New to the forums but soooooo glad to see there is actually some kind of info outlet.
im 18 and am working my ass off to save for a holiday (w/possible work if needed to support myself) for a few months in canada. looking for some good boarding locations and to try and see the sights.
I have skimmed the threads on canada and seen people speak about banff alot, also i heard of whistler and sunshine valley? i would like to be able to get some low budget accomodation but nothing that im gonna have to felate anyone for. there should be me and maybe at the max 2 mates going.
please, if anyone can give me any tips on first time travel they would be very helpfull. im not plan on doing this until next year sometime so there will be plenty planning.
Skiing and Boarding in the Rockies is a dream!!... The Hills are huge and snowpacked =)...
The best months are December - March... As for Hills...:
Sunshine - this year had great snow... they are very large and have one mountain almost entirely dedicated to "experts", consisting of Black Diamonds and Double blacks with a few intermediate runs... There's a few nice bowls there as well... its also good for beginners.
Louise - Also had good snow this year! Its really big and just a lot of fun... a little further from Banff though then Sunshine is...
Kickinghorse - In Golden B.C. is probably my favorite of all because they are known for all their bowls and powder skiing... it's about 3 hours west of Calgary... I stayed there once overnight and woke up to 108 cm of Fresh Stuff =) probably why its my favorite..!
Panorama - near Fairmont B.C. is real nice and they have lots of powder but a shorter season due to it getting wet ealry/late in the season...
Red Mountain - near Nelson B.C. which I would say is the hands down most cultural city in Canada... Its a smaller hill but they get tonnes of powder...
Big White - is a huge hill near Kelowna B.C.... I stayed there for 2 nights once and had 3 days of great skiing... lots of powder again and pretty cool tree skiing... also some nice bowls too...
Silverpoint - I believe it is called is pretty much the exact same as Big White and is also near Kelowna...
Whistler - I have never been there but assume its a lot like Lake Louise in shear size, and imagine they get great powder during the winter months... but I assume its pretty wet early/late in the season...
Banff, Canmore in Alberta and Nelson B.C. are all decent size mountain towns where you may be able to find work/accomadation, or you may want to work right at the ski hill....
hope this helps,
Just noticed this thread started... Re: work at Big White
there are so many places to chose from, and where ever you go it willbe great. stay away from the larger cities if you want to save money. at least whistler is close to vancouver ifyou ever want to spend some time in the city. i don't know how expensive it is though.
Thanks alot for the feed back, alot of locations i havent even heard of there, gives me alot of ideas.
i expect these spots will have a bit of a hefty travel time though..?
Whistler has an incredible reputation. It is a world-class ski mountain. It is the Best place for snowboarding, as well. Don't go to Panorama to snowboard (I used to work there.) Sunshine has excellent powder, always fresh, the longest season that I know of. The big 3 : banff mt. norquay, Lake Louise and Sunshine are all really fine and near Banff, Alberta. Please avoid Nakiski like The Plague-- I couldn't even cross-country ski there, in January on new years.
Have you considered working at a hill? Then you get free accomodation and a free pass to the mountain. My friend did that for a winter and he had a blast. The mountain resorts often advertise overseas for people looking for temp jobs, I think the work goes from october to may..... Being an Alberta girl, I strongly recommend Jasper or Banff (Lake Louise, Sunshine, Nakiska or Fortress for the Banff area, and for Jasper, Marmot Basin is great). In BC, you can go to Fernie (my personal favorite, it always gets amazing powder) and there's always the appeal of Whistler, which is quite a ways away from the others that I've mentionned, but it's probably the most popular hill in Canada.
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I hope you have a blast!
Believe me don't work for the mountain. Yeah you get a free ski-pass but they rip you off by only paying you only 6 dollars an hour. You'll have to work more than 40 hours a week. I've done last season in Banff and my roommate had to work 70 hr working weeks at the Sunshine gondola for this ridicilously low pay. If you dont have any money when you arrive this is indeed the only way to do it. Thats the only reason the mountain gets away with it. You stop working, you lose your skipass. It also get's to temperatures to -15/-40 celcius. Which is very hard on your body too when you are working. I saved loads of money before I went which meant I only had to work for 6 weeks at the end of the season. Only as a dishpick you'll get payed 10 dollars an hour. Just calculate: skipass 1200 dollars / 4 dollars (which I earned more than the ppl on the mountain) = 300. After 300 hours of work you got your skipass back. And you are in control of your situaton. Dont like your job, just look for another one. Getting a job is easy in Banff, the problem is accom. Try to find other people to rent something out and arrive early October. If you wanna stay in Whistler, start looking for accom now. Check The Pique weekly newspaper online. For Banff check Craig and Canyon for housing.
It's hard to say where to go. There's loads of resorts and it all comes to what you want. Banff is a party town, cheaper than Whistler, but you also need to drive 12 km's to Sunshine and 56 to Lake Louise. That means you need a car or hitch the whole winter. Because it's a party town it's also hard to find people that are really into the skiing or boarding. Hangover from partying. If you're an expert rider I'd go to Golden. Don't know much about the town but the mountain near is insane (Kicking Horse). Buy a season pass for Kicking Horse and one for Lake Louise(which is also 50 kms away from Golden, but on the other side than Banff) and it will cost you almost the same. The only thing I really liked at Sunshine was Delirium Dive (freeride zone where you need a beacon). Banff Norquay is just too small and has only 5 lifts. This year also very bad on snow. Terrain park is quite nice there and not to busy, but Lake Louise has an insane one. You'll prolly need a visa so hurry for that. I can still write 20 pages of info if I want to but I'm really gonna stop now. Check www.mountainseasoners.com for more info, also for visas etc. Adding a lot this summer.