Some resorts make die-hard skiers' bucket lists, but there's only one entire province that does—beautiful, snow-bountiful British Columbia. Every British Columbia ski resort is the stuff of legend. Offering free powder refills for days on end, epic mountain views, some of the world's longest lift-served vertical descents (like Revelstoke, Whistler Blackcomb, Kicking Horse and Panorama) and locals who embody the perfect combination of friendliness and love of the mountains, British Columbia is truly a skiers' mecca. Families looking to stay in self-contained, ski in, ski out villages that offer awesome terrain, great snow and a relaxed atmosphere will enjoy the pace at British Columbia's Okanagan Valley ski resorts, while "steep and deep" seekers will revel in the options along the famed Powder Highway. Vacationers who value a wide variety of terrain options and topnotch dining and nightlife will feel like a kid in a candy shop at Whistler Blackcomb.
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If experiencing the biggest and best is high on your winter getaway "must haves" then a ski trip to British Columbia’s shining star should top your list. Boasting a massive 8,171 skiable acres, Whistler Blackcomb ski resort offers endless terrain options for all skiing and snowboarding abilities. Despite its size, Whistler ski resort is actually quite easy to navigate thanks to the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola which connects Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain. Three incredible Tyrolean-style base villages provide guests with a range of world-class dining, lodging, shopping and nightlife options to fit every ski vacation preference. Located just a two-hour drive from Vancouver International Airport along one of the world’s most beautiful highways, the Sea-to-Sky, Whistler is also convenient to get to from just about anywhere in the world.
If you crave a ski vacation where you wake up to fresh air, fresh snow and skiing at its roots, look no further than Big White, Silver Star and Sun Peaks. These down-to-earth British Columbia ski resorts are great for those looking to experience the region’s pristine beauty. The Okanagan ski resorts fly under the radar outside of Canada, but these resorts enjoy state-of-the-art base area facilities, world-class terrain parks, great snow, varied terrain and few crowds. And now, United Airlines makes it even easier to experience all the skiing and epic scenery these resorts offer by providing frequent, reliable and daily non-stop flights from San Francisco (SFO) to Kelowna International Airport (YLW).
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, 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 little slice of heaven. 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.