BC Skiing features ski resorts, ski hills and mountain resorts in Greater Vancouver, on Vancouver Island, in the Okanagan Valley and in the Central Interior of British Columbia, for downhill skiers, snowboarders, cross country skiers, snowshoers, tubers and tobogganers.
Deep powder snow, diverse terrain, long verticals and spectacular scenery is what BC Skiing is all about. From rustic to cosmopolitan, from romantic to family-friendly, BC ski areas feature over 35 downhill resorts, many of them with ski-in/ski-out villages, and world class après ski accommodations, restaurants and shopping.
BC’s reputation as one of the world’s leading downhill destinations was intact even before the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and features expanded resorts that use ecologically-sensitive means to add terrain, equipment and accommodations.
BC Ski Hills
Apex Mountain Ski Resort - Penticton
Just 30 minutes from Penticton, BC, Apex receives about 600 cm of Okanagan snow each season with 600 metres of verticals to challenge you. Located in the heart of the Okanagan valley, Apex enjoys good precipitation, moderate temperatures, low humidity and snow like velvet for the intermediate or advanced skier. Fabulous glades, open-style boulevards, two terrain parks, a six-metre in ground superpipe and World Cup aerial and mogul courses make Apex Ski Resort a delightful detour from the bigger, more commercial, ski destinations in the Okanagan Valley.
Big White Ski Resort - Kelowna
“With more than 750 cm of light, dry, fluffy snow, Big White is famous for its tree snow ghosts in the alpine, massive varied terrain and days filled with powder. Big White has more than 100 runs, along with five alpine bowls and a virtually 100%, ski to the door slope side village and was chosen as the 2007 and 2008 Ski Canada test site. The Queen of the Okanagan is an easy commute from the newly expanded Kelowna International Airport and is perfect for a weekend getaway or a winter family vacation. There are currently four village hotels, 25 condo or town house complexes, 244 vacation homes and two ski in/ski out hostels. The village area includes 18 restaurants, cafés and delis, as well as a small grocery store and liquor store.
Cypress Mountain – West Vancouver
Cypress Mountain, or the Cypress Bowl, is conveniently located just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver and is the largest local mountain for the urban skier. With 52 downhill runs and the largest vertical rise on the North Shore, skiers may enjoy fabulous views of downtown Vancouver, English Bay, Georgia Straight and the Howe Sound while skiing or boarding. In anticipation of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Cypress Mountain is being developed into a world class ski facility with a new permanent day lodge, 40 hectares of new terrain, a new high-speed chairlift, parking upgrades, Terrain Park and more. Fernie Alpine Resort - Fernie
The Fernie Alpine Resort, located in the Canadian Rockies, is a magical place where temperatures are mild, the snowfall is massive and the powder is legendary. With an average snowfall of over 29 feet, 2,500 acres of terrain, over 2,800 feet of vertical and 5 spectacular open bowls, ridges and glades, BC skiers won’t be disappointed. With newly developed ski-in/ski-out condo-style accommodations and improved base area facilities, you’ll enjoy the slopes at the Fernie Alpine Resort. Grouse Mountain - North Vancouver
Grouse Mountain is a familiar landmark, and at night the lights from the illuminated ski runs mark the sky. The ride up in the gondola provides majestic views of both Vancouver and the North Shore on a clear night. While it is set up primarily as a tourist attraction, with a large restaurant at the top, as well as a fenced in area with two grizzly bears, it is also a favorite ski destination for both skiers and snowboarders. It has a downhill ski area with 26 runs, 13 for night skiing, 4 chair lifts and a Magic Carpet ride. While most runs suit intermediate skill levels, there are runs for the beginner, advanced and expert skiers.
