Skiing/Accommodation in Canada

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1. Posted by mj75 (Full Member 42 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,
Going to be in Canada around Jan/Feb 2006 as part of our 6 months RTW trip from Sept 2005. Can anyone suggest any good areas for accommodation and skiing – on a budget so there’s no point in suggesting such places as the Hilton.

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Whistler or Banff are your two best bets. Both of them have excellent skiing, are close enough to international aiports (Calgary for Banff and Vancouver for Whistler) and they both have hostels that you can stay at. Check out Hosteling International for locations.

There are also ski places in the interior of British Columbia, but given the amount of time you have, you might not want to spent a day travelling into the interior just to ski.

If I was you, I would choose Whistler, because then you could spend a couple of days in Vancouver.


3. Posted by Tsjebber (Full Member 58 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I'm in Banff at the moment and there is some wicked skiing around here. But still I hear everybody going nuts about Whistler. Whistler is the party place to be and has some crazy snow during Jan/Feb. Also an advantige in Whistler is that the ski-area lies next to the town. In Banff the skiareas lie between 4 and 50 km apart. I would advise you to prebook your hostel as fast as you know where you want to go because they will be full during the season.
Hope this helps you a bit.
Have fun planning dude!

4. Posted by barby (Full Member 52 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Both are good choices for sure. But -and this may be slightly biased because I'm a Vancouverite- Whistler would be nice because you can come to Vancouver as well. Whistler village is great. Lots of restaurants, pubs and shopping; its basically in party mode always. Also, the sea to sky highway to Whistler from Vancouver is beautiful, and right along the water. If you want to catch some scenery also, its a good way to go.

Though, I'm sure the scenery from Calgary to Banff is beautiful as well. And Banff is in a National Park, so there are plenty of outdoor activities too. Banff... well, I can't remember it as well cause I haven't been there since I was very very young. But I know this, its also a great choice.

Tough call. Wow, sorry for being un-helpful... mmm, sitting on the fence. I'd go with Whistler, cause Vancouver is key, and I live here and should back it.

5. Posted by Musze (Inactive 20 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I know everyone's suggesting Whistler, but it's pretty much the most expensive mountain in the province. I don't know exactly what kind of travelling you're looking to do (cities or countryside, etc), but I think a trip to the interior might be nice. Whistler is about a 2 hour drive from Vancouver, and Kelowna is about a 5 hour drive. I would suggest going to Big White in Kelowna, although it's not as big and developed, you'd get to see the most beautiful scenery on the Coquihala highway (through the mountains) if you drive from Vancouver. In fact, driving through any of the mountains in the interior is stunning. Vancouver's nice as well (I live here), so I'd suggest taking a stop here too. Keep in mind that Whister is *very* expensive to stay at, and even the most basic food (McDonalds) is very pricey. It's very developed too - like a small city on a mountain. If that's what you're looking for, go for it, but otherwise, consider the Okanagan interior.

6. Posted by mj75 (Full Member 42 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Many thanks all for your comments and recommendations.

We shall both take them onboard while we finalise our trip early next year :)

Kind regards