Ca Ski Canada - BC

Welcome to the Ski Canada page providing a regular round-up of the skiing conditions and current snow reports for the main Canadian ski resorts. Over recent years some of the best piste conditions averaged over several seasons have been reported at Big White, Sunshine Village, Kicking Horse and Sun Peaks. However, during any given week in the ski season the best slope conditions may be found at any of the great Canadian resorts. For off-piste powder, Big White, Silver Star, Sunshine Village and Kicking Horse have proven pretty consistent either because of low average temperatures, sun aspect, snowfall or because they may be slow to get tracked out.

Many of the other Canadian resorts regularly come to the fore during the season as the best off-piste destination so check out the snow reports below for current ski conditions.

Notably, the west coast resorts such as Whistler and Fernie often receive the greatest snowfalls during single storm events and spread over the season. The ski resorts in British Colombia generally experience milder weather than those further east thanks to their relatively close proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Westerly winds brought in by Pacific storms can produce heavy snowfalls, although the powder can be quite heavy. Further east in the country, the temperatures are significantly colder and conditions are ideal for those chasing the famous dry 'champagne' powder snow.

Canada is one of the world’s leading ski nations with more than 300 ski areas spread across the country over four time zones with Canadian ski resorts in every province.

The ski areas range from the world’s leading heli-ski region of BC (British Columbia) in the West of the country to the four small to mid-sized areas of Nova Scotia on the Atlantic coast in the East, which is the world’s first ski region to make helmet wearing on the ski slopes a legal requirement for all skiers and boarders.

Most of Canada’s best known resorts internationally have come to global attention over just the past few decades as the world’s skiers and boarders have spotted that Canada offers some of the biggest ski areas in North America, the continent’s biggest lift-served verticals, great powder snow, friendly people and high value skiing.

Most famous of all of Canada’s ski resorts is of course is Whistler (Whistler Blackcomb), host to the 2010 Winter Olympics which is now one of the world’s most popular ski resorts with more than two million visitors annually and of course it has the biggest ski area in North America and its second biggest lift-served vertical.

But there have been ski areas in the country for at least a century and one of the world’s first dedicated ski lifts opened in Quebec in the late 1920s for the first people to Ski Canada. Quebec and neighbouring Ontario both have the most ski areas in one province in Canada with nearly 100 small to medium sized ski areas each. That puts them in the same bracket for number of ski areas as regions like Tyrol in Austria and Savoie in France.

There’s another French parallel for Quebec as it’s the only North American region where French is the first language for most of the population. What’s more you can often get higher value skiing and better homemade French food here than on the south side of the English Channel.

Indeed for families Canada is a high value proposition because resorts charge children only 20-40% of the adult price and throughout their childhood. This is another favourable comparison to France for example, where children are expected to pay 60-80% of the adult price from age 3 to 5 and the full adult price from age 12-13.

Quebec is home to several internationally well known ski areas, most noteworthy of which is Mont Tremblant – one of the world’s most popular destinations with nearly 4 million visitors., Its most recent attraction is a state-of-the-art casino.

North America’s oldest city, Quebec City, which recently celebrated its 400th birthday, is also here and a city and ski break is easy, with famous resorts like Le Massif Ski Area and Mont Sainte-Anne a short distance away by road or rail, offering great skiing above the mighty St Lawrence river.

Another interesting Quebecois ski region is known at the Eastern Townships and is located on the border with the US in the south of the country. Here small resorts like Mont Sutton offer skiing as they used to be with tradition and ambience.

But it’s Western Canada that is the main draw for international skiers with a dozen or more famous resorts. In BC, Kicking Horse only opened in 2000 but has built a reputation for its spectacular skiing and steep chutes, while Fernie is famed for its deep powder. The newest addition, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, overtook Whistler to offer the biggest lift-served vertical on the continent. Other major resorts include Big White, Panorama Mountain Village, Kimberley and Sun Peaks – all attracting a high proportion of international guests from the US, Australia and Europe.

Finally, Alberta and the Canadian Rockies have been a major international attraction since the Trans-Canadian railway arrived in the late 19th century, followed by the roads. Banff’s local ski areas of Banff Mt Norquay and Sunshine Village are more than 80 years old and located in some of North America and the world’s most spectacular scenery – the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Other major areas here include Lake Louise, home to North America’s first World Cup competition each ski season, and also the first World Cup downhill races in the Northern Hemisphere. Head further north for 100 miles through the stunning glacial scenery on one of the world’s most spectacular drives and you reach another classic resort, Marmot Basin. All four are among the world’s most snowsure, open from early November to May.
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Canada - BC: latest snow conditions round-up


CANADA Cloudy and snowy conditions remained in place on Monday 22nd of January, having provided fresh snow for much of the weekend and look to continue to do so for the coming week. This recent snow has allowed for some ample riding opportunities both on and off piste across the majority of resorts. Banff (138cm) and Lake Louise (122/152cm) have seen 25cm and 23cm in the past week respectively, numbers which look to continually improve throughout the week.

