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post #41 of 50 (permalink) Old 07-13-2012, 04:26 AM Thread Starter
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Also this is probably a bit wierd but if there is someone out there who is thinking i would likw to do that but have no-one to do it with....neither do i....id be happy to discuss going with someone else
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Looks like a good trip though the Heli runs seems a bit light. 3 runs? Most heli outfits offer at least five and the option to purchase additional drops. I know the vertical is huge at Revelstoke resort. Over 4k (vertical feet) top to bottom. So if you are getting heli drops in that range, say with at least 3k vert, than that is not bad at all. I am really unsure of what type of average vertical they have access to, but I am sort of thinking it's probably not that big. Then again, it could be. Either way, I'd pad a little extra money to buy a drop or two.

Doing a backcountry tour at the end of your trip sounds a little brutal. This also depends on what type of tour. If you are going to need a splitboard to get out there, could be a little tough after your previous two days. If it's just a lift assisted boot pack to your drop and an easy ride back to the lifts, then maybe not. I think I would prefer to do that one first, but these guys have been running this tour, not me. Maybe it just works better in this format. If you are doing a lot of hiking or skinning, your legs could be burnt after this day, so it could be a great way to finish your trip.

Overall, looks like a lot of fun. Canada is a great place. I need to schedule a backcountry riding trip on Rogers Pass at some point in the next year or two.
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I would throw a week of resort riding infront of that tour. From my experience the first 4-5 days straight in a trip take a toll on your body, you get sore, it takes a few days for the body to get over the initial shock of riding every day. By day 5 my body is fighting back and feels like it could do 3 months straight. Plus its a big effort for just a few days riding, you will want more.
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Also this is probably a bit wierd but if there is someone out there who is thinking i would likw to do that but have no-one to do it with....neither do i....id be happy to discuss going with someone else
I would go with you as I am also a solo traveller but I will be in Japan on a 6 week journey from jan 20 to march 3. Going solo says a lot about your character in my opinion, most people think im crazy, im not that crazy, I just found something in life that my friends didnt and Im now on a journey of enormous reward.
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thanks for the responses guys.

I agree with the point about having extra days beforehand. I got a reworked quote for 2 extra days before hand so you can get over jet lag and warm the legs up!!! Was not much more at all.

As for going on my own im the same. I go on two snowboard holidays a year with my mates but they cant afford this, ive been saving and have promised myself id go by the time im 30 so thats this year or next

agree 3 runs isnt alot, there is the option of extra runs for 65 or 85 CAD per run, cant remember which. I would like more but i guess they know what they are on about.
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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.

hence the stay in Golden which is only 2 hours from Revelstoke,
If the weather has been good, then the driving times are accurate. If there is a dump, then expect significant delays for highway avy control. I've done Calgary/Golden in 3 hours and I've done it in 9 or not at all. And Rogers Pass is not conducive to maintaining a strict timetable.

Perhaps you should consider heli-skiing out of Golden with Purcell Heli? Base yourself in Golden or Kicking Horse, day-trip or overnight to Revelstoke as your schedule/weather permits. I'd hate to see you stuck in Golden while your heli lifts off in Revy.

Word to the wise, if you're renting a car in Calgary, pay for the windshield insurance and if you can get a winter tire upgrade, then do it. No fun driving the Kicking Horse Canyon or Rogers Pass on all seasons in snow.
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Its not splitboarding. Its off piste hiking to diffferent points and locations.
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