Advice needed Whistler - Silver Star - Revelstoke Transfers

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Planning a month-long trip in Canada in January and wondering what the best connections were between these three resorts. I've got plane tickets to LAX, so I have to decide if it's worth flying in to either Vancouver or Kelowna.

Is it worth renting a car for the entire time? Or part of the time (somehow)? From what I gather in other threads, winter tires on rentals are far and few between in Canada. The rental place http://www.sixt.com was recommended on here for their winter tire fitted cars, but they are based out of Seattle.

Or perhaps it would just be easier to skip on either Whistler or Silverstar/Revelstoke?

Any help would be appreciated!
 

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Planning a month-long trip in Canada in January and wondering what the best connections were between these three resorts. I've got plane tickets to LAX, so I have to decide if it's worth flying in to either Vancouver or Kelowna.

Is it worth renting a car for the entire time? Or part of the time (somehow)? From what I gather in other threads, winter tires on rentals are far and few between in Canada. The rental place http://www.sixt.com was recommended on here for their winter tire fitted cars, but they are based out of Seattle.

Or perhaps it would just be easier to skip on either Whistler or Silverstar/Revelstoke?

Any help would be appreciated!

So you have tickets to LAX sorted. What else if anything is locked in/paid for?
 

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Planning a month-long trip in Canada in January and wondering what the best connections were between these three resorts. I've got plane tickets to LAX, so I have to decide if it's worth flying in to either Vancouver or Kelowna.

Is it worth renting a car for the entire time? Or part of the time (somehow)? From what I gather in other threads, winter tires on rentals are far and few between in Canada. The rental place http://www.sixt.com was recommended on here for their winter tire fitted cars, but they are based out of Seattle.

Or perhaps it would just be easier to skip on either Whistler or Silverstar/Revelstoke?

Any help would be appreciated!
Economy Car Rental, AWD out of Van for a month should be about $1500. I'm paying $1050 for 23 days. Just carry chains. Don't fit them. ;)
 
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Nothing but the flights are locked in so it's all up in the air atm

Astro I'm a relatively new driver (23 y.o), would rather that little bit of extra peace of mind that winter tires would bring! Will have a look at Economy though.
 

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Nothing but the flights are locked in so it's all up in the air atm

Astro I'm a relatively new driver (23 y.o), would rather that little bit of extra peace of mind that winter tires would bring! Will have a look at Economy though.
At 23, car rental will be expensive. Add snowtyres, and it will be best avoided.

Look at transfers. If you have the time. You can uses Greyhound.
 
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Nothing but the flights are locked in so it's all up in the air atm

Astro I'm a relatively new driver (23 y.o), would rather that little bit of extra peace of mind that winter tires would bring! Will have a look at Economy though.
How did you come up with those 3 resorts? What are you looking for?
 

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Nothing but the flights are locked in so it's all up in the air atm

Astro I'm a relatively new driver (23 y.o), would rather that little bit of extra peace of mind that winter tires would bring! Will have a look at Economy though.

I wouldn't bother with a car. Bus is the best way to go (Greyhound and others), and is not too expensive. I did Kelowna > Silver Star > Vernon > Kamloops > SunPeaks > Revelstoke > Vancouver > Whistler all on coach.
 

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Absentskier gf wants to do Whistler, visiting friends in Silverstar, and I really want to check out Revelstoke. But I feel like something will have to give..

And yeah they were my thoughts on car hire - expensive given snow tires + my age. Funnily enough I avoided Greyhound (even in US/Canada) based on a number of comments on a few other threads. But it seems as if it's the way to go this time!
 

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Absentskier gf wants to do Whistler, visiting friends in Silverstar, and I really want to check out Revelstoke. But I feel like something will have to give..

And yeah they were my thoughts on car hire - expensive given snow tires + my age. Funnily enough I avoided Greyhound (even in US/Canada) based on a number of comments on a few other threads. But it seems as if it's the way to go this time!
My GF and I went all over North America on Greyhound!
 

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You could consider flying into Vancouver and out of Kelowna or vice versa. United has a daily nonstop to LAX.
 

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Flights are the best way, Fly direct to Kelowna (Its now an International Airport) as this is where shuttle leave for both Silver Star and Revelstoke, then fly to Vancouver (55min hop), and hire a car there if need be, Personally would rather spend time on my skis then driving for 3 -4 days.
 

