Category: General news | Published: 19th March 2012
Our very own Skitracer Sales Manager, Charlie, ventured out on the ultimate ski holiday experience just a few weeks ago. Here’s what he had to say about his RV trip:
So a couple of friends and I decided to try one of these new “RV trips” and felt that given the good hospitality and epic skiing available in BC and Alberta we’d head to Canada for 12 days.
When we picked up the RV from Calgary I was surprised at how comfortable and modern it was, not to mention how easy it was too drive although some previous experience driving in the snow wouldn’t go a miss.
We headed out of Calgary to our first stop ... Lake Louise. The RV was well equipped and had a good stereo, which pleased one of the guys, Sam, as he wanted to listen to Busted all the way ;)
Upon arrival in resort we found a nice spot to park for the night and settled in. Propane heats the cab for about 2 hours on a charged leisure battery which is ok if you haven’t got an electrical hook up to plug into. This is the more common option when operating a motor home in the winter as many of the campsites with hook ups are closed.
The other thing to be aware of is the RV’s are winterised during colder months so there is no running water or showers, a problem we overcame by using large bottles of water from gas stations and showering/sauna/spa on gym passes in motels and leisure centre’s on route.
Lake Louise had some pretty good skiing and a large area to explore but we decided to head on that evening as we had heard of better snow conditions in Kicking Horse.
Kicking Horse was EPIC! Some great lines straight off the lift and some good tree skiing too. We hiked the T1 and T2 bowls and were rewarded with some awesome skiing/boarding. We spent 3 days skiing in Kicking Horse and I would have stayed for longer but the snow in Revelstoke was calling us...
The highway to Revelstoke was a little trickier (especially at night) but I have to say I was surprised at how easy it is to navigate along the Trans Canada to all these awesome ski resorts.
Revelstoke is a good size resort and has great bowl skiing which is well worth the hike/traverse to get to some nice double black and black runs. We experienced white outs at the top but the snow was so deep I could barely see anything anyway!
Whilst in Revelstoke we also hired some sleds (snowmobiles for the old fashioned) and had a great day on Boulder Mountain, opposite Revelstoke Mountain Resort. This was an epic day out - Sam burnt his sled out by leaving the parking brake on and Matt buried his sled into a tree!
We loved Revelstoke so much that we didn’t want to leave, so we didn’t! We originally planned to venture out to Panorama and Fernie but we had bigger ideas and decided to save those for next time.
Whilst sipping wine and munching fine food in Benoits Wine bar we decided to book into Eagle Pass to do some Heli Skiing for our last day. We spent the night in their lodge and woke up too stretching classes and an avalanche briefing. After getting kitted out we started our climb into Alpine territory in a 5 seater A Class helicopter with our guide for the day, Chevy. Recent snowfall and bluebird conditions made for one of the most memorable days of our lives and I would certainly go back to Eagle Pass to hit some more glorious powder.
Driving back to Calgary we felt like a rock band on tour. The RV really gives you the freedom to chase the snow and to save “bucks” on expensive accommodation.
I would certainly do this trip again and would recommend RV ski bum style road trips to anyone after a cheap way to see a few resorts in one trip and have more of an adventure style holiday with your mates.