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  1. #31
    Quote Originally Posted by jimk View Post
    Howie or CREX, Dumb question from someone who lives far from the Canadian border: when driving car or bus across from Spokane do you have to have a passport?
    most definitely.

  2. #32
    Starting to see many trips for sale

    here is what Boston Ski and Sports Club is offering something similar for comparison

    Ski-Red-Mountain-and-Whitewater-Resorts-in-BC

    I plan on going to Banff with RSNE for slightly less (about $1500).
    2012-2013 (39)
    2013-2014 (36)
    2014-2015 (51)
    2015-2016 (47)

    2016-2017 target - 50

    If you take what the mountain gives you, you will always have fun!

  3. #33
    Quote Originally Posted by skiNEwhere View Post
    I have never skied Canada. I would be interested, but the longest ski trip I've ever been on was 5 days (Stowe) and I do remember starting to get bored at the end, it was raining profusely as well though so that may have factored in.

    4,200 acres is a lot, 1000 more than Winter Park and 1000 less than Vail, but I may be comparing apples and oranges here since relatively speaking Vail is flat and from what I hear RM has decent terrain. That would be my main concern though, especially if it was a poor snow year and not all of their trails were open.

    I priced it out at $900 on my own, that's factoring in the significantly less distance that is required to fly from Denver to Spokane, and staying at a cheap motel since I don't really care about the lodging. If I drove I'd only spend about $120-150 extra in gas. All stuff to consider.

    Would like to know, what made you determine the trip length?
    A lot of the people I've spoken to say that if they are going to spend a day traveling, they'd like to stay a week. Plus, it's cheaper to fly on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. I think this place will have plenty of terrain to keep you entertained. And if the resort isn't enough, take a day and go cat skiing. I'm pretty sure you won't get bored with 19,000 acres. Even if you didn't want to spend the money for the cat, you could spend a day hiking lines in the side country, and I'm sure you wouldn't be disappointed. I might do that anyway if the snow in bounds isn't thrilling me.

    Side note, I hear what some of you are saying about Revelstoke and other areas. They are all on my short list. I chose Red this year because a friend (the guy who runs trips for the other club going with us) has had Red on his radar for a while and wanted to check it off. I'm a big fan of good terrain and non-existant crowds so I said why not. I understand that Red doesn't get the snow totals that some other places get, but I don't think you should be put off by that. No one knows when and where it's going to snow this far out. But I feel that BC in March is a pretty good place to be. To date, I've done a bunch of trips. One thing I've learned is that if you try to plan the ULTIMATE TRIP and expect BEST OF ALL TIME conditions then you will probably be disappointed. Those kinds of days can't be planned. They just happen. No matter where or when you go, chances are pretty good that it's better somewhere else. My point is the chances are pretty good that conditions will be great in BC in March. That's all we know. It's better to focus on what you can control. I like Red because it's known to have a small mountain vibe and for being a skier's mountain. I also love having the slopes to myself so the low skier numbers sounds great. In the end, I had a choice between some big name resorts, but I chose the road less traveled. I find it's usually much more interesting, and the more I read about Red the more excited I get.

    I do hope some of you join us. I'd love to get more people involved with the trips I'm organizing so I can increase our collective buying power. My end goal is to get a core group of hardcore skiers and riders and rent a lodge at a heli resort. It's my ultimate bucket list item. In the mean time I'm going to try to see as many places as I can.
    DAYS ON THE SNOW
    2013-2014: 29
    2014-2015: 23 (so far)

    Mount Snow: 11/27P, 12/20, 1/27P, 1/31, 2/13
    Stowe: 12/6P, 12/7
    Pico: 12/13P
    Smuggs: 1/9, 1/10, 1/11
    Berkshire East: 1/28, 3/2
    Killington: 2/6P, 2/7P
    Magic: 2/9P
    Stratton: 2/22P
    Plattekill: 3/1
    Jackson Hole: 3/19, 3/20, 3/21, 3/23, 3/24

  4. #34
    Quote Originally Posted by dlague View Post
    Starting to see many trips for sale

    here is what Boston Ski and Sports Club is offering something similar for comparison

    Ski-Red-Mountain-and-Whitewater-Resorts-in-BC

    I plan on going to Banff with RSNE for slightly less (about $1500).
    Nice to see the comparison. I'm looking into a shuttle to Whitewater for a day or two. It would be a good option to mix it up for those who don't want to try cat skiing.
    DAYS ON THE SNOW
    2013-2014: 29
    2014-2015: 23 (so far)

