Well. We're two guys that are going to do a snowboard season in Canada starting late October/early November this year. We havn't exactly planned on where we're going or anything like that, so if anybody has any experience or recomendations on this, please feel free to give us your views.
Don't hesitate to drop a line if you're just interested in hooking up and go together, or what not. Always cool to meet new friends! :-)
Sorry for the really delayed post . . . There have been a few glitches in the system and I haven't been getting notifications for people needing travel help for Canada. Everything seems to be working now, though, knock on wood.
I don't snowboard, but I know many people who do so I will try to help you. Probably your best bets would be ski hills with the most natural snow- the best hill for natural snow in the Canadian Rockies is Sunshine. Lake Louise is popular and good, too, but it gets crowded. Banff Mount Norquay is a good hill, too, I hear, and it is close to Lake Louise. The worst hill I have heard about is Nakiska; it will ruin your board so don't go there. My bro snowboards and this winter he went to Sun Peaks and really liked it, so that would be a decent option as well. Of course there is Whistler in BC (near Vancouver) which is an excellent hill as well. If you're into half-pipes and all that, there is a good one right in the city of Calgary in Canada Olympic Park (COP). I'm not sure where there are other half-pipes, though.
You want to come over for Oct/Nov. Sometimes in Canada the most snow falls pretty late- like really close to Christmas and afterwards, right into spring. You can go spring skiing right into April easily here, sometimes even June. For early boarding your best bet, I think, would be Sunshine for sure, because LOTS of snow falls there. They are often one of the first hills to open and one of the last to close. In the mountains, unlike the cities, it obviously snows more. Since I'm a city girl, I know the weather there the best, though from watching the ski reports with the local weather on the news I know that Sunshine gets a lot of snow.
I hope that helps you out, at least a bit.
Like above me and one other friend are just finishing university and we both plan to go to Canada to do a season.
We are looking to going to Whistler oct/nov time, but we also want to work, just enough so that we have money to live on. We are pretty much willing to do anything. Does anyone know how to start looking for jobs or how to go about finding one?
If you want to come to Canada to work you will need a Working Holliday Visa (UK citizens are eligible). Once you land you will need to apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN #) and, of course, open a bank account. Many Canadian businesses pay their employees through 'direct deposit' which means they directly deposit your cheque into your account. Some will do whatever you perfer (so you could request cheques) and some will only do cheques. But for the places that only do direct deposit, you will need a bank account in CDN$ to be hired. (If you are working in a remote place, direct deposit is perfered because then you could use interac to pay for your purchases without having to travel out to a bank and cash the cheque and go back to work- that uses up a good portion of your day off that you could use skiiing/boarding, too!)
Work can be found almost anywhere. Many people get jobs right on the ski hills which often gives you benefits like free passes and even free/cheap room and board. Jobs on ski hills are, for example, operating the lifts, teaching ski school, working in concession, working in gift shops, restaurants on the hills, in the village, maintenance, housekeeping, etc. You don't need experience for many of the jobs that don't require you to actually ski/board.
If you aren't lucky enough to score a job on a ski hill in Canada, you could always rent a flat in a city near ski hills. In the west (Rockies), good places to look would be Vancouver or its surrounding suburbs, Whistler, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, etc. And, of course, any old job could be found in those places. Check the job classified section of their respective major newspaper.
On a WHV, you cannot get a job in your career field (say you're a doctor- you can't set up practice here). You have to get a job in a service/hospitality/blue collar kind of industry.
Hope that helps!