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best powder skiing/snowboarding close to Vancouver
Posted August 21st, 2013 - 8:53 am from Innsbruck, Austria
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Posted August 26th, 2013 - 6:01 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Hi there,

Well, if you are a true powder addict, do not buy a pass at Cypress, unless you like elephant powder! It is usually heavy snow and although it snows a lot a Cypress, it is rarely great powder, due to the proximity of the ocean. This being said, if you want to be on skis everyday, it is probably the cheapest bet.

if you want to get into backcountry, Baker has the best access around. 20 minutes and you are already in the alpine, free of cost. Whistler charges 50$ to take you up ONCE to the top of the mountain to get you fast into the alpine.

Anywhere else (backcountry close to vancouver aka Squamish, Duffey lake road, Coquihalla) expect to do a 90 minute ski in to the good stuff. The 90 minute approach is usually in trees, with limited views and sometimes good snow. But at tree line and above, the powder is great. Drive time from Vancouver to these spots is anywhere between 1.5 to 2.5 hours.

If you go to Revelstoke, keep in mind that it is a 6 hours drive from here, so a weekend trip is not the best. Roget's pass, beside Reve, has the best backcountry access in the country.

Same for Nelson.. it is a 9 hour drive in the winter, but has great backcountry access and drier snow than the coast.

So, if you want to ski powder 4-5 days a week, don't base out Vancouver... I live in Vancouver as it is a great base to live in, albeit expensive. I work here and play in the mountains around... but if you come to be a ski bum for the winter, I would not come to Vancovuer. Go to Rossland, Revelstoke or Nelson, or even Fernie. Or whistler if oyu want to hang out with a bunch of Ozzies...

feel free to email me if you ahve more questions.

Francois

Posted September 17th, 2013 - 3:02 pm from Innsbruck, Austria
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