    Mount Snow: 11/27P, 12/20, 1/27P, 1/31, 2/13
    Stowe: 12/6P, 12/7
    Pico: 12/13P
    Smuggs: 1/9, 1/10, 1/11
    Berkshire East: 1/28, 3/2
    Killington: 2/6P, 2/7P
    Magic: 2/9P
    Stratton: 2/22P
    Plattekill: 3/1
    Jackson Hole: 3/19, 3/20, 3/21, 3/23, 3/24

  5. #35
    Quote Originally Posted by dlague View Post
    Starting to see many trips for sale

    here is what Boston Ski and Sports Club is offering something similar for comparison

    Ski-Red-Mountain-and-Whitewater-Resorts-in-BC

    I plan on going to Banff with RSNE for slightly less (about $1500).
    Banff is beautiful but everything is pricey there!

  6. #36
    Quote Originally Posted by MadMadWorld View Post
    Banff is beautiful but everything is pricey there!
    Good to know - guess I will eat apps for the week! And hit up a tax and duty free liquor store!


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    2013-2014 (36)
    2014-2015 (51)
    2015-2016 (47)

    2016-2017 target - 50

    If you take what the mountain gives you, you will always have fun!

  7. #37
    Quote Originally Posted by dlague View Post
    Good to know - guess I will eat apps for the week! And hit up a tax and duty free liquor store!


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    At Banff I stayed outside the park at a condo in Canmore (actually outside of Canmore), here...

    http://www.copperstoneresorthotel.com/

    I didn't checked the prices now, but it was was dirt cheap about 4-5 years ago. Was very nice and seemed new. Only catch is there's nothing else right around there. Ate dinner in Canmore, I don't recall the prices being high.

  8. #38
    Quote Originally Posted by jaytrem View Post
    At Banff I stayed outside the park at a condo in Canmore (actually outside of Canmore), here...

    http://www.copperstoneresorthotel.com/

    I didn't checked the prices now, but it was was dirt cheap about 4-5 years ago. Was very nice and seemed new. Only catch is there's nothing else right around there. Ate dinner in Canmore, I don't recall the prices being high.
    Canmore is dirt cheap but you have to pay every time you go in and out of the park each day. I think it's 30 or so a day or a 150 for the season. If you are going with a carload of people it's not a bad option otherwise I don't know if it really saves you that much in the end.

  9. #39
    Quote Originally Posted by MadMadWorld View Post
    Canmore is dirt cheap but you have to pay every time you go in and out of the park each day. I think it's 30 or so a day or a 150 for the season. If you are going with a carload of people it's not a bad option otherwise I don't know if it really saves you that much in the end.
    You have to (aka supposed to) pay the same park fee even if you're staying in Banff. It's $9.80 per person or $19.60 for a family/group per day (max 7) and they're good until 4PM the next day, so basically you get 2 days for the price of one if you arrive in the morning. $136.40 is the annual pass price that includes the rest of the National Parks. We split the $19.60 (or whatever the price was in 2010) 5 ways for 2 days, then 1 additional day later in the trip, so it was like adding $3 per lift ticket. You'd actually pay more if you're staying in Banff since you'd be arriving a day earlier, it would have cost us about $60 rather than about $40.

    For Feb 5-6, 2010 (Fri/Sat night) a 2 Bedroom was $136 per night including taxes. Not sure if the place is more popular now, but at the time that was quite a deal.

  10. #40
    Quote Originally Posted by jaytrem View Post
    You have to (aka supposed to) pay the same park fee even if you're staying in Banff. It's $9.80 per person or $19.60 for a family/group per day (max 7) and they're good until 4PM the next day, so basically you get 2 days for the price of one if you arrive in the morning. $136.40 is the annual pass price that includes the rest of the National Parks. We split the $19.60 (or whatever the price was in 2010) 5 ways for 2 days, then 1 additional day later in the trip, so it was like adding $3 per lift ticket. You'd actually pay more if you're staying in Banff since you'd be arriving a day earlier, it would have cost us about $60 rather than about $40.

    For Feb 5-6, 2010 (Fri/Sat night) a 2 Bedroom was $136 per night including taxes. Not sure if the place is more popular now, but at the time that was quite a deal.
    Lol obviously I don't remember the details very well. Good info!


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