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Old 01-08-2010, 04:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Im a 23 year old aussie, looking to do a season in BC/AB for the next season (2010/11).

Im looking for a place with good snowboarding terrain, good people ,accomodation somewhat easily available and work. Snowboarding is more imporatant than partying for me, so i dont want to stay in some hick town out in the middle of nowhere, so some good nightlife is defintately a plus, but its just not my main priority. Im a plumber by trade and would like to get some trade work, do you know whether that is possible in some of the resort towns??

I have had a few recommendations for the usual big white, sunshine village/lake louise area... but i wouldnt mind going off the beaten track and getting an authentic candian experience, being australian i dont wanna feel like im flying 20 hours around the other side of the world to live only with my own kind, as ive been told that in big white, banff, whistler etc are pretty much just aussies. I had a few more recommendations for such places as red mountain, castle, and revelstoke, would these places be good for a season??

Im not afraid to go somewhere a little different ,definately willing to take a gamble! So if you could help us out with some local info or just knowledge i'd be stoked, im flying over in late may this year,staying for the summer so i have some time to check places out, and hopefully get in early before the crowds!

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Old 01-09-2010, 09:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If you wanna work on a trade , move to a city like Kelowna and try and get a 4 day / 10 hour shift . Whistler sometimes needs tradesman. I did drywall up there , dunno how its going to be like next year since the Olympics are gone. Another option is move to North Vancouver , since theirs good amount of trade work . And you have 3 mountains on the north shore plus Whistler is like 2 hours away , same with baker. Id stay away from small resort towns though.


Check craigslist for jobs for Whistler ... http://whistler.en.craigslist.ca/
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Dude I'm in Revelstoke at the moment, done a season before at Pano and been to most of the mountains around here, and for me there is no other mountain I could dream of going to.
Met a couple of kiwis from Banff the other day on the lift, they said their local Sunshine didn't come close to competing with this place in terms of terrain and snow. Having been there, I agree.
The downsides to this place? It's not as developed as say Banff or Golden, still very much a local town without the massive commercial influences, which I think is a big plus. There's still nightlife, hell, there's even a strippers, so you won't be too bored.
The only real downside is getting work, your best bet is to get here early and tee something up or work the phones before you come, cos there's a lot of Aussies and Kiwis hunting for work here. Personally, I worked enough before I came so I can snowboard every day - highly recommended!

And the terrain, it's insane. Snowfall is insane. If you come here you'll love it guaranteed. If you need any info about the place feel free to ask

edit: I'm a 23 year old Aussie too...
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Old 01-09-2010, 06:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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thanks for the reply mate, every bit of info is helpful!

Ive heard a number of times how wicked the terrain is at revelstoke, and the comparison of sunshine to other places such a rev, thats exactly why im looking for a place like revelstoke! Trying to sus out some amazing terrain in some smaller places, i had a look at your getting stoked blog it looks good mate!

What is there to do in summer, is there much rockclimbing, hiking and kayaking etc?? i saw some rockclimbing on your blog was that in rev, cause im defintely up for some of that gear. It sound like rev is a place im gonna like and have to check out, flyin in late may so i might head up june/july, get in nice and early to sus it out before i do a lil bit of travellin round. Are there are youth hostels to stay in, whats the best for accomodation?

As for the jobs, i found a website with some jobs, il keep on the lookout hopefully i can get a job somewhere, might do the call around before i come as u say...

Cheers for the info mate.
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Old 01-09-2010, 08:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
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There's a bunch of climbing around here apparently in the summer, the stuff on my blog was from Aus and NZ, we got here in winter. There's heaps of hiking and watersports in summer as well, there's a massive lake about half an hour down the highway - Shuswap Lake i think it's called - that gets a lot of summer tourism, from what I've heard.
For jobs, check out Home page of the Revlestoke Employment Services Centre in British Columbia, Canada - it's the main job site for Revelstoke, but remember that it'll be completely diff in June/July cos there'll be waaaay less people, so in theory more jobs.
There's one hostel in town, it's a Samesun, think it's about $25 a night but in summer I can't imagine it'd be too hard to get a place.
If I were you I'd check out some other mountains as well cos it never hurts to look around, Kicking Horse and Fernie were the other places we were thinking about cos they've both got sweet terrain and aren't as... um, diseasy as Banff, they're both awesome, otherwise I've heard great stuff about Red Mountain but I've never been there...
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I worked in fernie last season, and its def a good idea going over early or organise work beforehand or both, i was planning to travel then work last year, and it was just by luck that the day my holiday finished the hostel i was staying at needed staff. I think they are a bit funny about trades though, my friend from canada wanted to move over here but his qualifications in canada dont count in aus.
I agree with that other guy looking for work in kelowna or somewhere, at least then youve got a choice between big white and silverstar and other places you can have a look around. But if you head over early you should be right to get work pretty much anywhere.
I loved fernie, but i love the small town vibe, everyone knows everyone and everything is within walking distance. Plus the mountain is pretty awesome, better than sunshine and lake louise. Kicking horse is cool too, a bit smaller than the mountain at fernie but it has a gondola that takes you straight to the top and when the backcountry is open the options are endless. Summer is activities and watersports galore, so many of the people who work in winter sports like instructors do all the summer activities. Banff is actually more busy in summer than winter, and i assume its the same in nearby areas too.
And ive never been to revelstoke but of course only ever heard amazing things.
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Old 01-11-2010, 01:08 AM   #7 (permalink)
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i was talking to a guy in melbourne and he said i should check out castle mountain, looking at the map it seems close, u ever head down there when u were at fernie.

i take it fernie ts a smaller town, putting aside trade work, what kinda jobs are available and is it easy to find a room somewhere other than a hostel for the season?

ive been told kicking horse is a MUST, even for a short time, my mates here seem to think its pretty good...so many great mountains available to check out, where do i start, haha!!!
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authentic canadian experience? move to delta.
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nah havent been there, ive heard its got a pretty cool park though. my friends did cat skiing when they were in fernie, its about 300 bucks for the day i think, or maybe a bit less, but they said it was the best day riding they had ever had in their lives. the conditions werent even that great we didnt have alot of snow, but cause they take you to mountains that no one goes to or grooms or anything there was just so much snow there. so you should definately do that while your there. cheaper than heli and not so extreme.
i lived at the hostel i was working at, but most people i met were renting and found a place quite easily. especially if you get in early. the people i met were doing bar work, working up the mountain, hostels and the usual stuff, its about 5000 people so its not so tiny there isnt any work.

yeah there are so many places, i did this snow tour thing which was ok cause i was by myself, and i did it to find out which place i liked best and find work there. but to be honest, anywhere is gonna be good as long as you meet some cool people, which is pretty much guaranteed.
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dude if you're showing up in summer you'll have no probs finding a place at any town, except maybe Banff cos it gets super busy then. You won't have to tough it out in a hostel for long
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