I've ridden Fernie for a couple of days and there was mad pow and some awesome drops to hit, but for some reason it just didnt feel like the resort fit together very well at all, just felt difficult to get around the place. No idea what the town is like.
Whistler you'll be teaching in a bin bag in the rain
. Nah just messing, I'm not sure whats up with whistler I've never been myself, everyone loves the park there and I've heard the terrain is awesome.
Which reminds me, how much park will you want to ride? If your a heavy park rider then either go to Whistler as they have a monster budget to use and is apparently awesome. Or around the Banff area maybe then a nonstop or snowskool course as you want a pass to Sunshine and Norquay. All the RCR resorts like Lake Louise and Fernie now make the worlds worst terrain parks, with just rubbish rails, which sucks. Sunshines park was alright and Norquays was good fun, especially the night sessions on fridays.
Now I've heard great things about Big White from many different people, and the difference on the snowskool courses is that the Big White crew are mainly a little older and are there to ride, not really wanting the nightlife. Banff on the other hand draws a younger crowd and people are alot more up for heading out at night. so if you want a bit of extra-curricular stuff outside of riding then Banff has a bit more going on.
Plus in Banff you are within driving distance of Revelstoke, Kicking Horse and Fernie (if your up for a real long day!) if you befriend someone with a car, theres also a bus service to Kicking Horse.
Now where is this Paulo fella to let everyone know about Whistler