What are your winter holiday plans? Toque will be hitting B.C.’s Fernie Alpine Resort for some family skiing and snowboarding. And Canoe is poised for a beach holiday in Turks and Caicos with sixteen extended family members. How do you plan to cope with what’s going to be a cold, long winter?

 

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  1. David Tetrault commented:

    Re-discovered winter holidays in warm climes last year, so must do it again this year. 10 days in Mexico (never been to Mexico). Looking forward to the beach, the food, the sun. And the rum/coke, and the wine. Hasta la vista, baby.

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  2. powder matt commented:

    Can’t wait to Ski Fernie this winter with all of the fun events planned for the 50th Anniversary! We will be skiing the new Polar Peak lift !

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  3. Liz Tompkins commented:

    Were taking of Dec 23 for the mountains! If we can’t dig our feet into the sand somewhere warm then we might as well get away to the Delta Kananaskis for some great outdoor fun and let them do the cooking and cleaning.

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  4. Liz Tompkins commented:

    Hi David. I’ve never seen Mexican wine but you will love all the other libations on offer. If you do see Mexican wine I’d advise saying no! Una Cervaza Por Favor.
    We lived in Mexico for 6 months in a camper van that we drove from Calgary.
    You will LOVE Mexcio
    Have fun.
    Liz T

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  5. Hugo Germain commented:

    Perhaps a great way to use the community on finding the best spot to ski this winter in AB/BC. I am thinking of taking a week to do great ski, but not in too much touristic places…we were thinking of going to Revelstoke or Kicking Horse…If you have an idea, a secret spot or perhaps a place that one can’t miss, please feel free to give me suggestions. I d love to hear about what the readers have to say. Was in Lake Louise/Sunshine two years ago…now looking to push it further. Thanks in advance. Hugo.

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    • toque & canoe commented:

      I hear Revelstoke is amazing (killer powder, gorgeous runs) but not sure if Revelstoke is a good fit for young families. Would need to look into…Kicking Horse is trying to position itself this way – and I know you can rent little cabins that you can ski directly into. Fernie (a personal favourite) is a gorgeous, human-sized hill with a full range of runs for all levels. One of my best skiing experiences in recent times, hands down. When the snow is good, and the sun is out, it’s really an incredible place! And the town is super cool, too. My in-laws live in the Okanagan and they love Big White but also in that area is Sun Peaks http://www.sunpeaksresort.com/ which I’ve been meaning to get to because I hear its fab – small Euro-style village at the base of three mountains. Hope this helps Hugo! Let’s keep the suggestions coming…Best, Kim (Be sure to let us know where you go and what you think!)

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      • Hugo Germain commented:

        Hey. Thanks for the reply. The good thing is that we will most probably have the kids stay with grandma so that we can do very steep and snowy runs…the video you have featured the other day was truly amazing but I am sure it is way too expensive (help ski and cat ski that is)…

        I heard Fernie is amazing too…will keep you posted.

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      • Christopher Nicolson commented:

        Hi Hugo,
        BC has so many great options, you do need to ask some questions first. If you are looking for steeps, Revy and Kicking Horse have great terrain. If you are traveling with a family or group with lots of ability levels, Sun Peaks is a great fit. While it has the largest terrain of any resort in BC except Whistler, it is not busy like Moritz or St Anton. Sun Peaks village is located on the mountain so you do not have to drive anywhere. The powder snow is dry because it is located away from the ocean. And the village is regarded as one of the best in Canada.

        I work at the resort and can tell you that the biggest segment of our guests are return guests. In most cases, people return once the have visited. I think this is because of balance between great terrain/snow and the people in the community. Check out http://www.YouHaveNoIdea.ca or SunPeaksResort.com

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  6. powder Matt commented:

    A great tour on the famous Powder Highway and is perfect for families and also full of authentic experiences- real towns, cool restaurants and great vibe is the route of fly into the new Canadian Rockies Int with service from Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver- start 1st in Fernie (big snow, huge terrain, rolling stone mag’s coolest town), Kimberley (un-discovered gem, town is walking plaza, family friendly terrain and more skiing than meets eyes when arrive), Whitewater (Nelson don’t miss food stop, culture, great snow) and Red (town vibe, tree skiing) in short this ski tour is a great Powder Highway tour and some of the best skiing in Canada

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    • Lynn commented:

      Both skiing and Mexico sound pretty great! Aren’t we lucking that both are fairly affordable for us BCers and Albertans? Supposed to be mountains of snow this year! If looking for small mountain experience but fab steeps try Apex. That’s where I hope to ski over the winter holidays!

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  7. JodyRobbins commented:

    I always try to escape the cold with my family twice a winter if possible. This year we’re headed to Florida in early December (Dad is at a trade show in Orlando). I love getting Xmas ideas and presents in the States plus their Halloween and Thanksgiving supplies are always on sale at that time. For the New Year, we try to hit Mexico or the Caribbean if the budget allows.

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  8. Liana Robberecht commented:

    Usually I spend my Christmas in Las Vegas , where my holidays are filled with cocktails, spa , eating and shopping!! however ,this year Im changing it up a bit and I am staying in Calgary spending my time off with some amazing friends and of course my sweetest dog Momo. ho ho ho

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  9. B Fellows commented:

    Leaving the snow and cold temperatures for a trip to Singapore, Bali, Thailand and Hong Kong. I have had every vaccine / shot known to man in preparation. Looking forward to some warm, and probably wet weather and absorbing the different cultures. Then its back to embrace Canada’s winter with frequent jaunts up to Canmore and the ski resorts they have to offer, particularly the Canmore Nordic Center and Sunshine Village. And most importantly, the neighbourhood gathering at the local outdoor hockey pond for some pickup hockey and post game rehash with friends / neighbours
    Cheers
    Barry

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  10. Doug commented:

    Working. But, when you’re working for a ski resort, it doesn’t really feel like working. Because I’ll be skiing and talking about it. Which is my work. Except it’s not work. So, I guess I’ll be on a ski vacation.

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  11. Ron Fellows commented:

    I’m already in Singapore waiting for my son B. Fellows to arrive and join us at his sister’s unit in Ion Residences in Singapore.
    They are in for a treat as Singapore is very different from Calgary – temp around 30 with a 2 degree difference between winter and summer. The difference in daylight hours is 17 minutes – but if one lived here, truth to tell, they would miss the seasons

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  12. Maryann commented:

    For some crazy reason we will be spending january in Calgary and missing our Aussie summer in our new beach house! Although we are totally looking forward to seeing all the great friends we have in Cowtown but I am a bit scared about the weather!

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