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White Christmas in British Columbia

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Perth, Australia
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White Christmas in British Columbia

My wife and I are from Perth, Australia and with our 3 adult children and son-in-law would like to experience a white Christmas later this year. We want to stay in a small village where a white Christmas can be guaranteed, where the weather is reasonably clear (ie not too rainy), with the maximum amount of daylight hours and which is not too expensive. Any advice would be very appreciated.

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1. Re: White Christmas in British Columbia

Well @ Winter Solstice 'maximum daylight hours' will be no more than 8/day @ this latitude.

One of the smaller ski resorts in the Interior like Red Mountain would suit or consider flying to Calgary and renting van/driving to the Kootenays-lots of small scale operations with that cozy feel.

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2. Re: White Christmas in British Columbia

Please not a white Christmas in Nanaimo for me!

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3. Re: White Christmas in British Columbia

I would suggest either Whistler in British Columbia or Banff in Alberta but no one can guarantee a white Christmas; reasonably clear not rainy - if it's clear in Banff, it won't be raining - might be 30 below zero, but not raining.

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4. Re: White Christmas in British Columbia

Kelowna has good skiing. It's a 5 hour drive from Vancouver or an hour's flight on either WestJet or Air Canada. Several flights a day for each.

http://www.travelkelowna.com/ski.html

www.britishcolumbia.com/Ski/resorts/?id=10

Blind Bay, BC
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5. Re: White Christmas in British Columbia

This would give you the small village feeling you're looking for..

http://www.sunpeaksresort.com/

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6. Re: White Christmas in British Columbia

With all due respect neither Whistler nor Banff have the "small village/not too expensive" feel OP is looking for.

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7. Re: White Christmas in British Columbia

Not the towns in the Okanagan. Too low a chance for snow.

A ski resort would be your best bet, however, Christmas is peak pricing and would be expensive. One thing though--in a ski resort you can find accommodation for 6. 8, etc. very easily. You often have to book for 5 nights during the Christmas season.

Big White (near Kelowna) is beautiful. So is Silver Star.

Or how about a place like Revelstoke? It gets tons of snow every year, so would likely be white for Christmas.

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8. Re: White Christmas in British Columbia

Go for Rossland! Greatest 'undiscovered' ski resort (as announced in various magazines every couple of years). Red Mountain has great skiing and I can't remember a non-white Christmas in the last 30 years. Rossland is frequently called unspoiled and the way the big resorts were in the 50s and 60s. Here are some links:

http://www.redresort.com/

http://www.rossland.com/

Clear weather - you takes your chances.

It is also comparatively inexpensive - although I admit that getting here in mid-winter can be a challenge!

Edited: 27 May 2011, 22:58
Perth, Australia
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9. Re: White Christmas in British Columbia

Thank you to everyone for your advice. Regards from down Under.

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10. Re: White Christmas in British Columbia

<<(ie not too rainy)>>

I'm afraid we can occasionally match the 50 mm of rain you had the other day (at least down Rockingham way)!!

Edited: 30 May 2011, 17:57