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Old 07-10-2012, 03:34 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Don't know about lodging and packages around Revelstoke. El Chupacabra hangs in that area I believe. Eagle Pass heli is co owned by Scott Newsome. The first snowboarder to get an ACMG guide certification, which is pretty amazing. The terrain is supposed to be off the hook great and the operation is ran by some of the best professionals in the business. Scott Newsome is one of the guys Jeremy Jones used for safety on Deeper and Further. In other words, he's bad ass. I believe Scott is also a member of this forum.
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:08 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Anyone have any experiences with Great Northern Powder Guides?

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Old 07-11-2012, 03:50 AM   #33 (permalink)
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Some more great links and info guys thankyou.

And to shmitty - i am planning this for the 2013/2014 season as its uber expensive and i need more time to save. If i somehow manage to get the finances ill go this year but more likely next year

Ill still have two cheapy ones to europe this year

What is Jasper like?

What about Jackson Hole?
There is a place called Grand Targhee nearby which is apparently great for powder?

Another edit.... Have found a couple good deals for Ferniw which looks great.

I really know nothing about the US and Canadian resorts so advice on any of these would be helpful...im learning alot researhing them and Fernie is promising.

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Are you planning to go by yourself or with some people? Renting a condo or cabin may be cheaper if you go with more than a few. Also depends on when you go too. I was planning to go to Fernie for the 2nd to 3rd week of February next year but found out that there's some kind of Family week going on. Priced out a cabin for 8 people and it was about $15,000.00 US just for that week.

Forget that, Whitefish, Montana just two hours away I could find a house that sleeps 12 for $2k for the week. Which comes out to $165/person for one week. Plus the lift tickets for whitefish are about $100.00 for two days if you get em at costco. Priced out Great Northern Powder guides and they are $350 for the day which is $100 less than the going rate in Canada. Since Fernie is only 1.5 to 2 hours away I could just drive there for a couple days for boarding there.

Heard many good things about Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee too. Aside from places in Colorado like Vail, it would be a lot cheaper to board at places in the US than it would be anywhere in Canada with the exchange rate as it is now.
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I spent a week at Whitefish this past March (with one day trip across the border to Fernie). Whitefish was awesome, great tree riding all day long! The crowd during the week were non-existant which was a bonus. Took a video on my gopro one day from top to bottom and only saw two people until I got to the main lift.

I had originally planned on taking 1 cat trip with the Great Northern Powder guides. However, when we arrived some of the lower elevations had lost a lot of their snow pack there were no huge dumps while we were there. So, we decided against it.
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Sounds like my kind of resort. Crossing fingers for an epic snowfall right before I get there.
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One word of advice for your first time heli boarding.....do not overestimate your skill level. If you do and end up in a group who are all way better than you, they will dispise you. I went cat boarding last year with my main group of guys and signed up for the expert group, thinking we'd be able to hit some gnar stuff. We ended up with two guys from Cali in our group who had never ridden powder before. Half the time we were waiting for the two to get unstuck, the other half we were trying to find "easy" runs down so they didn't get hurt. Such bullshit. So yeah, don't be those guys.
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One word of advice for your first time heli boarding.....do not overestimate your skill level. If you do and end up in a group who are all way better than you, they will dispise you. I went cat boarding last year with my main group of guys and signed up for the expert group, thinking we'd be able to hit some gnar stuff. We ended up with two guys from Cali in our group who had never ridden powder before. Half the time we were waiting for the two to get unstuck, the other half we were trying to find "easy" runs down so they didn't get hurt. Such bullshit. So yeah, don't be those guys.
This is another reason I've been sticking to resorts (the obvious reason is it's much cheaper). At a resort I can ride at my own pace. Sometimes I want to warm up on groomers, other times I want to dive into a steep chute or a nice gladed bowl. Especially on those steep runs I like to stop, plan my line, dive into it and then stop to catch my breath, pick my next line, etc. I think I'd feel either rushed or bored riding steeps with a group.

Now if I found 3-4 other people that were very similar in skill and pace, it would make for some really fun riding! I think that's the key, but very hard to find...
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Sounds like my kind of resort. Crossing fingers for an epic snowfall right before I get there.
This past season they had something like over 300" of snow. The week I showed up the the daytime temps got high and melted most of the snow in the valley which some locals told me was odd and doesn't happen often. It snowed everyother day we were there but mostly just a few inches here and there. The day after I left they got hit with over a foot of snow.

The only negative thing I can say about Big Mountain is the fog. If it rolls in you won't be able to see an inch in front of your face. But, on the plus side everytime it rolled in it was gone or mostly gone within an hour or two.
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Old 07-13-2012, 03:24 AM   #40 (permalink)
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I got a custome package back today from a company i have been speaking to so i thought i would share to get feedback:

Dates 25th February – 4th March – 7 nights only.

Monday 25th Feb – Depart Heathrow 13.00 – arrive Calgary 15.20.

Collect SUV – on the road by 4.20 pm. 3 hour drive from Calgary to Golden.

Spend first night in Golden, Ramada, standard room with 2 queen beds. Driving from Calgary to Revelstoke is not an realistic option after a 9 hour flight, hence the stay in Golden which is only 2 hours from Revelstoke, and seeing as you cross a time line on the way from Golden to Reve you get an extra hour back..



Tuesday 26th Feb - Next morning leave early from Golden and drive to Revelstoke.

Ski/Snowboard for the day, check in with Revelstoke Outdoor Centre, 4 pm drive to Revelstoke town, check into Sandman Hotel. Standard room 2 queen beds. You have 5 nights here. I’d recommend an early night as you have 4 huge days coming up.



Wednesday 27th Feb – Saturday 2nd Mar. Ultimate ROC Pack 4 day experience.

ROC Schedule
• Day 1 - Cat/Heli Prep - Full Day session with a Snow Pro from the Revelstoke Outdoors Centre and lunch at the Rockford wok|bar|grill. – Wednesday

• Day 2 - Cat Skiing at Revelstoke Mountain Resort - Includes unlimited vertical, equipment rentals, on-slope lunch, and après ski appetizers. – Thursday

• Day 3 - Day Heli Skiing, Powder Excursion with Selkirk Tangiers - Includes three runs, equipment rentals, buffet breakfast, on-slope lunch, and après ski appetizers. – Friday

• Day 4 - Day Tour in the Backcountry of Revelstoke - Includes Guiding Services and a Backcountry Lift Ticket. Equipment Rentals are available through the RMR Rental Shop. - Saturday



Sunday 3rd Mar – Ski/snowboard Revelstoke (or Kicking Horse is also possible) – 3 to 4 pm – Drive to Golden. Spend last night in Sandman Inn. Standard room 2 queen beds.



Monday 4th Mar – Depart Golden, drive to Calgary, you would have enough time for a nice lunch in Banff or along the way somewhere, maybe Lake Louise also.. Check in is open at 16.05. Flight departs at 19.05 arriving into Heathrow at 11.00 following morning.

How does that sound to people, looks good to me if not a little rushed, im tempted to try and add an extra day either side. Price for this is £2285...

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