No one should really need convincing to go on a British Columbia ski holiday, but in case you did, here are just some of the reasons why you should make a beeline for BC.
British Columbia has 13 ski resorts, which together receive an impressive 364 feet of fresh powder every winter. While most BC resorts get a good dusting, Big White is particularly famous for its light, dry powder. The resort’s ever-popular Hotel White Crystal Inn offers ski-in/ski-out accommodation and is located next to Lara’s Gondola and the Bullet Express chair, so you’ll waste no time getting out on the slopes.
British Columbia is the birthplace of heli-skiing, where dedicated pilots take skiers high up into the spectacular Rocky Mountains in search of the freshest powder. Canada’s world famous wilderness makes sure you will find your secret powder stash. To try it for yourself, our Panorama heli-skiing packages include 2 for 1 heli-skiing days, with a three-run option perfect for beginners. All packages include buffet breakfast, training on Pulse BarryVox transceivers and certified mountain guides.
BC’s resorts are among the worlds largest and most diverse. Whistler Blackcomb alone has over 3,300 hectares of pristine pistes and one of the best ski schools in the world, making it an ideal resort for families or parties with a range of abilities. Silver Star resort is another family favourite. Based around a quaint Victorian village, its home to horse sleigh rides, an indoor bowling alley and mini snowmobiles suitable for ages 6–12. Parents will have plenty to keep them busy too, with a large number of expert and black diamond runs challenging even the most experienced skier.
Away from the world-class ski runs, resorts like Whistler and Big White also offer a number of unmissable off-piste activities. From snowmobile touring and bungee jumping, to ice skating and zip lining, fitting everything in is probably the most challenging part. If you don’t like the idea of heli-skiing, cat-skiing is another way to access deep powder in remote backcountry spots. Try it at Revelstoke, the only place in the world where you can access heli-skiing, cat-skiing and backcountry skiing all from one spot.
As one of the most popular ski destinations in the world, the resorts of British Columbia don’t disappoint when it comes to après ski either. Watch the shadows lengthen and the sunset from the steaming hot tub at the Hotel Crystal Lodge or sample some of Whistler’s varied cuisine and famous nightlife. Have dinner at The Beacon Pub & Eatery, which introduces diners to regional produce through its locally sourced menu and craft beers, wines and spirits. Afterwards, head to Tommy Africa’s nightclub in downtown Whistler where the party goes until 2 am. Just remember to keep some energy for the next day’s skiing!
|Mountains reign supreme in British Columbia, and in the winter, they’re coated in snow. British Columbia has terrific skiing and snowboarding resorts throughout the province as well as backcountry skiing opportunities in national and provincial parks. Take a trip across the pond to British Columbia this winter prices from £995pp|