Ski British Columbia
It’s the stuff of legend and lore — a place where the snow falls for days, weeks and even an entire winter season without hardly letting up (and if it’s not snowing the temperatures are surprisingly mild), a place where jumping on a helicopter or snow cat is about as easy as hopping on a chairlift, a place that boasts some of North America’s most down-to-earth— and fun— ski towns. We’re talking about the revered Canadian province of British Columbia. This region is on the lips of every skier or snowboarder who appreciates bottomless snow and some of the world’s longest vertical skiing — you read about it in ski magazines, you even dream about it. If you’ve been dying to experience what all the buzz is all about, read more to discover the best resorts to ski in British Columbia.
Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort
If there’s a big kahuna of ski resorts, Whistler Blackcomb is it. Boasting an impressive 8,171 skiable acres, this beautiful behemoth is comprised of two massive mountains — Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain. Both mountains offer everything from picture-perfect, wide-open groomers to high alpine couloir lines, plus they’re connected via the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola — the world’s largest unsupported cable car. But Whistler’s impressive size doesn’t stop on the mountains, the ski resort offers its 2 million annual visitors three world-class, Tyrolean-style villages, which are fully equipped with lodging and dining options to suit every preference, plenty of shopping and British Columbia’s best nightlife scene.
To learn more about Whistler Blackcomb ski resort, call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Travel Experts. Also, be sure to peruse our lodging and package deals to Whistler — we can save you a bundle.
Ski the Powder Highway
Within a 630-mile loop in Southwestern British Columbia lies every skier and rider’s dream: the Kootenay Rockies, aka “Powder Highway.” Seven alpine ski resorts (Revelstoke, Red Mountain, Kicking Horse, Fernie, Panorama, Whitewater and Kimberley) nine heli-skiing operators, 16 snowcat guides, 21 backcountry ski touring outfitters and an average of 30 feet of light, fluffy snow per year only touch the surface when describing this renowned powder paradise. Though this area of British Columbia has one of the highest densities of ski operations in the world, it has maintained a sense of authenticity, which can be experienced by visiting its many unique and funky towns or by talking to its down-to-earth locals.
A trip to the Powder Highway isn’t a typical ski vacation; it’s the one you’ll remember for a lifetime. With so much to explore and so many different itineraries to experience in this single area of B.C., it’s a part of the world you will probably find yourself coming back to year after year. To learn more about this renowned route, call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Travel Experts, or you can peruse our lodging and package deals to Powder Highway ski resorts:
Kelowna & The Okanagan Valley
If convenience, beautiful weather, epic scenery and plenty of snow are high on your British Columbia ski vacation must-have’s, then the Okanagan Valley ski resorts should top your list. All located fewer than 2.5 hours from Kelowna International Airport, these Canadian gems are incredibly accesible — and United Airlines makes it even easier now thanks to added frequent, reliable and daily non-stop flights from Los Angeles’ LAX to Kelowna International Airport (YLW).
To learn more about this LAX to YLW promotion or any of the Okanagan Valley ski resorts, call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Travel Experts. Or, if you’re on the hunt for a smoking-good deal peruse our deals below:
Originally from the icy trails of New Jersey, I moved West to pursue powder and a career in writing and editing. Now in Aspen, Colo. and working for Ski.com managing the website and blog content, I couldn't be happier. You'll find me skiing at Aspen Mountain or Aspen Highlands in the winter and mountain biking at Snowmass in the summer.