Best places to Ski 2013/14 Season
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Oct 28, 2013 10:47 PM Last Post By: rjmcguire
Oct 17, 2013 5:36 PM
Best places to Ski 2013/14 SeasonHi all,
Just looking for some feedback from everyone about what they would recommend as some of the better hills to hit this upcoming winter 2013/14 season. I am intending to fly over from Australia for 2-3 weeks with another mate both 26.At this stage the possible plan was to hit one place for a week or so and then hit another mountain or so for another week (anywhere in North America I don’t mind) I am and advanced skier and he is intermediate-advanced snowboarder. We are looking for anyone’s recommendation of places to visit as well as time to visit at this stage we were looking at heading over Late Feb 14' or in March sometime however this can obviously change depending on what people’s views are and how the weather reports are reading
So what we are looking for:
- Great snow (obviously we cant control this but we can only hope)
- Great terrain / runs / trails
- Decent Accommodation / access / ability to get around towns / mountain etc...
- Value for $$
- Nightlife - whilst skiing is the priority, who doesn’t love a beer and decent night out
I am really open to everyone’s recommendations about what they think would suit. At this stage there is nothing booked so fully flexible.
Thanks in advanced
Oct 18, 2013 2:25 AM
1I like to recommend the chocolate fondue snowshoe tour:
Such a nicesetting and Hollyburn Lodge does qualify as "rustic outpost" charm! Love the place.
Oct 18, 2013 2:25 AM
2for a snowy, wintery destination, then I'd head to one of the ski resort areas, either Whistler or the interior, or even Mt. Washington if you wanted to go to the Island anyway.
Oct 18, 2013 2:26 AM
3for a snowy, wintery destination, then I'd head to one of the ski resort areas, either Whistler or the interior, or even Mt. Washington if you wanted to go to the Island anyway.
Oct 18, 2013 4:27 AM
Oct 18, 2013 5:58 AM
5#1...Revelstoke! Best hill around...almost exclusive for advanced riders (many pros are moving here). The night life is ok, relaxed....you wont find any beats here...think rustic beer halls and pubs. Snow is amazing. Cheap accomm.
#2....Banff. Great place for a jump off point. Great night life. Several hills are under an hour from here. Lake Louise is huge...some very good runs...snow average. Kickinghorse is huge, very long runs...but is just over an hour from Banff. This area in general can get cold at times.
For CRAZY snow, look in the interior. Whitewater is insane. Fernie is good. Red Mountain is a fun hill. Warmer temperatures. The only problem for me is the size of the hill vertically is less, so you will be on the lifts a bit more, plus there is not much night life...think more of a hippy vibe.
Whistler seems like an obvious choice (not for me though). Some years they get a ton of snow, some years none (think Olympics!). Its HUGE!!! I'm sure you have heard of this hill....everyone has. Always ranked in the top 5 in the world based on terrain/glacier/nightlife/shopping, etc. Not cheap. You will be at home with the other 1000's of Aussies and Kiwis.
Late Feb, you should have NO issues with snow pack. This is our peak time.
Oct 19, 2013 11:38 PM
6Kicking Horse and Revelstoke are probably your best bets. They are both very tough, steep hills with long runs and are for good skiiers/snowboarders. I did a full season at Kicking Horse last winter and I didn't get bored of it at all. Lake Louise is alright but it gets really wind blown and is a lot less steep than Revelstoke and Kicking Horse. They have a really good park though, if you're into that (I'm not).
Whitewater is supposedly really great too, I've never been but only heard good things. It's supposedly got some tough runs and huge snowfall.
Oct 23, 2013 9:13 PM
7one week in banff - doing sunshine, lake louise and norquey
one week staying in big white or silver star and skiing those two hills and apex. you would need a car to get between those three areas.
whistler will going to be your most expensive option and there are a lot of australians who work there so if you want to experience canadians...other areas might be better.
Oct 23, 2013 10:39 PM
8I think for a 2-3 week trip your best bet would be to head to the Okanagan/surrounding area and hit a few of the mountains there.
You could do a route such as this:
All mountains are good and Big White/Silver Star have quite a bit of other things to do in the village (the other mountains may as well, I'm not sure as I've never spent much time on the mountains other than skiing) such as skating, nightlife, tubing, and Silver Star now has a cool bowling alley haha!
It'll give you a good variety as Revy and Kicking Horse have awesome powder, and long back country style runs, while Silver Star and Big White have nice groomed runs, some decent double black runs that are a lot of fun on powder days and very good parks (if you're into that).
Oct 23, 2013 11:21 PM
Oct 27, 2013 6:05 PM
10I've worked at Cypress for the past few season, and I'd recommend heading to Vancouver, stay in the city for a few nights, you can get cheap rooms in a hostel downtown. Hit up Cypress, Grouse and Seymour, all within half-hour of the city. Cypress and Seymour have shuttle buses that leave from the North Shore, and there's public transport up to Grouse, and although I find the nightlife in Vancouver lackluster, there is usually always something to find. After hitting up the locals catch a bus or Amtrak across the boarder to the States and hit Bellingham. Amtrak one way to Bellingham is around $13. I'd stay there for at least a few days. Mt. Baker has some awesome terrain and they get lots of snow! Also the nightlife in Bellingham is a blast as it's a big college town, and it'll be a lot cheaper than Vancouver! Then from there, you should head south about 4 hours and hit up Summit at Snoqualmie and Crystal Mountain. Summit is alright, you could skip it, but definitely ride Crystal. Tons of great terrain.
That would be my budget plan. The interior mountains are obvious epic, and that's a good route to go, but I'm sure going that route will cost you more, so it depends on what your budget is. Also remember that the mountains I suggested are near the coast, and there are definitely times when the weather isn't great; fog, rain, etc. But when they're on, it's on. Just check the forecasts religiously.
Oct 28, 2013 10:47 PM
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