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Nearest ski resort to Vancouver in January.

Apr 14th, 2005, 12:22 AM
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Nearest ski resort to Vancouver in January.

We are planning a trip which will include a week on the West Coast flying into Vancouver. Can anyone give me some guidance in regard to whether I should aim at early january or late January. Any suggestions for a Ski resort that is easily accessible from Vancouver. We are intermediate skiers.
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Apr 14th, 2005, 12:53 AM
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Vancouver can offer some local skimountains, but you should ski in Whister (2,5 hrs drive vom Vancouver).

Whister has excellent slopes.

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Apr 14th, 2005, 01:48 AM
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Thanks Tom, I gather from my research that the local mountains suffer from crowding. ANY THOUGHTS ABOUT LATE OR EARLY ?
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Apr 14th, 2005, 01:48 AM
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oops sorry about the yelling !
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Apr 14th, 2005, 02:30 AM
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I can only speek for Whistler (I have no experience with Vancouver mountains). After new year it does not make a big difference, if you ski early or late January. Maybe you have some more daylight end of Januray. I know, that Whistler offers skipsecials during January and you can have some savings if you choose the specials. Take a look on www.whistlerblackcomb.com

It might also be an advantage to ski during mid week, as the weekends can be more busy, but Whistler has ssuch wide mountains, that I would not expect to many people there (mountain restaurants can be busy).

FYI: There is also a small skiing area on Vancouver Island.
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Apr 14th, 2005, 04:28 AM
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Thanks tom ! Mid week will be cool with us. I had a look at the whistler blackcomb site, looks good ! Better to fly into where ? or is vancouver the best bet ?
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Apr 14th, 2005, 07:25 AM
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Whistler is very close to Vancouver. It is served by bus & train from Vancouver. You can also reach Whistler with a rental car. It is also possible to fly in to Whistler by heli-service (& charter plan service) from Vancouver. Take a look under www.tourismwhistler.com (getting here)
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Apr 14th, 2005, 08:12 AM
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There is a regular sceduled Bus Service from YVR, (Vancouver Airport), to Whistler. I don't even think reservations are necessary - just ask where the Whistler bus is after you collect your luggage. You can check them out at www.perimeterbus.com. It's about 3 hours from YVR to Whistler.
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Apr 15th, 2005, 03:37 AM
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How much further to Sunshine and is it any better than whistler ?
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Apr 15th, 2005, 04:32 AM
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Sunshine is near Banff Alberta, about 850 km by road from Vancouver.
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Apr 15th, 2005, 06:17 PM
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Whistler-Blackcomb has more than double the terrain of Sunshine, and a great pedestrian only village at the base.

Our favorite place to stay in Whistler is the Pan Pacific, a 30 foot walk from the Blackcomb gondola.
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