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The Top 5 Powder Resorts In Canada

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Here's a blog post on the top 5 powder resorts in Canada.

It is judged on:
  • Who gets the most snow
  • Who has the most fresh lines (i.e. the least people)
We've got Whistler at 4 and White Water at 2.

What do you think?
post #2 of 17
You probably have powder king up there....shames as well. I haven't skied the north though, so I wouldn't really be able to say.

my favorites (for hills i have skied):

Whitewater
Fernie
Castle
Red
Kicking Horse

i guess we have simmilair taste
post #3 of 17
I'd think Whitewater and Powder King way ahead of the others, no?
post #4 of 17
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I'd think Whitewater and Powder King way ahead of the others, no?
For snowfall + low density, perhaps, but in-bounds these are fairly small areas, as are Shames and Smithers. If you do sidecountry, road-shuttles, etc. they are much more attractive.

For in-bounds Castle is the best I've experienced personally http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boa...pic.php?t=6384. Note the lack of other skiers in the pictures. Fernie, Red and Kicking Horse are good though. The new area at Revelstoke will be worthy of consideration soon if not already. I hope to check it out next season.
post #5 of 17

Powder King

Would you all please tell me about Powder King! I've seen it for years and kinda understand there is not much in frills(sweet!). Can you give me all the good and bad. What is the mountain like,etc. Thanks
post #6 of 17
Fernie does get lots of snow but the terrain isn't that great.... I dont agree with being # 1...... Whistler get's track out fairely quick but if you know the mountain well you can get fresh lines even the day after a dump and avoid lift lines........ (this year was epic because of snow quality) light and dry.....:
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by Whistlerpow View Post
Whistler get's track out fairely quick but if you know the mountain well you can get fresh lines even the day after a dump and avoid lift lines.
I'd be happy just to figure out how to avoid the lift lines there, even if it means I don't get fresh lines.
post #8 of 17

BC Powder

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Originally Posted by NONSTOP View Post
Here's a blog post on the top 5 powder resorts in Canada.

It is judged on:
  • Who gets the most snow
  • Who has the most fresh lines (i.e. the least people)
We've got Whistler at 4 and White Water at 2.

What do you think?
Been to Red 3 times, no powder, no good snow, lots of fog and lots of wet rain.

Whitewater, one day excellent. But I didn't know where to go and suffered because of that.

Fernie, Skied 2 days 4-6 " in trees, Newfydog show us around, big plus. Got some good powder runs off T Bar and trees in Lizard Bowl.

Can't comment of Whistler been there once for 4 consecutively days of skiing and no new snow.

Will your Blog be a good place to go in early part of season and later for snow conditions etc.?
post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 

The Top 5 Powder Resorts In Canada

Really enjoyed reading your comments, is always interesting to see which resorts people enjoy the most.

In terms of our blog and snow conditions in Canada you are right in assuming it will be a good place to go. We also have another website called NONSTOP Canada which has webcams, snowreports and weather forecasts for Whistler, Fernie, Red Mountain and all three resorts in Banff. The website also lists the best places to stay, eat, buy kit and generally hang out; it's designed as an insiders guide to Canada.

Hope you enjoy!
post #10 of 17
maybe somewhere to deduct points for rain days, and fog days?

maybe add some points for longer seasons (will get more total powder days, just not as many per month)
post #11 of 17
Having spent the last three winters skiing at Fernie, and doing a season and a half of volunteer patrol I saw a fair bit of the place.

It is a good powder hill, but not epic. The downsides:

Late opening and early closing

Horrific Avalanche situation. It is often days after a good dump to get the mountain open. This saves some powder, but also packs everyone into a small area. You can't really know when the goods are available without a patrol radio at the house. Don't poach at Fernie, we're talking serious stuff.

Fickle weather. With a base elevation of 3500' it can turn to rain anytime.

Less than ideal trees: The many of the trees are too close to ski (as in eight inches apart) Many of the open areas are full of alder bushes.

In an average season at Mt. Bachelor I'll log about twice as many powder turns as at Fernie. Too bad so much of Bachelor is so flat, Fernie wins hands down for steeps.
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by newfydog View Post

In an average season at Mt. Bachelor I'll log about twice as many powder turns as at Fernie.
I should really give Bachelor a second chance. I was rained on the only time i visited and the chairs accessing more interesting terrain weren't running. My sister lives in bend though. Maybe I will visit next season.
post #13 of 17
Interesting points, which make me wonder whether there is the perfect Canada resort. I've also heard that Kicking Horse, despite its attractions, is not ideal. Guess we just have to wait to see how Revelstoke pans out. Anyone have any comments on Big White or Castle?
post #14 of 17
Big White has good snow. i think it gets less than fernie though.

It seems to get a lot of fog (big white-out) and lacks expert terrain.

Castle has steep, long fall-line runs. It tends to get less snow than fernie but the snow seems to be of better quality on the Alberta side of the divide. Unfortunately it is relatively small, gets a lot of wind (causing the upper lift to close more frequently than i would like), and the lift system can get overwhelmed on a busy weekend.

Overall though, I really like castle. I am planning on moving to southern alberta in the fall and Castle will be my home mountain.
post #15 of 17
My Favourites for powder in BC are

Revelstoke (best of everything)
Red Mountain (best steep tree skiing)
Fernie (spent one awesome winter there, wicked pow)
Apex (my home hill and some super steep tree skiing and no crowds)
Mt Baldy (hit big pow thursday after a Tue Wed closure)
Kicking Horse (gnarliest terrain)
Lake Louise (a Canadian classic, ive never had a big powder day here)

Others I've visited
Whistler Blackcomb (the biggest, the best, the busiest, and gets skied out super fast)
Silver Star (Putnam creek area is alright, best family resort)
Big White (I've had some great days here but intermediates definately hate the fog)
Sun Peaks (groomers)
Sunshine Village (but never skied the 2 newer areas that are supposed to be great)
Norquay

Ones I Want to hit
Castle
Whitewater
Mt Washington (Vancouver Island)
Shames
Smithers (HBC)
Powder King
post #16 of 17
bit of a left field one but i the my best canadian powder days have all been spent at taynton bowl in panorama - still loads of powder stashes days after - possibly because it markets itself as a family resort so not many "hardcore" skiers. Kicking horse whilst good terrain has infuriating lift set up. Silver star was pretty cool, lake louise was great fun.
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by haveanicedave2000 View Post
My Favourites for powder in BC are

Revelstoke (best of everything)
Red Mountain (best steep tree skiing)
Fernie (spent one awesome winter there, wicked pow)
Apex (my home hill and some super steep tree skiing and no crowds)
Mt Baldy (hit big pow thursday after a Tue Wed closure)
Kicking Horse (gnarliest terrain)
Lake Louise (a Canadian classic, ive never had a big powder day here)

Others I've visited
Whistler Blackcomb (the biggest, the best, the busiest, and gets skied out super fast)
Silver Star (Putnam creek area is alright, best family resort)
Big White (I've had some great days here but intermediates definately hate the fog)
Sun Peaks (groomers)
Sunshine Village (but never skied the 2 newer areas that are supposed to be great)
Norquay

Ones I Want to hit
Castle
Whitewater
Mt Washington (Vancouver Island)
Shames
Smithers (HBC)
Powder King

Yeah I would add
Whitewater
Fernie
Kicking Horse
Red Mountain
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