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07-01-2012 12:01 PM
poutanen
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After looking around a bit more on the timeshare website, I located a very good deal on a week-long rental at Sugarloaf. I've never been there, but have been to Sunday River. I figure I'll do the board in/board out thing at Sugarloaf, and hit up Sunday River and Saddleback on daytrips. Already got a seven-dayer booked for NH earlier in the season, as well. Can't wait! I do however, hope to make a trip North of the border in the next season or two. It sounds like Quebec is well worth the 12+ hour roadtrip.
Yeah the mountains are great. Quebec City is pretty interesting too, lots of history... Although I still prefer Jay Peak to anything in PQ. Have fun!
06-30-2012 07:00 AM
outlyr After looking around a bit more on the timeshare website, I located a very good deal on a week-long rental at Sugarloaf. I've never been there, but have been to Sunday River. I figure I'll do the board in/board out thing at Sugarloaf, and hit up Sunday River and Saddleback on daytrips. Already got a seven-dayer booked for NH earlier in the season, as well. Can't wait! I do however, hope to make a trip North of the border in the next season or two. It sounds like Quebec is well worth the 12+ hour roadtrip.
06-29-2012 02:31 PM
tooscoops in quebec i was finding some great rental properties... some were a bit pricey, but the value was there... anywhere in the laurentians. then you've got a couple smaller places and tremblant to hit up that would be a short drive from your place.

i remember seeing a few places that were like 10 people cottages for 2k a week. personally... i think thats awesome. but all depends how many people you have.
06-10-2012 08:33 AM
outlyr
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Originally Posted by poutanen View Post
Any time share days near Banff?
No, but I found a few near Sun Peaks and Kamloops.
06-09-2012 02:01 PM
poutanen
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I'm coming from New England; it's about a ten hour ride. Part of the appeal is that I've never been to Canada before. I figured we could take a nice road trip, see the falls, check out Toronto and get in a few days of boarding. I believe Quebec is a better fit but there aren't any timeshare slots open in all of Quebec during February and March, at least not with my agency. So I'm seriously considering booking at the Carriage Ridge Resort, on Shanty Bay in the Horseshoe Valley.
Yeah if you're coming for the falls and just boarding as a side trip I'd say sounds like fun, although the falls, Niagara on the Lake, etc. are most beautiful in the summer and fall. If you've ever hit any of the larger resorts in New England, I'd strongly advise against boarding at Horseshoe Valley. I learned to ski there when I was around 5 or 6, but it's short, had frequent lift issues, and lots of flat areas. There's also no easy route from there to Blue, so it wouldn't even be a good staging point to board at Blue for a few days.

Any time share days near Banff?

I guess what we're all getting at is, I wouldn't go to Ontario to find good snowboarding.
06-09-2012 06:46 AM
outlyr I'm coming from New England; it's about a ten hour ride. Part of the appeal is that I've never been to Canada before. I figured we could take a nice road trip, see the falls, check out Toronto and get in a few days of boarding. I believe Quebec is a better fit but there aren't any timeshare slots open in all of Quebec during February and March, at least not with my agency. So I'm seriously considering booking at the Carriage Ridge Resort, on Shanty Bay in the Horseshoe Valley.
06-08-2012 06:14 PM
Bones
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Yeah around Ottawa I'd rather go to Mount St. Marie or just screw it and go to Tremblant or Mt Sutton or something.
There's nothing around Ottawa worth driving for. If you're in town on business and you have your board and a few hours to kill, then sure, there are places to get your fix. But if you're driving to get here, then keep driving.
06-08-2012 03:53 PM
poutanen
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Calabogie is 760 ft. But fewer runs than Blue. Again, neither of these are resorts you'd want to set as your destination. If you happened to be in Toronto or Ottawa at that time they'd be worth checking out but not as somewhere you'd want to go specifically, especially at that time of year.
Yeah Calabogie doesn't look like it has any high speed lifts either. Doesn't matter what hill I'm at I can't stand non-detachables! I think that's one reason I keep rating Nakiska better than some other resorts around Calgary. All high speed lifts keep you moving!

