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Old 05-04-2015, 04:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So for the last 3 seasons I've had a sunshine season pass, I got this as sunshine seemed to have the longer season, better snow and better day care facilities. I do like sunshine but I'm contemplating giving louise a chance for next season and might get their early bird pass for $790. Reasons are that my kid is old enough to be shredding around with me, so no need for the day care. Also I'm a bit sick of the ball ache of the access road, parking, gondy up to the village etc.

Things I'll miss form sunshine;

1) the dive / wild west
2) Southside chutes (on a good day)
3) soft natural snow for park days

Does anyone have any good arguments to support my decision to go to louise instead next year? I'm generally a free-rider when conditions suit, happy to hike and like riding big mountain terrain but when spring comes and the pow ceases I like to spend the day riding park.

Appreciate any insight you can offer.
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Old 05-04-2015, 05:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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He has been somewhat conspicuous by his absence of late, but Poutanen would be the one to give you some solid insight on this. If he sees this thread, I am sure he will drop in.
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Old 05-04-2015, 10:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Louise is just steeper in general, I had a seasons pass to LL for one year and then switched back to ssv. LL jumps are always so money but the last couple of years they haven't had a full park until about feb. LL bonus is that they have more areas bellow tree line so you can see on low light days and you can ride more aggressively in general.
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Old 05-05-2015, 10:21 AM   #4 (permalink)
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But you went back to SSV? Because I've had the season pass at sunshine I don't get to ride louise much - been there twice this season - but I've had good times there every time.

My work permit runs out next year and if I don't get PR I'll be heading back home so this could be my last season so I'm torn between wanting to experience something new and sticking with something I'm familiar with.

Sunshine seems to hold the snow quality better, but at the same time Louise just seems like a cooler place. Argh I have until 15th June to decide but it's not an easy one.
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I agree with most of the comments above!

Seriously now, for the type of terrain I like (off-piste, trees, little drops, etc) I think Louise has more of it.

There are some killer runs off pretty much every chair. If one side is bare, the other might have a foot and a half of fresh.

When Louise' park is good, it's GOOD. It has the best designed jumps I've ever been on. A small/medium line to build confidence, a large line, and an extra large line. All of them well built so as long as you carry enough speed you're safe.

The only problem I have with Louise is the rocks. It's a board eater. If it were my primary hill I'd be riding used $150 boards all the time. The best runs are usually found after passing through/over/around some rocks.

If you do get a LL pass next year, we can meet up after a good dump and I'll show you my favourite spots. I can find fresh powder weeks after a dump!

Edit: I was in Toronto for a week, then spend over a week in St Maarten soaking up the sun! That's why I've been silent lately. I'm also rebuilding a '77 Celica GT coupe with a '90 Toyota Supra Engine. Had a bad winter here so had to find other things to do!

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Ya, LL does destroy boards like no other and there park is easier to progress through than SSV. SSV goes from smalls to larges until late in the season then they have lots of mediums. I get a ssv pass then just get the LL card to fill in the gaps.
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Old 05-06-2015, 10:43 AM   #7 (permalink)
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It's tough really, my familiarity with is the reason for and against changing. I don't want to spend a long time finding all the fun zones of louise when I know where they are at ssv - however knowing ssv as well as i do does take some of the adventure and excitement out of it all.

I'll have to think it over some
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If I had to pick one hill, I'd probably want to change it up every couple years. Luckily for me the ski patrol gig helps me get an RCR pass!

The super pass is a great option if you can swing it. Nakiska for a few hours and early season, Louise for day trips, Kicking Horse and Fernie for weekends or mid-week trips away.
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Old 05-08-2015, 04:45 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I like Louise and always have a good time there. Lots of great terrain, but there are two reason I'm an SSV passholder instead of LL:
1) Delirium Dive / Wild West - Don't get me wrong, the back bowls at LL are excellent and in many ways comparable to the dive, but I give the edge to DD. An added bonus is that I would chose the Dive hike over the LL poma any day of the week.
2) Snow - It's just plain old softer at SSV and provides superior coverage when comparing with LL.

This is obviously subjective, and you may value different aspects differently than mine, but that's my rationale. I have a hard time imagining a scenario where you regret choosing one over the other though - they both have lots to offer.

These are the things that keep me coming back. That being said, I am super jealous of the on-hill food options at LL. SSV access road and gondy can be a PIA, but I've also been backed up on the TransCanada turning off to Louise, which was equally shitty.
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Does SSV have a longer season ? I thought Louise usually opens earlier, so the seasons are the same length, just offset by a week or two.

You're not losing either way, but my vote would be to go with a Louise pass this time, just to mix it up.
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