Hemlock Valley - Hemlock Valley
Hemlock Valley Ski Resort is a quaint ski community and family winter vacation resort high above Harrison Lake in the Fraser Valley of BC. Recreational activities include downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, tobogganing and a tube park. The mountain currently boasts 36 downhill runs, cross country terrain and a cozy village atmosphere. Thanks to an influx of investment dollars, Hemlock will soon see a substantial hill expansion, as well as new development that will include an alpine village centre and several small hotels to accommodate BC skiers and their families.
Hudson Bay Mountain Resort - Smithers
The Hudson Bay Mountain Resort is Northern BC’s best kept secret with over 290 acres of powder skiing and offers top drawer, lift-accessed ski terrain with 34 runs and four lifts that over look the majestic Bulkley Valley. Future developments will include a $75 million ski-in/ski-out resort backed by past president and CEO of Whistler Mountain Corp: Lorne Borgal and will attract serious skiers and snowboarders from around the province and country. Resort plans will include the provision of additional lift capacity and increased ski terrain, as well as initial offers of residential properties near the proposed development of a Village Centre with both commercial and retail facilities. Once the base and village centre development is completed, the Smithers ski resort plans to promote both summer and winter activities making this a year round BC vacation destination.
Kimberley Alpine Resort - Kimberley
Located just 20 minutes from the Cranbrook International Airport, the Kimberley Alpine Resort is a ski hill for all levels. With mother lodes of dry snow, 400 cm in an average season, and long languorous runs, the Kimberley Mountain Alpine Resort features 5 lifts (including a high-speed), 80 runs with verticals at 751 metres and some of the best powder skiing in the country. The back side of Kimberley Mountain offers gladed terrain with long mogul and powder runs, which will challenge the advanced skiers where the front side is more suited to the beginner and intermediate skier who enjoys wide open groomed runs. Kimberley’s ski-in/ski-out condos and chalets, as well as spectacular slope side restaurants makes this back country resort a must for all ski fans.
Mount Seymour - North Vancouver
Skiers and snowboarders will enjoy breathtaking views of the North Shore Mountains, white powder and spectacular ski conditions at this Vancouver ski hill. Located just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Mt. Seymour is a favourite day trip for lower mainland residents and tourists. With an average snowfall of 1,000 cm, Mount Seymour features 200 acres of terrain, which includes 100 acres lit for night skiing, two freestyle terrain parks as well as 10km of snowshoeing terrains, 4 snow tubing lanes and 8 toboggan runs making this a winter playground for adventure seekers and family vacations.
Mount Washington Alpine Resort – Comox Valley
This Vancouver Island ski resort, located just 3.5 hours from Victoria, BC is a first stop for weather systems rolling in from the Pacific, with more than 10 metres of payload per season. Next to the Strathacona Provincial Park, this mountain is one of the most spectacular costal alpine settings in Canada. With the Pacific Ocean on one side and pure rugged wilderness on the other, it’s a favorable contrast. Luge and whale watch on the same day, snowshoe and sea kayak on the next, and or ski the mountain in the morning and golf at sea level in the afternoon. Whatever your pleasure, you’ll find Mount Washington pleasantly warm with an average ambient winter temperature of -2. The Resort averages over 10m of snowfall yearly, boasting one of the deepest snow packs in Canada. Revelstoke Mountain - Revelstoke
The Revelstoke Mountain Resort is the ultimate integrated holiday: the only resort in the world offering lift-, cat- and heli-skiing from an easy one-stop shop. The $1-billion four season resort has a build-out plan of 15 years. This winter, lift-served terrain nearly doubled from last year, thanks to the gondola extension and a new high speed quad in the North Bowl area that opened up an extra 900 acres of intermediate gladed terrain, as well as 300 additional acres for expert skiing. Also new, is a full service restaurant, retail and rental shops, as well as the first of three new buildings in the Nelson Lodge that features 56 new condo units for sale.
