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07-16-2012 04:09 AM
Whitey161 Its not splitboarding. Its off piste hiking to diffferent points and locations.
07-14-2012 12:06 PM
Originally Posted by Whitey161 View Post
Monday 25th Feb – Depart Heathrow 13.00 – arrive Calgary 15.20.

Collect SUV – on the road by 4.20 pm. 3 hour drive from Calgary to Golden.

hence the stay in Golden which is only 2 hours from Revelstoke,
If the weather has been good, then the driving times are accurate. If there is a dump, then expect significant delays for highway avy control. I've done Calgary/Golden in 3 hours and I've done it in 9 or not at all. And Rogers Pass is not conducive to maintaining a strict timetable.

Perhaps you should consider heli-skiing out of Golden with Purcell Heli? Base yourself in Golden or Kicking Horse, day-trip or overnight to Revelstoke as your schedule/weather permits. I'd hate to see you stuck in Golden while your heli lifts off in Revy.

Word to the wise, if you're renting a car in Calgary, pay for the windshield insurance and if you can get a winter tire upgrade, then do it. No fun driving the Kicking Horse Canyon or Rogers Pass on all seasons in snow.
07-14-2012 11:16 AM
Whitey161 thanks for the responses guys.

I agree with the point about having extra days beforehand. I got a reworked quote for 2 extra days before hand so you can get over jet lag and warm the legs up!!! Was not much more at all.

As for going on my own im the same. I go on two snowboard holidays a year with my mates but they cant afford this, ive been saving and have promised myself id go by the time im 30 so thats this year or next

agree 3 runs isnt alot, there is the option of extra runs for 65 or 85 CAD per run, cant remember which. I would like more but i guess they know what they are on about.
07-13-2012 08:15 PM
Originally Posted by Whitey161 View Post
Also this is probably a bit wierd but if there is someone out there who is thinking i would likw to do that but have no-one to do it with....neither do be happy to discuss going with someone else
I would go with you as I am also a solo traveller but I will be in Japan on a 6 week journey from jan 20 to march 3. Going solo says a lot about your character in my opinion, most people think im crazy, im not that crazy, I just found something in life that my friends didnt and Im now on a journey of enormous reward.
07-13-2012 08:10 PM
ETM I would throw a week of resort riding infront of that tour. From my experience the first 4-5 days straight in a trip take a toll on your body, you get sore, it takes a few days for the body to get over the initial shock of riding every day. By day 5 my body is fighting back and feels like it could do 3 months straight. Plus its a big effort for just a few days riding, you will want more.
07-13-2012 10:47 AM
killclimbz Looks like a good trip though the Heli runs seems a bit light. 3 runs? Most heli outfits offer at least five and the option to purchase additional drops. I know the vertical is huge at Revelstoke resort. Over 4k (vertical feet) top to bottom. So if you are getting heli drops in that range, say with at least 3k vert, than that is not bad at all. I am really unsure of what type of average vertical they have access to, but I am sort of thinking it's probably not that big. Then again, it could be. Either way, I'd pad a little extra money to buy a drop or two.

Doing a backcountry tour at the end of your trip sounds a little brutal. This also depends on what type of tour. If you are going to need a splitboard to get out there, could be a little tough after your previous two days. If it's just a lift assisted boot pack to your drop and an easy ride back to the lifts, then maybe not. I think I would prefer to do that one first, but these guys have been running this tour, not me. Maybe it just works better in this format. If you are doing a lot of hiking or skinning, your legs could be burnt after this day, so it could be a great way to finish your trip.

Overall, looks like a lot of fun. Canada is a great place. I need to schedule a backcountry riding trip on Rogers Pass at some point in the next year or two.
07-13-2012 04:26 AM
Whitey161 Also this is probably a bit wierd but if there is someone out there who is thinking i would likw to do that but have no-one to do it with....neither do be happy to discuss going with someone else
07-13-2012 04:24 AM
Whitey161 I got a custome package back today from a company i have been speaking to so i thought i would share to get feedback:

Dates 25th February – 4th March – 7 nights only.

