Skiing Destinations in British Columbia
British Columbia is a skier’s paradise, and if this is your sport, you should take your next holiday there. It has world class resorts, and gorgeous scenery, making it a perfect vacation destination. Just north of the United States, BC is the place to ski. The season generally lasts from November until April, and may even go into May at higher elevations. BC tourism is based greatly on their ski resorts, and a visit will show you why.
Located two hours north of Vancouver, Whistler Blackcomb is the cream of the crop. There are two gorgeous mountains and a town to boot. Stunning Whistler Village rests at the base of the ski hills. You will see million dollar homes; enjoy lots of shopping as well as the active nightlife in the restaurants and bars. You don’t even have to be a skier or snowboarder to have a super time in Whistler Village. There is the best powder snow all year round, and there are runs to suit the novice to the most advanced.
Even if you do not ski or snowboard, you could easily enjoy yourself in Whistler village for days. The ski hills offer fantastic powder year round, and a huge variety of runs for beginners to advanced skiers and snowboarders. The total terrain is 3,036 hectares with over 200 runs. You could be here for a week and barely ski the same runs twice! With 33 lifts, and many of them high speed, you get to spend more time skiing and less time waiting for lifts. Aim to spend at least a few days at Whistler Blackcomb to get the full ski resort experience.
Big White is another fabulous BC ski resort. Located approximately one hour outside of Kelowna, this fabulous family ski resort also has its own village with many great restaurants and bars. There are many accommodation possibilities, with everything from value hotel rooms to entire chalets complete with a private hot tub for the entire family. The hill boasts 15 lifts and over 118 trails. There is plenty to do other than skiing and snowboarding. If you enjoy cross-country skiing there are numerous trails for your use. There is also a tubing area and an ice-skating pond. Big White also offers excellent night skiing, and there is a significant discount off of the regular daily price.
Some other notable ski resorts in BC are Silver Star in Vernon, Sun Peaks in Kamloops, Apex in Penticton, and several smaller hills just outside of Vancouver which are all within 20 minutes of the city. If steep and deep powder is your passion, then you will definitely want to check out Fernie. Skiing in British Columbia is a wonderful winter vacation. Most ski resorts offer fabulous deals that even combine with airfare deals. Shuttles are also available from major airports. Take advantage of all the great deals that are available to you.
Ralph Hutchins is the chief editor for You Want Skiing, the #1 source on the internet for information about Skiing. For more articles on Skiing visit: www.uwskiing.com/articles
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