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1. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru, 454 posts) 9 May '07 04:02

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Hi everyone!

I have a dream about going to Canada next winter, for, say, 3 weeks. The main activity would be snowboarding but I also want to visit some friends in Vancouver.

My questions are:
Where should I go? Does anyone know somewhere good for snowboarding close to Vancouver? Is it possible to stay in Vancouver and go on day trips, or will I have to stay at a skiing resort up in the mountains?
How much is a ski pass, approximately? Accomodation? Other expences?
And as for the flight from Europe, would a direct flight to Vancouver be a lot more expencive than flying to somewhere cheap in the US and then get a flight from there?

I probably have more questions that I don't even know about yet... Any input on this would be great!!!

//Susanna

2. Posted by dannyboy7 (Full Member, 167 posts) 9 May '07 10:49

Hey,
Get yourself to whistler/blackcomb ,it's about 2 hours drive from vancouver but it's well worth the trip......the village itself is built right at the bottom of the slopes and is the best place i've ever snowboarded in canada,it's huge and you've got both mountains to choose from....it's got a good apre' ski as well... i splashed out and stayed at the Holiday Inn sunspree but there are cheaper places.
have fun you lucky sod.
danny

3. Posted by kirk1978 (Budding Member, 12 posts) 9 May '07 14:26

snowboarding or skiing around vancouver, DEFINATELY Whistler/blackcomb. been there last winter. it was Amazing!
however, I must say, to fully enjoy this, you better know how to snowboard.
I personally is not a good skier. and i think i could've enjoy more if i can ski better.

last time i went there, we found there are lift ticket or combo (lift+rental) ticket that you can get from local 7-11, which turns out to be slightly cheaper than getting it at the bottom of the hill (or mountain i should say).

Let me dig out some of my old photo and post it. (as u can guess.. i am new here.. so haven't post much yet).

and for accommodation, if u want to stay around there, you are pretty much stuck with what's below the hill. do a quick search at their site and u can find out more.

Last time we just stay in the city and do same day travel there.
day ski close rather early anyway.

I am not sure about public transit from vancouver to whistler tho. last time i was lucky enough to have one of my old friend drove me there

4. Posted by sunburnt (Budding Member, 14 posts) 9 May '07 15:04

Hey

I live in Vancouver and am here to say that Whistler is amazing/beautiful/great and all that, but its pretty expensive. We've got some great local mountains that take less that an hour or so to drive to and are alot cheaper. If you cant afford to stay in whistler the whole time and dont want to make the commute daily, I suggest checking out the website for Cypress Mountain...

Krista

5. Posted by Dantcol (Budding Member, 14 posts) 9 May '07 17:03

Hi

I just finished the season in Whistler (lived there for 3 months), amazing, you can not miss a trip to Whistler/Blackcomb fantastic....

You could get a day pass which costs about $85 canadian or a 15 day pass is $926...just to give you an idea.

It can be expensive but thats if you eat out at restuarants and drink if you want to save money you can...but is worth the trip you can stay any where around whislter as the public transport (Wave) is really good. only $1.25 per trip or you can buy passes that are cheaper.

I hope this helps

Cheers

6. Posted by kirk1978 (Budding Member, 12 posts) 9 May '07 20:33

just posted a picture of Whistler i took back in 2006
http://www.travellerspoint.com/photos/stream/size/M/photoID/117222/

7. Posted by Petra M (Budding Member, 65 posts) 10 May '07 00:00

Yes, it's true, the ski resorts of Blackcomb and Whistler have been voted the best in North America many times. The villages at their bases also boast great restaurants, specialty shops and night life. It's a beautiful area and you should visit it. You should definitely explore their main website, it's full of info on accomodations, maps, prices, etc. You can also check their calendar to see if there are any special deals during the time you will be there:
http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/index.htm

Vancouver does have three great local ski hills, with all three located on the North Shore mountains in North Vancouver: Grouse Mountain; Cypress Bowl; and Mount Seymour. Yes, they do offer night skiing too (which Whistler doesn't). To get up Grouse Mountain you need to take a gondola ride up, and on a clear day you can have a panoramic view over Vancouver, Burrard Inlet, and the Gulf Islands. They do have decent runs at a cheaper cost than Whistler and Blackcomb. Check out their websites for prices and details:
http://www.grousemountain.com/
http://www.cypressmountain.com/index.asp
http://www.mountseymour.com/

Have a great trip!

Cheers,

Petra M, Vancouver

8. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru, 454 posts) 10 May '07 01:30

Thank you so much for your input, guys! It's very much appreciated.

Is it possible to commute to the Vancouver local slopes from Vancouver even though you don't have access to a car? I mean are there busses, trains or whatever or would I have to rent a car?

Oh I'm so excited!

//Susanna

9. Posted by phileas (Respected Member, 67 posts) 10 May '07 01:53

Hey Susanna

I agree with all that's said about Whistler. It is expensive tho all round and has been described by some as Disney Land on Snow. There's some awesome terrain if you are up to the challenge, my favourites are Whister Bowl & Christmas Trees on Whistler, and any where on 7th Heaven on Blackcomb.

Vancouver has some mountains around the city like Cypress and Grouse Mountain but the elevation is smallll compared to the likes of Whistler.

There's tonnes of resorts heading east from Vancouver in BC alone

This website has a pretty good list:

http://www.britishcolumbia.com/Ski/

10. Posted by DaveHilton (Budding Member, 6 posts) 10 May '07 21:32

Hi Susanna,
my bet would be to fly into Calgary, you can get flights from London Gatwick at www.canadian-affair.ca fairly cheap. From Calgary it is a 12 hour drive to Vancouver, but in between is where all the best skiing is Canada has to offer. You can stay in Banff, a msall mountain town where many tourists stay for skiing, it is a 1 hour drive from Calgary, there you can go skiing a Mt. Norquay, Lake Louise, Sunshine Village. They all have busues that will pick you up at any hotel to take you out for the day. Past Lake louise which has a beautiful mountain inn, (worth seeing) is British Columbia where you can ski at Fernie snow valley or Panorama ski resort, they are both nice hills, after that closer to Vancouver is Whistler mountain. That is where the next winter olympics are being held. I have never been there but hear it is beautiful. I also belive you could commute to and from Vancouver from there but could be wrong. If you can it would be a long drive though. In between Calgary and Vancouver the best things to see are Banff, has alot of ski hills, beautiful town, hot springs a gondola and a good nightlife. Then Lake louise chalet, and into British Columbia there is Radium hot springs which is nice, Fernie snow Vally, and the Okanogan, Kelowna is the nicest part but also Vernon, It is a long drive but broken up into a bunch of stops you would really enjoy it. I think KLM flies direct to Calgary also but the cheapest is through London.
Hope it helps, Dave