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Old 03-09-2012, 01:00 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I've never hit whistler, so take what I say with a grain of salt, but I've heard their powder is like boarding through mashed potatoes, while the rockies powder is much drier, lighter, powdery lol

This year I've hit Fernie, Sunshine, Lake Louise, Kimberley, and Nakiska in the Alberta/BC border area, and rarely have I found ice. A few days we've had hardpack this year but there are always runs with some good snow. Also the fact that there are 9-10 really good resorts within a 5 hour drive of Calgary (population 1.2 mil or so) means that the lift lines aren't bad. Mid-week you can ski right on most chairs, and even weekends I move around on the hills and hit lifts that I never have to wait for.

Sorry your trip sucked, I'd hate to plan something for so long, and be so stoked, only to have it not turn out. BTW I've had two Jay Peak, VT trips in the past year and it was great each time. Also quite cheap. Maybe time to do a trip there to make you forget about the honeymoon?
Ahh no worries man and thanks for you concern. You dudes here have been very understanding about this trip. It was combination of a few things that made this trip go bad.

My wife and I are planning one last trip to Stratton with our buddies the last week of March but I don't think its possible now. Cot damn this season sucked.

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$4500 for 3 days riding?!?! What else did you do?

Snow is a fickle beast. If you got a foot of fresh each day you would have left with a different story.

Have not ridden WB but if you look at how close it is to the biggest city in Western Canada that shit will be tracked even when they get pow. Hopefully it does not put you off riding in Canada. Come see us in Banff and we will sort you out!
Flight, transportation to and back to the airport and room & board alone cost me ~$3,400. We were there for 6 days so we ate and drank like kings just about every day. I don't want to start doing the math (because it might get me frustrated) but I might have spent close to $5000 all together.
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Old 03-09-2012, 09:30 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Feb 28 till March 3rd...too bad you didn't check out about 3 hours south and you could have ridden like a king with your queen...one of the best weeks of the year and march is looking damm fine also. However we don't have the royal accommodations cause its the holyland...all we gots is the barn.
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Old 03-09-2012, 10:42 AM   #23 (permalink)
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If you got a foot of fresh each day you would have left with a different story.
Nah, even with a foot of fresh WB will be tracked to shit before you find anything good... if you're local and know exactly where to go on that first chair then maybe
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I would never actually book a location, unless its Revy or Baker. I go where the snow is flying. Pay a penalty for airfare, sure, but there are ways around that too. Beats a crap cycle for sure tough.
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I would never actually book a location, unless its Revy or Baker. I go where the snow is flying. Pay a penalty for airfare, sure, but there are ways around that too. Beats a crap cycle for sure tough.
Read through the thread. I don't think this is really about how much snow you get...
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Read through the thread. I don't think this is really about how much snow you get...
But 2 feet of snow would have made up for bad services.
It is really too bad it happened on his honeymoon.
I guess that's why he was more upset.
Make sure you review online the place with bad services, it will help other people planning on going there. And maybe they will fix the way they do business and train their staff properly.
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But 2 feet of snow would have made up for bad services.
Not necessarily, i'll say it again: Even with fresh pow, you probably ain't gonna know where to go to find untracked goods anyway.
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Old 03-10-2012, 03:44 PM   #28 (permalink)
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IDK...from alot of peoples perspective a foot of snow would have made up for a bad time
You're thinking of Jay which is fantastic with tons of powder. It's a quiet hill so doesn't get tracked out too quick, and there aren't many flats (except the bottom heading to the Flyer and the Tram) so you can have a blast without getting stuck and wasting time/energy. I haven't boarded at Whistler, but I've hit another large resort with a foot of powder and it was boring, too many flats meant I had to bomb the last 1/3rd of the runs to make it back to the lift.

Of course W/B is going to get the most press, bad and good, because it's been THE resort to go to in Canada for years. Revelstoke is getting in the news more now so that could change, and I'm glad that places like Fernie are known but not TOO known yet...
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showed up to jay the week after it got dumped; still pretty great in the glades. gonna hit it up against next week so hopefully the snow will survive past the warm temperatures =\
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Bummer about your trip experience. I left with a much better experience. Of course, I went with a group of 16, rented a lodge 5 minutes outside of the village, and had some ladies to cook us some fine meals. I was there from 3/03 to 3/06. Rode from 3/04 to 3/06. First two days were horrendous for weather conditions. White out with rain the first day. Last day was a bluebird and was just amazing. We got up early enough with only 30 people in front of us at the Blackcomb gondola and got some fresh tracks on 7th heaven. Mostly rode Blackcomb and only went on Whistler to ride the peak2peak. I had a blast on the mountain. I didn't interact with much people on the mountain, but the folks that I did talk to were friendly.

Help me try to understand why you guys decided to spend your honeymoon on snow sports. I'm guessing you both enjoy it that much, but my lady would've voted for the tropical island. Perhaps, you may have a different experience when you visit with less expectations and pressure that comes with a honeymoon. There is so much pressure for it to be perfect. Hope the next one turns out much better for you!
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