British Columbia is word-famous for its amazing alpine resorts. Whether skier or snowboarder, novice or pro, there's a hill, mountain or bowl with your name all over it. These are some of our favourites…
Mt. Washington on Vancouver Island not only enjoys some of the most snow in North America but also comes equipped with 60 runs, a high-speed quad chair, a fixed-grip quad, 2 triples, a double, a platter, a rope-tow and a vertical drop of over 500 meters. And it's easily accessible from the mainland.
Vancouver is surrounded by powdery possibilities. Cypress Bowl in West Vancouver has 30 square kilometers that includes 3 quad and 2 double chairlifts, a tube tow, 38 downhill runs and over 19 kilometers of cross-country trails. Next door in North Vancouver, Grouse Mountain, "The Peak of Vancouver", boasts 26 runs and the Olympic Express quad chair which transports 2000 riders to the peak every hour. Of the 3 North Shore mountains, Mount Seymour enjoys the most consistent snowfall. This alpine facility is famously the home of the legendary Seymour Kids, an elite group that produces some of the best snowboarders in North America.
But sometimes, it's not about the best riders - it's about the best snow. Welcome to Big White in Kelowna, home of Canada's celebrated Champaign Snow. This enviable super-powder is the result of geography and weather patterns and Big White takes full advantage with 27 thousand acres of skiable terrain that includes 118 runs, 5 alpine bowls, 16 lifts, a tubing park, skating rink, cross-country trails, snowshoeing wilderness and snowmobile tracks. For more amazing snow, Sun Peaks near Kamloops in BC's interior has been providing visitors with pristine conditions and superior facilities for over 4 decades, courtesy of 3,678 acres of skiable terrain that covers 3 mountains and includes 122 runs.
Two hours north of Vancouver, Whistler has been voted North America's number one resort consistently for more than 10 years. This venue for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games features over 8 thousand acres of skiable terrain, over 200 runs, 38 lifts, 5 snowboard parks, 2 super pipes an 11 kilometer run and over five thousand feet of vertical drop. And we haven't even talked about the European-style pedestrianized village with its collection of over 100 bars, restaurants and nightclubs!
Over 25 other fantastic alpine resorts pepper the province. Bring your ski… we have the hills!