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4 Days of Driving for 4 Days of Snowboarding Mt Bachelor

2024-03-29 30 min read Snow Updates Travel marco
Last year’s Great Canada Snowboarding Adventure was the last great trip I had planned linking ski resorts together in a chain. It was by far the most resorts, the longest drive, and the most fun I’ve had on all snowboarding winter adventures, so far, but it also marked an end. There just weren’t that many resorts left I hadn’t visited, and the lost one were isolated, far, and not on any pass system. Continue reading

Snowboarding Trips

2023-11-08 1 min read Travel Snow Updates marco
The Great Canada Snowboarding Adventure The Great Canada Snowboarding Adventure GCSA Schweitzer GCSA RED Mountain GCSA Kicking Horse GCSA Lake Louise GCSA Revelstoke GCSA Sunshine Village GCSA The Long Drive Home GCSA Summary The Grand Tour of the North The Grand Tour of the North: Seeking Fresh Powder Edition GTotN: Planning GTotN Day 1: San Diego to Sun Valley GTotN Day 2: Best Western Tyrolean Lodge and Ketchum, ID GTotN Day 2: Sun Valley Resort GTotN Day 3: Sun Valley to Jackson Hole GTotN Day 4: Lexington Inn and Jackson, WY GTotN Day 4/5: Jackson Hole GTotN Day 5: Jackson to Big Sky GTotN Day 6: River Rock Lodge and Big Sky, MT GTotN Day 6: Big Sky Resort GTotN Day 7: The long way home GTotN Day 6/7: Holiday Inn Boise Airport and flight home GTotN: Conclusion

GCSA Summary

2023-04-16 4 min read Snow Updates marco
[previous] For a long while, ever since I started buying the Mountain Collective Pass, I had been doing these trips. I’d pick a set of resorts based on physical proximity and travel from one to the other. The Mountain Collective Pass was limited to two days at each resort (50% off for additional days), so that was a lot of traveling. I did three such trips. The first one was along the Pacific Coast, hitting Mammoth, Lake Tahoe, and Whistler. Continue reading

GCSA The Long Drive Home

2023-04-16 6 min read Snow Updates marco
[previous] Really, I should have titled this article based on the mountain/resort we visited, but it wasn’t worth it. Lake Louise and Sunshine Village always show up in concert with a third resort, Mount Norquay. They form Alberta’s Big 3 on all marketing material, to the point that IKON passes are valid for 5 days total at any of their resorts, except for these three that count as one. After Lake Louise and Sunshine Village, I was expecting another world class resort. Continue reading

GCSA Sunshine Village

2023-04-16 6 min read Snow Updates marco
[previous] Our time in Canada was coming to an end. It was Friday morning and the AirBnB was booked to Sunday. But between the insane cold and the realization that it was near impossible to make it in one go from Field to Lakewood after a day of snowboarding, we decided to leave a day early. Friday would be our last full day of snowboarding, then we’d do the first half of the drive on Saturday, sleep somewhere on the way, then continue to Colorado on Sunday. Continue reading

GCSA Revelstoke

2023-04-16 4 min read Snow Updates marco
[previous] It turns out that the extreme cold was only in the Bow River valley, and that temperatures to our West were much, much milder. We were familiar with the phenomenon from Denver, where under certain circumstances the East is bitter cold with Canadian temperatures, while the mountains of Summit County are relatively balmy, despite being a full mile higher up in the air. We had skipped Revelstoke on our first attempt, but it was going to see a high of 32 instead of -10. Continue reading

GCSA Lake Louise

2023-04-16 6 min read Snow Updates marco
[previous] We got up “late,” around 8. The storm had dumped about a foot of snow and the host (actually, the neighbor) came out to clear it. Then we got to the car, which was covered thick, to nobody’s surprise. At least, it started just fine and we could drive away with no issue. The drive was what you’d expect after a major snow storm. While it’s just 28 km, less than 20 miles, it requires going up to Kicking Horse Pass and then down into the valley of the Bow river. Continue reading

GCSA Kicking Horse

2023-04-16 6 min read Snow Updates marco
[previous] Let me shorten the experience for you: What A Let Down. We woke up in the morning. Tim, who isn’t a hardcore snowboard aficionado, decided he wasn’t going up the mountain, but I thought it dumb to be in Golden, BC and not at least try out the local and pretty well-known ski resort. I had low expectations, based on layout and map, and I knew it was going to be mobbed. Continue reading

GCSA RED Mountain

2023-04-15 12 min read Snow Updates marco
[previous] Waking Up The night before, lost in the middle of nowhere, Tim made a harmless comment. Maybe we could go to the mountain later, noonish. I lost it: I had been sitting in the car by then for 48 hours and I wanted to snowboard. Not drive, not sleep, not explore, but snowboard. We woke up at an unreasonable time after an unreasonably short sleep and headed to town. Trail is a small place on both sides of the Columbia, dominated by an enormous hilltop factory that looks like a medieval castle, if the architect/stonemason had decided to make it as scary as possible. Continue reading

GCSA Schweitzer

2023-04-15 11 min read Snow Updates marco
[previous] Alright, so the first resort was technically not in Canada, and was a last second idea. I had read there was a resort on IKON right around Spokane, where I had to be, anyway. So I decided to try it out if I felt like it. I woke up in the morning in Coeur d’Alene, checked my mojo after the mandatory six shots of espresso, and decided I was not going to spend all day moping around until I could pick up Tim at the airport. Continue reading
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