Snow falling outside the lodge at Whistler Olympic Park

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Winter Fun in BC

What’s your winter vacation style? A family ski holiday or a heart-pounding heli-skiing adventure? A serene glide along a Nordic trail, a backcountry snowshoe tour or a chance to mush a team of racing huskies? How about ice fishing on a frozen lake? If it’s on your winter to-do list, chances are, it’s happening in British Columbia.

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Skiing & Snowboarding

With 13 resorts, 10 mountain ranges, adrenaline-inducing verticals and some of the world's best... Read more powder, BC is a top choice for a ski holiday. Explore some of the 200+ runs at world renowned Whistler Blackcomb; rent a slope-side condo in the family-friendly Thompson Okanagan; or get your heart pumping in the cold-smoke powder of the Kootenay Rockies. 

Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb, the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games is located on the coast mountains, 125 kilometres (78 miles) from Vancouver.

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Fernie Alpine Resort

Fernie Alpine Resort is regularly ranked one of the top ski resorts in North America. This season, Fernie takes skiing to the peak with the new Polar Peak Chairlift, adding more ski runs & more vertical! With up to 11.28 metres (37 feet) of snow, ...
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Sun Peaks Resort

As Canada's second largest ski area with 1,728 ha (4,270 ac) of skiable terrain, there's diversity for the beginner to the expert across 3 mountains, including 2 alpine bowls and 16 designated glade areas. You'll enjoy dog sled and snowmobile tour...
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Heli-Skiing & Cat-Skiing

Imagine endless verticals and untouched powder as far as the eye can see. Now imagine sharing it... Read more with just a handful of other skiers and boarders. Heli-skiing and cat-skiing were invented in BC, and most of the world's off-piste action happens here, in ski areas 100 times the size of the biggest resorts.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Revelstoke Mountain Resort boasts North America's greatest vertical at 1,713 meters (5,620 ft).

The resort also offers 1,263 hectares (3,121 acres) of fall line skiing, high alpine bowls, and 13 areas of gladed terrain and phenomenal groo...

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TLH Heliskiing

Unlimited vertical. Single group heliskiing. One helicopter per one group!

What does this mean to you? Freedom & flexibility. There's virtually no waiting for the helicopter or for other groups to catch up behind you. There is no addition...

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Winter Festivals & Events

Join skiers, boarders and après fans across BC this winter to celebrate snow, ice and all things... Read more ski. Kick off the season in November with Cornucopia, Whistler’s renowned food and wine event, then head to Sun Peaks Resort in January to sample BC ice wine at the Winter Okanagan Wine Festival. In February, the Vernon Winter Carnival brings family fun, while backcountry fans gather in Nelson to honour mountain culture at the Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Fest. In April, it's back to Whistler to welcome spring at the World Ski & Snowboard Festival.

Cross-Country Skiing

No lifts, no lines, just gliding along a serene forest trail. Explore an extensive trail network... Read more at the Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre in the Thompson Okanagan, or channel your inner Olympian in the Callaghan Valley near Whistler. Kick and glide along 150km/93mi of groomed track in the South Cariboo, where guest ranches morph into ski destinations in winter, or head north to Smithers to enjoy long runs on the slopes of Hudson Bay Mountain.

Silver Star Mountain Resort

Silver Star Mountain Resort is a family oriented, snowy wonderland located in BC's sunny Okanagan. The resort is set against an enchanting Victorian village & is renowned for its snowboarding, downhill & Nordic skiing & abundance of light and dry,...
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Nipika Mountain Resort

Nipika Mountain Resort offers outdoor enthusiasts tranquil luxury in the spectacular natural setting of the Canadian Rocky Mountains near Kootenay National Park.

Our non-smoking, Rocky Mountain Cabins can accommodate anywhere from 1 to 13 gu...

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Storm Watching on the Pacific Rim

Every winter, dozens of storms blow across the open Pacific, lashing Tofino and Ucluelet with... Read more rain, high winds, and crashing six-metre (20-foot) high waves. Do residents complain? Of course not! Storm watching is all part of the fun here, and you’re invited. Grab a seat by the window at a cozy seaside inn and watch nature do her worst. Top spots? The Wickaninnish Inn, Pacific Sands Beach Resort, and Long Beach Lodge Resort all offer ringside seats.

Backcountry Skiing

Glide over a glacier, plough through a powder-filled bowl, or telemark across an untouched... Read more alpine glade. In BC’s backcountry, every track is a fresh track, and the vistas are yours alone. More than two dozen backcountry lodges offer a chance to explore these hidden steeps and glades — and enjoy home cooked meals, a roaring fire and maybe even a wood-fired sauna post ski. 

Whitewater Ski Resort

If you're searching for winter's soul and an authentic vacation destination, there is a place, Whitewater Ski Resort. Located along Canada's famous Powder Highway, Whitewater boasts a dependable dry snowfall that totals over 12 metres a season. Co...
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Snowshoeing, Dogsledding & Snowmobiling

There’s a lot more to winter in BC than skiing. Snowshoeing can be enjoyed almost anywhere... Read more there’s snow, and guided excursions may include a trek to an outdoor cookout or indulgence in a moonlight marshmallow roast. Like to go fast? Embrace your inner polar explorer on a dogsled; many tours allow you to take the reins! Or snowmobile to the top of a mountain to take in unforgettable views. 

Insider Tips

  • Many of BC's thousands of lakes freeze over in the winter, making this a prime ice fishing location
  • Always wanted to try ice climbing, but didn't know where to start? Big White Ski Resort has an 18-m / 60-ft Ice Climbing Tower, with expert staff, right in the village
  • Feel like an Olympic champion, and try your hand at luge or bobsled on the same track used by Olympians in 2010
  • Appreciate the snow and cold weather in your bathing suit at one of many hot springs located close to a ski resort 

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Getting Here and Around

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Getting to BC in Winter

BC’s major airports are well situated to get you from runway to powder in no time. Resorts... Read more generally offer shuttle service to nearby ski hills, or rent a car to explore on your own. The Vancouver International Airport is about two hours from Whistler; Thompson Okanagan-bound skiers can fly into Kelowna International Airport; and the Canadian Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook provides quick access to Kootenay Rockies ski resorts. 

Vancouver International Airport

YVR is Canada's second busiest airport, serving more than 17 million passengers in 2013 and handling more than 258,000 aircraft landings and take-offs on its runways.

YVR has a wide variety of dining options to satisfy every craving, both...

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Kelowna International Airport - YLW

The Okanagan Valley is in every sense, a true four season playground... and Kelowna is at the heart of it all. We give travellers access to one of the most popular vacation destinations in Canada, with over 1.5 million travelers each and every yea...
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Canadian Rockies International Airport

The expanded Canadian Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook hosts direct flights to two of Western Canada's gateway airports: Vancouver (YVR) & Calgary (YYC).

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