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Old 12-09-2013, 01:56 PM   #391 (permalink)
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QUESTION for those experienced with southern AB and BC riding. I have planned a new years trip with the girlfriend and was initially thinking castle to fernie to whitefish. Now I am pretty set on going to Fernie, but could be convinced to switch up the other two based on how the conditions will be that time of year, as well as amount of area to explore at each mountain. I haven't been to castle or whitefish before but have been to fernie and enjoyed it. Last year we did revy, big white and silverstar which was a great trip, so this year we wanted to explore something different. We are both experienced riders and will be looking for powder, off-piste and a variety of terrain. are castle and whitefish good choices? what about kimberley? anywhere else in montana?
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Castle is pretty awesome...somewhat underserved in term of lifts, but they often get alot of snow. and if you wanna hike a bit, you can poach all their catskiing runs.

Kimberley is more of a family hill....there are steep runs and good times, and often the trees go untouched for a long time after a good snowfall. I will be there over new-years (so you should definitely go cause im awesome).

Never been to whitefish....CassMT is the "resident of whitefish" on this forum...

Fernie is a pretty safe choice, but i find Fernie is PACKED over x-mas and New Years.
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Castle has lots of steep terrain and pow for days after storms (i have limited experience).

Whitefish seemed to have a lot of blue runs and a couple challenging areas but over all it seemed very mellow by comparison to fernie and castle.
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Another +1 for Castle, but I gotta say nothing on that list is going to top Revy.

Never been to MT, but was riding the chair at Castle with an old dude last year and he had property in whitefish and he was saying Castle was better. That's gotta count for something.

I'd start in BC and work your way SE.
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QUESTION for those experienced with southern AB and BC riding. I have planned a new years trip with the girlfriend and was initially thinking castle to fernie to whitefish. Now I am pretty set on going to Fernie, but could be convinced to switch up the other two based on how the conditions will be that time of year, as well as amount of area to explore at each mountain. I haven't been to castle or whitefish before but have been to fernie and enjoyed it. Last year we did revy, big white and silverstar which was a great trip, so this year we wanted to explore something different. We are both experienced riders and will be looking for powder, off-piste and a variety of terrain. are castle and whitefish good choices? what about kimberley? anywhere else in montana?
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Fernie is biggest and best served mountain out of that group. Steepest and most varied terrain with best conditions on average (can get icy if it starts to melt.) Fast lifts. Actual town that doesn't rely solely on the mountain. plenty of night life and accommodations on and off hill.

I've only been to castle and whitefish a couple times each. In my experience Castle is steep in certain areas. Good snow conditions that are kept that way by sloooooooow lifts and wind that can work in their favor. DIfferent vibe, like a step back in time.

Whitefish is like a laidback version of Banff. Good snow conditions and decent lifts. Compared to Louise/Revy/Fernie is definitely less steep. I think Hellroaring is probably most challenging area? I had a great time.

Kimberley is a step below that in steepness. Lot of fun runs but requires some traversing. Slooooow lifts.

I heard Big Sky is the uber steep in MT, but it is quite a drive compared to whitefish from up here. I'd just fly down.
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Fernie is biggest and best served mountain out of that group. Steepest and most varied terrain with best conditions on average (can get icy if it starts to melt.) Fast lifts. Actual town that doesn't rely solely on the mountain. plenty of night life and accommodations on and off hill.

I've only been to castle and whitefish a couple times each. In my experience Castle is steep in certain areas. Good snow conditions that are kept that way by sloooooooow lifts and wind that can work in their favor. DIfferent vibe, like a step back in time.

Whitefish is like a laidback version of Banff. Good snow conditions and decent lifts. Compared to Louise/Revy/Fernie is definitely less steep. I think Hellroaring is probably most challenging area? I had a great time.

Kimberley is a step below that in steepness. Lot of fun runs but requires some traversing. Slooooow lifts.

I heard Big Sky is the uber steep in MT, but it is quite a drive compared to whitefish from up here. I'd just fly down.
Thanks for the tips guys, I feel better about the choice now. I will make it out to revy or kicking horse this year on my way to big white for spring break (at least that's the plan now). I remember really enjoying Fernie so I am good with that. Sounds to me like castle and whitefish will be a bit more mellow than i'm used to, but with some decent terrain to explore.
For those who have been to castle and whitefish as well as the more northern resorts like sunshine, louise and marmot, how do they compare? I am pretty familiar with those hills as well as big white and silver star.

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From what I gather, the southern AB/MT resorts don't have the above treeline apline stuff that Sunshine and Lake Louise have. I also think Fernie offers the best overall mix of terrain and lifts.

Best bet is to go where the snow is. If it's puking at Nakiska and bare elsewhere, I'd rather be at Nakiska! Same goes for the rest of them...
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Old 12-10-2013, 12:35 PM   #398 (permalink)
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What's happening in Whistler?
Total 143cm acumulative snow so far. Only 79cm in December.
I don't think this snow volume is normal, isn't it?

I'm from Brazil and my travel is scheduled for Jan 26th.
I hope it gets better!
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What's happening in Whistler?
I think you'll get a better response in the vancouver 2013/2014 thread. The Canadian Rockies only go as far as an hour or so into BC!

http://www.snowboardingforum.com/wes...14-season.html
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Thanks poutanen.
Didn't know that.

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I think you'll get a better response in the vancouver 2013/2014 thread. The Canadian Rockies only go as far as an hour or so into BC!
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