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I've been looking at getting into big mountain skiing and heli-skiing. Any suggestions on what mountains to start on and where I should look to head in the next few years? Also, any suggestions on what gear i should look at using? I'm currently skiing on Scratch Sprayers
 
post #2 of 23
Welcome to Epic...IMHO, the biggest resort mountains are in Europe where some have 6+ K vertical.  Personally, I have only skied Chamonix, Les Arcs/La Plagne & Val d'Isere/Tignes, but there are others that would fit the bill including La Grave and a number of Swiss, Austrian & Italian resorts that I am not as familar with.  In N.A., Jackson Hole, Snowbird & Whistler would be considered big Mnt resort skiing by most and I have heard big things about Alaska...try using the search function to see what else you can come up with or add more details about yourself to try to get more response to your post.
post #3 of 23
If you're looking to go heli skiing, your best bet is British Columbia. Hands down, that's where the best heli ski companies are. Mike Weigele is a top notch company, and will definitely put you where you want to be.
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Yup British Columbia is the best for Heli-skiing that is for sure. There is a new place that i have been too it's up in Northern British Columbia. Very hi-end with amazing prices. It's cheaper then Weigeles and CMH they only have 10 to 12 people a week.
Check out Skeena Heli-skiing.
Regard equipment the ski I use is a Dynastar Legend 8000. It's 122 78 120 or there about, this ski floats and turns so easily. I found the Legend Pro to be too fat for me.

Good Luck one you heli ski you dont want to do anything else
post #5 of 23
 I think I would rather go AK than BC.  
post #6 of 23
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 I think I would rather go AK than BC

No dice.

BC=win

Kicking horse
VERTICAL: 
1,260 metres (4,133 feet)

Revelstoke
VERTICAL
5620 feet

No hiking or expensive choppers required.  all do-able with chairs.

BC FOR THE WIN.
post #7 of 23
 I meant for heli skiing.  I'd love to check out Revelstoke, Kicking Horse, and Sunshine for lift service.  I probably won't get much heli time until I become a guide.  I just can't afford it.
post #8 of 23
What does any of this have to do with Beginner zone.  Beginners don't ski the BC backcountry.
post #9 of 23
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No dice.

BC=win

Kicking horse
VERTICAL: 
1,260 metres (4,133 feet)

Revelstoke
VERTICAL
5620 feet

No hiking or expensive choppers required.  all do-able with chairs.

BC FOR THE WIN.

 
 

IF YOU KNOW.  How long a drive, Golden to Revelstoke.  Any reasonable lodging there.  thinking about Kick Horse and Revelstoke this year.   thanks   Pete
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What does any of this have to do with Beginner zone.  Beginners don't ski the BC backcountry.

Moved here to possibly get more coverage.  It isn't a beginner topic.
post #11 of 23
Pete,

Its about a 3 hour drive when rogers pass is good, from Golden to Revy.  You do need to keep an eye on weather conditions. 

For hotels and stuff, normally when we stay in Kicking horse we stay at the Hostel there.  Its a really nice little cabin, and for me, cheap is good for a place to stay, as I would rather spend the money on skiing.  For revy, i am not too sure where to stay as I have a friend who lives there.

But I will say that kicking horse is HIGHLY recommended. 
post #12 of 23
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Pete,

Its about a 3 hour drive when rogers pass is good, from Golden to Revy.  You do need to keep an eye on weather conditions. 

For hotels and stuff, normally when we stay in Kicking horse we stay at the Hostel there.  Its a really nice little cabin, and for me, cheap is good for a place to stay, as I would rather spend the money on skiing.  For revy, i am not too sure where to stay as I have a friend who lives there.

But I will say that kicking horse is HIGHLY recommended. 
 

Thanks,  we're skiing down here but only one resort has any decent coverage.   Like to make it up Hostel probably on net will take a look.   If you can or think of it a PM when it is worth driving to KH would be appreciated.  I am about 6 hours from Golden.  thanks  Pete
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Brett?
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Brett?

That was my first thought.  
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Kicking Horse Lodge has dorm rooms downstairs that are first class.  Much better than that rat hole hostel right next the train tracks in Golden!  I have stayed at both and now everytime I go Hut skiing in the Selkirks I stay at the Lodge and it really doesn't cost more than the hostel.

For Heli skiing: Canada, the interior ranges of BC (Monashees, Purcells, Selkirks,...), is the only place to go IMO.  Of coarse I like Powder skiing more than anything.  Alaska is steeper, yet you will be sitting around for days on end waiting for the weather to clear.  The only place worth mentioning in the lower 48 is the Ruby Mountains in Nevada, don't waste your money on any of the others.
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Kicking Horse Lodge has dorm rooms downstairs that are first class.  Much better than that rat hole hostel right next the train tracks in Golden!  I have stayed at both and now everytime I go Hut skiing in the Selkirks I stay at the Lodge and it really doesn't cost more than the hostel.

For Heli skiing: Canada, the interior ranges of BC (Monashees, Purcells, Selkirks,...), is the only place to go IMO.  Of coarse I like Powder skiing more than anything.  Alaska is steeper, yet you will be sitting around for days on end waiting for the weather to clear.  The only place worth mentioning in the lower 48 is the Ruby Mountains in Nevada, don't waste your money on any of the others.
  Could you possibly give me some more info on the dorms?   I looked up KH on web and can't find anything about dorm rooms anywhere.  Name of place, phone etc. anything to help me connect would be appreciated.   thanks Pete
post #17 of 23

Kicking Horse Lodge (Kicking Horse River Lodge is the offical name) is not part of the resort.  Just go to khrl.com they call the rooms "Shared Accommodation". 

post #18 of 23
Pete, i meant the lodge.  I just called it a hostel because I wasnt aware there was an actual hostel and it feels much like a nice hostel in europe.  But yes.  You now have 2 recommending the kicking horse lodge. 
post #19 of 23
thanks, will  check it out.
post #20 of 23
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Pete,

Its about a 3 hour drive when rogers pass is good, from Golden to Revy.  You do need to keep an eye on weather conditions. 

If the pass is GOOD?

It's only 150 km.....
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I'd love to check out Revelstoke, Kicking Horse, and Sunshine for lift service
 

 


 

Revelstoke and Kicking Horse yes.  Sunshine, don't waste your money.  It is an overcrowded, boring intermediate, at best, hill. 

Thanks Manchester81 for the correction of the distance from Golden to Revelstoke. 

I haven't skied Revi yet but KH is OK.  It has the usual issues of a ridge frount ski area like Fernie where the runs often end in funnels to get back to the lift.  The best secrete stashes of lift serviced hills in BC are places like Red Mountain, Silver Star, Sun Peaks depending on the snow coverage.  The best lift serviced side country skiing if you are willing do the drive and climb a little are Shames and Powder King.  Epic deeps on great terrain an easy skin up from the top of the lifts.  Shames is only open Thursday to Sunday which means Thursday morning can be amazing.  My last trip we hit 1.8 meters fresh dry snow falling between the lifts closing Sunday night and opening Thursday morning.  Enough said.
post #22 of 23
 Sunshine made the list because of the great time I had partying with some patrollers from there at an avalanche conference.  I also met some guys from Kicking Horse and Lookout.  The following year I drove past Lookout on my way to Fairy Meadows, but they were closed for the season as were Kicking Horse and Sunshine.
post #23 of 23
 +1 on Ruby Mountain Heliski - my backyard.  I ski these mountains regularly, and I've been up with the heliski guys several times.  They seriously know their stuff, the terrain's incredible, the snow's great, the scenery's off the hook.  It ain't cheap but you'll get your money's worth.
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