Ski Resorts Travel Guide
Grouse Mountain © Tourism Vancouver/Al Harvey
The skiing in British Columbia is world renowned, largely due to the popularity of Whistler Blackcomb, which is regularly voted the 'World's Best Ski Resort'. Locals of British Columbia, however, know that there are many other lesser-known resorts, which also offer exceptional skiing.
Vancouver's North Shore is where most locals learn to ski. The resorts at Grouse Mountain, Mount Seymour and Cypress Bowl may not have the most challenging runs, but they command a loyal following, partly because they are so conveniently located less than an hour's drive from central Vancouver and are easily accessible by public transport. Vancouver Island also has its own ski resort, Mount Washington. After Whistler, it is British Columbia's most popular ski resort, with the most reliable snow conditions in the province.
Whistler is an extensive ski area 60 miles (100km) north of Vancouver. Together with Vancouver, Whistler hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, providing the downhill skiing facilities. It is most popular for downhill skiing but offers a full array of winter activities including snowboarding, heli-skiing and dog sledding. Whistler is within the Garibaldi Provincial Park, a popular area for cross-country skiing. North of Whistler, the Pemberton Icefield is a popular heli-skiing destination.
There are many lesser-known ski resorts in the interior of British Columbia, including Apex Mountain, Big White, Sun Peaks and Silver Star, which also offer world-class skiing in the Thompson Okanagan region. Big White has a growing reputation, and due to the dry air of the interior it offers some of the best powder skiing in the world. The Kootenay Rockies have several resorts, including Fairmont Hot Springs and Revelstoke Mountain, and in northern British Columbia the heavy amount of snowfall allows for great skiing in many areas.
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