Jan 25-28....Open to Suggestions!

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Jan 25-28....Open to Suggestions!

Business trip to Los Angeles Jan 24/25.  Will fly from LA to ??? on Thursday night, ski Fri/Sat/Sun, and take a redeye back to work for Monday.

The question becomes.....where to ski?  I could literally go anywhere, so long as I can find convenient and reasonable flights there on Thursday night, and a convenient redeye back Sunday night.

Easy options I’d like to get back to would be Denver (hit Breckinridge/A Basin) or Tahoe (Sugar Bowl/Squaw), but even entering a stormy pattern toward the end of next week won’t likely improve the dismal (so far) snowpack they have.  I haven’t included SLC since I’m headed there in February.

Seattle (Baker/Crystal) would be a good and easy choice.  Decent snow pack, big storm this week, heading into an active pattern.  Definitely want to get back that way, but it would be an easy trip to make in March.

So, maybe I want to do something new, maybe a little more involved since I have 3 days.  So, I’m open to suggestions.

I’ve thought maybe Whistler/Blackcomb.  Not many options for the redeye out, but there is one, literally.

Another idea is to fly into Calgary.  Stay in Lake Louise.  Hit Kicking Horse, Lake Louise, and Sunshine.  Unfortunately, flying from Calgary to NY late sucks.  No late departures to NY.  I can dig some more, but would have to make a connection on the way back.  Might be worth it.

Had interest in Big Sky, but travel to  Bozeman is neither convenient nor reasonable.  Same for Jackson Hole I think.

What else is exciting, yet easy on the travel front?

Hoping to glean some good ideas from your collective experiences.  Thanks!
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You can't go wrong with Whistler blackcomb. When you look around to see who has and who doesn't have snow it makes  even more  sense Whistler blackcomb.. and finally if you've never been there that should make the decision easy
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Another idea is to fly into Calgary.  Stay in Lake Louise.  Hit Kicking Horse, Lake Louise, and Sunshine.  Unfortunately, flying from Calgary to NY late sucks.  No late departures to NY.  I can dig some more, but would have to make a connection on the way back.  Might be worth it.
Calgary to Louise is 2 hours.  The first hour and a bit is the same road to Sunshine, with half an hour added once you get off the highway.  Kicking Horse is a solid hour from Louise.  Could do Castle Mountain/Whitefish/Fernie.  Who was it, RA or Nepa, who liked Castle?

You can't go wrong with W-B.  I've been there a bunch of times.  How about Bachelor?
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Kicking Horse has gotten 5 meters of snow so far this season. Go get it!

I’ve been keeping my eye on things, as I’m headed out in Feb.
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Could do Castle Mountain/Whitefish/Fernie.  Who was it, RA or Nepa, who liked Castle?
Whitefish, MT?  Mapping it out I don’t see that this trio is all that effective, but I might not be looking at it right.  Lots of driving, seems like a logistical nightmare.

Bachelor has had less snow than Baker/Crystal and things are still filling in, so not the right time.

Calgary to Lake Louise makes sense to me logistically.  Put in the two hours to Louise.  Ski one day there.  Hour out and back on another day is a small price to pay for Kicking Horse.  Then on the last day hit Sunshine on the way back to Calgary, leaving me a short drive back to Calgary for the flight out that afternoon.

I’m getting more and more set with the Canada idea.  Whistler-Blackcomb has the snow, at more than 200 inches so far (which isn’t really much more than Baker/Crystal) and unrivaled terrain, almost 100% open.  Same for Kicking Horse, which actually rivals in some ways and has had more snow than W-B.  While LL and SV haven’t had the same snow totals, they have done well and are near 100% open.

So, check W-B off the bucket list and enjoy a long weekend in the village without having to drive anywhere, with an inside line on some easy back/side country......or invest some more drive time and cross off three great resorts that are on my wish list????  Lodging more expensive in W-B, flights less convenient for the Calgary option.

Thanks for the input, eh?

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Actually, looks like ski-in/ski-out accommodations LL/SV are similar to W-B, at least booked through the resort.

Haven’t check out Airbnb or other options.
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There is no slopeside accoms at Louise.  Nat'l Park.  Sunshine Village is at the base of a very long gondola; that's all slopeside.
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Yeah, I saw something at Sunshine, around $350 USD a night.  Ski3 ticket includes free shuttle between SV, LL and all non-slope side lodging.  Would reduce hotel cost and help maximize drinking time!  
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Whitefish-Fernie-Castle is a great trio. Three very different hills.Best for 5-6 days,but if your interested I could help with logistics.
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What about part of the powder highway as you mentioned but via Kelowna?

I’ve been eyeing this up as a way to utilize some American Airlines miles....
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