Skiing in Victoria


#101

Maybe the goggles are good but your face is crooked?


#102

Hey Digs, where in Canada are you going?


#103

First decent snow falling in the hills. Hopefully the start of a good season (screw you El Nino!).


#104

Na. There are many ways down from the top lift station from easy trails to near vertical. The bottom 2/3rds of the resort was an intermediate ski area before they put in the gondola. Not everyone jumps off cliffs!


#105

The 10k cat track sounds like fun. Is there much powder down on the lower runs?


#106

Like every mountain it depends on the gods but I’ve had 20+ cm at the lower lift station. They always groom a run from top to bottom but that seems a waste of pow to me.


#107

Powder King in BC is my favourite ‘hill’ as the locals call them


#108
The 10k cat track sounds like fun. Is there much powder down on the lower runs?

Kicking Horse is superb. I did a day trip there from Banff many years ago. The snow was fantastic (it had dumped the night before) and there was plenty of varied terrain for different levels. You can get bus trips from Banff to KH that include lift tickets, but it’s a couple of hours on the bus each way. I haven’t done the cat track, but my brother and sister-in-law did a working-honeymoon at Kicking Horse (sister-in-law used to be a ski instructor) and did an overnight cat trip that stayed in a back-country cabin and then got taken around the hills by a guide. They loved it.

If you’re just looking for beginner/intermmediate terrain, then there is plenty available around Banff at Sunshine and Lake Louise. It’s been 10 years since I was there, but they used to do shuttle buses from town out to all the local hills. Norquay is the closest, but they do night-skiing too I think. Beware the ice at the bottom of the home trail that leads to the carpark at Sunshine - I got cleaned up from behind and broke my wrist halfway through my trip there. That sucked. Make sure you have travel insurance that covers skiing/snowboarding as some insurers won’t cover it. I was covered, but I’ve heard horror stories of people not fully covered that have broken legs, had spinal injuries, etc.

Also, around Banff there are plenty of other things to do. Dog-sledding is a good experience (dress for warmth - by which I mean wear everything you have, 2-beanies cold), the thermal springs are always popular, and there is a frozen waterfall around the other side of the lake at the Lake Louise Chateau (about a 20 min walk iirc). I highly recommend going to the Chateau just for a look around - very impressive building and scenery. There’s also a brewery in Banff that does some good beers which is always a good option to have up your sleeve.

If you’re thinking about other hills in Canada, Big White is good and has a nice little village with plenty of nightlife. Terrain for levels. Whistler-Blackcomb is enourmous, but gets huge crowds as well. Also heaps of Aussies working there.

I caveat this all with the fact I haven’t been there for nearly 10 years (that long already? Curse you, children!) and things will have changed to some degree.


#109

Excellent advice. The Monkeys’ should meet the diggers’ at Kicking Horse in Jan 2017.


#110
The Monkeys are in the process of selling their house, so O/S holidays are off the table for the time being. :/

I’m stretching the love to spend $2k on a P-51 joy flight for my 40th later this year.

Nice. Was it you wanting to do the mustang a while back? The mustang is just as iconic. A Stuka would be a bit of a thrill. I’m tipping the Mitsubishi zero with a one way ticket less so.


#111

The Monkeys are in the process of selling their house, so O/S holidays are off the table for the time being. :confused:

I’m stretching the love to spend $2k on a P-51 joy flight for my 40th later this year.


#112
The Monkeys are in the process of selling their house, so O/S holidays are off the table for the time being. :/

I’m stretching the love to spend $2k on a P-51 joy flight for my 40th later this year.

Nice. Was it you wanting to do the mustang a while back? The mustang is just as iconic. A Stuka would be a bit of a thrill. I’m tipping the Mitsubishi zero with a one way ticket less so.

Yep, had my heart set on doing the two-seat Spitfire over in NZ. My wife looked into it as a present and it was $4050 for a 30 minute ride. As much as I would love to do it, I cannot possibly justify $4k on a joy flight (plus the flights/accom, etc for the trip over there to start with). However, there is a mob in Qld that have a Mustang and do flights for $2k. The missus gave me a leave pass and I'm away!

Back on topic - it’s puking down up in the alps!


#113

The weather people reckon you’re going to get snow tomorrow in the Dandenong Ranges. If you were planning a trip to the area, do you call it ‘Dande’ or ‘Nong’?


#114

It was always Dandy Road for us…goes from St Kilda Rd south-east and used to be part of M1. Might have become Princes Highway out near Oakleigh.

Only nongs called it anything else.

Reboot and benfti lived in Noble Park which is only a suburb or two short of Dandy. They’ll know.


#115

Ummm, the Dandenong ranges, (Mt Dandenong) are nowhere near Dandenong, the suburb/Town.

For Mt Dandy, or “Sky High” you want Mt Dandy or Canterbury Rd’s, & turn off at Montrose.


#116
Diggers, try a trip to get to Kicking Horse from Banff. Great terrain, awesome snow and no people. My favourite outside of Japan.
Kicking Horse, eh? Will check it out. Thanks for the tip.
Kicking horse is great fun, a big, big mountain with some good steeps and plenty of tree riding.

It’s a little further down the road but I would recommend a trip to Revelstoke as well. It has the most vert of any resort in North America, I was cooked after a couple of loops. Also gets huge dumps of powder with amazing regularity.


#117

You sound like you know what you’re doing.


#118

I can get down most runs, whether I do it with any style is questionable. Just been lucky enough to have a wife that boards as well so we used to head off to either Japan or Canada most Aussie summers.


#119

Don’t accidently end up in the other Dandy, it’s a bit stabby from what I hear.


#120

So many Dandies to choose from.