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Ski.com Canada 19/20 ski plans

Discussion in 'Canada' started by zac150, Aug 21, 2019.

  1. Beerman

    Beerman One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    You did mention that recently, and i am very tempted. Will check with the other family members to see what they are thinking. We are flexible with our schedule after BW, stay tuned.
     
  2. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    ...and a wee ski hill called Apex. More packed into its 600 m/1000 ha than anywhere else you'll find. Others can attest, stats don't tell the full story.
     
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  3. Crystal

    Crystal (Sly made me Cry) - Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    no...... Don't do apex, it's terrible
     
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    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Crowds could double and would still be awful quiet...
     
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    absentskier Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I remember meeting some locals when I was there in 1997 who were worried the place would get too crowded. Even back then I thought they were being alarmist and wondered where these hordes they so feared would come from. Will not happen.
     
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    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    So many options on the mountain to absorb extra people. (Provided they like double black trees).
     
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  7. Sbooker

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    I plan on calling in to check the place out on my planned BC road trip. Best to stay on the hill or in the town?
     
  8. KneeDeep

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    Stay at the hotel on the hill, ski in and out.
     
  9. Crystal

    Crystal (Sly made me Cry) - Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    yup, what KD said, stay in hill. The inn is pretty cheap.
     
  10. KneeDeep

    KneeDeep One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Or stay with Sly in Penticon very reasonable rates but can be an interesting drive up the mountain. :rolleyes:
     
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  11. absentskier

    absentskier Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    If I'm going to ski Apex for two days, I'm staying on the hill if possible.
     
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  12. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sometimes I get up early and get on the road before staff head up to make it more interesting, as if 1400 m climb in 33 km isn't interesting enough already.
     
  13. Crystal

    Crystal (Sly made me Cry) - Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    what dates are you thinking ?
     
  14. Beerman

    Beerman One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    After these extra few comments, I'm torn. Staying on hill is always attractive, but those breweries in Penticton that need the winter patronage are calling. Wife can be a nervous passenger up snowy windy roads sometimes.
    Maybe @sly_karma can swing it one way or another??
     
  15. Sbooker

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    I personally think staying on the snow is nice from time to time but also overrated to a degree even though I have kids. Staying in a real town has it’s advantages and charms (as you’ve pointed out above). I also enjoy the anticipation of that drive toward the mountain.
    Real towns at the base of a mountain (like Aspen) are great. But even if they are a short drive away - that’s fine too.
    I for one would never choose to stay on the snow at somewhere like Jackson, Banff or Aosta.
    I’m looking forward to staying in Otaru in December and doing the daily drive to the surrounding hills.
     
  16. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    The idea of getting stuck in town because the snow conditions are so great that the road is closed... ;) LOL
     
  17. absentskier

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    I’m not. Beerman is thinking of a couple of days in mid Jan.
     
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  18. silva

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    I am definitely in the stay on mountain if at all possible camp. Actually, I am also in the don't rent a car if can possibly avoid it camp. I am on holidays, I do not want to have to worry about digging out a car, packing the car, finding somewhere to park etc. My personal preference is mountain village to stay in with a proper town close by for shopping and other apres activities - connected by a regular free or low cost public bus system. The town gets bonus points if it has a good restaurants, a aquatic centre and good galleries and shopping. eg: Jackson/Teton village, Steamboat, Whitefish, Colorado resorts.
     
  19. Beerman

    Beerman One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Can you suggest a website for me to check out the "Inn"??
     
  20. Crystal

    Crystal (Sly made me Cry) - Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yes email these people SkyRun Vacation rentals - Lachy@skyrun.com They have a heap of properties in the Inn nad do amazing rates.

    or check out www.okanagan.skyrun.com
     
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  21. brycedh

    brycedh First Runs

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    Seems like everyone is sharing their travel plans. I’m planning on staying at whistler from 25th nov until 3rd February.
     
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  22. Crawf

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    Anything over $150 CAD and duty has to be paid. Overall the cost and hassle doesn't really make it worth it. Interestingly the postage costs on a lot of sites from US to Canada is a lot higher than I thought.
    Also the prices of boot heaters in Australia is actually significantly cheaper than what I could find online from overseas.
     
