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Weaker and fading then initially thought according to JB, but definitely something to be aware of.
Lake Hopatcong, NJ
I think it's a great idea for a trip & thanks for extenting the offer.I didn't start this thread to argue about where you think is better. Everyone has their opinion. I chose Red because its something different and while they don't always get the crazy dumps other places get, they are know to get consistent refreshes almost nightly. That makes it a little easier to guarantee decent conditions which you really can't do at other places. I posted to extend an invitation to the people on this forum. If you don't think its a good deal or would rather go somewhere else you are more than welcome to organize your own trip.
Havent been to red, but went to whitewater, which is nearby, this past season. Great skiing. if you're looking for resorty, non skiing stuff, this probably isnt for you. Highly recommend the cat skiing also. We did Wildhorse out of Ymir but heard that Big red cats is similar.
flying in to spokane, the drive up to BC is easy. was able to book flights last year in october for 400 rt.
You need a passport to enter Canada. Either that or an enhanced drivers license that works the same as a passport. Here in NY enhanced drivers licenses are available. I don't know if they are in your area.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?
Update, I will also have flights out of LaGuardia, which will be cheaper by around $100.
I'm hoping to get this all nailed down in the next week so I can start signing people up. Stay tuned.
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?
Good to know - guess I will eat apps for the week! And hit up a tax and duty free liquor store!
At Banff I stayed outside the park at a condo in Canmore (actually outside of Canmore), here...
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.
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.