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Old 04-14-2012, 06:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Yar! Hello to everyone, newbe here..

I'm going to hook up for three weeks in Eastern Canada with a friend who is making a world trip coming first 3 weeks of december.. We never boarded in Can, but we're experienced boarders (not pros, not mountaineers) who love to ride off-piste & pow for days... My friend got the goal to find some work during those three weeks in (bars, clubs, shops or whatever) because he is planning on spending the rest of the season in Can (he hasn't figured one place in particular)

so I proposed to increase his chances of finding a job & my riding pleasures to visit three or more ski resorts in those 3 weeks by bus/car.. Originally had the idea to fly into Vancouver and explore Whistler region but after some extensive digging through this forum I found that the Calgary region offers a lot of cool spots not to far away from eachother (Bannf, Castle, Louise, Golden, Kicking, Revel - or even drop down to Panorama or Fernie)

So my question does anyone have experience with a trip like this? Is Calgary the place to go or more chances near Vancouver? Tips for finding a job in these places I mentioned? Is it possible to travel by bus or should we rent/buy a car?

Any help much much appreciated & always interested to hook up with somebodys who like showing us around cool places a bit or might have a job spare for my friend... + much joy to everyone riding last season days in those mountains right now!

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So my question does anyone have experience with a trip like this? Is Calgary the place to go or more chances near Vancouver? Tips for finding a job in these places I mentioned? Is it possible to travel by bus or should we rent/buy a car?

Any help much much appreciated & always interested to hook up with somebodys who like showing us around cool places a bit or might have a job spare for my friend... + much joy to everyone riding last season days in those mountains right now!

Love!

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As far as the town goes, Calgary is a good hub to fly into. Cheap fuel prices here and buses available to most of the big resorts within 5 hours. I'd say it's your cheaper trip and you can hit a very wide variety of resorts and towns.

As for the work itself, I'm not sure but you may be too late in December. The season starts up fairly early here (late Oct, early Nov) and I think the bulk of the hiring is done then. There's always random jobs that come up I'm sure but you may be getting in a little too late. Not sure...

Good luck! And don't worry about the mountains, I was a little freaked coming out here after riding smaller/less extreme eastern North American resorts for 18 years. The mountains here just have a wider variety of terrain, and yes some of it is very extreme but there is something for everyone. From first day boarders to 20+ year veterans.
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@ poutanen . You mention buses. do you know a website with information about routes/times & prices? My mate is also thinking about buying a car any tips on that? Is there a website for sales from person to person we can check? Good mention on season start, I was thinking the same thing as well, but he thinks bars/hotels might be looking for extra workforce with christmas&newyears..
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@ poutanen . You mention buses. do you know a website with information about routes/times & prices? My mate is also thinking about buying a car any tips on that? Is there a website for sales from person to person we can check? Good mention on season start, I was thinking the same thing as well, but he thinks bars/hotels might be looking for extra workforce with christmas&newyears..
As far as registering a car in Alberta, I'm pretty certain you have to have an Alberta drivers licence to get that. It's not a big deal to get a licence if you have one from another Canadian province or one of the "reciprocal licence countries" that we have agreements with. Once you have a licence it's as simple as buying and insuring the car, most/all insurers require a vehicle inspection, but the government does not. No emissions testing either. Here's some info on the licence exchange...

Service Alberta:

As for the busses, here's what I can dig up so far. They may be a lot more I don't know about.

The Brewster Bus goes from Calgary to Kicking Horse with tons of stops in between (Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise, etc.) looks like it's $23 a trip and trips are every 1.5 hours or so.

Here's the info for the ski resort shuttle put on by the big 3 resorts. It's usually included with the ski tickets, not sure what the cost is for employees. edit: Here's the bus schedule for lake louise and it's $15 a day or $419 for the season.

Nakiska has a bus that's $20 a day or so from pretty much anywhere in Banff/Canmore to Nakiska but I think it's only one trip per day. Might not get there early enough for employees.

I think the other thing you'll find when you start looking is a whole bunch of people in the same boat as you. A lot of the employees here are from England/Australia/New Zealand and I'm sure they all had the same issues when they first started. Hitch hiking is fairly common (in Fernie it's expected and I've picked up many hitch hikers). There is probably a lot of carpooling
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thx for the great input again, really helpfull links these, i'm gonna check them out..
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