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pt109

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we are coming to west coast of canada in early december. want to hire rv and travel from vancouver to calgrey down into US may be to yellow stone NP back to the coast then back to vancouver.will we be able to stay at RV parksor do the close for the winter?are me mad to travel and sleep in an RV in winter?It gets clod in the land down under but not like canada ,any advise THANKS


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One problem we have found is campgrounds closing in winter and no place to park. You really need electricity I would think


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Many people, ourselves included, use our RV for year round use. But we stick to the coast and enjoy the Oregon beaches in the winter, and further south across southern California and into Arizona, then back up home.

If you head inland towards Calgary and then plan on going to Yellowstone, yes, you are mad. It's taking your lives in your hands. Unlikely you could even rent a unit then.


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As Artum said, yellowstone will most likely be closed, it's pretty high up and winter comes early. I wouldn't do it. I Have left NY in December and don't enjoy it. And a rented RV, will proberly have heat, but I bet it's going to be one drafty unit. Single pane glass and what have you. JM2Cents.

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Well thats not looking good then..So how do people get around up there for the ski season in Banff etc? So hiring a car would be a better option and staying in motels I guess.!?

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Well thats not looking good then..So how do people get around up there for the ski season in Banff etc? So hiring a car would be a better option and staying in motels I guess.!?

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Let's not be too hasty to discourage our Australian friend from visiting Yellowstone in December. There are ways to experience the park in winter -- snowmobile tours, snowcats, etc -- but RVing is probably not one of them due to the aforementioned problem of finding open campgrounds and RV parks. Perhaps he can leave the RV behind and drive to Yellowstone in a rented car and stay in one of the surrounding towns where the tours originate. I know the main lodge is open, but advance reservations are required. Google "Yellowstone in winter", and particularly http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/winteract.htm for info.

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pt109..as jimcarp observed, renting a vehicle is THE way to go. Rent a good SUV all-wheel drive, and you are good to go. There are places you will not get to, and Yellowstone will be one of them, but the Rockies and most of the roads are at your disposal, unless closed due to a winter storm. As you do your planning, you will come across some roads that are Closed For Winter. The Tioga Pass is into Yosemite is one, as is highway 20, North Cascades in Washington. If you are going to do this, post your questions in the general forum here and you'll get lots of good winter driving advice.


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pt109 wrote:

Well thats not looking good then..So how do people get around up there for the ski season in Banff etc? So hiring a car would be a better option and staying in motels I guess.!?


Winter in Banff is cold. Cold like you cannot imagine in Oz. It can be -15 Celcius on a warm day and much colder at night. The RV Park in Banff National Park is open year round, but unless an RV is set up for winter use, water lines above the floor boards, double windows etc.

The West Coast from BC to California could be wet and grey but okay for RVing for the most part. We may or may not have had snow in BC WA coastal areas in December. Maybe you want to think about doing part of the trip by car and part by RV?

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pt109...if you want to ski around Banff, Lake Louise, Fernie,Golden and Invermere then fly into Calgary.
If you want to ski Kelowna,Vernon,Penticton areas then fly into Kelowna. If you want to ski Whistler/Blackcomb or the 3 ski hills overlooking Vancouver then fly into Vancouver.If your desire is to hit all areas then flying is the safest and most reliable way between areas..costly though..
Wherever/whatever you decide, a 4X4 SUV is a must.You must be very aware of the weather and road conditions. Being unaware and unprepared for our winter weather in the mountains can be deadly.
I don`t know where you are in OZ but winter driving in our mountains and ski areas is not like a Sunday day out from Sydney to the Blue Mountains or to your ski hills near Canberra.
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