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Old 01-21-2013, 07:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone, I am planning a trip for when I graduate college with some friends and we want to go on a huge trip for about a week to either the Swiss Alps (Zermatt or Verbier) or Whistler.

Has anyone here been to the swiss alps and whistler that could provide some feedback on either place and any suggestions?

-What place would be more crowded during late February (hate lift lines)?

-What place would be more likely for more powder days?

-What place would have a higher chance of a dryer season?
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So it's a foreign country either way. Language could be a barrier. The people in one country are incomprehensible, in the other they speak swiss.

Less jet lag to Whistler. Shorter flight?

For me, Whistler is local, so I'm kinda biased, but every vid I've ever seen of skiing in the Alps involved no trees (Above the tree line?). Personally I like skiing through glades and such.

Whistler is not too bad during the week, but insane on weekends all season. Be warned.
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Whistler averages about 100 more inches of annual snowfall

Whistler - 469"
Zermatt - 350"

BC is known to have epic snowfall days through Feb/March.

The skiing in Switzerland is more likely to be average I'd say (weather not terrain), but I would way rather go to Europe to ride if I could. The experience is going to be like no other. You can ride in North America any year, hell you could drive to BC in a decent time and ride. Whistler is always crowded.

I mean if you're looking for an almost guaranteed powder day - there might be a few better choices than Whistler. But you're looking at less to no amenities.

I say Switzerland - no question.

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Go to Switzerland. Whistler will always be a relatively easy trip from Illinois.
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Hey everyone, I am planning a trip for when I graduate college with some friends and we want to go on a huge trip for about a week to either the Swiss Alps (Zermatt or Verbier) or Whistler.

Has anyone here been to the swiss alps and whistler that could provide some feedback on either place and any suggestions?

-What place would be more crowded during late February (hate lift lines)?

-What place would be more likely for more powder days?

-What place would have a higher chance of a dryer season?
haha, Switzerland-if you got the cashish-
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swiss miss in the mornings lol cant beat that
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The Alps suck. It's flat, no snow and the women are drop dead fat.
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The Alps suck. It's flat, no snow and the women are drop dead fat.

Wot? You can't be serious
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