Iangordon22

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I wouldn't bother with a car. Bus is the best way to go (Greyhound and others), and is not too expensive. I did Kelowna > Silver Star > Vernon > Kamloops > SunPeaks > Revelstoke > Vancouver > Whistler all on coach.
Hi
Please advise
We are a family of 4,3 adults and 1 student snowboarders
We have 11 nights at whistler from 23/12 visiting son for Xmas who works there.
Looking to go other places but read your view on buses and getting around, was thinking of hiring a car?
Fly out from Vancouver on the 13th Jan.at this stage.
What would be a good schedule in regards to other resorts in the area?
Busing the go?
Ian
 

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my personal views:
  • going by bus offers you no flexibility - you follow their timetable
  • no chance to stop and admire the scenery ad-hoc when en-route.
  • if you are staying a longer session, with a rental you can pick up some groceries en-route (cheaper than on-mountain and a far greater range
  • a rental you can head off and do something different if you need a rest day, or the weather is crappy.

for a larger group, rental may work out almost cost neutral vs multiple bus hires

(I also like driving ;) )
 
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Yes my thoughts are also a car for you size.

We are a family of 4 and have done the costs for transfers between resorts over a month period. Always found a car is cheaper. Also gives the option of shopping for groceries off the hill. I would say the break even size is a party of 2 and only moving between 2 resorts you be probably better to go the bus option or resort shuttles from the airports.

Granted if you are happy on the Greyhound..it will be cheaper even with 4 of you.
 

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not sure if www.relayrides.com is up & running in Canada, but if not you might be able to pick up a car, just over the border in USA.

For Colorado, last time I looked, you could get a 9 seater Suburban 4wd for around USD$180/week.
 

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not sure if www.relayrides.com is up & running in Canada, but if not you might be able to pick up a car, just over the border in USA.

For Colorado, last time I looked, you could get a 9 seater Suburban 4wd for around USD$180/week.
I reckon you looked a long time ago then! I doubt you'd get it for less than A$1,000 now(and that is picking up and dropping off at the same location).
 

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BCTransit will get you from Whistler to Kelowna to Revelstoke. Shuttle to SS from Kelowna airport.

https://www.rome2rio.com/trip/8yGRor

Alternatively you can do short term car rentals for the travel legs or a mix.

I have used these guys for short term one way rentals with excellent service and pricing.

http://www.practicar.calls.net/default.aspx

It all looks "hard" but in fact is very easy unless there is a major storm that creates total road havoc (rare)
 

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We are going over for a month late December to late Jan. Their are two of us, and we were planning on hiring car and doing the drive from banff through to whistler, stopping off at jasper and sun peaks on the way (will do day trips to golden and revelstoke when in banff).
Only thing that is booked in atm is flight to LAX plus spending chrissy in Banff with the sister who is working at lake louise.

Anyone have any tips? I have heard that the snow will be similar to last season and potentially lacking in some resorts - it was advised that I don't book anything and just fly to where the snow is.... anyone else think this is the right idea? looked at hiring a suv and its is about $2000 for the month (doesn't specify snow tires though, but i figured it was 4wd so that would be ok?)

after a month in canada we are heading to vegas fora few nights and then to colorado and staying at breckenridge for 16 days, plus travelling to yellowstone national park....any ideas on this part of the trip would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers.
 

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We are going over for a month late December to late Jan. Their are two of us, and we were planning on hiring car and doing the drive from banff through to whistler, stopping off at jasper and sun peaks on the way (will do day trips to golden and revelstoke when in banff).
Only thing that is booked in atm is flight to LAX plus spending chrissy in Banff with the sister who is working at lake louise.

Anyone have any tips? I have heard that the snow will be similar to last season and potentially lacking in some resorts - it was advised that I don't book anything and just fly to where the snow is.... anyone else think this is the right idea? looked at hiring a suv and its is about $2000 for the month (doesn't specify snow tires though, but i figured it was 4wd so that would be ok?)

after a month in canada we are heading to vegas fora few nights and then to colorado and staying at breckenridge for 16 days, plus travelling to yellowstone national park....any ideas on this part of the trip would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers.
Sounds like a great trip. No time right now to comment in detail, but the first thing I'd say is that anyone who tells you what the upcoming season is going to be like in the various parts of North America is talking garbage. Yes it is going to be an El Niño, but there are no guarantees as to what that means for any particular area.

That said, the advice to keep things as flexible as possible is good advice.
 

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We are going over for a month late December to late Jan. Their are two of us, and we were planning on hiring car and doing the drive from banff through to whistler, stopping off at jasper and sun peaks on the way (will do day trips to golden and revelstoke when in banff).
Only thing that is booked in atm is flight to LAX plus spending chrissy in Banff with the sister who is working at lake louise.

Anyone have any tips? I have heard that the snow will be similar to last season and potentially lacking in some resorts - it was advised that I don't book anything and just fly to where the snow is.... anyone else think this is the right idea? looked at hiring a suv and its is about $2000 for the month (doesn't specify snow tires though, but i figured it was 4wd so that would be ok?)

after a month in canada we are heading to vegas fora few nights and then to colorado and staying at breckenridge for 16 days, plus travelling to yellowstone national park....any ideas on this part of the trip would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers.

