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Sun Peaks 2019-2020

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Taipan, May 4, 2019.

  1. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ive driven over the Coq 10 times now and not had hairy conditions
     
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    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    And I've driven it once in dicey conditions (fog and blowing snow) and not driven it once because local info said "It's crazy up there - trucks going sideways", so we stayed on Hwy 1 and went the long way round via Cache Creek.

    Mileage will vary.
     
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  3. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Myep definitely variable but I wouldnt plan not to do it just have flex in your schedule, just in case

    If the conditions are bad enough there’s
    A chance Kamloops airport might be closed as well
     
  4. Astro66

    Astro66 Still looking for a park in Thredbo Ski Pass: Gold

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    You can drive around the Coq. It adds about 2 hours. There are options.

    I'll grade your driving this weekend. See if you're worthy. :p
     
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  5. Taipan

    Taipan Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    We have had "moderate" difficult conditions. Yes I understand how things can go wrong quickly.

    Deserves significant respect.
     
  6. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    The most difficult drive was in March, the sun was blazing, the roads soaking wet with melt and the reflection off the wet road plus the huge spray off the truck tyres made it very dangerous
     
  7. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yesterday morning we had 5 cm of slushy slop fall on the summit of the connector that goes east from Merrit toward Kelowna. Snow tyres have long since been removed so you can imagine the mayhem. Just two days before the summer solstice, a reminder that mountain weather is always unpredictable.
     
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  8. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    More snow again today. I have to go over that way tomorrow, the only reasonable route so I better be cautious over the summit. Road peaks at 1728 m so it's the only road in the region that will have anything sticking. But it is above 1600 m for about 20 km so a go slow will take a fair chunk of time. Aquaplaning in the slush is the risk.
     
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  9. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Bolt on the snow tyres
     
  10. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    System is supposed to move out overnight. I'm thinking there won't be much problem by morning. And going slow for 20 km in a 600 km drive isn't that bad. I am taking the back road to Whistler, do I really want studs for all that twisty road?
     
  11. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Oh cummon, where’s your sense of adventure
     
  12. Beerman

    Beerman One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Is that back road the 99, or is there "another" back road for this time of year??
     
  13. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    There is, but not this time. Just taking 99 because it's faster (and more fun) than going through the city. There is a gravel road known as the high line, a bit longer but would be my way out if the Duffey has issues with landslides. There's been a bit of that lately.
     
  14. Crystal

    Crystal Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Do it... you'll be fine. Check the conditions before you go, if dodgy take the longer route which is actually prettier and we like it. If all clear go over the top and drive like a nana :) you'll be absolutely fine.
     
  15. Lady Penelope

    Lady Penelope One of some lot ... Ski Pass: Gold

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    Also thinking of a few days at Silver Star to start with. What do you think, @Crystal ?
     
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  16. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    From the airport it's quicker to take hwy 97 through Falkland to Kamloops and on to SP - the low level route. Plus SS is on the way.

    As per the above, you'll be driving past anyway, you almost have to go to SS! It's only 20 minutes off the highway. Staying in Vernon is a good option if you want to save some money, most of the motels do their business in summer and are running low rates in winter. No need to book, better to check out the place first. Right downtown may have a somewhat unsavoury clientele.
     
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  17. Taipan

    Taipan Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    21st June and dusting overnight.

    [​IMG]
     
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  18. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep the summer solstice today. Just a reminder that you can be snowed on any month of the year in the mountains. Fresh snow evident on all the high peaks as I drove over to Whistler this morning.
     
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    Bike park open today. Might be slippery.
     
  20. Crystal

    Crystal Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yes you'll love it :) lots of places to stay, just arrive and have a look see :)
     
  21. Sbooker

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    Wow. This highlights the famed grooming to allow runs to open with very little snow cover. It looks like a golf course!
    I’m not a skier that needs extreme runs but it does look very tame. Perfect for families I guess.
     
