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.
I finally got my first turns of the season in this morning. Just a quick run up to Cypress Mountain, but pretty cool to have breakky at home and be skiing an hour later.
how did you find it as a ski destination? We've only popped in for a look. I'm guessing it would be incedibly busy on weekends?
For an international traveller with limited time, there are obviously much bigger fish to fry in the ski destinations list. For locals with limited time or money or who can't get to the grander resorts, it's terrific!
They only had three lifts and limited runs open yesterday, and it was pretty crowded, being a school holiday week. There were some decent snowfalls over the last week, so the snow was pretty nice. Ordinarily crowds and limited runs would be a death knell for me, but as one of the main reasons for moving to Vancouver was to ski often, I was itching to have a ski.
The three Van local mountains are just that: local. I've spoken to a few people who live on the north shore who'll go up for a ski in the morning or afternoon midweek. The kids do their thing on the weekend. It's fun.
As @sly_karma said, if you can strike the right weather conditions there, the views can be pretty cool.
Has anyone used the Canadian Ski pass program passes? Looking at how to get cheapest passes for 10 or so days.
Thanks. My plans are starting to look like Whistler for a few days from 28 jan, prebooked, then get a car and head to Kamloops area, Sunpeaks etc depending on snow and weather. Is it worth hiring from Whistler, loks like only avis there but still good rates, and dropping back there for another say or two at dropoff, or shuttle back to Vancouver and rent from there? And I think the Canadian Ski pass 10 day pass will be cheapest option, $81 a day.It's a fair question, renting a car solo is not a great value proposition. I'll say that Banff isnt your only option, within 4-5 hours of Vancouver you have the three big interior family mountains: Sun Peaks, Big White, Silver Star. Plus several smaller ski hills worth exploring like Baker, Baldy, Apex, Manning and Sasquatch. Public transport outside cities in western Canada is deplorable, so you're probably renting a car anyway, but if you kept it to a loop back to Vancouver you'd save the zero value one way rental charge and use less fuel.
Are you planning to bus to whistler then pick up a car after you return to Van?Thanks. My plans are starting to look like Whistler for a few days from 28 jan, prebooked, then get a car and head to Kamloops area, Sunpeaks etc depending on snow and weather. Is it worth hiring from Whistler, loks like only avis there but still good rates, and dropping back there for another say or two at dropoff, or shuttle back to Vancouver and rent from there? And I think the Canadian Ski pass 10 day pass will be cheapest option, $81 a day.
Thanks, I will bus to Whistler and hire a car from there.Are you planning to bus to whistler then pick up a car after you return to Van?
have a think about driving to whistler and then you can drive straight from whistler to SP ( weather permitting) snd save a day in the crossover
Looks like you might be following my tracks. Arrive 27th Jan in Whistler with shuttle bus trans from Van. Car rented in Whistler (AVIS) for 6 days for a trip out to Sun Peaks before a return to Van for 1 day before flying back to Aus.
Does that include Banff? We'll be relying on public transport all the way from Calgary airport to Banff to the 3 Big Ski resorts (basing in Banff) in late March. Haven't planned on renting a car yet. Can we get away with not driving?Public transport outside cities in western Canada is deplorable,.
Yeah I believe you should be ok in Banff. There are shuttles up to the resorts.Does that include Banff? We'll be relying on public transport all the way from Calgary airport to Banff to the 3 Big Ski resorts (basing in Banff) in late March. Haven't planned on renting a car yet. Can we get away with not driving?
I ended up getting a jeep wrangler from Routes Car Rental in Vancouver, and cdw from rentalcover.com, 15 days for $32 a day, unlimited miles all up.Check out the hire costs ex Whistler. I’m guessing there might be a premium.
And there will also be a premium if you dont return itback to Whistler at the end of your holiday
I think rentalcars.com vehicles all come with CDW. Worth checking that site out.
30 cm today at Big White. Dry, soft champagne Okanagan powder. Ive never really skied in this stuff before. Closest thing to skiing in icing sugar! Now I understand the big deal about powder skiing and first tracks!
unbeatable! in for lunchtime beers then out again.
How have you found the (in)famous visibility issues. Is it a common thing as the internet would have you believe or is a bit of a beat up? I've never been there.
Out of BW today and over to Apex and at the same time
The advantage of learning with low centre of gravity, so many kids have no fear.magic day at big white today. Alternating sun and snow. Did first tracks and well worth the dollars to get 45 min on fresh corduroy at Mach 1000 knowing there’s no one below you to look out for.
kids did their first ungroomed black runs and given their current rate of improvement will be better than us after this trip (our fifth) . We started age 43 and 40 and the kids age 6,5 and 4. Amazing the difference that makes!
worth the dollars to see the looks on their faces after a day like today. There’s no better family holiday!
My plans are more firmed up now, I arrive in Revy 2/2, head back to Banff area 5/2. Likely ski LL/Sunshine 6-7 Feb. Will pm my phone no when I get it. Could catch up in LL?My plans are now looking pretty fixed.
27/1 Fly Mel - LAX - Van - Kelowna with Qantas and Westjet
28 - 29/1 Stay in Penticton and ski Apex
30/1 Drive to Revelstoke
31/1 - 1/2 Ski revs
2/2 Drive to KH
3 - 4/2 Ski KH
5/2 Drive to Field
6 - 7/2 Ski LL
7/2 Drive to banff (post ski)
8 -9 - 10 ski Sunshine (maybe LL or Norqs)
11/2 Fly Cal -SLC - LAX - SYD - Mel with Delta and Virgin
Flights are a bit shit but best I could do on points.
hypothetically, where's would you go in canada if you had a few weeks between easter and anzac day for decent snow conditions, no crowds and somewhere with interesting road tripping possibilities nearby.
no epic pass btw so gut feel says whistler will be too expensive?