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zac150

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I know the sun peaks thread has a list of all the Ski.com forumittes who have booked in for the season but I thought it may be useful to start a thread for all heading o/s, well to Canada anyway.

Always fun to catch up for a few runs especially if someone knows the resort a little better.

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Zac150 plus family, Vancouver 30th, whistler 31-4, sunpeaks 5-10, silver star 11-16, flying via Fiji and L.A.

Lady p+2 Silver Star 12-16 Jan; Sun Peaks 16 - 31 Jan flying in and out of Kelowna.

Knee deep and Benzeenees Silverstar - 21st January to 19th February.

Roymond Big white 2-16 Jan

Chicski Whistler 19-30 Jan, Banff area resorts 30/1-7/2, San Francisco 8-11 Feb

Bomber San Fran 3 nights 30 Jan, Whistler 8 nights, Van 1 night, Waikiki 7 nights.

Chalkie a season chasing snow on the epic pass

Crystal Clan - Big White Dec 29th - Jan 8th, Apex Jan 8th - 24th.

Didsurfnowski Whistler 3-9 Feb, including a 4 day

Gimped Whistler 19th to 26th December.

Stick, Vancouver 30th dec, whistler 1st to 11th out of Vancouver on the 14th.

Out 2/12, 5 nights in Honolulu, then 21 nights Sun Peaks, 3 nights in San Fran, and then home via Honolulu (1 night).

Woolie, Big White 21st Dec till 27th. Then 2 nights in Revelstoke 28-30th and will be in LL-Banff 31st Dec till 2nd Jan the. Whistler 5-12

Sly, living the maple life eh, skiing apex

The Lunatic and family Silver Star 12-18 Jan, Big White 18-24 Jan

Beerman Sun Peaks 29 Dec - 7 Jan, Big White 7 Jan - 15 Jan and looking for a ski hill 15 -17 Jan.

Sage oyo Whistler Jan 22nd to 29th plus calgary

Brycedh whistler from 25th nov until 3rd February.
 
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KD and Benzeenees Silverstar for the umpteenth time. 21st January to 19th February.
Lady P don't worry about Air Canada, just load up heaps of movies etc on your tablet. Five or six movies and you are there.
 

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Lady P don't worry about Air Canada, just load up heaps of movies etc on your tablet. Five or six movies and you are there.

I think @Lady Penelope biggest concern is that I have an awesome time on Fiji air with our stop over and don’t stop gloating (which I won’t).
 

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KD and Benzeenees Silverstar for the umpteenth time. 21st January to 19th February.
Lady P don't worry about Air Canada, just load up heaps of movies etc on your tablet. Five or six movies and you are there.
Yes. We have endured Air Canada before ;)

I think @Lady Penelope biggest concern is that I have an awesome time on Fiji air with our stop over and don’t stop gloating (which I won’t).
I hate you!!
 

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Whistler 19-30 Jan, Banff area resorts 30/1-7/2, San Francisco 8-11 Feb - either sightseeing or possible quick Tahoe trip.

Flying QF business on points :D

@zac150 we flew home via Fiji from SFO last time, only way home on points during school holidays. We took a little stopover and laid by a pool for 24hrs. Was great. They have luggage storage at the airport, so we left our skibags there.
 
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KD and Benzeenees Silverstar for the umpteenth time. 21st January to 19th February.
Lady P don't worry about Air Canada, just load up heaps of movies etc on your tablet. Five or six movies and you are there.
AC inflight system has a bazillion movies and TV shows already loaded up
 

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@zac150 we flew home via Fiji from SFO last time, only way home on points during school holidays. We took a little stopover and laid by a pool for 24hrs. Was great. They have luggage storage at the airport, so we left our skibags there.

Yeah we checked out the luggage storage, looks okay and not to $$$$

Now I think about it, I may have got the idea from you? We like the flights because they are late in the day which for us equals greater chance of sleeping the air canada flights leave mid day so I’m not tired till 10 hours into the 14 hour flight.

I’m not sure why air canada run the flights the way they do, I’m assuming it is to allow people time to get places in canada i.e transfers to whistler or Kelowna etc. But who really wants to drive after long flights more than day an hour.
 
