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Revelstoke, Lake Louise and Sunshine

Discussion in 'Canada' started by chicski, May 11, 2019.

  1. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    how would I travel between these 3? I’ve got 10 days in Whistler using the Epic pass and am considering the MC pass for my next week rather than Epic US resorts.

    I’d need to get from Whistler, then 2 days at each, with potentially a third day at one. I was thinking base myself at Revelstoke for 4 nights, with 3 days skiing then Banff? For the 4 days at LL and Sunshine.

    Best place to fly into? Can I transfer without a car? I’m travelling solo so car hire isn’t usually the most economical option.

    Cheers
     
  2. Doonks

    Doonks Let's cook! Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Done it. Easiest is fly Van - Calgary. Hire a car and go. I'd say drive to Revelstoke first and then work your way back. You'll do LL & Sunshine out of Banff, and then drive back to Calgary. Can fly home from there
     
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  3. Doonks

    Doonks Let's cook! Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    We transferred Cal to Banff, but not sure beyond that
     
  4. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    Fly into Calgary. There are a gazillion shuttles up to Banff, and a gazillion shuttles between Banff and LL and Sunshine.

    Banff, Lake Louise and Revelstoke are all on Hwy 1 - the main drag across Canada.I'm not sure if anyone has stepped in to replace Greyhound but if anywhere has buses it is Hwy 1.
     
  5. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    These people claim to do Banff to Revelstoke. No personal knowledge.
     
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  6. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    The only risk with that plan is weather on the roads.

    We got "stuck" for two unplanned days in Banff due to road closures and completely missed our stay in Revelstoke.

    If chickski's agenda is for 10 days, I wouldn't want to be spending too much of that driving/potentially waiting
     
  7. cookieman

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    Hire a car if revelstoke included.
     
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  8. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I leave Whistler Jan 30 and need to be in SFO Feb 9th for an evening flight home. Was planning on spending the 8th in SFO for some touristing and a buffer. So 9 days available for skiing, and 7 days included on the MC pass. Gives some time for transfers.

    How’s the roads in Feb?
     
  9. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    Unpredictable.
     
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  10. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    As Legs said.

    Have a look at your planned itinerary, and see if you can afford to lose a day or more. You don't want to push yourself because you think you will miss a booking otherwise.

    Your biggest exposure will be over Rogers Pass between Revelstoke and Lake Louise and they shut the roads on us for the 2 days for avalanche controlm and then shut it again immediately after we went through for a bit more
     
  11. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    So if I go to Revelstoke first and get stuck, I’ll still have time to get back for my flight if not some ski days. And could buy 50% tix at Revelstoke.
     
  12. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    but what if you go to LL/Banff afterwards, and then can't get back?.

    Just make sure you watch the weather and then adjust your plans accordingly. You might lose a day's prepaid accommodation, but that's no biggie

    If you are planning on staying there, this place is supurb

    https://www.ski.com.au/xf/threads/revelstoke-accommodation.83514/
     
  13. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Can’t get back to where? Calgary? Then I miss flights home which is where travel insurance comes in.

    Looks nice but a bit big for little me. I’ll be in motel rooms or studios. Which I’m guessing I could leave and book a few days out?
     
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  14. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Any reason why I wouldn’t fly into Kelowna and out of Calgary? Have found one way car hire for around $600 for 9 days.
     
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    Doonks Let's cook! Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    No. Sounds good
     
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    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    More questions....

    Calgary to SFO, Delta, Alaskan or AC (guessing 3rd choice)?
     
  17. KneeDeep

    KneeDeep One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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  18. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    They look to codeshare with Delta with a stop in Seattle. I was putting Delta as first choice. Thanks.
     
  19. absentskier

    absentskier Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    No way I’d fly to SFO via Seattle when you can fly direct.
     
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    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Alaska Airlines has 3 or 4 flights a day Seattle - Kelowna. Or if speed is important then it doesnt get much slicker than AC, one transfer in YVR and you're there. Yes you are much better starting the land portion of the trip in Kelowna, the one way fee will be less and you've saved 5 hours of driving including a potentially hairy mountain pass.
     