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  23. gareth_oau

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    woohoo currently snowing on the live Canmore webcam

     
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    I see snowflakes, hope they have their chainbay set up.;)
     
  25. gareth_oau

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    thats a great little cam to watch and see life roll by
     
  26. Alex.C

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    Gradually accumulating a little better away from traffic (a block away from that cam)

    [​IMG]

    But considering how early it is, all of this will be melted back to the ground in a week or so, except way up high.
     
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  27. zac150

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    Canadian ski resort social media is a buzz this morning with pictures of white mountains! Excitement levels in our house grew a little!
     
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  28. Alex.C

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    [​IMG] and its the usual shitshow as everyone forgets how to drive when the first snowflakes fall... (doesn't help that most people are still have their summer tyres on too).
     
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  29. Woolie

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    Hi all. Quick question, if this is the wrong forum just let me know. Is there any supermarket chains in Canada and specifically Kelowna that offer ”Click and Collect”online shopping similar to Coles and Woolworths? If so does anyone know what chain would be best? Cheers
     
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  30. KneeDeep

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    Yes Save on Foods, click and collect and home delivery on line.
     
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    Great question!!

    Might try this next time and save a few hours on grocery shopping
     
  32. zac150

    zac150 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    +1 on the great question.

    We do this with Woolies Jindy, pick up the food on the drive through to Thredbo.

    I do kind of like checking out the different brands in Canada, can be fun but if timing was tight this would be perfect. +1 and I just agreed we will probably use this to pick up food on the way to Sunpeaks.
     
  33. gareth_oau

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    You can still suss out the different offerings, but just by looking at a picture on the net ( yeah I knows it’s not quite the same)
     
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    It’s not the same LOL, how would I have ever found those awesome maple biscuits! Definitely the first things I’m buying after landing!

    But having said that I hate supermarkets at the best of times and after a five hour drive stopping and picking up food quickly would be a plus.
     
  35. gareth_oau

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    unless you buy 90% of what you need online, and go for a quick splash and dash when you get there to grab a few items you werent too sure about online
     
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    Thanks guys. I will definitely give it a go. We were just making a list at the dinner table and asking the kids what they wanted us to order and the unanimous request was for “Canadian baby carrots” Who would have guessed?
     
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    Ours are big on ‘that freaky red coloured cheese’. Always requested. No accounting for kids taste!
     
  38. sly_karma

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    Why oh why do they put that gross orange dye in processed cheddar? So much high quality artisan cheese made in Canada, particularly in Quebec, but the high volume cheap stuff seems to have to be dyed.
     
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    Pretty sure our first stop on the way to whistler will be the markets in Granville Island, we got lots of nice hand made ravioli and other artisan products there last time.
     
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    In US supermarkets shredded cheese is indistinguishable from shredded carrot.
     
  41. Roymond

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    Why is this done? It doesn't seem to make a taste difference. Same in the US.
     
  42. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I dunno, why does Aus margarine have yellow food colouring in it?
     
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    PS, margarine is gross anyway so I really don't care.
     
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    It has yellow food colouring?
    I always figured it was oxidation from the all the trans fatty acids slowly degenerating and giving all those vegans premature colorectal carcinomas.
    I agree- stay away from the stuff...
     
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    Marketing. Its natural colour is white. When first introduced, the yellow was added to try and match it with its competitor: butter
     
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    Margarine is "edible" oil product. Eat real food.
     
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    Vacation foods. They delivered and packed our groceries before we arrived. Great turning up to your accommodation with a fully stocked kitchen.
     
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    One of my party on our tour of the Maritimes asked the same question. Colouring of butter has a tradition, at least. During spring and summer, cow milk tends to be yellow tinted given the amount of chlorophyll being ingested by the cow. But in late autumn and winter, the plant material consumed by cows has a lower chlorophyll level, so the milk tends to whiter. Butter could be coloured in the colder months with eg the juice from grated carrot.

    I speculated that it could be a historical legacy of winter butter colouring or something similar (eg, yellow cheese being regarded as more valuable etc).
     
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    Anyone been to Castle Mountain before? My daughter is possibly going to be working as a ski instructor there from November till March.
    She was looking for a smaller resort and has a job offer from Castle Mountain. The managers seem very friendly and helpful. They have provided heaps of information and the working conditions seem good.
     
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    Do t know the resort but it looks good!
     
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