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11-18-2012 11:38 AM
chupacabraman Well when there's a big dump of snow, the conditions on in-bounds are sick plus the backcountry likely has sketchy avy conditions, so yeah I will ride a lot in-bounds this year too.
11-17-2012 02:49 PM
Thatguy
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Originally Posted by roremc View Post
To be honest once you go to a sled a resort is never going to compare. Having the fun of a sled plus pow up to your waist everyday will result in a resort looking shit.

Not trying to sound like a cunt just very very jealous!
haha nah, if i had the option to go sleding i would never go to a resort lift lines are the devil, i hike out into the backs of all the locals around me whenever I go which is alot, maybe ill look into gettin a sled if i do in fact get that job. just not much point in having one in vancouver lol.

"hey guys i have a snowmobile that I use to everyday" said no one ever who lives in the lower mainland
11-14-2012 09:13 AM
RonkyTonk
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Originally Posted by chupacabraman View Post
Everyone always forgets about Castle... one of the best hills in the country if you like steeps (but snow is variable, could be 100cm blow in, or just grass)
SHHhhhh, Thats the best part of Castle!!,..
11-13-2012 09:15 PM
roremc To be honest once you go to a sled a resort is never going to compare. Having the fun of a sled plus pow up to your waist everyday will result in a resort looking shit.

Not trying to sound like a cunt just very very jealous!
11-12-2012 10:11 AM
chupacabraman I suppose busy is a relative term, but getting too busy for me. That's why I bought a sled and sone more touring gear
Even the lift accessed backcountry around RMR is getting "tracked out" often.
Was up Frisby Ridge snowboarding/sledding yesterday... A foot of blower ghost dust on top of 2ft or so of dense base, so pretty decent. Must have been 20-ish Alberta plates up there already...
11-12-2012 09:27 AM
legallyillegal
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Originally Posted by poutanen View Post
Isn't there a big expansion plan for Revelstoke? Or is that on hold for now? Come on it can't be THAT busy being so far away from any major city... I think you're just trying to keep us rude Calgarians away!
revys out of money again
11-10-2012 12:51 PM
poutanen
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Originally Posted by chupacabraman View Post
I wouldn't bother with Revy... most of those hills are better and closer for you. Seriously though, it is getting pretty "busy" - this will probably be my last year with a season pass.
Isn't there a big expansion plan for Revelstoke? Or is that on hold for now? Come on it can't be THAT busy being so far away from any major city... I think you're just trying to keep us rude Calgarians away!
11-10-2012 12:22 PM
chupacabraman I wouldn't bother with Revy... most of those hills are better and closer for you. Seriously though, it is getting pretty "busy" - this will probably be my last year with a season pass.
11-10-2012 12:13 PM
poutanen
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I may be relocated to Calgary this spring/summer and was wondering if any locals use this and wheres the closest/best place to go ride, and how far away?
Jeez man use the search button!!!

I'm on the North end of Calgary so driving times are a little longer.

Nakiska 1:10
Sunshine 1:30
Lake Louise 2:00
Kicking Horse 3:15
Fernie 3:30
Revelstoke 4:30 or so
Kimberley 4:45

For resorts within a daily drive I like Lake Louise the best. Nakiska has a bad name but for groomers it's quite good. All lifts are high speed and the pitch up top is consistently steep for carving. I was in the glades yesterday and there was about 8" of fresh in there. It gets tracked out badly though so glades are only worth it during/right after a powder dump.

For a longer drive my favorite (so far) is Fernie. A lot of the hill is off-piste alpine style bowls, so there's lots of space, it doesn't get tracked out, and there's always a powder stash somewhere if you look hard enough. It does get more rain than the rest though, so timing is crucial. I've actually rode there in the rain and had a pretty good day.

Heard great things about Castle but AFAIK all the lifts are slow. That's a big downer for me as I'd rather be shredding than sitting on a lift.

Heard great things about Kicking Horse so we got it on our pass this year, heading there once they open up!

Would still like to make it to Revelstoke at least once this year. Biggest vert in North America I'd like to see it at least for that experience.

I've been to Kimberley and it's decent, but there are some glaring problems that will keep me away until they're fixed. On the front side, ALL of the runs filter down over a narrow (probably 75 foot wide) bridge and then down a chute to the base of the lift. This is a horrible way to do things, as that area is constantly clogged with beginners sliding sideways and pushing all the snow off. It turns into a skating rink and then you've got noobs and ice in a restricted area. The back side is actually decent, there is more off-piste style terrain than Nakiska, however they are all slow lifts back there. I CAN'T STAND slow lifts...

I've been to COP once and asked for a refund an hour later (didn't get the refund but lesson still learned). My idea of fun doesn't include standing in line for 10 minutes to ride a 5 minute chair and then board down for 30 seconds. Yes the park is fun, and I suppose with no lift lines/midweek it could be a fun way to spend a couple hours in town, but it just didn't offer me anything for my riding needs.

NOW SEARCH NEXT TIME! MY HANDS ARE TIRED!
11-10-2012 11:50 AM
chupacabraman Everyone always forgets about Castle... one of the best hills in the country if you like steeps (but snow is variable, could be 100cm blow in, or just grass)
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