  22. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    for those unaware the BC government charge a Speculation Tax on property investment, designed to help reduce investment purchases, by foreign invrstors, to ease the (Vancouver) property issue.
    https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/taxes/property-taxes/speculation-and-vacancy-tax

    The tax for foreigners is 2% of the property value (up from 0.8% last year)

    Not quite sure how this tax on say a Fireside Holiday Lodge is going to ease the pressure on residential housing
     
  23. Marty_McSly

    Marty_McSly What a plonker. Ski Pass: Gold

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    That's only 1 aspect though.
     
  24. Taipan

    Taipan Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ski passes now purchased.

    Best buy by 30th June is now just 1 week away.

    https://sunpeaksresort.ltibooking.com/categories/2019-20-winter-season-passes

    Very happy that Nordic is included with the season pass again this year, plus a bunch of other discounts.

    Get em while they are cheap up to 35% off for a family of 4. Two adults and two dependent children. Also you can pay in 3 installments.

    Must admit it is still looking pretty cold in Sun Peaks for the last week of June.
     
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  25. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    That is ok, we want cool and damp. Hopefully hold off fire season a bit.
     
  26. gareth_oau

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    Arrrrgghhhh, not getting one this year :(
     
  27. Harper11

    Harper11 Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sun peaks does look good value for kids lessons and passes compared to whistler. So expensive there.
     
  28. Marty_McSly

    Marty_McSly What a plonker. Ski Pass: Gold

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    And adult lessons too. Especially the Ski Adventures 5 day (or 5 half day) clinics. Highly recommended.
     
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    Harper11 Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    It’s funny that the family pass is actually more expensive than 2 adult and 2 young kids passes thought. But at 400 for a kids season pass not too bad
     
  30. Roymond

    Roymond One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    +1 for ski adventures. A little cheaper than the resort lessons and all level 3 or 4 coaches. Heather Roubilliard runs a great course catering for all levels.
     
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  31. Taipan

    Taipan Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    GOATT did a season as a level 2 instructor.

    Our place backs onto Gentle Giant, and we had a laugh at his expense, watching him skiing it again and again and again, backwards with kids in tow.

    But they also had lots of training and technical improvement sessions. Skies very cleanly these days. Very proud of his technique these days.

    Following in his footsteps is Snowghost. Already level 1. Talking about doing his levels 2. Maybe another season instructing bya family member to come.....?
     
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    It is perfect for families, but some of the cut runs in that picture are something like 35 degrees (maybe more in places, single black groomers). I’m no golfer, but I imagine this is not ideal.

    Summer grooming is of course a key to opening on low depths. Thredbo knows it.
     
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  33. Astro66

    Astro66 Still looking for a park in Thredbo Ski Pass: Gold

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    Astros have locked in passes.

    That's everything.

    Now the toughest part. The wait. :mad::mad::mad:

    LOL
     
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  35. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    I feel for you.

    Not because I feel for you, but the sooner yours arrives and departs, the closer my next one is
     
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    Taipan Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Guess this means they won't shorten Burf?
     
  38. Taipan

    Taipan Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Work in progress I think.

    Personally I think they shouldn’t shorten it.

    If they shorten the buff they need to put in another lift for sunny side and all those runs over there.

    Phase 4 lift. Red lift. and take out existing T-Bar and lengthen it.

    My one annoyance with that T-Bar. Very short.

    The loop back would be horrendous without the top of the burg.

    See whether I can find the master plan.

    [​IMG]
     
  39. 1974

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    Hi all, a couple of questions from a newby...

    We are heading to Sun Peaks in January for a couple of weeks.

    Would the Ski Adventures 5 day program be any good for a low intermediate (OK on easy blues), or is it for more advanced skiers?

    And would this program suit kids? Mine are 12 and 11 and are both comfortable on blacks but need to work on technique. Website says they take from 10yrs and up, but would they be the only kids in these lessons?
     
  40. Beerman

    Beerman One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    My wife and 2 girls did 5 x 1/2 days with Ski Adventures in January 2019, all are green/blue skiers. They had their own instructor, no one else in the group, but it would vary depending on how many bookings they get.
    Groups are always small, so your kids may not have any other kids in their group, but will have others of similar ability, so all skiing and progressing together on the same type of terrain.
    Book it, you should be pleased with how it all gets handled.
     
