April. As I have not tasted any of these resorts, recommendations for best conditions at that time. I am leaning towards Reve due to the terrain and Epic posts, but currently, Big Sky has more snow. I definately hope for powder turns / trees to test my new Icelantic Shamans

Your thoughts ??????

Falcon_O
post #2 of 19
any reason for sun peaks?

revy/kicking horse might be more interesting
post #3 of 19
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any reason for sun peaks?

revy/kicking horse might be more interesting
This is a FAM trip offered by the tour agency I used for the trip I ran to Whistler/Blackcomb in January. Thus my choices are limited to those offered. I have been to KH several times and both had a blast and the S@!% scared out of me on some of the steeps. Look foward to going back.
post #4 of 19
Very little new snow in the Sun Peaks area (some in the last few days, but hardly enough to warrant a wide ski). Revelstoke has some serious terrain - if you are a very strong off-piste skier, you should find lots to challenge you. They have developed very little easier terrain and this will be a chance to try the hill before it really goes off. That said, never been to Big Sky, so check out the conditions at each before you decide.
post #5 of 19
Hey there,

I've been to Kicking Horse, it's a fun place, never been to Revelstoke, but I can tell you the snow is deep in Big Sky.

For full disclosure, I live/work at Big Sky, but that doesn't change the fact that I can report that except for about 6-8 days at the end of February, it's been snowing most every day of the season, just the last few have added over another foot of fluff.

I say you can't go wrong, holler with any questions re: Big Sky.

Best,

Dax
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post #7 of 19
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Dax / Alberto,

Thanks for your input. I've been to Kicking Horse which beat me to a happy pulp and I spoke with friends last night who had been to Revelstoke several weeks ago. Based upon ALL of your snow reports, I've put in for Big Sky and should know by tomorrow if I made the cut.

Dax - assuming its a go I'll only have several days of skiing - 4/5-6. Maybe we can hook up for a few turns. Definately will need to wash the dust away at days end !!!

Thanks again for your help - Falcon_O aka Charlie

PS - Dax - worth bring fat skis (110 mm waist) for 4/5-6 or will my AC40's be better (82mm waist)
post #8 of 19
Hope your trip works out to Big Sky, I'll just be getting back to town, but I can't say no to an offer to jump out on the mountain.

As far as skis advice, I'm officially the worst possible person to ask, I'm a one ski quiver sort of guy, but they're fat, all season, all the time.

Last season the first week of April was super deep, blower powder, I wouldn't want to chance it with carvers.

Holler when the details come together.

Best,

Dax
post #9 of 19
Forget about Sun Peaks.. not much challenging terrain and probably the slowest chairs in N. America.
We were there at the beginning of the month and I was rather disappointed with the whole experience.
post #10 of 19
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Forget about Sun Peaks.. not much challenging terrain and probably the slowest chairs in N. America.
Hmmm. The trailmap shows several high speed detachables. Were they slow? Or did you just find that the lifts serving the steeper stuff were older fixed-grips?

Curious.
post #11 of 19
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Hmmm. The trailmap shows several high speed detachables. Were they slow? Or did you just find that the lifts serving the steeper stuff were older fixed-grips?

Curious.
That's right, the lifts serving the high alpine is what i was referring to. The Burfield and Crystal Chair. By the time you reach the top your muscles are cold already.

This hill is good for families learning the sport or for recreational skiers. If you're looking for high octane challenging terrain, skip it!
There's far better to be had in BC.
post #12 of 19
Sunpeaks is definitely a family resort- kind of like 90% of the resorts out there. Great place for what it is.

Kicking Horse is fantastic, but is in the other 10% of mountains (Jackson Hole, Telluride, etc).
post #13 of 19
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That's right, the lifts serving the high alpine is what i was referring to. The Burfield and Crystal Chair. By the time you reach the top your muscles are cold already.

This hill is good for families learning the sport or for recreational skiers. If you're looking for high octane challenging terrain, skip it!
There's far better to be had in BC.

Glad that you didn't find the good stuff!!! Clearly your didn't look beyond the Crystal chair.... or in the trees under the Burfield. But you are correct - for really extreme terrain, there are better hills.
post #14 of 19
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Glad that you didn't find the good stuff!!! Clearly your didn't look beyond the Crystal chair.... or in the trees under the Burfield. But you are correct - for really extreme terrain, there are better hills.

Actually, we did but good compared to what, the rest of the mountain? Those runs are all far too short in my opinion and not very challenging.

I'll admit i'm guilty of being a bit tainted as my local hill is Whistler/Blackcomb and so naturally i tend to compare other resorts to what I'm familiar with.
post #15 of 19
Can't vouch for Sun Peaks as my first trip there will be the end of the month, however Revelstoke is a fine mountain. I'm going to have a tough time deciding between skiing it or skiing KH on my way out and back to the Okanagan/Shushwap next week.
post #16 of 19
Apples and oranges - like it has been noted above: Sun Peaks is a family-oriented resort that lacks the extreme terrain and vert of either Revelstoke or WB. Not bad, but if you are looking for serious off piste and/or extreme terrain, you will not find it unless you are headed to back/slackcountry (which has not been safe with the snowpack conditions this year - don't go into the backcountry without proper avi gear and training).
post #17 of 19
Big Sky is hard to beat this year. Snow was great last week and it's still snowing. There's an Epic ski camp the first week in April in BS so you might even get to meet some of the Epic crew.
post #18 of 19
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Big Sky is hard to beat this year. Snow was great last week and it's still snowing. There's an Epic ski camp the first week in April in BS so you might even get to meet some of the Epic crew.
My trip has been confirmed and will be skiing BS April 5-6 with a pair of Icelantic Shamans in tow. Hope to hook up with Dax for some turns and/or other prowling Bears.
post #19 of 19
I'll be here and waiting, just had another excellent weekend that started on Friday with 2-3 inches in the base area with knee deep and face shots on the South Face.

Snowing again right now . . .

Best,

Dax
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