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G'day guys,

Just wandering how easy it is getting around alberta between resorts?

I have a job at nakiska for the 2013/2014 season and have access to lake louise and fernie & a few other resorts. would bus be the easiest form of getting around on my days off?

Cheers in advance
 

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By car, easy. I've never done it, but there is frequent buses from Banff to Louise and Sunshine. Where are you staying?
 

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staying at nakiska as i am staff, but have a 3days on/3days off roster so i want to get out to fernie, LL as much as possible.

From australia, so getting a car is kinda hard?
 

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Sunshine village is closer than Louise. My opinion is that sunshine has better snow and slack country if you like that. Louise has a better Park, at least previous years it has.

Fernie will be tougher to get to. It is 4 hours away on dry roads from your spot. Worth checking out for sure though.

If it is a big dump I hear castle is the place to ride though. I've never been though. This year for sure!
 

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It is a hard place to get around. If you want variety I would go for work in Banff. Better hills and the transport options are much better.

You can get a car. its not hard you just need money. $2500 will get you a good ride and some insurance.

if you don't want a car and can get to the Stoney Nakota Casino brewster run a bus to Banff and Lake Louise Calgary to Banff I Calgary Airport to Banff I Brewster Airport Shuttles You could use this to get around but it will be a massive pain in the ass.
 

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staying at nakiska as i am staff, but have a 3days on/3days off roster so i want to get out to fernie, LL as much as possible.

From australia, so getting a car is kinda hard?
As someone who has spent time in Melbourne, cars are way cheaper here :yahoo:
 

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I reckon you wont be alone in wanting to get away on your days off - you'll easily be able to hitch a ride up to Banff for SS or Louise. Getting to Fernie may be a bit trickier because of the distances but there's a good chance you'll meet other seasonaires who can all chip in for a minibus - or will know someone that's driving out there.

Kicking Horse has to be done - there are shuttles you can get - or you can just hitch up the transcanada. Loads of people do it - I picked someone up yesterday on my way back from the kicking horse bike park.
 

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Sorry to derail your thread, but what you doing at Nakiska this year? I'm likely going to be patrolling there (or possibly Louise)...

+1 on the car, there are no real inspections, emissions tests, or anything here. Just get yourself an Alberta licence and buy something. Sell it when you leave and make your money back.

I've got a good 4Runner for sale :D lol
 

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Sorry to derail your thread, but what you doing at Nakiska this year? I'm likely going to be patrolling there (or possibly Louise)...

+1 on the car, there are no real inspections, emissions tests, or anything here. Just get yourself an Alberta licence and buy something. Sell it when you leave and make your money back.

I've got a good 4Runner for sale :D lol
Bahaha no dramas mate, i was a bit late to the party being in NewZealnd so Nakiska was last option.

ill look into the car option as it seems you guys know its probably the best option,
what are the cops like with international drives licenses & hitchhiking

wow 4runners are still around?? ahaha
 

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I reckon you wont be alone in wanting to get away on your days off - you'll easily be able to hitch a ride up to Banff for SS or Louise. Getting to Fernie may be a bit trickier because of the distances but there's a good chance you'll meet other seasonaires who can all chip in for a minibus - or will know someone that's driving out there.

Kicking Horse has to be done - there are shuttles you can get - or you can just hitch up the transcanada. Loads of people do it - I picked someone up yesterday on my way back from the kicking horse bike park.
the job is with RCR so i have unlimited access to all there resorts, within my job limitations and hours. finding the right people leaving at the right time will be the hard part:)
 

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Fernie gets some pretty great snow every year so you'll definitely have to try to find some other snow junkies to go there with you. Since it's a little far from where you are you'll probably need to make a weekend trip out of it. I don't think Banff or Lake Louise should be very hard to get to from where you are though.
 

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Your life will be better with a car. You can find something for < $500


Nakiska's a ways off the main highway, 20 minutes or so, and an hour-ish from either Calgary or Banff.

Either of which you'll likely need to get to in order catch one of the buses to the hill.

Don't waste your time waiting for a bus.

Also, Kicking Horse > Fernie if you have an pass to RCR resorts.
 

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Also, Kicking Horse > Fernie if you have an pass to RCR resorts.
This, along with the great Sunshine vs Lake Louise debate, is debatable... lol

Trouble with kicking horse is you're either riding 4200 vertical feet runs all the time, or you're sitting on a slow chair. At least Fernie and Louise have upper mountain chairs that feed decent terrain that are high speed (Fernie Bear and Louise ToTW).

I enjoy chutes, but it seemed like KH to me had too many chutes and not enough continuously steep gladed runs. Maybe I need to get back there again and explore around the hill more. :dunno:
 
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