Newbie to Canada (Advice)

swarmski

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Hi guys,

Me, mrs and the lil one (2 years) are looking at going to Canada for the snow season next year. Just wondering if you guys can help us out with a little bit of info?

Im an intermediate snowboarder, while the mrs is on the side of newbie/intermediate

1) Which resort/mountains would be best for us as a family?
2) How does Canada snow compare to Aus/NZ/Japan snow? I guess ive never really experienced much 'powder' and more wet slosh/ice here.
3) For accomodation, would it be best staying on the mountain, or is there places that offer transfers?
4) When is the best month to look at getting there?

Thanks heaps guys!
 

cqen2l

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Ask MS for advice on these resorts:
<span style="text-decoration: line-through">Whistler</span>
<span style="text-decoration: line-through">Banff</span>
<span style="text-decoration: line-through">Revelstoke</span>
<span style="text-decoration: line-through">Red</span>
<span style="text-decoration: line-through">Big White</span>
<span style="text-decoration: line-through">Fernie</span>
<span style="text-decoration: line-through">Kicking Horse</span>
Sun Peaks
 

blowfin

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1) Which resort/mountains would be best for us as a family?

Others on here probably have a better idea of family friendly facilities but, really any of the well known resorts should be adequate.

2) How does Canada snow compare to Aus/NZ/Japan snow? I guess ive never really experienced much 'powder' and more wet slosh/ice here.

Way better than Aus/NZ, on par with Japan depending on the season. Maybe not as much snow inland as some of the northern Japanese resorts.

3) For accomodation, would it be best staying on the mountain, or is there places that offer transfers?

Stay on the mountain, there's not much reason to add the extra overhead of getting to the hill every day if you're travelling such a long distance to get there in the first place.

4) When is the best month to look at getting there?

Coastal resorts like whistler you can generally get away with going as early as December, if you plan to be a fair way inland I'd suggest going in February as a general rule of thumb. This is just due to the quantity of snow that makes it inland during the early season, it takes a longer time to get a decent base away from the coast.
 
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depending on your tastes, budget and time of year, on-snow accommodation in Canada is very affordable and tends to be world's cheaper than what you might be used to in australia.

have a cruise around this website to give you a feel for accommodation on offer

http://www.alluradirect.com
 
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BilbyBill

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1) Which resort/mountains would be best for us as a family?

My picks would be Sun Peaks, Big White, Silver Star.

2) How does Canada snow compare to Aus/NZ/Japan snow? I guess ive never really experienced much 'powder' and more wet slosh/ice here.

Its completely different stuff from what you get here dry and light. You will be depressed at the thought of skiing in Aust. after a trip to Canada.

3) For accomodation, would it be best staying on the mountain, or is there places that offer transfers?

Definitely stay on Mountain. I wont cost any more and you will only have to walk 100m or so to the nearest lift.

4) When is the best month to look at getting there?

February March unless you are locked into school holidays only. Weekends to avoid if you can are Presidents WE and Family WE as they can be fairly crowded. The rest of the time it will seem like you have the place to yourself.

The photos in the Sun Peaks thread will give you a good idea of what to expect.
 
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swarmski said:
.... Me, mrs and the lil one (2 years) are looking at going to Canada for the snow season next year....
hi swarmski. Is the intention to go for the whole season, i.e. four months, or a shorter time during the season?
 
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swarmski

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Thanks guys for your input!

To answer the question on how much time. Probably looking at 2 weeks at the moment....but im guessing you guys are going to convince me to stay longer? :p
 

main street

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cqen2l said:
Ask MS for advice on these resorts:
<span style="text-decoration: line-through">Whistler</span>
<span style="text-decoration: line-through">Banff</span>
<span style="text-decoration: line-through">Revelstoke</span>
<span style="text-decoration: line-through">Red</span>
<span style="text-decoration: line-through">Big White</span>
<span style="text-decoration: line-through">Fernie</span>
<span style="text-decoration: line-through">Kicking Horse</span>
Sun Peaks

Oi !!

Bash it up your ass !!
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Oh,.... you forgot Apex.

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BilbyBill said:
1) Which resort/mountains would be best for us as a family?

My picks would be Sun Peaks, Big White, Silver Star.

2) How does Canada snow compare to Aus/NZ/Japan snow? I guess ive never really experienced much 'powder' and more wet slosh/ice here.

Its completely different stuff from what you get here dry and light. You will be depressed at the thought of skiing in Aust. after a trip to Canada.

3) For accomodation, would it be best staying on the mountain, or is there places that offer transfers?

Definitely stay on Mountain. I wont cost any more and you will only have to walk 100m or so to the nearest lift.

4) When is the best month to look at getting there?

February March unless you are locked into school holidays only. Weekends to avoid if you can are Presidents WE and Family WE as they can be fairly crowded. The rest of the time it will seem like you have the place to yourself.

