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09-19-2012 06:08 AM
timetowastetime Hi Rider,

I don't get to whistler until around January so I figure I can't really find an apartment before leaving as they will be all taken. Will just try find something when I get there, otherwise stay in a hostel

See you on the slopes
09-19-2012 05:44 AM
rider08 Hey timetowastetime

I'm heading over to whistler in late November for the season as well, gonna be my first season over there. When you heading over? Any thoughts on finding accomodation? I'm gonna book into the hostel for the first couple of weeks and try like crazy to find a place to stay, I know a few people who have done this in seasons passed and it seemed to work for them, hopefully it will for me too
09-11-2012 07:43 AM
timetowastetime Decided to go with whistler. Was heading there with friends first and it turns out that we were staying long enough that I might as well just get a season pass for about the same price. Having a season pass there doesn't give me much incentive to buy another season pass for another mountain since I'm on a pretty tight budget.

Can't wait!

Thanks for all the helpful advice everyone.
09-08-2012 11:52 AM
Sassicaia Id live in Whistler or Banff. Boarding every day is great any everything, but id want a night life and place with good restaurants and people. In Whistler you have easy access to two Mountains and in Banff moderately easy access to 3 although you will need a car there or pay for shuttles everyday. If you are going to buy a seasons pass at Whistler and if you are a legitimate student check and see if your oz student card will be accepted when buying a seasons pass. You save a shit 75% or something like that.
09-07-2012 02:47 PM
Casual I would say plan on living in Banff, you will find a shitload of people from Oz, probably more than there are Canadians. From there you can access several good hills and a lot of nightlife and other activities. There is bus service to all the hills. If you go to Fernie you might get bored, same in Revy.
09-07-2012 01:25 PM
Originally Posted by timetowastetime View Post
Thanks for the very helpful replies.

I'll be heading over by myself. Would love a riding buddy though, hopeful will just meet people over there.

As far as price goes, I've found

$1000 - Fernie season
$1150 - Fernie, Kicking Horse, Kimberley and Nakiska
$1400 - Fernie, Kicking Horse, Kimberley, Nakiska and Lake louise

Kind of leading towards the last one since I'm planning on being there for a few months. Maybe do one month at each? Or just a season at Fernie?

Probably should figure this out, but how long will the season at these places generally last until? Would booking flights to return at the end of april/first of may be a pretty safe bet?

Should have clarified "a few times". I've been for about a month all up in Australia, A month straight in New Zealand, also skateboarded for about 5+ years which kind of helped. Side note: just started freeboarding? Pretty interesting concept. Probably a massive noob still in canadian terms though Your probably right in saying most places will still kick my ass.

I've found a pretty cheap looking hostel in Fernie, but I'm not to sure about what's available at the others?
You should keep in mind, that the distance from Fernie to Lake Louise is a 4 1/2 hour drive apart. Fernie and Kimberly are pretty close by and Lake Louise and Nakiska are close by. If your staying closer to Fernie and Kimberly, Fernie would almost always be your go to mountain. If your staying close to banff. Lake Louise will alway be your go too mountain, Nakiska kind of sucks.

You might want to consider staying half the time in BC and then half your trip closer to banff/canmore. because if you plan on staying at one location for the entire 3 months. You will get sick of Fernie or Lake Louise pretty fast.
09-07-2012 01:16 PM
roboelmo My vote would be go to revelstoke and kicking horse. Revelstoke's area is more of a ski/snowboard bumb town. Everyone that like there, basically just there to ski and snowboard. Now revelstoke is a pretty small mountain, but the powder is just amazing. Revelstoke is also expanding in the next couple years, its being referred to as the next whistler. So you should go check it out before it becomes to commercialized. Just an FYI, there is no terrain park on the mountain.

Kicking horse is a pretty massive mountain, with a lot of bowls. If its a powder day, its great for snowboarding. If its not a powder day, it sucks for snowboarding.

Sunshine, lake louise, and banff. I like to call lake louise and banff, more hills for forigners. Because those are the places where lot of people from Europe and Japan come to visit. I would avoid Mt Norquay, at all cost, because it just sucks. I do go to lake louise quite a bit because it does get less busy, but it can become very icey here. Sunshine is more of a Calgary local site, everyone I know from calgary goes to Sunshine. There are spots that are good and spots that are bad on the mountain. Terrain park is slowly getting better. I am starting to like sunshine more.

Fernie, is a hit or miss. It can either be the best day or the worst. Fernie, will get rain storms and be shut down for avalanches.

Also none of these places have a half pipe.

I can't comment on Whistler, because I haven't been there.
09-02-2012 03:05 PM
chupacabraman Grafta is bang on. If no car, a good option is to work at Sunshine village and live in on hill staff accom. U will get a 3 mtn pass with that. And u have more good hills within close distance (ie: kicking horse ticket with return bus inc. for banff locals $55) If you buy early bird passes, they are usually about $600-700 per hill... then $1000+ at full price.
If you have a car... anywhere works. The south kootenays is a good region with castle, whitewater, fernie, red mtn, and whitefish all close.
Best multi-hill pass is probably the new one that includes louise fernie and castle.
Just don't go to Revy, it's not as good as peopke say
In western canada Staff accom from employers costs about $150-235 mnth paycheck deducted. Bedroom to rent in someones apartment usually costs about $350-500.
08-28-2012 03:37 PM
grafta A big part of your decision will be based on wether you are planning to buy a car.

If not, find somewhere you have VERY easy access to where you ride.

If no car, will it be worth it to get multi-resort passes?
08-28-2012 02:31 PM
roremc I would look at Banff or Revi. Living on a hill and it being cost effective is not going to happen. Revelstoke gets lots of snow but its a bit light on nightlife. Kicking Horse is close as are a few others.

Banff is good as the season is long and the snow is stable. (never rains on hill)Plus you have good nightlife and loads of hills nearby. No matter what your plan having a car will be a good idea so you can road trip to where the snow is. The worst hill in Western Canada with fresh snow on it will still be better than anything you have ridden in oz.
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