I may be relocated to Calgary this spring/summer and was wondering if any locals use this and wheres the closest/best place to go ride, and how far away?
Jeez man use the search button!!!
I'm on the North end of Calgary so driving times are a little longer.
Lake Louise 2:00
Kicking Horse 3:15
Revelstoke 4:30 or so
For resorts within a daily drive I like Lake Louise the best. Nakiska has a bad name but for groomers it's quite good. All lifts are high speed and the pitch up top is consistently steep for carving. I was in the glades yesterday and there was about 8" of fresh in there. It gets tracked out badly though so glades are only worth it during/right after a powder dump.
For a longer drive my favorite (so far) is Fernie. A lot of the hill is off-piste alpine style bowls, so there's lots of space, it doesn't get tracked out, and there's always a powder stash somewhere if you look hard enough. It does get more rain than the rest though, so timing is crucial. I've actually rode there in the rain and had a pretty good day.
Heard great things about Castle but AFAIK
all the lifts are slow. That's a big downer for me as I'd rather be shredding than sitting on a lift.
Heard great things about Kicking Horse so we got it on our pass this year, heading there once they open up!
Would still like to make it to Revelstoke at least once this year. Biggest vert in North America I'd like to see it at least for that experience.
I've been to Kimberley and it's decent, but there are some glaring problems that will keep me away until they're fixed. On the front side, ALL of the runs filter down over a narrow (probably 75 foot wide) bridge and then down a chute to the base of the lift. This is a horrible way to do things, as that area is constantly clogged with beginners sliding sideways and pushing all the snow off. It turns into a skating rink and then you've got noobs and ice in a restricted area.
The back side is actually decent, there is more off-piste style terrain than Nakiska, however they are all slow lifts back there. I CAN'T STAND slow lifts...
I've been to COP once and asked for a refund an hour later (didn't get the refund but lesson still learned). My idea of fun doesn't include standing in line for 10 minutes to ride a 5 minute chair and then board down for 30 seconds. Yes the park is fun, and I suppose with no lift lines/midweek it could be a fun way to spend a couple hours in town, but it just didn't offer me anything for my riding needs.
NOW SEARCH NEXT TIME! MY HANDS ARE TIRED!