The photos in the Sun Peaks thread will give you a good idea of what to expect.

What he said ^^^
 
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I would recommend Big white - great family resort - good on snow accommodation. Best to stay at a place with on snow accommodation - so much easier with a little one than having to get on a bus with skis and baby. Much easier for you to meet up with one another in case one has to stay with baby while the other one skis. Any time after the first week of jan is recommended - but as you have a little one who is not in school - then go after the aussies have all had to leave to make the new school year in Aus - so after 26 jan.
 

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I would recommend Big White, Sunpeaks, Silverstar, Fernie in no particular order. We have skied them all and have 2 kids. Any of them will be fine for you.
 

sircrackerjc

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Hi all,
Sorry to jump onto someone else's thread but in a similar situation. (minus the kids)

Heading to Canada Feb 2-23ish 2014 with an ever growing group.
We range from high intermediate with an increasing park orientation to low intermediate-just starting to enjoy tackling blue runs, think whitestar express at cardies and blue ribbon at Hotham.

The plan at this stage is to split 18-20 days between Silver Star and Big White (friend doing season at BW)
wanting to stay on snow in something self contained and board/ski 8ish days at each.

Questions are; are the mountains big enough to spend 8 days and not venture onto too much tricky black stuff?
Terrain park quality and size?
Will getting a transfer from one to the other be very difficult?
Are we better off just spending the whole time at Whistler and lessening the travel? with less crowds being better of course.

I thank your great minds in advance.
 

main street

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Mt Hotham = 3 square kilometers,.... Longest run = 2.6 klm

Big White = 11 square kilometers,.... Longest run = 7.6 klm.

The math is right there.

I assume you've looked at both the BW &amp; SS websites &amp; trail maps ?
 

sircrackerjc

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Yeah looked at the trail maps and stuff but that really puts it into perspective as could only find lift lengths not run lengths..
Cheers, just wanting to know we are booking the right thing.
 

main street

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You'd have a great time no matter where you went in either BC or Alberta.

BC has more &quot;on snow&quot; options at the big resorts though.

Your group may find SS a bit of a challenge too.
 

Schnaxxy Schnaxxlburger

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What about learning to ski powder?
Tentatively planning a Canada trip and I'm wondering whether to factor in some lessons.
I've skied in Italy and Québec but all on fairly hard-packed snow.
 

main street

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person s said:
What about learning to ski powder?
Tentatively planning a Canada trip and I'm wondering whether to factor in some lessons.
I've skied in Italy and Québec but all on fairly hard-packed snow.


That could come down to what time of the year you want to travel.

January will get you the best chance for consistent powder.

Got a &quot;short list&quot; of potential places ?
 
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main street

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Then,..... There are days like this.....



I was skiing Apex that day,.... in conditions almost as epic.
 
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Schnaxxy Schnaxxlburger

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main street said:
person s said:
What about learning to ski powder?
Tentatively planning a Canada trip and I'm wondering whether to factor in some lessons.
I've skied in Italy and Québec but all on fairly hard-packed snow.
That could come down to what time of the year you want to travel.
January will get you the best chance for consistent powder.
Got a &quot;short list&quot; of potential places ?
not at all - still early stage, but Jan most likely
have non-skiing spouse, prob also going to Hawaii en route
 
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sircrackerjc

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Would the best way of getting from Vancouver to Silver Star or Big White be the flight from Kelowna then a bus of some sort? Or to just to bus all the way?

Cheers
 

main street

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I'd prefer the flight option,.... But if it's a cracking day you'll love the scenery across the Coqahalla on the bus.

Coin toss.
 

sircrackerjc

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main street said:
I'd prefer the flight option,.... But if it's a cracking day you'll love the scenery across the Coqahalla on the bus.

Coin toss.

Thanks,
Is there such a thing as a bus from YVR airport to the top of SS of BW?
Apologies for all the questions, beginning the booking process.
 
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main street

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No,..... You'll need to get into Kelowna &amp; then catch a shuttle up to the resort.

From a logistics perspective, it's far simpler to fly &amp; have the shuttle pick you up at the airport.
 

sircrackerjc

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main street said:
No,..... You'll need to get into Kelowna &amp; then catch a shuttle up to the resort.

From a logistics perspective, it's far simpler to fly &amp; have the shuttle pick you up at the airport.

Thanks a bunch
 
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Bw shuttle also picks up from greyhound station in kelowna. For me it would come down to how much gear i had sitting under the bus and how many stops the greyhound makes. Flying has always been our choice even when we are staying in kelowna for a couple days. Accom and flights more expensive between xmas and 2 jan.
 

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From my experience you're also less likely to run into the 'greyhound crazies' heading east. It's rare to be on a greyhound and not have one slightly unbalanced person on the bus! Though at least you will have someone sitting next to you :)
 
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