Monday 25th Feb – Depart Heathrow 13.00 – arrive Calgary 15.20.

Collect SUV – on the road by 4.20 pm. 3 hour drive from Calgary to Golden.

Spend first night in Golden, Ramada, standard room with 2 queen beds. Driving from Calgary to Revelstoke is not an realistic option after a 9 hour flight, hence the stay in Golden which is only 2 hours from Revelstoke, and seeing as you cross a time line on the way from Golden to Reve you get an extra hour back..

Tuesday 26th Feb - Next morning leave early from Golden and drive to Revelstoke.

Ski/Snowboard for the day, check in with Revelstoke Outdoor Centre, 4 pm drive to Revelstoke town, check into Sandman Hotel. Standard room 2 queen beds. You have 5 nights here. I’d recommend an early night as you have 4 huge days coming up.

Wednesday 27th Feb – Saturday 2nd Mar. Ultimate ROC Pack 4 day experience.

ROC Schedule
• Day 1 - Cat/Heli Prep - Full Day session with a Snow Pro from the Revelstoke Outdoors Centre and lunch at the Rockford wok|bar|grill. – Wednesday

• Day 2 - Cat Skiing at Revelstoke Mountain Resort - Includes unlimited vertical, equipment rentals, on-slope lunch, and après ski appetizers. – Thursday

• Day 3 - Day Heli Skiing, Powder Excursion with Selkirk Tangiers - Includes three runs, equipment rentals, buffet breakfast, on-slope lunch, and après ski appetizers. – Friday

• Day 4 - Day Tour in the Backcountry of Revelstoke - Includes Guiding Services and a Backcountry Lift Ticket. Equipment Rentals are available through the RMR Rental Shop. - Saturday

Sunday 3rd Mar – Ski/snowboard Revelstoke (or Kicking Horse is also possible) – 3 to 4 pm – Drive to Golden. Spend last night in Sandman Inn. Standard room 2 queen beds.

Monday 4th Mar – Depart Golden, drive to Calgary, you would have enough time for a nice lunch in Banff or along the way somewhere, maybe Lake Louise also.. Check in is open at 16.05. Flight departs at 19.05 arriving into Heathrow at 11.00 following morning.

How does that sound to people, looks good to me if not a little rushed, im tempted to try and add an extra day either side. Price for this is £2285...

07-12-2012 10:38 AM
Originally Posted by gstboy View Post
Sounds like my kind of resort. Crossing fingers for an epic snowfall right before I get there.
This past season they had something like over 300" of snow. The week I showed up the the daytime temps got high and melted most of the snow in the valley which some locals told me was odd and doesn't happen often. It snowed everyother day we were there but mostly just a few inches here and there. The day after I left they got hit with over a foot of snow.

The only negative thing I can say about Big Mountain is the fog. If it rolls in you won't be able to see an inch in front of your face. But, on the plus side everytime it rolled in it was gone or mostly gone within an hour or two.
07-12-2012 10:26 AM
Originally Posted by DrnknZag View Post
One word of advice for your first time heli not overestimate your skill level. If you do and end up in a group who are all way better than you, they will dispise you. I went cat boarding last year with my main group of guys and signed up for the expert group, thinking we'd be able to hit some gnar stuff. We ended up with two guys from Cali in our group who had never ridden powder before. Half the time we were waiting for the two to get unstuck, the other half we were trying to find "easy" runs down so they didn't get hurt. Such bullshit. So yeah, don't be those guys.
This is another reason I've been sticking to resorts (the obvious reason is it's much cheaper). At a resort I can ride at my own pace. Sometimes I want to warm up on groomers, other times I want to dive into a steep chute or a nice gladed bowl. Especially on those steep runs I like to stop, plan my line, dive into it and then stop to catch my breath, pick my next line, etc. I think I'd feel either rushed or bored riding steeps with a group.

Now if I found 3-4 other people that were very similar in skill and pace, it would make for some really fun riding! I think that's the key, but very hard to find...
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