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Need Motel Recommendations for British Columbia Ski Areas

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
 I am starting to plan a trip to ski BC in late January 2010. I would like to keep my lodging costs down. I will not be able to afford the newer hotels at base areas. I am more interested in small owner operated motels with local flavor.

I am open to hotel/motel recommendations for any BC ski area. I will decide on the areas to ski once I am on the road and know the snow conditions.

Thanks for your help.
post #2 of 10
Silver Star is a favorite of mine and it is really easy to get lodging there.  You can't get it at the base area in a motel but the town of Vernon is only 12 miles (20 K) away and there are lots of empty rooms in the winter time.  There is a lot of summer traffic there so there are lots of rooms in town but in the winter the places are nearly empty and many are not even open.  Just drive up and get a room.  I don't remember any names, but you don't need a reservation.

It would be difficult to get cheap lodging close to Sun Peaks because it's a bit of a drive from the nearest town, Kamloops.

Big White is in a similar situation.  There is little to nothing of the cheap variety near the mountain, you have to go all the way to Kelowna which is a bit of a haul.

There is nothing cheap at Whistler except the hostel, which I have never stayed at and can't tell you anything about.
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
 Posaune,

The terrain at Silver Star looks very promising. I will start my list with your help. Thanks
post #4 of 10
The Griz Inn at Fernie is a classic.

http://www.grizinn.com/
post #5 of 10
Mary's in Golden.  Asked to be in the "new wing."
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by mia1220 View Post

 Posaune,

The terrain at Silver Star looks very promising. I will start my list with your help. Thanks
If you have not already read my review, you can find it in "Gear, Resorts, and More" at the top of this page.  There aren't many Canadian reviews, unfortunately.
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
 Posaune,

I liked the review. It looks like Silver Star will be a great mountain to explore. I am looking forward to the scenic drives while I connect the different mountains. After my trip I will try to add some more Canadian reviews.
post #8 of 10
What ammenities are you looking for? There are a lot of inexpensive motels, but if you want wireless internet and/or a hot tub (two of my must haves) it would be good to know. Here's a few that I've found to be ok. Revelstoke--Monashee Lodge, Rossland--Rossland Motel, Golden--Sportsman Lodge, Fernie--Stanford Inn. Keep in mind that Canadian motels tend to be pricier than comparable US ones.

You can actually get a studio in the Whitefoot Lodge at Big White for $70 per night (plus tax). That's not a bad deal and beats on hill accommodation at just about any of the other sites.
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
 As far as amenities, I can go without Internet and a hot tub.

I am fine with older motels. My main goal is to find a place that is well maintained. A clean, warm room at a budget price would be my goal.
Is it possible to find clean rooms for $65US? If this is hard to come by in the towns near BC ski areas, then I would increase my lodging budget.

Now, if people think for $80US I can get WiFi, hot tub, & a continental breakfast then I would consider these motels.
post #10 of 10
Ray Lynn Motel, Trail (just down hill from Red Mountain, nice Chinese family)

Alpine Inn, Revelstoke (ditto although room heating can be a bit shonky)

Silver Star Motel on main drag in Vernon
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