Thanks for all your help, out of curiosity, the reason you guys recommend other mountains than whistler, is it because its busy and crowded or is it that the snow is better?
Whistler is the main resort anywhere (and for good reason). Hence why everyone goes there. Since the 2010 Olympics are being held at Whistler, it will continue to get busier. What a lot of people don't realize is that there are plenty of other places to go that offer tons of terrain, fast lift lines, and good amenities. Also, the snow at the big 3 Okanagan Resorts (Sun Peaks, Silverstar, Big White) is top-notch.
I recommended Sun Peaks because there is tons of terrain suited for all skill levels. It's the main resort in BC not named Whistler. It's a little more skier oriented so you won't get as many [disrespectful] kid snowboarders (who think Etiquette is a brand of toilet paper) cutting you off all the time.
For riding at Sun Peaks, there are 3 main express lifts (Sunburst, Sundance, Morrisey) and 1 old slow quad (Burfield; goes to the peak, takes forever). The Austrain National Ski Team trains at Sun Peaks. Nancy Greene (Canadian Ski Legend) skis there.
Aversion to lift lines? Sunburst and Sundance get fairly lengthy lines (not Whistler-like long though). So head over to the Morrisey Express (a little out of the way, but it has it's own little village). Minimal lines means minimal people, which means you get an entire mountain to yourself.
I also find that the people riding Morrisey are a little nicer.
Most of the lodges are located within the main village, which is truely ski-out. Nothing really scattered around. Lots of shops and restaurants. I believe there are cabins for rent in the East Village at the base of Morrisey.
It's also easier to get to than Whistler. The Sea-to-Sky highway going to Whistler is extremely dicey, even in summer. It's supposedly being improved for the Olympics, but it's still
at night in the snow. The road to Sun Peaks, on the other hand, is 4 lanes all the way from Vancouver to Kamloops (and recently made toll-free
). The road has no winding, no sudden corners, basically a Sunday drive all the way.