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If you had to choose...

post #1 of 16
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...between spending the 2008-2009 season at Fernie, Revelstoke, or Red Mt., which of these 3 would you choose and why? Please, although I can truly appreciate answers like "I'd spend it at Whistler/Blackcomb, Kicking Horse, Altabird, JH, Big Sky", etc., etc. those aren't options for me right now. Assume you have a season pass and a decent place to stay at your chosen resort. Thanks in advance...
post #2 of 16
If those are your three choices you are a lucky man. I'd pick Revelstoke for the mountain, the town, and the backcountry access. Plus Kicking Horse is right over the pass and close enough for a day skiing option.
post #3 of 16
"It's tough livin in america"
post #4 of 16
Whitewater? That's in that neighborhood,right
post #5 of 16
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I'd pick Revelstoke for the mountain, the town, and the backcountry access. Plus Kicking Horse is right over the pass and close enough for a day skiing option.
Thx. I was leaning more towards Rossland or Fernie over Revelstoke if the town were the main consideration, but having never visited any of these places, I was just basing my decisions on, well, hunches. I have to admit that with 6000 lift-served vertical feet next year, Rogers Pass just up the road, and Kicking Horse an easy day trip, I'm starting to get a little Revelstoked.

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Whitewater? That's in that neighborhood,right
Yeah. Big neighborhood, but yeah. Nelson is a very cool town, but I've got to pass on Whitewater for other reasons. Maybe a road trip or three is in the cards, though.
post #6 of 16
Rossland, Fernie and Nelson are all good towns. Golden by Kicking Horse was pretty much a logging and truck stop town on the Trans-Canadian Hwy before the ski area was built, and has a nice vibe but is really small and does not have much going on. Rossland has more of a normal working class feel, and Nelson is a more a hip resort town and probably the most fun, but Whitewater does not compare to the other ski areas. Revelstoke has always felt good to me, and I skied the new mountain for a few days this year and was really impressed. With Rogers Pass and KH within a couple of hours, and with an easy drive to Calgary on the T-C Hwy, Revelstoke would be my choice.
post #7 of 16
I would choose Revelstoke. Can hardly argue with 6000 vertical feet.
post #8 of 16
I don't think you'd regret choosing any one of the three, Gnarlito. Draw straws.
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I don't think you'd regret choosing any one of the three, Gnarlito. Draw straws.
Thanks, Nolo.
post #10 of 16
Didn't revelstoke just explode in size?
post #11 of 16
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Didn't revelstoke just explode in size?
Yes. From what I can glean, there used to be a small (1000 vertical feet) area outside of town called Powder Springs (paging Wallace Stegner...I love that name! They should have kept it...)

Powder Springs apparently has been subsumed by Revelstoke Mountain Resort, which opened this past season with about 4700 vertical feet. The verts are supposed to stretch out to something closer to 6000 next season. My "sources" (Wikipedia and the marketing fluff from the ski area) tell me that they're not too shabby in the total average snowfall category either -- 40 to 60 feet average annual snowfall, which is right up there in the same mythic or (dare I say?) Epic neighborhood currently occupied by the likes of Powder King, Shames Mountain and Mt. Baker.

If you google Revelstoke Mountain Resort and check out the photo maps of the area, it looks like the plan is to create the Mother of All Winter Playgrounds, with contiguous lift-served, cat-ski, and heli-permit areas.
post #12 of 16
I would in general choose Fernie. You have 2 other very good ski areas (Whitefish and Castle Mt.) within day commute distance, yet with somewhat different weather characteristics that might favor one when the others are not doing as well.

But I'd agree that Revelstoke in its formative stage before it "gets discovered" should be a powerful attraction in the short term. For those who do AT or tele it's probably the better option anyway because of Rogers' Pass.

Revelstoke's snowfall is probably in the 450 inch range on the upper 2,000 vertical. Like Kicking Horse, it will be a fraction of that (probably less than half) on the lower mountain.
post #13 of 16
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Revelstoke's snowfall is probably in the 450 inch range on the upper 2,000 vertical. Like Kicking Horse, it will be a fraction of that (probably less than half) on the lower mountain.
It should be noted that the extra 1,300 vert being added to Revelstoke Mt. (I believe next season) is going to be down below the base area. The new gondola bottom was already there this year. It looks to be a real estate addition and a way to resolve the parking problem but will not really add good additional skiing. That will happen when they put in a South Bowl lift in another year or two.

So you'll just have to satisfy yourself with 4,700 ft. of great skiing. The 3,000 ft. vert gondola rips an 8.2 min. trip, with a high speed quad going the rest of the way to the top, and a little hike after that if you want. The 6,000 vert goes almost down to the level of town and the river and won't be worth skiing most of the time, but with the rest of the moutain, plus 4,100 vert at Kicking Horse, you'll have plenty of lift access on and off area skiing.
post #14 of 16
Gnarlito,
cheers. I thought I had heard of a huge expansion with cat and heli outfits also going off. Apparently it's turning into quite the destination.
post #15 of 16
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Gnarlito,
cheers. I thought I had heard of a huge expansion with cat and heli outfits also going off. Apparently it's turning into quite the destination.
The company that is developing the mountain bought the old Powder Cat operation that was using the terrain directly above the old Powder Springs ski area, that is all now part of the new area with the cats operating off the edges and the old lift at the bottom. They also bought the Selkirk Tangiers Heli outfit that has been operating out of Revelstoke for many years.
post #16 of 16
I need go there
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