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Eerie

B.C. Interior

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I'm contemplating a week or trip to the B.C. interior in either Jan or Feb. I've got word of mouth advice to hit up Red Mtn and have seen brochures for the resort in Nelson as well as Kicking Horse in Golden. Kicking Horse looks to have amazing lift accessed steeps cantfocus.gif but is a long, long drive.

 

Can anyone give me recommendations on b.c. interior resorts? Looking for, in any order: steep lines, powder, small liftlines, good vibe, and cheap.

 

thanks for the help

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You've already nailed the top of the list.

 

Whitewater, 10k from Nelson

Red Mountain, just up from Rossland

Kicking Horse + Fernie, by Golden

and of course, Banff/Lake Louise, which is big and touristy.

 

WH20 is small, but gets great snow and has amazing b/c. Local vibe is big. Relatively high elevation. Older lifts, good feeling, great town (Nelson). I love this place, and have been back each of the past two seasons.

 

Red is a bit bigger, steeper, has great trees, little cliffs, everywhere. One fantastic hike-to venue with great steeps and pow. However, Red is a little lower, and can get foggy.

 

I've never been to Golden, but it's supposed to be the best of the bunch from a terrain perspective. A little more of a real town, and famous for fresh meat mondays at the local peeler bar (strip club), and 4k vert or something ridonkulous. Looks bitchin. But like you said, it's way up there if you're coming from Skiattle.

 

go git em tiger, spray on!

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Kicking Horse can be sweet with good snow. You can also just buy a 1-time gondola ride and take your skins and do laps in the upper bowls, or the enormous amount of terrain behind there.

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thanks for the beta iain. Kicking Horse sounds like a nice place to hang for several days after a system rolls through.

 

does anyone know of a Canadian website similar to our NWAC site?

 

again, thanks for the info.

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Kicking Horse can be sweet with good snow. You can also just buy a 1-time gondola ride and take your skins and do laps in the upper bowls, or the enormous amount of terrain behind there.

 

iain-isn't this wanker doesn't ski he snowboards. send him to some over worked terrain with plenty of lifts.

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Did the mega road trip from PDX two years ago and it was awesome! Skied a couple of days at Whitewater, hit Kooteney Pass, Kicking Horse, Rogers Pass then all the way down to Fernie.

 

Highlights of the trip were Whitewater (for the great BC and the Nelson vibe) and Kicking Horse (because it was HUGE!) At K Horse we took the one ride on the 4000' gondola and just hiked and skinned all day.

 

Can't say too much about Rogers pass becuse it snowed so much we had to leave due to avalanche danger. Fernie was OK but not worth the drive compared to the other places.

 

Here is some video if you are interested:

 

Whitewater

 

Kicking Horse

 

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fucking sick videos dude!

Golden rocks!!

Also a great bar up there looking over the mountain

never been to whtewater, but someday soon bigdrink.gif

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the worst is I had to share a gondola ride with someone who had the worst b.o. you've ever encountered

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hey shredmaximus,

 

thanks a ton for the videos, great job. The Whitewater video cemented my resolve to make it up there. Kicking Horse, ah Kicking Horse. Holy shit that place looks more amazing than I could have imagined solely from looking at the brochure. Wow!

 

Would you mind telling me what the storm cycle was like when you were up there? Did you hit both places after a storm came through or several days after a storm? When in the season was your trip and how good/bad was the snowpack?

 

Thanks a lot.... Eerie.

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