Canada’s westernmost province is around four times the size of Great Britain and covers ten mountain ranges. If you can’t choose which resort to ski powder in British Columbia, why not combine a couple of the eight major ski resorts on the Powder Highway? The circular route has some of the world’s best backcountry and includes Fernie, Panorama, Kicking Horse and Revelstoke.
One of the most convenient resorts for ski-in ski-out, even Big White’s main street is a designated ski run. A modern, purpose-built resort, it’s great for families, intermediates and learning to ski powder in the shelter of the trees. Big White runs three ‘Masters’ Weeks’ for skiers over 50 that include ski guiding and coaching to improve technique, as well as off-piste activities. After a snowfall, snow ghosts are an amazing natural phenomena created by snow and ice hardening around exposed coniferous trees. Snow ghosts make Big White one of the most iconic places to ski powder in British Columbia.
North America’s number one resort is the linked ski area of the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. It makes up the largest ski area in North America, covering an extensive 8,171 acres of terrain. Over 200 marked runs cater for all abilities and include 16 alpine bowls and three glaciers. There are fantastic off-piste activities that include ziplining, ice cave tours, eagle viewing and a lively après scene. Whistler’s tasting tours are multi-course dinners with each plate provided by a different fine-dining restaurant.
The newest resort of them all, Revelstoke has transformed from a one-lift wonder into a powder hounds’ playground. Featuring 3,121 acres of slopes, around 12m of fresh powder a year and the biggest vertical in North America of 1,713m. Uncover untouched powder chutes and bowls with a local guide either by heli-ski or snowcat. Our favourite bowl after a snowfall is Greely Bowl, which is accessible from the top of The Stoke chairlift. Revelstoke’s terrain is best suited to intermediate, advanced and powder skiers with only a small percentage of the slopes being beginner friendly.
Resembling a 19th-century mining village, SilverStar is set around a small square with brightly painted houses. The colourful village has access to four distinct mountain faces that offer a variety of slopes for all standards. There are easy greens and cruisy blues as well as double-black diamond runs through the trees and mogul fields. With a vast 3,269 acres and 128 marked slopes, there’s plenty to keep you busy before you ski back to your ski-in ski-out accommodation.
Take the incredibly scenic snow train from Vancouver to Sun Peaks, the second largest ski area in Canada. Mostly ski-in ski-out, the village is at the base of Mount Morrisey, Sundance and Mount Tod. The resort has a great network of friendly nursery runs and blue slopes that are great for practising turns. With 137 runs across 4,270 acres, it’s a great place to learn or improve your skiing technique with picturesque blue runs as well as some steep blacks.
Linked by a gondola, the two villages in Panorama are great for families, with good childcare and ski school options. The upper village has an ice rink, swimming pool and Canada’s largest slopeside hot pools. With 2,975 acres of skiable terrain, there are a variety of slopes, starting with the Discovery Zone for beginners, followed by two powder bowls and incredible heli-skiing.
A hit with local skiers thanks to its generous dumping of up to 11m of light, dry powder each year. The deep, steep terrain off five bowls – Currie Bowl and Polar Peak in particular – and the tree lines make for challenging and enjoyable runs. The relaxed old mining town also accommodates off-slope activities like dog-sledding, snowshoeing and curling. Fernie is a fantastic resort to ski light, fluffy powder in British Columbia.
Once dubbed ‘The Champagne Powder Capital of Canada’ solely for its impressive heli-skiing, Kicking Horse is developing as an all-level resort. There are an incredible 85 chutes and four bowls best enjoyed after one of the frequent heavy snowfalls. There are more challenging blue runs back into resort for adventurous intermediates. Kicking Horse offers some of the best terrain and countless tree runs for skiing powder in British Columbia.
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