You'll survive the cold in Vancouver alright but Calgary has some pretty crazy weather... It might be real nice in December, or it might be -30... If your hithchin' it through the mountains I would be sure to have some warm clothing. If you get a chance visit Nelson B.C. ... I've got a feeling you'd like it
Hey guys thanx for all of that!
Banff really seems the way to go so I think i'll prioritise in that direction! Also good is that i have friends in Calgary so the area suits me well.
That tip with the sweater sounds great. Im actually buying thermal clothes as an underlayer so i hope that'll do the trick for me. THat way i can just strip off when need be.
I think im set! 2 weeks to go and freedom awaits! Any other tips for the direction im heading, or for places to go, how to do it... please let me know!
Thanx again y'all!
I would make sure and hit Jasper too, its much less expensive than Banff and IMO its more fun because of that. it attracts a younger (and more broke) crowd.
Whistler is beautiful but there aren't many more expensive places to ski than there.
I'd try less mainstream hills Silver Star (Vernon) or even Big White (Kelowna) is going to be much less expensive than Whistler.
If you plan on snowboarding I'd advise going west of the rockies because its generally speaking a lot warmer than the rockies or the few hills east of there.
You can take the train from Vancouver to Jasper which is a good way to get around, especially in the winter as I wouldn't recommend driving through BC if you've never even seen snow before because the weather can be very unpredictable. the schedule is pretty crappy though as it only runs 3x per week, but you could always work around it. http://www.viarail.ca/en_index.html
Have a great trip.
You might want to add going to Toronto, Ontario - is an amazing party city...