Shames Mountain – Terrace
Scenic Shames Mountain is a seasonal ski resort that receives more snow than any other lift-served ski area in North America and is known for its back country powder skiing, snowboarding and hiking in the summer. Located 35 km west of Terrace, BC, in the Coast Mountain Range, Shames Mountain receives an average annual snowfall of around 1,200 cm. There are 22 marked trails, and just one double chairlift, a T-bar and a handle tow. Accessed from the top of the T-bar, the bottom of Deliverance or the rarely used route up from Big Bunny, the bowls, chutes and glades of Shame’s back country is but a short five minute bootpack away.
Silver Star Mountain Resort - Vernon
Experience dry, light Okanagan powder, a wide variety of terrain and friendly Magic Carpet rides right from your condo or chalet. Silver Star’s ski-in / ski-out, all in one level village makes it a fabulous locale for a family vacation. It has 100 percent natural snow – about eight metres of it on average each winter. Glades, easy cruisers, powder-filled bowls, double-black-diamond runs and terrain parks make Silver Star the ski destination of choice. The Silver Star village and accommodation developments have been designed with a distinct Victorian alpine theme. There are over 10 hotels and over 100 vacation homes and condos available for vacation rental on or around the mountain village. Enjoy inter-mountain day trip shuttles between Silver Star and Big White for two excellent mountain ski experiences.
Sun Peaks Ski Resort – Kamloops
The Sun Peaks Resort, located in Kamloops, is the second largest ski area in BC, is well protected from the mild coastal weather caused by the Coast Mountains and still gets the storms from the Pacific. Sun Peaks spreads over three mountains, with 122 runs, 12 gladed areas, 2 bowls and some sweet steep & deep off Top of the World. Green, blue and black runs can be accessed from the top of every chairlift, allowing everyone to choose a favorite run and meet back at the bottom of the lift. And it’s never been too big or commercial to take a run with Olympic Gold Medalist Nancy Greene, a resident and daily skier at this world class ski resort.
Whistler Blackcomb Resort - Whistler
From five-star luxe to self-catering condos, from easy-peasy beginner slopes to endless back country and nearby cat- and heli-skiing, Whistler is an alpine adventure delivery system. Many skiers believe that they haven’t truly skied until they have conquered the slopes of Whistler.
Whistler is the Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, with some of the best skiing, snowboarding and snow shoeing conditions in all of Canada. With the new world record-setting “PEAK 2 PEAK” Gondola that spans between both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains and the newly completed Olympic venues you will enjoy a preview of what’s to come in 2010.
Heli-ski or heli-snowboard on Whistler Blackcomb, and experience fresh alpine powder as you carve through untracked territory, endless terrain and view breathtaking mountain scenery. Intermediate to expert skiiers and boarders will enjoy hundreds of runs and slopes, open glaciers and lovely gladed tree runs.
Whitewater Ski Resort - Nelson “How many backwoods deep powder “resorts” do you know that publish their own award-winning cookbook?” Just outside of Nelson, BC, the Whitewater Ski Resort is a powder head’s dream. But don’t be surprised when you awake to another of its epic powder snowfalls. It’s not about the 46 trails; it’s about the great beyond which is deep, fluffy and untracked. Find a local to show you the bowls and glades; with only two double chairs, you’re bound to meet someone twice.
Apex Mountain Resort l Big White Ski Resort l Blackcomb Mountain l Crystal Mountain l Cypress Mountain l Fernie Alpine Resort l Grouse Mountain l Harper Mountain l Hemlock Resort l Hudson Bay Mountain Resort l Kicking Horse Resort l Kimberley Alpine Ski Resort l Manning Park l Mount Baldy Family Ski Area l Mount Cain l Mount Seymour l Mount Washington Alpine Resort l Murray Ridge Ski Area l Panorama Mountain Resort l Phoenix Mountain l Powder King l Purden Ski Village l Red Mountain Resort l Revelstoke Mountain Resort l Salmo Ski Area l Shames Mountain l Silverstar Mountain Resort l Summit Lake Ski Area l Sun Peaks Resort l Tabor Mountain l Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort l Whitewater Ski Resort l
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