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Canada 19/20 travel advice

Discussion in 'Canada' started by brycedh, Jun 23, 2019.

  1. brycedh

    brycedh First Runs

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    Hi guys, been a long time lurker of this forum but now I have booked a substantial trip so I made an acc and need all the advice I can get!

    I've booked early for cheap prices so i'm going to Canada between nov 25th and 5th feb. Got all my flights, insurance and epic pass for $3000 AUD which is a steal in my opinion..

    My sister lives in Whistler at the moment so the plan is that i will spend 80/90% of the time in Whistler, no need for hire cars etc has she already has vehicle and accom.

    So really all i'm after is what other mountains should i explore that is included in the epic pass and around what time is best to go visit them?

    Cheers for your help!
     
  2. Sbooker

    Sbooker One of Us

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    Get a cheap flight from Seattle to Reno (get to Seattle by train). Spend a week in January around South Lake Tahoe to ski Heavenly and Kirkwood.
     
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  3. brycedh

    brycedh First Runs

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    I never thought of that, I was assuming you guys would reccomend the mountains in BC but i will look into that! Thanks mate, what about Washington or park city or Lake Tahoe is the best of them of all?
     
  4. sly_karma

    sly_karma Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    And have some turns at Stevens Pass before flying out of Seattle.
     
  5. MarzNC

    MarzNC One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Between Park City and Tahoe from Vancouver, go to Tahoe. I can't imagine flying to SLC and not skiing Alta or Snowbird. Heavenly and Kirkwood are very different styles of mountains. Heavenly is a huge resort while Kirkwood is more of a local's mountain for powder skiing. The view of Lake Tahoe from Heavenly is pretty neat. I think Park City would be a disappointment with so much time at W-B.

    Getting around Tahoe without a car is possible. Shuttle bus from Reno to South Tahoe. Note that Northstar is in North Tahoe. Wouldn't be worth the time on a bus for a day trip from South Tahoe. Pretty sure there are day buses from South Tahoe to Kirkwood. Lodging and eating out tends to be cheaper in South Tahoe because of the casinos.

    What type of terrain do you like best?
     
  6. Sbooker

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    I thought you were talking Epic pass hills. Or did you buy the Nth America Epic that has the Canadian Rockies on it?
     
  7. brycedh

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    The terrain I tend to ride is a bit of everything all mountain.. would like to go fast down groomers and get some carving and butters done then go for some more technical steeper stuff then finish up in the park. Of course when the powder comes it's tree riding i wish to try out, haven't had a chance to do that yet.
     
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  8. brycedh

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    I didn't buy the Australian Epic pass, I got the main Nth America Epic pass with Canadian Rockies attached to it. It also has Australian resorts 2020 season pass too which is neat.
     
  9. pedub

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    So it includes the RCR resorts??
    If so definitely kicking horse and fernie
    Bit far away from Whistler tho!!!
     
  10. brycedh

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    Yeah it's got Fernie, Kicking Horse, Kimberley, Stoneham, Nakiska and Monte-Sainte Anne included resort wise in canada. Only heard of Fernie and Kicking Horse in that list... Fernie is looking extremely attractive to me.
     
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    pedub One of Us

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    Fernie is great. Only thing is lower down the hill it can rain. The lift system is a little convoluted and some runs you need to go all the way down to the base. This can mean nice cold pow up top and slowly turns to a sticky mess as you get to the bottom.

    Kicking horse is like Fernie on steroids (I quote that from somebody on here :))
    Not as low altitude so less likely to rain but also I believe less snowfall

    I've also done Kimberley which is definitely a different vibe. Not as gnarly, more rolling hills type runs. Setup with lots of infrastructure but seems a little tired and empty, reminded me of some Japanese resorts.
     
  12. Crystal

    Crystal Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Absolutely...great description
     
  13. WickedPowder

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    Sounds like you should consider these 2 resorts.

