Many of B.C., Canada's resorts are uncrowded hidden gems just waiting to be discovered.
It’s ski season — time to make tracks to British Columbia, Canada. The province boasts a vast and varied terrain that includes 10 mountain ranges and 13 resorts — a lucky number for skiers and snowboarders.
Many of B.C.’s resorts are uncrowded hidden gems just waiting to be discovered, and each one is unique, thanks to the locals who give these mountain towns their own personalities. Even more enticing this ski season: The U.S.-Canadian dollar exchange rate makes your vacation a budget-friendly trip down the slopes.
How many of B.C.’s resorts can you tick off your must-ski list this season? Here are five to get you on your way:
RED Mountain Resort: Ranked one of the Top Places to Go in 2013 by The New York Times, Rossland, B.C. is home to RED Mountain Resort — the first stop along the famed Powder Highway. Located just nine miles north of the border and a two-and-a-half hour drive from the Spokane International Airport, the resort offers an unspoiled ski experience, delivering 2,877 lift-serviced acres and 4,200 total skiable acres. Visitors can choose from 110 runs across three mountains, including as well as in-bounds cat-skiing on the flanks of Mount Kirkup for an additionalonly $10. This year, the resort is introducing its new Get Lost Adventure Centre, a year-round, one-stop shop for activities such as backcountry touring, kayaking or alpine hiking.
Whistler Blackcomb: Whistler Blackcomb was named North America’s No. 1 ski resort overall for 2015 by Ski Magazine’s readers — an honor the resort has received two years in a row and for the third time in four years. Turning 50 this season, the iconic resort is only an hour-and-half a two-hour drive from the Vancouver International Airport. and It offers two mountain peaks to choose from and more than 200 marked ski runs, 8,171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls and three glaciers. The resort’s Peak 2 Peak Gondola links the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains with the longest unsupported lift span in the world at 1.88 miles. Two of the gondolas feature glass bottoms for picture-perfect views of the landscape below.
Sun Peaks Resort: Canada’s second-largest ski area, Sun Peaks averages more than 19.5 feet of easy-to-ski powder each year. Located in B.C.’s interior, only 45 minutes from Kamloops, the resort’s three mountains — Tod, Sundance and Mount Morrissey — offer 4,270 acres of skiable area, two bowls, 135 runs and 12 lifts (including five quads). In addition, Sun Peaks showcases 34-plus miles of groomed, trackset and backcountry terrain. You can also visit the 10-acre Rockstar Energy Terrain Park, which boasts a variety of jumps, rails and boxes. The resort’s pedestrian village boasts a myriad of dining, nightlife, and shopping with over 30 options to explore. Accommodations range from intimate bed and breakfasts and hotels to townhomes, condos and chalets.
Apex Resort: In the heart of the Okanagan Valley, Apex Resort is the perfect combination of off-the-charts snowfalls and short lift lines. Its 1,112 skiable acres vary from perfect groomers to chutes and can accommodate skiers from beginners to experts. The resort has four lifts, 765 trails runs and a variety of bowls, glades and terrain parks. Ice skaters also can take to follow the path of the resort’s adventure skate loop that winds through the woods (you can even enjoy a bonfire at the end). Off the slopes, ski-in, ski-out of The Edge Bistro or head to the Gun Barrel Saloon for dinner après ski and a flaming Grand Marnier. The resort has a range of accommodations to fit any budget.
Mount Washington Alpine Resort: In British Columbia, you can even head to the islands for skiing — Vancouver Island, that is. Bookended by Georgia Strait and the picturesque Strathcona Provincial Park, Mount Washington Alpine Resort is legendary for its snowfall. The resort has more than 1,700 acres of skiable terrain, including 81 runs, five lifts, two terrain parks and four Magic Carpets. In addition to downhill skiing, Mount Washington is one of North America’s top rated Nordic Centres, with 30 miles of machine-groomed cross-country trails and 13.5 miles of snowshoeing trails that meander through peaceful, forested parkland.
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