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    Posted: Mar/20/2010 at 1:12am
Seems I have a choice between Whistler and Big White for my season in Canada, what do people think? anyone been to either? and are there any better?

I like to mostly free ride I freestyle sometimes but not that much
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  Quote Aus_Boarder Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/21/2010 at 1:16am
Mate, I don't know about big white, but I have spent a fair amount of time at Whistler (around 7 months in total).  You will not be disappointed.  It is bigger than all the snow fields in aus. put together.  Awesome terrain for free riding and great parks.

Big white is smaller than whistler but has better quality snow.  You will not be disappointed whichever way you decide to go.

You might like to add revelstoke to your wishlist.  It has killer snow.
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cheers mate, i'll check out revelstoke
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  Quote BudAshes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/21/2010 at 10:08pm
Whistler seems like the ultimate resort to me.  But I've never been to big white so I can't compare them.  I just know whistler has everything and has so much terrain you could never get bored in 10 seasons.  
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for freeriding?

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  Quote DanShredder Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/21/2010 at 10:21pm
oooo sounds like i might be leaning more towards whistler now... anyone else got an input? cheers for replies
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  Quote bmd Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/22/2010 at 12:04am
I'm in the same situation as you... but for me Whistler just isn't an option. From all reports it is super expensive and it's difficult securing a job/accommodation. Big White looks awesome... but I guess you don't have all the amenities of a big town such as Whistler. I'm personally trying to toss up between Big White, Fernie, or Lake Louise/ Banff.
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  Quote davey_1988 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/24/2010 at 2:40am
Has anyone been to Big White? I'm pretty set on heading there in October and would love some info for/against choosing it over some of the bigger resorts. Cheers, Dave.
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  Quote will_mcc1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/24/2010 at 3:39am
Never been to Whistler, but I did a season at Big White so I can comment on that much.

Size: Huge compared to any resort in Aus/NZ
Terrain: Generally pretty laidback. There are steeps on The Cliff, but what it lacks in that area it makes up for in fun natural terrain for boarders - plenty of rock drops, rollers and natural hits all over the mountain. The park is good, it changes pretty frequently to keep it fresh, and there is a pipe and boardercross course to boot. Very scenic to look at too
Snow: Not a powderhounds dream, but still plenty of the good stuff. Tends to fall in small amounts more regularly rather than in big dumps, but you should get a couple of 30cm+ days a season. The snow is LIGHT and dry, and it doesn't really rain except early season
Village: Split into 2 parts, the village and Snowpines. The village is the shops (supermarket, bakery, heaps of restaurants), pubs etc and then hotels and apartment blocks all in a nice compact and central location. Snowpines is heaps of houses about a 5-10 min walk from the village. Both have pluses and minuses - Village you are close to everything and its all ski-in ski-out, but accom is generally smaller. Snowpines accom is bigger but there is a chance your accom may not be ski-out (its all ski-in, and most is ski-out, but not all). There are 2 pubs to drink at, both have the same prices, and pretty similar atmosphere. Snowpines will always have a house party or two.

Kelowna is like 45 mins down the road, which is comparable a big country town - think Geelong or Ballarat - with heaps of shops and pretty good nightlife if you need to escape the mountain.

I had mates who did seasons at Whistler and they loved the place too, it has everything for everyone, but I can't really go any further, not having been before.

If you really want good info check out the forums at ski.com.au, there is heaps of this sort of info, just do a quick search
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  Quote davey_1988 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/25/2010 at 1:48am
Appreciate that info mate! I like the idea of it being smaller and less densely populated than whistler, so big white it winning my vote, plus my mates rave over the powder. If you don't mind me asking, did you work while you were there? (assuming you did as you were there for a season) And if so what did you do?
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  Quote skidynastar33 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/25/2010 at 4:15am
i would definatly go with big white
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  Quote will_mcc1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/25/2010 at 1:58pm
I worked in the supermarket there. Standard wage ($9 an hour), pretty steady 40 hour weeks, most shifts started in the arvo so you get to ride for a couple of hours in the morning, have some lunch, and then go off to work. That was easily the biggest positive. Assuming its still run by the smae guy, the owner likes to throw parties for his staff and get you as tanked as possible for free, which was a major plus too.
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  Quote davey_1988 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/26/2010 at 12:46pm
That sounds unreal. I'll be heading over to him to try for a job, but kinda keen on anything. A mate of mine worked on the lifts, had three days on three days off and said it was the crap but assuming that's pretty competitive to get?
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  Quote bitteralex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/26/2010 at 7:04pm
Well I've never worked at any of the resorts but I have boarded at Whistler, Big White and Revelstoke.

