there's a street with a whole bunch of snow shops in a row in Van, can't remember the name of it, but if you google map it i'm sure you'll find it.
As for outerwear, i swear by Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) - it's like a Canadian version of Anaconda, but massive and cheap and awesome.
Last time I got a shell, fleece, thermals, socks etc from there, but they don't stock snowboard brands i.e Burton, so if you want designer stuff head to the board shops instead.
If you're staying at the Samesun in Van (like every australian who goes to whistler) you can jump on a bus and it'll take you most of the way there. We walked it once and it took aaaaaaages
Sorry i can't be more specific, it was a few years ago. Locals will be able to help you out better, but def check out MEC - it's awesome
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