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    Thank for the reply! Sounds perfect.
     
  42. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    The ski adventures is nearly $1k each for 5 x 3hours.

    Seems a lot for a group lesson

    A private lesson isnt that much more ( for two hours).

    If its not busy, you could score a group less of one.

    Id do a bit more research and maybe consider sharing a orivate lesson
     
  43. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sharing a private is a fail in most circumstances, as you are splitting attention and diluting the value for both of you. High performance targeted groups are different from normal group lessons. There is an assumed desire for a common set of learning goals, the pro doesnt try to be everything to everyone. Almost all snow schools assign level 3 or 4 instructors to the high performance program which is rarely the case with standard groups.
     
  44. Marty_McSly

    Marty_McSly What a plonker. Ski Pass: Gold

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    I did a Ski Adventures clinic in SP in 2017, at the recommendation of 2 SP regulars known in another forum as k271 and TimTam, who are highly proficient skiers and repeat Ski Adventures customers. They take a clinic every visit to SP to hone their already highly developed skills.

    You couldn't find a more compelling recommendation, but let me add mine.

    I've taken dozens of group lessons over the years, and the Ski Adventures clinic was far and away better instruction than any of them. Just the mere fact that you have the same instructor 5 days in a row means that you get a consistent and logical progression of tuition through the course. They really get to know your skills, strengths and weaknesses, and work on them.

    Just on the first day, in a group of 3, we had skied maybe 300 metres with the instructor and she was able to give us individual critiques and drills to work on. And so it went on over the 5 days. I never felt that I was lacking individual attention from the instructor.

    I'm still benefitting from the clinic. If I feel my skiing is a bit off, I run through a mental checklist of techniques and drills I learnt in the clinic and can usually find what I need. Just last week in fact, I recalled something that made a big difference, and allowed me to do a lot more skiing in a day due to being more relaxed yet more in control.

    You don't have to be a highly advanced skier to do their clinic. Once you can load and unload confidently on the Sundance chair and ski back down any of its runs, they can tailor instruction for you.

    I'd even think that you and Nikki could benefit from a half-day clinic.
     
  45. gareth_oau

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    I have no doubts the program is good, I was merely suggesting (assuming the family are all similar skillset) it might work out cheaper to share a 5 days of private lessons
     
  46. Marty_McSly

    Marty_McSly What a plonker. Ski Pass: Gold

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    The family are not all similar skillset.

    As a shared private lesson, this would be a cluster****. Either the kids would be bored out of their minds or the parent would be in way over their head.

    Also, pricing is $945 adult, $795 children u16 for 5 FULL days. Half days, 3 hours, are about $200 per head less. Private lessons are $514 for 3 hours for up to 3 people, $614 with a L4 instructor.

    So, Ski Adventures 5 full days, $2535 for 1A and 2C.

    Ski Adventures 5x 3 hour sessions, $1935 for 1A and 2C.

    5x3 hour shared private lessons, $2570 and hope you get a good L3 instructor rather than a first year L1.
     
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    Yeah the ski adventures is better value. I misread and thought there were 2 adults

    The only risk is the OP’s self-assessment of low intermediate-easy blues which may not be the level of the rest of the group.

    I’m loving the sound of it but would be cautious that my skillset may also be lower than expected of the group
     
  48. Marty_McSly

    Marty_McSly What a plonker. Ski Pass: Gold

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    If you book a few weeks before you travel, I'm told that they send you a questionnaire to provide information about your skiing and goals so they can grade you into an appropriate group. I booked the Friday before my course started on Monday, so there wasn't time for this and I was sorted on the fly on the Monday morning.
     
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    Marty_McSly What a plonker. Ski Pass: Gold

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    The week I did my clinic, there were 3 groups, roughly green, blue and black/double black.
     
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    I’d need the 5th group

    Apres Coffees LOL
     
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