    Kicking Horse - makes most mountains seam tame, low crowds, unbelievable terrain and back/slack country access. Tree skiing is good but it has a greater focus on Alpine, really if you like Steep Chutes there is no resort on the planet that compares IMO. Snow can be variable, it stays cold so the snow stays good but the volumes are stolen by the mountains on the other side of rogers pass.

    Revelstoke (my home) - Insane vertical, my home run is over 2000m from the peak down slack country to my backyard, crowds are growing so the lift lines can be large, however once up you can ski 1700 vertical m and hardly see another sole. Snow is awesome - tops ups of 10 to 15cm all through December, then stops in Jan and restarts in Feb, best time is mid to late December and early to Mid march if you are after deep days. Tree skiing is the best, no other resort I have seen or been to has glades the way Reve has, even the old timers have gladded many areas in the back country. The resort lacks alpine and only really has the North Bowl above the tree line, because the base of the resort is low it can get quite variable conditions and the base few hundred meters can become quite sticky however you can avoid that by downloading that section on those days. Groomers where good last year after the resort bought 3 more machines.
     
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    Unfortunately Reve is not on the Epic pass, so I would visit Fernie but focus your trip on Kicking Horse. If cash is not such an issue forget the pass and go Reve with some side trips to Kicking horse. Hope that helps.
     
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    Off to Canada in Feb 2020....22 days on the ground..Powder Highway, anti clockwise.

    From Calgary, into Bannf, then Golden , then Revelstoke ...then plan to head to Nelson and who knows from there ...Red, Whitewater, Fernie as a minimum, until we have to get on a plane home.

    Locked in a Mountain Collective Pass, so 7 Free days at LL (2), Sunshine (2) & Rev (3)

    Flights booked, Accom booked to day 13 (all can be cancelled within 48 hours), Insurance done, Car Hired...going to be some real fun.

    Any tips?
     
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  16. Sbooker

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    Canadians make good beer. Be sure to sample some of that along with the inevitable powder.
     
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    Crystal Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Have an awesome time
     
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    Beerman One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    1. If staying in Nelson, check out the Hume Hotel. My girls loved the rooms, and it's a cool town too.
    2. Read the driving in Canada thread, heaps of top info.
     
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  19. pedub

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    Unbelievable is the definitely the word


    I would try to lock in as little as possible!
    Did a similar trip and only locked in 1 week at Rev in advance.... and had a week of -25C and no snow! (Rev of all places... Mid Feb).
    If I did it all again I would book nothing in advance
    You can rock up at almost any small town motel and get rooms

    But if you have to lock in anywhere, make it Nelson :)
     
  20. MidLifeMadman

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    The accommodation booked is fully flexible within 48 hours of dates, via bookings.com, only complication is we hit Nelson on a long weekend... Have been told to lock in Banff and we have a cracking place in Revie.

    We've got plenty of options... once we hit Revie.

    Actually contemplating another route via Vernon, Kelowna, Rossland...then Nelson, last stop Fernie. Just got to be at Calgary International by 6.00pm Sat 22/2/20.
     
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  21. pedub

    pedub One of Us

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    I didn't create a thread but tacked on the end of another one with a bit of commentary from the trip
    Canada Road Trip next year Q's

    Yeah Nelson will be hectic on the long weekend. Whitewater carpark actually closed a couple of busy days. But still so good on the hill, such an awesome resort. Amazing tree skiing.
     
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    If you are in Reve make sure you pick up some Nasty Habit....its the local IPA and basically my diet.
     
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    Don't disagree, like any trip to the snow you never know.. I spent 4 weeks in salt lake city and got a total of 2 inches over the whole time I was there. Reve is a good bet, but yes last season was a particularly bad one, and we have had a few others. We only had 10m (998cm to be exact) of snow ;) fall on the mountain, as normally we get 12 to 14m, and we had very little down in the valley. There was a really cold dry patch toward the end of the season had us Ice skating on the lake which you normally cant do because the ice is too thin and the snow is too much to clear.