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Oh well, in that case - I’m very pleased that you have such lovely flights :rolleyes:

I figure cooking will be the last thing you want to do after flying to Canada, transferring to Kelowna, finding then packing the car, shopping for food and then driving to silver star all whilst wrangling the kids! I promise to have a nice red open and ready to drink!

P.s We haven’t had the flights yet, could be a total disaster with the LAX transfer but time will tell.
 

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I figure cooking will be the last thing you want to do after flying to Canada, transferring to Kelowna, finding then packing the car, shopping for food and then driving to silver star all whilst wrangling the kids! I promise to have a nice red open and ready to drink!

P.s We haven’t had the flights yet, could be a total disaster with the LAX transfer but time will tell.
Wow, you figure correctly! Some red wine and sedatives might be on the cards!! Thank you, @zac150 . Sounds very nice :) Good luck with your connections!
 

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Yeah we checked out the luggage storage, looks okay and not to $$$$

Now I think about it, I may have got the idea from you? We like the flights because they are late in the day which for us equals greater chance of sleeping the air canada flights leave mid day so I’m not tired till 10 hours into the 14 hour flight.

I’m not sure why air canada run the flights the way they do, I’m assuming it is to allow people time to get places in canada i.e transfers to whistler or Kelowna etc. But who really wants to drive after long flights more than day an hour.
Yeah I always prefer evening flights, Qantas always seem to do it that way.
 

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We like the flights because they are late in the day which for us equals greater chance of sleeping the air canada flights leave mid day so I’m not tired till 10 hours into the 14 hour flight.

I’m not sure why air canada run the flights the way they do, I’m assuming it is to allow people time to get places in canada i.e transfers to whistler or Kelowna etc.

Easy answer: flights into east coast Australia land 8-9 am so 11-12 depart for the outbound flight is about the quickest turnaround they can manage. AC 33/34 does a neverending Toronto-Vancouver-Sydney-Vancouver-Toronto loop. Westbound, the flights are nicely timed for night departures from both Canadian cities and a breakfast landing in SYD. Long stretch of lights out and all are happy. They can't push it much earlier or they'll run into Kingsford Smith curfew plus add even more daylight hours into the return flight.

So you get westward flights that are optimal and eastbound ones less so. Probably better than so-so timing for both directions. Eastbound longhaul is always tough on jet lag anyway no matter what you do.
 
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Easy answer: flights into east coast Australia land 8-9 am so 11-12 depart for the outbound flight is about the quickest turnaround they can manage. AC 33/34 does a neverending Toronto-Vancouver-Sydney-Vancouver-Toronto loop. Westbound, the flights are nicely timed for night departures from both Canadian cities and a breakfast landing in SYD. Long stretch of lights out and all are happy. They can't push it much earlier or they'll run into Kingsford Smith curfew plus add even more daylight hours into the return flight.

So you get westward flights that are optimal and eastbound ones less so. Probably better than so-so timing for both directions. Eastbound longhaul is always tough on jet lag anyway no matter what you do.
I usually find jet lag hanging around for a while when I come home. Heading over I’m usually fine after the first night.
 

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Well, Chalkie will be here in Vancouver the whole season. Epic season pass bought already with early bird discount. Hoping to check out some places other than Whistler (and the Vancouver town mountains), but as I'm now a local the snow conditions will lure me wherever. Away in the USA for a week in Feb at Aspen.

Get in touch for a cocktail or two in Vancouver!
 
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If flying to Vancouver from Sydney via LA, do you have to go through customs etc in the airport, or just sit and wait for connecting flight?
 

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Check which terminal you land at and which you depart from!
 

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MEL - LAX - VAN on 30th December

Whistler from 1st Jan - 11th Jan

VAN - LAX - MEL on 14th Jan

With an 18 month old. Flying in Economy X so hopefully that will give us the full 3 seats..
 
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Myself, wife and 2 "children" 17 and 20 at Whistler 19th to 26th December.
Yet to book flights...looks like air canada direct :(
 
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Myself, wife and 2 "children" 17 and 20 at Whistler 19th to 26th December.
Yet to book flights...looks like air canada direct :(

United via San Fran had some good flights recently, as does Fiji but be careful with Fiji on luggage (I would only go with them through an agent).
 

