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I thought that you hadn't skied Fernie...
I haven't, Big Mountain just has more expert terrain than mostly everyone thinks. i know people who have skied Fernie for years, and they agree with me. Fernies terrain is easier to access, but it certainly isnt miles better than Big Mountain. You just have to find it here.
Castle has great sustained fall lines....but it isn't a super steep hill. An upper indermediate can enjoy most of the mountain. A strong skier should be able to handle all of the inbounds stuff (apart from a couple of cliffs etc).
I personally think that Fernie, Red, Revy, Louise, Sunshine and Kicking Horse have more of the really high end steep terrain. I would describe Castle, Red, and KH as predominately steep though.
I grew up skiing Castle, now living in Revy. If the snow is good at Castle, it is the place you want to be. No lift lines, amazing terrain, and great people. They opened up a second mountain a few years ago, and its now what I would describe as an all round ski hill (not a resort, they still lack cell phone coverage, and a major hotel). Amazing expert terrain on the main hill, paired with flowy and fast green and blue groomers on the new mount Haig.
Just avoid the windy days :)
If it were my family I'd take them to Fernie. Red, Castle, Whitewater, Revy, KH all have their limits as far as families are concerned, in my view. And I would keep the driving to a minimum; I'm not a big fan of multiple-resort trips unless you have more than 10 days or so to ski, or you've been to one of the resorts before. I've never been to Whitefish, but want to go.