Given you are anchored to Christmas in Banff .... snow will be will be. Have fun
 

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I reckon you looked a long time ago then! I doubt you'd get it for less than A$1,000 now(and that is picking up and dropping off at the same location).
no, just had a look for a 4wd for a week in Colorado in January for self (7 seater Jeep) & it was only USD$280 or an older Ford Explorer for USD$203 for a week for a whole week inc airport pick up/drop off at Denver Int.

Some of these 4wds even get cheaper/day, the longer you have them.

Plenty of 4wds around Denver & much cheaper BY FAR than any rental cars. So some might have a few years/miles on them. Some of the cheapest 4wd's in NZ are imported used from Japan with 100,000 km on clock before their new life in NZ.
 

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no, just had a look for a 4wd for a week in Colorado in January for self (7 seater Jeep) & it was only USD$280 or an older Ford Explorer for USD$203 for a week for a whole week inc airport pick up/drop off at Denver Int.

Some of these 4wds even get cheaper/day, the longer you have them.

Plenty of 4wds around Denver & much cheaper BY FAR than any rental cars. So some might have a few years/miles on them. Some of the cheapest 4wd's in NZ are imported used from Japan with 100,000 km on clock before their new life in NZ.
Websites please. I haven't found anything like that.
 

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Denver, Seattle rent a wreck .... flying into LAX .... going to Banff :confused:
He's talking about flying into Vancouver or Kelowna. The cheaper option, would prob b 2 fly in2 Seattle & get a 4wd/AWD for the duration. Pick up & return to Seattle. Don't think you can ever do 1 way with relay rides.

A 3 yo BMW X3 is hardly rent a wreck, no matter how many kms it has on the clock.
 

David Andrews

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How the hell does that relate to Banff ?

I mean.... Seattle to Banff to Whistler via Jasper and back to Seattle ?

That is a shite load of mucking about adding days of driving to a simple Calgary to Vancouver gig
banff ? jasper ? Where did he say he was going there ?

Talking Whistler, Silver Star, Revelstoke & month long trip.

Seattle to Vancouver is less than 2.5 hours drive, inc border crossing.
 

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There are 2 sets of q's in the thread.....1 is also by Heather about Banff ect.

Please people when you are answering questions read everything above so you know how it will be perceived or at least quote someone.
 

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We are going over for a month late December to late Jan. Their are two of us, and we were planning on hiring car and doing the drive from banff through to whistler, stopping off at jasper and sun peaks on the way (will do day trips to golden and revelstoke when in banff).
Only thing that is booked in atm is flight to LAX plus spending chrissy in Banff with the sister who is working at lake louise.

Anyone have any tips? I have heard that the snow will be similar to last season and potentially lacking in some resorts - it was advised that I don't book anything and just fly to where the snow is.... anyone else think this is the right idea? looked at hiring a suv and its is about $2000 for the month (doesn't specify snow tires though, but i figured it was 4wd so that would be ok?)

after a month in canada we are heading to vegas fora few nights and then to colorado and staying at breckenridge for 16 days, plus travelling to yellowstone national park....any ideas on this part of the trip would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers.

Hi Heather, welcome to the forums! It's a bit of a nut house at times (I can say this because I'm one of the nuts), but there is also some very good info to be gleaned.

Your overall trip idea seems sound to me, just be aware that Banff to Revelstoke is not a day trip for normal people, it's a minimum 3 hr drive each way even in summer. You'll be lucky to find proper winter tires on rental SUVs, just remind the rental people when you pick up the vehicle that you're going into BC and the law there requires at least M+S (mud and snow) tires. Chains are for chumps, you'll be driving over a thousand km on snow. I find the extra weight and all wheel drive of the SUVs makes them workable with M+S. For smaller lighter vehicles or 2WD cars, you need at least Severe Winter rated rubber (aka 'snow tires'). Better yet, studded winters.
 

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Hi sly_karma, you are 100% right....I have found the info on here very valuable in planning the trip so far! Love it :)

Thanks for the heads up about Revelstoke, thinking we may just stop in over night on the way back from Sunpeaks now so we can fully experience it, and potentially do another overnighter there whilst near Banff.
Glad to get a bit of info on car hire - seems SUV's are few and far between for the dates I am there, so will book in the next couple of days. We are getting a jeep cherokee to be on the safe side, but will def contact them now to make sure they put M+S tires on for our BC trip.
 
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Lots of SUVs for the Canadian market have M+S standard, as they should. Check ahead though and especially again at pickup time.
 
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