  21. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    ahh my bad, I assumed you were departing driving back to Van.

    The drive from LL/Banff back to Calgary is much more benign and unless you get caught in a big storm, is less likely to cause you issues.
     
  22. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    So AC then? Everyone has scared me with their stories LOL
     
  23. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    No way would I do that drive alone LOL
     
  24. gareth_oau

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    LOL was a typo, should read bad, not gad LOL
     
  25. Chowder11

    Chowder11 Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Not sure if it has been mentioned but don’t forget to drop into Kicking Horse on the drive from LL-Revs.
    Place is all time and you literally drive past it.
     
  26. Roymond

    Roymond One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    AC. Not a lot of love and cuddles from the staff but in the end you can’t beat it for convenience in the trip from Oz. Hard to argue against a non stop flight east coast oz- yvr.
    In the end , It’s only a small part of your overall trip and they’ll get you where you need to go on time.
     
  27. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I’m flying Qantas to/from Oz. Just need a flight from Canada to SFO.
     
  28. Zeroz

    Zeroz A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    We did this but the reverse. Into Calgary, out Kelowna.
    No backtracking: Calgary-> Banff resorts-> KH-> Revy-> Apex-> Kelowna.

    In 2014 one-way car hire via National was about $1000 for 3 weeks. Drop-off fee waived for >2 week rentals.
     
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  29. absentskier

    absentskier Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    What are the flight options on the day you want to travel?
     
  30. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Looks like AC and United (via Skywest - don’t really understand how that works) have a couple of direct routes. Alaska and Delta (again Skywest) have a stop in Seattle.
     
  31. Chowder11

    Chowder11 Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    AC Melbourne to Van is a very good flight.
    Plus it’s on the Dreamliner which is miles ahead of any other aircraft. You hit the ground running that much better after a long haul on a Dreamliner, it’s very very noticeable.
     
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  32. absentskier

    absentskier Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Then choose the best time and don’t look back.
     
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  33. Crystal

    Crystal Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Agreed.... very different to old pane, so with AC very doable. Did last year and have booked again for this season.
     
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    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Just remember AC uses 777 for flights ex Sydney. With 3-4-3 seating. Not very comfy.
     
  35. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I don’t care what they fly out of Oz. I just want to know if they’re reliable between Calgary and SFO!
     
  36. absentskier

    absentskier Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    As above, chose the more convenient time out of the AC flight and United flight and don't overthink it.
     
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  37. Legs Akimbo

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    Airline schedules (all airlines) in North America in winter are aspirational. All it takes is a storm somewhere (not necessarily where you are or where you are going) to throw the whole system out of kilter. I don't think I have had a trip to Nth Am where everything has gone like clockwork. Everything from slick runways to blizzards to fog to excessive wind (Aspen airport shuts down in winds over 10 knots). They will get you there eventually, but I always schedule a couple of days in LA or San Fran before the flight home to give everybody a chance to catch up.
     
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    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yes. Expected. And I am doing that.

    More concerned about the other thread with unreasonable delays, intentionally overbooking and lost luggage.
     
  39. Chowder11

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    Have flown AC Calgary to LAX a few times and haven’t had an issue yet so don’t see how SF would be any different.
    However it is winter and weather happens.

    But in terms of overbooking and baggage. Not an issue.
     
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  40. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    OK one way car hire is out, so I'll need to backtrack to either Kelowna or Calgary. Price is similar, but Kelowna requires a connection on the way to SFO. No biggie.

    I thought I'd be more likely to get snow tyres hiring our of Kelowna.

    Given the choice would you choose Kelowna or Calgary?
     
  41. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    More flight options through Calgary but not massively so. Kelowna is a dynamic fast growing airport that seems to be adding connections all the time. One point in favour of Calgary is it has US immigration and customs facilities so you clear that before you even board the flight. Good option if you have a tight connection to your Australia flight.
     
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