This previous season I skied at Whitewater, Revelstoke, Fernie, Kicking Horse, and red(sort of) . Here are some pros and cons...
Whitewater-A Nelson classic, definitely worth the trip to see Nelson alone(but if your going to retallack you will see it anyways). Butt load of snow, some of the best touring around, and it is unique, in a day where big 4 seasons copycat whistlers dominate this small little class hill is a nice change. The in bounds terrain is nothing to yell home about but it's fun, especially with the 2 double lifts. I wouldn't bother going though if you won't be hitting the backcountry or if it hasn't bee dumping much.
Revelstoke- Most vertical in North America, enough said. Skiing it top to bottom without resting is something to be proud of. All of the infrastructure is new and since it is designed for a big village, the place is empty. This means for the next couple years at least, no lift lines and bumping into someone else on the trails is rare. The main negative about revelstoke is the town. Nothing to call home about and the accommodation is kind of poopy right now. But yeah, revelstoke is a pretty amazing mountain, and they get dumped on, so it is definitely worth the trip. Tip: Although the mountain is known for its vertical right now, don't even bother using the gondola, just do laps on the stoke chair, that is where all the good terrain and snow is anyways. The vertical is kind of a gimic since the bottom few 1000 feet suck.
Fernie- Nice four season resort. Fully developed so everything you need is there. The big plus about fernie is they get dumped on. If you like big snow and alpine bowls then fernie is your place. My main concern about Fernie is the crowds. I was there on a weekend when it wasn't dumping and it was packed. I can't even imagine the place during a big storm. I really don't like waiting so it was kind of a bummer, but if your there during the week, I would consider it.
Kicking Horse- Big gnarly terrain and unreal views is what kicking horse is all about. If you can't tour and hit up backcountry but want to hit big lines, then kicking horse(and revelstoke) is your place. They don't get quiet as much pow as some of the other places but it is a very fun mountain. Only issue will be that it is a little bit of a drive from Retallack area.
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