<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Powkeg:
[QB]If you could only go to 5 western Canada resorts what would they be and why?QB]<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
I just got back from western Canada. Here's where I'd go.
1 - Kicking Horse. It's lift accessed terrain, I'd argue must be some of the best in Canada. There is some crazy skiing to be had at this mountain. My only warning is that there isn't much intermediate terrain accessible from the Gondola, and it's really the only way to get to the top right now. However, it's an expert skiers paradise. And they have more terrain on the way!
2- Fernie. They had a 4 meter base when I went on the 5th of April. Lots of variety, a huge amount of skiable terrain, and gords or snow.
3- Sunshine Village. Great resort, with a lot of variety, and amazingly light, fluffy, and dry snow. Go during the week, cause it gets busy!!
4- Lake Louise. Never skied it but it is in the same area as the other three, and known for a vast amount of skiable area, and varied terrain. Same as Sunshine, go during the week.
5- Mount Norquay. The smallest of the mountains mentioned, however has a good reputation. Also in the vicinity of the others, and worth checking out.
If you were going to ski all of these in 5 days, it would be a pretty kick butt ski vacation. Fly into Calgary, get a rental car and do a loop. From Calgary, you'd go to Fernie B.C first (two hour drive), then drive up to Golden B.C (Kicking Horse, three hour drive), then back to Banff (2 hour drive) to catch the other three. Then you're only an hour's drive back to Calgary. It would work out perfectly, and you'd get to experience a variety of Canada's best mountains. With warning though, that's a lot of serious skiing to pack into 5 days!!!