Families looking to hit the slopes this winter should look northwest, to the mountains of beautiful British Columbia, Canada. With acres of skiable terrain and epic powder conditions spread among some of the best ski resorts in the world, British Columbia does have it all, both on and off the slopes. We asked our favorite Canadian travel writer, Claudia Laroye, to help us with this Ski Canada! The Best of British Columbia feature.
Tucked into the southeastern part of the province along British Columbia’s Powder Highway, Fernie Alpine Resort is a bucket-list ski destination for snow seekers from around the world. The resort also boasts the deepest snowpack of any ski area in the Rockies, with an average 29 feet of annual snowfall.
Fernie’s ten lifts grant access to 2,500 acres of skiable terrain that includes steep chutes, punishing moguls, and gentle, groomed boulevards. On-mountain accommodations are family-friendly chalets and condos, in easy ski-in, ski-out distance of lifts, restaurants and après ski activities.
Located in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, Big White Ski Resort is famous for the quality and quantity (24 feet annual snowfall!) of its super dry snow, known as champagne powder. From beginner to expert, Big White’s 118 ski trails offer something for everyone.
The resort has great family-friendly amenities, including restaurants, sleigh rides, an ice rink and tubing, as well as a lovely pedestrian-only village atmosphere. And for true adventure types of any age, the ice-climbing tower is a must-try. If a four-year old can climb their way up a 60-foot high tower and hit the cowbell at the top, anyone can.
There’s no shortage of skiing and riding fun at Canada’s second largest ski resort. Three mountains and a European-style pedestrian village are strong reasons why a winter visit to family-friendly Sun Peaks Ski Resort is a travel win.
Ski with Olympian Nancy Green through gladed runs, test the double-black moguls, or try the rails at the terrain parks located at the base of Sundance Mountain. For fun off the slopes, the beautiful backcountry of Sun Peaks Resort is prime snowmobiling terrain.
Consistently ranked one of the top ski resorts in the world, Whistler Blackcomb has everything a skiing or riding family could ask for: lots of snow, a compact village center, a wide choice of accommodations, and loads of non-ski activities.
Whistler Blackcomb’s two mountains offer a full range of runs for beginners to seasoned pros. Snowboarders and experienced skiers will enjoy the challenging runs on Blackcomb, while Whistler Mountain has a greater choice of green runs for families and learners.
Claudia likes this for winter fun, but I sure had a great time on my visit during the summer. Click here to see six things to try in Whistler during the summer.
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