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MEL - LAX - VAN on 30th December

Whistler from 1st Jan - 11th Jan

VAN - LAX - MEL on 14th Jan

With an 18 month old. Flying in Economy X so hopefully that will give us the full 3 seats..

Nice, we will cross over in Vancouver, then Whistler.
 
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We have points flights into Vancouver via Tokyo on Dec 21. Hiring a car one way to Calgary. Christmas booked at Big White then a couple of days in Revelstoke with sightseeing at LL/Banff before flying back to Vancouver for 7 days in Whistler Jan 5 to 12 Jan. We use the last of our QFF points to Honolulu on the 13 and have to pay for final leg back to Sydney on Jetstar on the 18th
 
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First o/seas trip with the kids (M9 and M7) for the Izzy clan. Out 2/12, 5 nights in Honolulu, then 21 nights Sun Peaks, 3 nights in San Fran, and then home via Honolulu (1 night). Everything crossed for some early season snowfalls.
 

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Guess I should put my hand up: expat living in Penticton, skiing Apex most weekends (and midweek if it's a good powder day). Can be enticed to visit other resorts for a meet up.
 
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Hi All. If you would tolerate a bit of thread drift, this is perhaps the best spot to ask given the concentration of Canada experts.
Does anyone have any experience with Dizzy’s bootfitting at Big White?
I’ve been mulling over changing boots for a while and it’s now time..
I live in regional Queensland so it’s not easy to pop down to @CarveMan to get a 3D bootprint done, as sexy as that seems.
We are at BW for 14 days in January, but also Snowmass for 7 days in March. Dizzy’s seem to have a good rep but I was wondering if anyone has direct experience with them.
Alternatively, I could wait for Snowmass but it is essentially a conference trip so when not in sessions at the conference, I’d prefer to be skiing..
 

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Hi All. If you would tolerate a bit of thread drift, this is perhaps the best spot to ask given the concentration of Canada experts.
Does anyone have any experience with Dizzy’s bootfitting at Big White?
I’ve been mulling over changing boots for a while and it’s now time..
I live in regional Queensland so it’s not easy to pop down to @CarveMan to get a 3D bootprint done, as sexy as that seems.
We are at BW for 14 days in January, but also Snowmass for 7 days in March. Dizzy’s seem to have a good rep but I was wondering if anyone has direct experience with them.
Alternatively, I could wait for Snowmass but it is essentially a conference trip so when not in sessions at the conference, I’d prefer to be skiing..
I'd get them at the start of your Big White trip. Dizzy's should be fine. You can tweak them there and dial them in. They should be perfect for Snowmass where you definitely want to maximise slope time.
 
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We have points flights into Vancouver via Tokyo on Dec 21. Hiring a car one way to Calgary. Christmas booked at Big White then a couple of days in Revelstoke with sightseeing at LL/Banff before flying back to Vancouver for 7 days in Whistler Jan 5 to 12 Jan. We use the last of our QFF points to Honolulu on the 13 and have to pay for final leg back to Sydney on Jetstar on the 18th

Woolie can you break the dates down a little more? I have Vancouver via Tokyo, bigwhite 21st to ? Revelsoke, Banff and the whistler 5 to 12.
 

zac150

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Hi All. If you would tolerate a bit of thread drift, this is perhaps the best spot to ask given the concentration of Canada experts.
Does anyone have any experience with Dizzy’s bootfitting at Big White?
I’ve been mulling over changing boots for a while and it’s now time..
I live in regional Queensland so it’s not easy to pop down to @CarveMan to get a 3D bootprint done, as sexy as that seems.
We are at BW for 14 days in January, but also Snowmass for 7 days in March. Dizzy’s seem to have a good rep but I was wondering if anyone has direct experience with them.
Alternatively, I could wait for Snowmass but it is essentially a conference trip so when not in sessions at the conference, I’d prefer to be skiing..

