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Old 09-20-2007, 11:35 AM   #21 (permalink)
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^^^^Mmmmmm yummy!
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Old 09-20-2007, 05:04 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Little advice if you're on a bus tour i highly recommend sitting a little longer to hit the huge powder that Fernie, BC can provide. The snow conditions are the best in the Rockies, and the line ups are sweet. Another hour or so from there you can tap into Kimberley, BC and I've even slid down to Big Mountain, MT a few times and we had unreal snow there as well, lacks the steep and deep.

Rememeber the short drive to Sunshine and Lake Louise is the only thing they have going for them. But before you make a mistake, picture a million people in the Calgary and area all having the same idea about hitting up the fresh snow 45mins out side of the city. I stood 40mins in line at Lake Louise, and at Sunshine you ass is always in a chair lift. Fernie is twice the mountain of Sunshine or Lake Louise. The only other mountain that touches Fernie, is Kicking Horse, Golden BC (Steep and deep and no word of a lie +30-40min runs from top to bottom snow was amazing in early 2007).
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Old 09-20-2007, 05:44 PM   #23 (permalink)
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One thing about Fernie is that it also likes to rain there in the winter and when it does the snow becomes a crust on the mountain like a shell on an egg. As for Sunshine you have to make sure to keep good speed up on a lot of the runs because there are some pretty flat spots. Panorama is another mountain you might want to check out... they have a sweet bowl on the backside with lots of places to drop in if you hike a little. And if you have the money to spend you can go heli-boarding... here's a shot of the top Commander Glacier in the Purcell Mountain Range
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Old 09-21-2007, 04:27 AM   #24 (permalink)
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^^^^^Yeah tell me about it with the flat parts, kinda spoils alot of nice areas but what can you do.

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What is the backcountry like around Sunshine? Is that near Rogers Pass. I am planning on making a trip there. Originally it was going to be this year, but now I have to wait one more season. Any other backcountry spots in the Sunshine area? I am planning on a week trip with one or two resort days. The rest will be touring. Looking for roadside touring areas, daytrip earn your turns type stuff. Any hut recommendations are good too.
I dont know too much about it around there to be honest I had to spend almost every day within the resort boundary. There are exit point around the resort to hike up out of though with some nice runs not too far away, but its hit and miss when the conditions are right because the area around is pretty avy prone, especially when it warms up later in the season.

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Old 09-21-2007, 09:11 AM   #25 (permalink)
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^^^Thanks, that is a little info. The bc is always avy prone, it just depends on "how" avy prone, what the terrain is like, and what safe options(sometimes none, stay at the resort) it gives you. I was just looking for where some of those spots might be.

I definitely plan on hitting Rogers Pass, place looks amazing. It would be kewl to hit up a few other bc spots around Canada while I am out there though. I find that the less known areas can often be the best. It's certainly true of a spot here in Colorado.
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Old 09-21-2007, 12:37 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Like LeafRider said Fernie and Kicking Horse are awesome aswell, you cant really go too far wrong wherever you go. I really like Kicking Horse because its full on steep and pretty dead as far as people go, so you can tear around as you want. Gonna try ride at Fernie a few times this season as my staff pass lets me ride there free, which is a thing of beauty .
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Yeah, I have heard great thinkgs about Kicking Horse and Fernie. In fact I was planning on hitting Kicking Horse for a day during my Rogers Pass trip. Kicking Horse looks like it does some kicking ass to me.
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