Hi Guys / Girls,
I took a trip with some friends to interior British Columbia in Canada this winter in search of some powder. Turns out I was quite successful. I wanted to share with you some of my take-away's. We rented a car from Calgary over the week of March 11th and skied, in order:
Fernie- Great steep terrain, and while it was raining at the base, it was snowing at the top. Unfortunately visibility was tricky that day.
Whitewater (2 days, stayed in Nelson) - Some nice steep trees off of the main lift. Also some good slackcountry which dumps out to the road. Lots of fun stuff to jump off of. We skied two days in a row instead of hitting Red mountain because the snow was altitude driven, and it turned out to be the biggest pow day of the year. (30+")
Revelstoke - (2 days) - Disappointment. Maybe I believed too much of the hype, or maybe the weather just didn't cooperate, but it rained at the base both days, and although there is over a mile of vertical, the lift structure there is still in its growing phase, so you couldn't easily lap fun runs without having to traverse or ski wet, slow snow. I'd give it another shot but not until they install some more lifts, since they have a master plan for at least 10 more, in the next 10 years. Revy had a few steep chutes and some pretty unique pillow lines, but Whistler has better steeps overall with much better apres ski scene.
Kicking Horse - I will defiantly be returning here. If you like cliffs, you go to Jackson Hole. If you like steep chutes, & couloirs, Kicking Horse is for you. This place has the most steeps I've ever seen anywhere. I want to say that there are something like 100+ named chutes here. You could ski for a whole week and not hit every one of them. Having said that, I would not in a million years bring a beginner skier here with me. There is just not much terrain for them. The lift line for the gondola was at least a 10+ minute wait all day long.
Lake Louise - Our last day of skiing, & the only day all week that it did not snow, and it was a blue bird day. Nothing too challenging here, but definitely beautiful scenery here, a pleasant crowd, short lift lines for a Sunday, and some nice bumps.
I've posted a video montage of the week. You can check it out here:
Feel free to ask me any questions about any of the resorts or where we stayed!
Last edited by IWannaGoFast; Jun 6, 2012 at 2:01 PM. Reason: Correct youtube link
very cool. my son and I have talked about a similar road trip. interesting comments/observation. you've lucky to have such young knees for all those landings!
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