Plan the ultimate BC ski getaway this winter with Danica Jeffery’s travel guide for Vv Magazine!
With all the non-stop rain we’ve seen in Vancouver as of late, it’s easy to start feeling a bit morose after a while. This is why we chose to succumb to a little desktop distraction and started researching a wintery escape to one of BC’s many top notch ski/snowboard destinations.
We had no problem coming up with powder-filled spots (trust us, there is no shortage out west), so to keep it simple, we’ve shortlisted a first round of resort towns you need to have on your radar this season. Read on, start waxing those skis, and get ready for a ski getaway this winter.
Big White Ski Resort is one of the most popular ski destinations for all levels of skiers and snowboard enthusiasts given it’s terrain, smooth lift lines, modern setup, and light, dry powder. Located in the Okanagan Valley, this BC ski area is an easily accessed spot for many given that it’s just over 50km outside of Kelowna (which has a major airport). Add to that the fact that The Big White Village is home to the most ski-in/ski-out accommodations in Canada, and you’ve got a winner in our books. If you go, stay at the popular Sundance Resort. As a full-service resort, Big White offers plenty of action off the mountain — so gear up for everything from dog sledding, ice climbing, skating, to wine tasting (like next weekend’s Big Reds at Big White) during your visit.
Whitewater Ski Resort, located just outside Nelson in British Columbia, is one of our favourite hidden gems. If you’re a serious powder-hound looking for the next little-big mountain paradise, Whitewater is it. I mean, how can you go wrong with a spot that sees an average annual snowfall of over 40 feet and calls the Selkirk Mountain Range home? Whitewater provides skiers and snowboarders with well over 1,000 acres of terrain, a 2,044-foot vertical drop, and a variety of runs for all levels. The quaint town of Nelson has plenty of dining and accommodation options. Personally, we like kicking back at the Prestige Lakeside Resort and historic Hume Hotel. For eats, head to All Seasons Café or Main Street Diner.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort features the greatest vertical drop in North America, coming in at 5,620 feet, and offers up runs that most people would have to take a helicopter to access. With more than 3,000 acres of skiable terrain, and plenty of variety suited to all abilities, options are indeed endless. Accommodations are aplenty with budget, mid-range, and high-end offerings. We dig the stylish affordability of The Cube Hotel, and the luxury afforded by The Sutton Place Hotel. Find a true Canadian ski town experience when you head out to the village of Revelstoke, where they’ve got everything covered, be it a steakhouse bistro (112 Restaurant and Lounge), or the upscale pub fare that you’ll find at Woolsey Creek Bistro.
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