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Old 07-08-2009, 12:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 4th season in BC...where to go? Pls dont mention Banff, Whistler......

or anywhere else rammed with bus loads of tourists and folk who'd rather walk around in ski gear that ski in it!

Ive done 3 seasons in BC and have now booked to fly over for my fourth, but after my first in Banff (detested the Gucci-ness of it all plus the HOUR long transfer) and 2 in Fernie (which i loved, great sized town, great hill, great friendly vibe) im now looking for advice on where next.....???

Myself and my girlfriend will both need jobs although never struggled to find in somewhere the size of Fernie, and will need some cheapish accommodation- also planning to have a vehicle.....??

current recommendations seem to be (in no order) Red / Apex/ Big white / Sunpeaks??

Super fast lifts, swanky restaurants (and a terrain park) i can live without - but a sweet hill, a friendly vibe and at least one decent bar are ESSENTIAL!

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Old 07-08-2009, 01:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ha, well I was going to recommend Fernie, but you have already been there! so I cannae help.
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I spent a season in Rossland many years ago and it was unreal. Housing is cheap and relatively easy to find (there's a few real estate agents in town that could help you out). Jobs are a little tough to come by but it's not impossible (I worked at the hill and my gf worked at a little B&B at the base of the mountain).

Red is five minutes away, Whitewater is a close drive, there are a ton of sled heads in town (make friends with them and they'll take you to amazing spots), and the vibe in town is super chill.

Snow is hit and miss during portions of some seasons because of rain, but when they get snow they
get a shit load.

The best part about Rossland is that it's just far enough off the beaten track that you don't get huge amounts of tourists. This makes the job situation a little rough, but if you can set yourself up with something it's a pretty tough place to beat. (Working in Trail is also an option if you can't find a job in Rossland because it's just down the hill).

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Old 07-09-2009, 01:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hey im looking for work in canada also, are Banff/whislter overrated? also what are ther major resorts in BC? any reviews wouldbe good, thanks
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Old 07-10-2009, 02:09 AM   #5 (permalink)
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im my hubmle opinion both whistler and banff are overrated - both resorts are full of folk pretending to ski prancing around in the latest designer ski gear .. and both are overpriced - also staying in Bannf means you end up with about 2 HOURS of travel every day to the 2 major resorts near by....and when 'God' made the rocky mountains he didnt hand pick those 2 places for preferential snow coverage!

If your a laid back kinda person, thats not lookin for anything too fancy than i would definitely recommend Fernie, its a 'small' hill by some European standards but after 2 seasons there with the ski patrol it could still through up a few surprices as there really is a huge amount of terrain!

town is a cool place to hang out, small enough that its a relatively tight crowd but big enough to be easy to get jobs/accommodation and has 5/6 bars in town and possibly still one night club?!?

Expect to see people riding with duct tape on there boots and buying nothing but pasta in the supermarket - great hot tub poaching potential.....oh yeah and its always near enough 4.20!
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Old 07-10-2009, 05:28 AM   #6 (permalink)
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i reckon you should go to Lake Louise or Blackcomb

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