As the cool air sets in all across the Northern Hemisphere, it’s time to start thinking about amazing winter holiday destinations.
And skiing is most likely at the top of many a travelers’ list this winter season. Skiers dream all summer long of fresh power, making first tracks at the start of a day and of course, a cold one during après ski at the end of vigorous day. With so many amazing mountains to choose from around the world, here we break down the top ski destinations in Canada, all on the west coast in British Columbia. A country known to be full of ice and snow, it’s home to some pretty incredible ski hills to consider when booking your upcoming vacation.
Perhaps one of the most well-known and popular ski resorts in the world, Canada is the home to Whistler Blackcomb, the largest ski resort in North America. This dual mountain snow playground boasts some of the best skiing around. Absolutely massive and offering incredible terrain, Whistler Blackcomb is gentle and steep, groomed and rough, suitable for all riders. With a vibrant village life at the base of the two hills, world-class restaurants, bars and shopping all come together in this great destination for everyone. Choose to ski only one of the two hills, Whistler or Blackcomb or take a majestic ride on the Peak-to-Peak Gondola, swinging between both mountains and ride the dual terrain.
In the heart of British Columbia lies Big White, literally a big mountain with so much snow to ride and play in. Take a flight into Kelowna Airport followed by a drive through the mountains will land you in powder land. With the majority of accommodation hillside, skiing and snowboarding is literally at your doorstep in this resort. Easy to get around and with a car-free, mid-mountain village to explore, Big White is incredibly family friendly. Boasting loads of fresh snow every year and almost half of the run groomed, the hill is particularly beginner and intermediate skier friendly. For advanced skiers, there are plenty of black diamond runs to test your skills as well.
Perhaps the most hard core of all the Canadian ski destinations, Kicking Horse located in the interior of BC is an advanced skiers paradise. Once only accessible to heli-skiers, the mountain is now open to all for adventure. There is a small beginner area with two dedicated chair lifts; the other two lifts on the mountain take skiers up to one of the four main bowls at the very top of the mountain. With ridges, loads of black diamond and double black diamond runs to tackle, this is definitely a resort for the experienced rider. Light dry powder for days will keep your legs burning until the sweet reward of après at the end of day finds you in one of the few bars located hillside. Even though it’s growing in popularity, Kicking Horse is still small and laid back with only a few places to stay and dine.
Created by Lynn May Gosselin