After receiving incredible advice from the ski forum family last year for our Zermatt/Val Disere trip, its time to reach out once more in hope for some wisdom for our 2019/2020 Canada Trip. Here are some current thoughts; Dates 29 Dec 2019 - 20th Jan 2020 1. Want to spend a week at Whistler, and from all reading on the forum, best we avoid the Xmas/NYE period to beat the crowds and higher pricing during this period. 2. Thinking of flying Melbourne straight to Calgary via Vancouver to spend 3-4 days around NYE in Banff or Lake Louise. Not fussed where we spend NYE, not locked on Banff, open to quieter options. 3. Taking on the advice of several forum threads, thinking best to have no locked in plans after Banff/Lake Louise and depending on snow conditions choose a resort on Powder Highway for the next 3-4 nights, and a second resort ( depending on conditions ) for the next 3-4 nights. 4. Finish off the trip in Whistler after the peak of NYE is over, before returning to Vancouver for flight back to Melbourne. A few other questions; 1. Any suggestions on passes (eg, Epic Pass etc) to cover the majority of places which are recommended 2. Given its early season, looking for suggestions of mountains which are typically good in early Jan. 3. Thinking Car Hire - keeping an open itinerary to travel on good weather days and ideally on weekends to avoid weekend crowds. If we have to spend a day commuting, may as well be on days when the mountains are likely to be more crowded. 4. Any first hand suggestions of great accomodation/places to consider, must do items for a trip at this time. BTW - both myself and girlfriend are Boarders at Intermediate/Advanced level. Thanks in advance...open to all suggestions.