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post #1 of 13
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Hey Guys,

 

I live in Ontario and I'm planning on a ski trip mid to late December to the Western part of Canada...(I've heard that there wouldn't be much snow in the East such as Mont Tremblant in December)

 

Can you guys please recommend close (as in closest distance to Ontario) ski resorts in Alberta (Rockies)????

 

Would there be enough snow in the west by mid December?

I'm hoping for a nice ski resort with a descent price and the i guess inn-type lodging with an average cost such as best western or comfort inn,,,

 

And...

Would an 76 waist length be good for all mountain skiing in the west or an 80 waist??

 

PS. I'm an average advanced skier.

 

Any comments appreciated

Thanks :)

post #2 of 13

There's really only one ski resort on the eastern side of Alberta (and thus not in the Rockies) called Hidden Valley.  Aside from that one, you have to cross Alberta to get to the Rockies, and if you're doing that, then my recommendation would be to stay in Banff and ski Norquay and Lake Louise.   And you might as well hop across the border and ski Kicking Horse in BC as well ... incredible skiing there.

 

LL already has 4 runs open, KH opens 10 December.

post #3 of 13

Banff area is usually decent by then (Sunshine and Lake Louise). Whistler will probably have more snow, but also be more expensive.

 

76mm vs 80mm ski? There is zero practical difference there unless you are an elite racer (assuming same length, stiffness and sidecut).

post #4 of 13
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......LL already has 4 runs open, KH opens 10 December.


 

As of right now, you may as well be skiing in Ontario. The 4 runs open at the Lake are just long versions of Blue Mountain. Supposed to be getting more snow this week, but it's been a slow november this year. I'm sure things should be better by the time you're planning on coming out.

 

Oh yeah, and if Kicking Horse has an opener anything like last year, I just may be feeling a little, cough cough, 'under the weather' that friday....

post #5 of 13

I suggest you look no further than Revelstoke. The place is truly amazing. There should be enough snow there by late December to make it a memorable and worthwhile ski trip.

post #6 of 13

If you're coming before Christmas week, Whistler has far and away the best odds for snow.  My usual advice is to avoid Christmas week itself unless you are price insensitive.

post #7 of 13

As long you're not coming at Xmas and there is no Pinapple Express (unlikely this La Nina year)

I agree with Tony Crocker that Whistler is probably your best bet. Easy airport transfers, something for everybody, cheapish packages.

Regarding skis - I have many Ontario friends and they have trouble understanding that skiing in the West is practically a different sport. Of course I'm exaggerating but out here 100 mm is only considered mid fat and is quite normal. The way the season is shaping up I suggest you bring your skinny skis as back up but rent something more appropriate and way more fun when you get here.

If you're coming all this way and spending all that $ to be here for a limited period of time why not??

post #8 of 13

Why do you want as close to Ontario as you can? Are you thinking of driving? If so, unless you're in Thunder Bay, it's probably a bad idea. Or at least make sure you know just how far it is! I've driven it, and while it's a nice trip, it's easily 30 hrs to Calgary and 40 to the interior of BC.

 

If you're flying, take a look at deals. It is probably cheapest to get to Calgary, but you may find good rates to Van or Kelowna. I'm not sure what it's like this year so far, but I recall the Okanagan gets pretty nice snow in December. 

 

I also think you're not going to find what you're looking for in terms of cheap motels. Possibly around Kicking Horse. But I could be wrong!

 

Elsbeth

post #9 of 13

Troll..... HAS to be, read the guys other threads......

post #10 of 13

It sounds to me you are really don't know Western skiing.  Given you are likely use to harder shorter runs, I would recommend a resort with good grooming.  Nakiska, Panorama & Whitefish in N. Montana.  They all have long well groomed runs with the opportunity to get beyond the piste when you are ready.  I believe you will find all of them to be satisfactory with each offering a lot a variation.  They all offer the opportunity to challenge & grow your skills without being thrown into the deep end.  If you want to jump into the deep end - try Castle Mountain in Alberta but be advised it is a true sink or swim mountain and it is not for the dabbler.  Bottom line - I think it is best to start big mountain skiing on controlled terrain & work your way up as you become more comfortable.

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Originally Posted by evaino View Post

Why do you want as close to Ontario as you can? Are you thinking of driving? If so, unless you're in Thunder Bay, it's probably a bad idea. Or at least make sure you know just how far it is! I've driven it, and while it's a nice trip, it's easily 30 hrs to Calgary and 40 to the interior of BC.

 

If you're flying, take a look at deals. It is probably cheapest to get to Calgary, but you may find good rates to Van or Kelowna. I'm not sure what it's like this year so far, but I recall the Okanagan gets pretty nice snow in December. 

 

I also think you're not going to find what you're looking for in terms of cheap motels. Possibly around Kicking Horse. But I could be wrong!

 

Elsbeth



The snow is great so far in the Canadian Rockies - Fernie has had 7 feet with a 3 1/2 foot base.  Castle, AB, which opens this week is also looking good.

post #12 of 13

 

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   Aside from that one, you have to cross Alberta to get to the Rockies, and if you're doing that, then my recommendation would be to stay in Banff and ski Norquay and Lake Louise.    

 

 

WTF......Norquay, really? Don't waste your time at Norquay it's the shittiest hill around here. Mid Dec go to Kicking Horse, or perhaps Sunshine if we get more snow by then. Revy might be another good option. Lake Louise is another good one, but they need a bunch more snow. It's a really shitty early season here right now, but by mid December it might look totally different.

post #13 of 13

Sunshine is pretty bony right now with "Warning Marginal Skiing" signs as you get off most of the lifts. Unless we get some more dumps quickly I'd suggest going deeper into BC.

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