Words by Alf Alderson
I’m driving from the small British Columbia ski hill of Red Mountain to the even smaller Whitewater in what my mate James likes to refer to as our ‘bungalow on wheels’ – a huge 26 foot motorhome. Since it’s been snowing all night at higher elevations we turn on the radio to find out how the roads are.
“Now for the BC traffic news. Beware of wild animals and falling rocks.” And that’s it, for an area almost four times the size of the UK…
We’re enjoying what has to be the ultimate road trip for any skier or snowboarder. Fly into Vancouver, pick up a Canadream RV and spend the best part of the next two weeks meandering from our first stop in Sun Peaks to Red Mountain, Whitewater, Revelstoke and finally Kicking Horse before rolling to a halt almost 2,000 kms later in Calgary.
“Now for the BC traffic news. Beware of wild animals and falling rocks…”
The idea of a road trip around BC’s finest was suggested to me three years ago by my mate Jim Greene of Red Mountain. “Most of BC’s ski hills have parking space set aside for RVs, and the main roads are fine in winter if you have winter tyres and chains. You should give it a go,” he said.
The idea appealed, your own comfortable mobile home, allowing you to visit whichever ski hill you fancy and move on as and when the whim, or the pow, dictates.
So earlier this month, along with fellow hack James Cove, I picked up a ginormous RV that was bigger and better than some ski apartments I’ve rented and headed east into the heart of British Columbia.