Skier or not, you’ve heard of British Columbia. In the summer, it’s the Canada’s premiere extreme sports venue, home to world-class climbing, mountain biking and hiking terrain, along with who knows what else. It’s also home to Vancouver, one of the coolest cites on the planet.
We’re not really fussed by all that though. What we care about is that it has a ski season lasting as long as seven months, frequently gets upwards of eight metres of snow, and has some of the best resorts on the planet. Here’s our rundown.
Whistler’s the big one, in terms of both actual size and sheer reputation. With well over 8000 acres of top-notch, varied and impeccably kept piste, you’re more-or-less guaranteed to have the time of your life.
For more Whistler, check out our 6 Things You Probably Didn’t Know You Could Do There.
After Whistler, Sun Peaks boasts Canada’s second-largest ski area. That’s second largest in a country famous for its huge ski areas. What’s more, the village accommodation can only house seven thousand people, and the lifts turn twelve thousand an hour, so the queues are non-existent and the pistes are delightfully quiet.
For more on Sun Peaks, read our 6 Reasons To Ski There This Season.
Size isn’t everything, and small-ish but perfectly formed Panorama stands testament to that. And by small-ish, obviously we mean over 2,800 acres of terrain. Panorama is a fantastic Canadian all-rounder, with everything from wide, top-to-bottom runs to big powder bowls for the more advanced skiers and boarders. Oh and if you want to chill out and rest those achy legs at the end of the day, you’ll also find Canada’s biggest slope-side hot pools at the bottom of the hill.
Fernie was once voted Rolling Stone Magazine’s coolest town in North America. That was a fair while ago now, but its character and charm hasn’t changed since. If your ideal winter adventure involves a genuine old-fashioned Canadian mountain town and everything that goes with it – including friendly bars and ice-hockey games – then look no further than Fernie.
Find out why Fernie’s a Canadian National Treasure.
Aside from its excellent atmosphere, the snow’s pretty good too, with a reputation as a bit of a snowboarding Mecca.