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Wife and I went to Nelson BC to play tourist and play some golf, some pictures:

 

 

 

 

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On way to Nelson had to stop at Whitewater and check out as I have never skied there.  Still snow up in the cirque as you can see.   Date July 17th.  Talked to some workers and they said a new company bought Whitewater and was putting in a new lift on the right of picture and down the hill some.  As you can see there is a lift going left and there's on the the right also. Looks like some really good powder skiing. 

 

 

IMG_0579.JPG  Waiting for Osprey Ferry to take us across KOOTENAY Lake from Nelson to golf  at Kokanee Springs resort on E side of lake.  Pretty ride about 35 minutes, and free.

 

 

 

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Nice buck laying in the shade on the 14th hole, good early rack in velvet still.  Didn't want to get any closer and scare off.

 

 

 

 

IMG_0599.JPG One of many wood carving on the golf course between fairways.  This is the only one I c ould get some sun on, theres deer, bears, racoons, fish, rams, coyotes all carved in special places.  Sort of cool.   Kokanee Springs is a really nich course, very challenging, very well maintained and pretty tough greens if you don't know where to hit approach shot.  Can't tell you what I shot too embarrassing.  Good time in Nelson.

 

Gotta go ski whitewater this year.

post #2 of 12

Sweet pics Pete. It looks great up there!

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Whitewater ROCKS!!!  Reminds me of the Basin but with MUCH better terrain and snow.  I've got to get back there.....I was slaying pow on a Sunday afternoon at 2 in high season there....and it was everywhere.....and from the night before!

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I've never skied Whitewater but plan to this year. The new chair (IIRC bought used from Vail) will access some of the former area that if skied, you needed to hitch hike or have a car stashed to get back to the base area.

 

If you ignore the wet, rainy coastal resorts and really remote resorts, then Whitewater gets the most snow in Canada.

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Skied Whitewater first in 85?  It was for sale at the time for (I think) $1mil Canadian.  Just couldn't talk the wife into it.  Any takers today at that #?

 

Always reminded me of Alta in a simpler time.  Would not be surprised if Heaven looked a lot like Whitewater; as if I'll ever find out  .

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Skied Whitewater first in 85?  It was for sale at the time for (I think) $1mil Canadian.  Just couldn't talk the wife into it.  Any takers today at that #?

 

Always reminded me of Alta in a simpler time.  Would not be surprised if Heaven looked a lot like Whitewater; as if I'll ever find out  .

 

 

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Skied Whitewater first in 85?  It was for sale at the time for (I think) $1mil Canadian.  Just couldn't talk the wife into it.  Any takers today at that #?

 

Always reminded me of Alta in a simpler time.  Would not be surprised if Heaven looked a lot like Whitewater; as if I'll ever find out  .


How about we do it this year, Red and Whitewater.
 

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How about we do it this year, Red and Whitewater.
 


Game on! 

 

The weather folks are saying cold and snowy this winter in our part of the world.  That sounds like a really good idea Pete.
 

post #9 of 12

I live here, but since I'm fairly new to BC, I don't think I've logged more than 300 days at Whitewater, so I don't know all the secret stashes yet.

 

Whitewater changed hands two years ago. I don't know the sale price. Since then, the new owners have made some relatively minor upgrades, including some nice improvements to the day lodge.

 

They are indeed installing a new lift this summer/fall into an area that was formerly out of bounds and required hitchiking or shuttle to return to the base. The new lift will improve the lift-served vertical drop to just over 2,000 ft and increase the lift-served terrain to something on the order of 1,500 acres. I think. The lift was acquired from Vail and is a fixed-grip triple. The two existing chairs are vintage center-pole doubles.

 

Some of the new terrain will be designated intermediate (they know who the vast majority of skiers are), but they are removing a lot of trees to make some areas skiable by intermediates. With the trees as they were, a skill level higher than the usual intermediate was generally required.

 

Other areas will be steeper and/or have more trees left.

 

The new lift will relieve some of the pressure (such as it is at Whitewater) on places like Catch Basin and Sprouler's at the expense of putting more skiers on the former Backside, which in the past could normally be expected to stay soft for quite some time.

 

Note also that at Whitewater, you have to earn some of your turns even if you ride the lift. There are some substantial traverses required to reach some of the best terrain. I mean, how do you think they service 1,500 acres with only three lifts?

 

Whitewater does not have any snowmaking and usually opens the first or second weekend in December on limited terrain. Even so, it's common to have good coverage and a powder day or three by January 1.

 

Actually, Whitewater reminds me of Berthoud Pass even more than A-Basin. And despite the title of this thread, there is no golf up at Whitewater.

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Mr. Cooley, will difinitely try to connect when come up to Whitewater.   Long traverses and some hiking is OK do that down here a lot.

post #11 of 12

Hope they haven't changed the food at the base lodge. Best lodge food anywhere. Better even than here.

post #12 of 12

They change periodically, but the influence of Shelly Adams is still present, and most of the Whitewater classics (also in Shelly's cookbooks, available at the area) are still on the menu, at least as of last season.

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