i think im gonna get my seasons pass to there next year as well. not liking the idea of spring riding ssv with half a park.
Yeah next year I'm thinking the full RCR pass plus Lake Louise. Nakiska for days like tomorrow (by myself, just want to ride for a couple hours), Lake Louise for great riding without needing a hotel, Fernie and Kicking Horse for any other trips, stay in hostels, B&Bs etc.
Found a really nice B&B for a really good price near Fernie, great breakfast so that's where we plan to go about once a month during the winter.
Yeah I can't stand rails so that does kinda suck. On quiet days at Nakiska I'll hit the park and use the launch ramps for the rails to just jump.
Nakiska is pretty much just what you said, groomers or the glades and the glades tend to be rough most of the time. I've been lucky there a few times, getting to the mountain when 6-12" of powder fell on top, and then it's a blast. The gold chair generally leads to nice steep terrain with very little in the way of traverses, so for powder it's fantastic, but then again almost anywhere is good with powder.
I like the fact that tomorrow I'll show up at 9:00, ride the bottom half for 3-4 runs of bombing under the chair (I carve hard and then use the natural lips for some air), then I'll head up top when the bottom gets a few people in line. I can ride up top all day tomorrow with no lift lines, and there are some nice lips to hit. It's sort of a carve--->lip--->carve kinda hill. Nothing like the lake, fernie, etc. for truly alpine terrain, but some really good steep groomers. I get a thril out of passing skiers wearing tights almost as much as finding powder somewhere, so Nakiska is a great hill to have 1:10 from the house.
Living in Fernie or Golden would be the life though!