Actually I think this is a perfect use of the thread

I think only you may know the answer to your question, how dicky are your feet? If the answer major and you have lots of feet / boot issues then having the opportunity to get back for a refit would be awesome.
 
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Actually I think this is a perfect use of the thread

I think only you may know the answer to your question, how dicky are your feet? If the answer major and you have lots of feet / boot issues then having the opportunity to get back for a refit would be awesome.

Thanks Zac. I’ve got feet like flippers and a prominent navicular head so it’s a difficult fit- hence the need to do a slopeside fitting and punching (and Repunching). Dizzy’s has a good internet reputation but I was looking to see if any forumites have direct experience or who to ask for specifically.
 
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Woolie can you break the dates down a little more? I have Vancouver via Tokyo, bigwhite 21st to ? Revelsoke, Banff and the whistler 5 to 12.
Hi Zac. We are in Big White 21st Dec till 27th. Then 2 nights in Revelstoke 28-30th and will be in LL-Banff 31st Dec till 2nd Jan. Our group will range in size reaching a maximum of 9 for XMAS but mostly it will be Me my Wife and 3 teenage boys. (13,15,17).
 
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Thanks Zac. I’ve got feet like flippers and a prominent navicular head so it’s a difficult fit- hence the need to do a slopeside fitting and punching (and Repunching). Dizzy’s has a good internet reputation but I was looking to see if any forumites have direct experience or who to ask for specifically.
Wife was having issues with her old boots last year at BW. One of our instructors suggested she drop into Dizzys. We were thinking perhaps some footbeds. They had a good look at her feet and the boots, told us footbeds would not assist as the boots were about a size too big. The boots were some old Solomons she was ski'd in for years.

Long story short, we purchased a new set of boots, with custom footbeds. The boot fitter was really switched on, took into account wife's bunyans, fallen arches etc, (with Dizzy watching on). To my amazement wife declared they were comfortable, and skied the next 3 weeks without any pain, without any issue. I was impressed. And the boots were a good price. Great professional service.
 

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Boot fitting slopeside is a huge plus. Far quicker to get issues resolved when you can take 2 runs and go straight inside to the fitter. No need to describe the problem/s, the fitter can see the trouble spots with their own eyes when the sock comes off. Make the adjustments and back out you go to repeat the cycle. The process is way faster and more precise. Boot fitter would have to have a downright bad reputation for this not to be the better way to have boots done.
 
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Wife was having issues with her old boots last year at BW. One of our instructors suggested she drop into Dizzys. We were thinking perhaps some footbeds. They had a good look at her feet and the boots, told us footbeds would not assist as the boots were about a size too big. The boots were some old Solomons she was ski'd in for years.

Long story short, we purchased a new set of boots, with custom footbeds. The boot fitter was really switched on, took into account wife's bunyans, fallen arches etc, (with Dizzy watching on). To my amazement wife declared they were comfortable, and skied the next 3 weeks without any pain, without any issue. I was impressed. And the boots were a good price. Great professional service.

Ah you tight arse. Shoulda bought her new boots years ago LOL
 

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You know how it goes, you can make a suggestion, but you can't tell them.

Or you can take the boots to the ski shop and hand them over like I did on Saturday and just ask for boot warmers to be inserted. Sick of listening about cold toes, now I have to listen to how nice my boots are......
 
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Or you can take the boots to the ski shop and hand them over like I did on Saturday and just ask for boot warmers to be inserted. Sick of listening about cold toes, now I have to listen to how nice my boots are......
Oh I want. A friend has some, Bluetooth to her phone for adjustment. Deciding whether to get here or Whistler.
 

sly_karma

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Just get Lenz heated socks. Bluetooth control, instant transferability to any other footwear. They have a model that is nice and thin specifically for ski boots.
 

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Or you can take the boots to the ski shop and hand them over like I did on Saturday and just ask for boot warmers to be inserted. Sick of listening about cold toes, now I have to listen to how nice my boots are......
What type did you get? I have Thermic ones for the children, although last trip the adults used the Hotronic ones. Pros and cons for each (probably more cons for the Hotronics). I did a review shortly afterwards:

https://www.ski.com.au/xf/threads/battery-operated-boot-warmers.81484/
 
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