Yeah around Ottawa I'd rather go to Mount St. Marie or just screw it and go to Tremblant or Mt Sutton or something. Hell from Hamilton we used to take a 9 hour bus ride to Jay Peak and it's only about 3 hours from Ottawa! That's where I'd be headed if I still lived in the east!

To the OP, why Ontario? Ontario is a great place for many things, snowboard isn't one of them. I'm glad I learned at Blue but it certainly isn't a destination for anyone outside the Toronto to Sudbury corridor...
06-08-2012 03:03 PM
Sudden_Death
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Where are you coming from and why Ontario? I have had seasons passes to Blue Mountain for years, so hopefully I can offer you some more accurate advice than what's been posted. If you're deciding on Ontario, Blue is pretty much the only mountain/hill worth going to. The vert is 720 ft, Searchmont near Sault St. Marie is 700 feet or so. Nothing else anywhere near that in Ontario (other than the private clubs beside Blue Mountain)

1) There are 4 high speed 6 man lifts... I would avoid weekends but week days they pump you up the hill. I'm looking at my GPS tracking now and I averaged about 13-15 km/h at blue (that's uphill and downhill combined) which is the same as any of the big mountains I've hit in Alberta/BC and better than some of those. So for sheer quantity of boarding Blue is great.

2) Again, I'm looking at my GPS records now. I'm a bomber and it's about 1 minute a run at full tilt, not 1 minute or less. Mid-week there are no lift lines so about 5 mins up, minute down, do it all again.

3) I've usually boarded from Mid-December to early April there. I heard this year most of North America was closed early, so can't speak for this year. Most years my last days were in the first week of April. By then it's full on spring conditions. The last "good" snowboarding would usually be mid-march.

4) It does have a decent night life if you stay on the hill. The Blue Mountain Inn is the cheaper route, and if you get the food + hotel package the food is quite good at the Pottery. Staying in the village you get smaller, but more modern rooms, and a nicer hot tub area outside.

Overall, I wouldn't specifically drive to Blue Mountain if I could spend a little more travel time and get to anything in New England, Quebec, or hop on a plane and come to the wild west! But for people in the Toronto area, Blue's pretty decent.
Calabogie is 760 ft. But fewer runs than Blue. Again, neither of these are resorts you'd want to set as your destination. If you happened to be in Toronto or Ottawa at that time they'd be worth checking out but not as somewhere you'd want to go specifically, especially at that time of year.
06-08-2012 02:47 PM
poutanen Where are you coming from and why Ontario? I have had seasons passes to Blue Mountain for years, so hopefully I can offer you some more accurate advice than what's been posted. If you're deciding on Ontario, Blue is pretty much the only mountain/hill worth going to. The vert is 720 ft, Searchmont near Sault St. Marie is 700 feet or so. Nothing else anywhere near that in Ontario (other than the private clubs beside Blue Mountain)

1) There are 4 high speed 6 man lifts... I would avoid weekends but week days they pump you up the hill. I'm looking at my GPS tracking now and I averaged about 13-15 km/h at blue (that's uphill and downhill combined) which is the same as any of the big mountains I've hit in Alberta/BC and better than some of those. So for sheer quantity of boarding Blue is great.

2) Again, I'm looking at my GPS records now. I'm a bomber and it's about 1 minute a run at full tilt, not 1 minute or less. Mid-week there are no lift lines so about 5 mins up, minute down, do it all again.

3) I've usually boarded from Mid-December to early April there. I heard this year most of North America was closed early, so can't speak for this year. Most years my last days were in the first week of April. By then it's full on spring conditions. The last "good" snowboarding would usually be mid-march.

4) It does have a decent night life if you stay on the hill. The Blue Mountain Inn is the cheaper route, and if you get the food + hotel package the food is quite good at the Pottery. Staying in the village you get smaller, but more modern rooms, and a nicer hot tub area outside.

Overall, I wouldn't specifically drive to Blue Mountain if I could spend a little more travel time and get to anything in New England, Quebec, or hop on a plane and come to the wild west! But for people in the Toronto area, Blue's pretty decent.
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