Whistler/Blackcomb is an absolute monster of a resort! I love it there, a lot of pow days there... especially this last year... I have some family over there and they'd always keep me updated on the latest snow conditions just to rub it in... There's people there who've skied the mountain for years and they still haven't hit everything thats possible... another great thing about whistler/blackcomb is that it is 2 mountains

Big White is a very good mountain also, but its not so great that it sticks out in my mind... i went during a road trip and between the epic days of boarding at different resorts and all the alcohol i don't really remember much about it... sorry I couldn't help you on that one...

Revelstoke is probably my favorite resort right now.... I hit it up just this winter and it was a great experience... it's quite a new resort and they are still expanding it i believe... i also believe it offers north america's highest descent.... has epic powder i've heard...

If it was me... I'd choose either whistler or revelstoke... can't really go wrong with either.. WBC is, I believe, 40 minutes to 1 hour outside of vancouver so if you ever tire of the snow bum scene there its a quick drive to 1 of the best cities in the world...

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If it were me I would go to Whistler.
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  Quote will_mcc1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/27/2010 at 3:10pm
Revvie is next on my hit list, before it turns into the new Whistler
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whistler is the bomb
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  Quote robodiaz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/27/2010 at 3:17pm
I've never been to Big White but have boarded Whistler quite a few times.

Whistler is an Ultimate Resort. It has everything you'll want to do. Freeriding, Park, Heli, Snocats, I'm pretty sure there is also snowmobile rentals. Umm they also have an Indoor Skatepark and many foreign ladies.

The night life there is pretty fun as well.

Vancouver is a couple hours drive south as well.

The only thing I didn't enjoy were some of the tourists are extremely snooty.

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you really cant beat whistler
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Another point to consider - although both Whistler and Big White are full-on magnets for JAFA's, at least Whistler is bigger so you can, um, blend in a little more if you want to. 
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  Quote athousandmonkeys Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/07/2010 at 12:33am
Originally posted by will_mcc1

Revvie is next on my hit list, before it turns into the new Whistler

Rev's great when there's powder, but when it's a long time between dumps and it's limited to hardpack, I find it a bit boring. 
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I have ever going to Whistler, so I want to go Big White.
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I live in BC. I ride a bit at all the mountains I can, my local maountain is Apex (Penticton)

I do ride Big white often too, as well as other interior mountains. Whistler has a lot to offer & gets quite a bit of snow, but it's usually a wetter snow. the interior has champagne powder to offer. plus if you go to the interior you can hit up Apex(Penticton), Big White(Kelowna),  Silver Star(Vernon), Revelsoke, Red(Rossland) this is a hidden gem!!!! it was the mountain I grew up on. Big cliff drops into a powder field & tree run out. White Water(Nelson) small hill, but usually tons of deep powder. Fernie usually gets the most snow of all the mountains in BC.  All BC mountains are killer you won't be dissapointed at any choice you make.  It just depends what you are looking for, do you need a bigger center or a smaller city/town.
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  Quote That-Guy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/13/2010 at 7:49pm
Im a local here at Big White, so I've gotten my fill of it. If you're looking for a fun month or so, Whistler is definitely the way to go imo, but Big White has it's big powder days, and is a very friendly resort (rated #1 in Canada for best family resort or something). Silver Star however has a bigger park than Big White, and seems to be catered more towards skiers. Like the previous poster said, you really cant go wrong, but if I had to choose one, I'd go Whistler, definitely a more renowned mountain in all areas.
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  Quote tw0scoops Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/14/2010 at 3:04am
Never been to Whistler, but judging from the videos on youtube alone, I'm dying to go to Whistler.
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