Lighter accumulations came across much of British Columbia, keeping the slopes fresh, with plenty more coming in the week. Whistler however remains somewhat in a league of its own, with 79cm of champagne powder falling over the last 24 hours, the only thing to consider before jumping on a plane however are the huge lift queues this is likely to bring. Elsewhere, windy conditions continue to impact lift operations in Big White (194cm).

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Canada - BC. Fresh snow is forecast at 91resorts. Powder is reported at 12 resorts and 22 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Canada - BC

A–J

K–V W–Z Best powder (12)Best piste conditions (22)

Ski resorts in Canada - BC from A to J

Bottom Mid Top
Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
Good piste
on-piste
Powder
off-piste
Fresh snow depth
last snow
Fresh snow depth
next 9 days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

(1280m — 2103m)

25
12
26
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1692 m
250m 750m 500m 200m 200m

(1570m — 2180m)

snow report yesterday

Apex Resort webcam
175
79
Packed Powder 3 cm
yesterday
28
22
8
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1875 m
400m 1050m 500m 400m 550m

(700m — 2800m)

1
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1750 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(1436m — 2300m)

27
20
32
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1868 m
450m 800m 350m 450m 350m

(671m — 2194m)

32
19
40
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1432 m
300m 1000m 450m 300m 250m

(1524m — 3200m)

24
16
33
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2362 m
250m 350m 200m 350m 100m

(1920m — 3596m)

9
7
12
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2758 m
500m 550m 300m 400m 200m

(1859m — 3536m)

16
12
25
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2698 m
250m 450m 250m 350m 100m

(1676m — 2182m)

snow report yesterday

180
140

Excellent

Fresh
10 cm
yesterday
72
49
38
moderate snow
moderate snow
moderate snow
moderate snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1929 m
400m 1050m 750m 650m 450m

(1524m — 2286m)

snow report yesterday

Big White webcam
194
194

Fresh

Fresh
1 cm
yesterday
28
19
16
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1905 m
350m 1100m 750m 550m 550m

(1400m — 2500m)

85
43
71
moderate snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
heavy snow
Mid station 1950 m
300m 900m 500m 350m 250m

(1189m — 1981m)

33
45
34
light snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1585 m
350m 1050m 650m 450m 350m

(1158m — 2758m)

35
22
21
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1958 m
0m 250m 100m 0m 0m

(488m — 2133m)

35
20
31
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1310 m
200m 750m 450m 150m 150m

(1602m — 3001m)

21
9
30
snow showers
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2302 m
250m 750m 450m 200m 100m

(1374m — 3059m)

16
10
34
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2216 m
350m 950m 500m 300m 300m

(1003m — 3109m)

38
16
59
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2056 m
300m 1000m 450m 300m 300m

(1100m — 3000m)

11
7
20
snow showers
clear
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2050 m
250m 550m 350m 200m 100m

(850m — 3140m)

23
17
31
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1995 m
250m 600m 450m 250m 150m

(1100m — 3000m)

15
10
20
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2050 m
200m 650m 450m 200m 150m

(1090m — 2499m)

23
19
24
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1794 m
650m 900m 400m 650m 400m

(1100m — 2800m)

7
11
24
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
250m 500m 250m 200m 0m

(1189m — 2134m)

39
24
24
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1662 m
350m 1050m 750m 500m 450m

(1201m — 1400m)

21
13
7
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1300 m
350m 1000m 600m 400m 550m

(817m — 1430m)

snow report yesterday

239
155
Packed Powder
43
21
17
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1124 m
950m 1000m 650m 650m 650m

(1070m — 1832m)

15
6
19
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1451 m
200m 550m 450m 200m 100m

(579m — 1493m)

8
6
26
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1036 m
250m 700m 100m 0m 0m

(1463m — 2225m)

71
36
62
moderate snow
moderate snow
snow showers
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1844 m
250m 900m 500m 350m 300m

(1219m — 1524m)

snow report today

41
41
Machine Groomed
1
2
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1372 m
700m 1500m 850m 100m 0m

(1195m — 1925m)

snow report yesterday

Fernie webcam
219
219

Excellent

Fresh
1 cm
2 days ago
18
11
23
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1560 m
550m 1000m 700m 600m 450m

(1932m — 2179m)

23
13
33
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2056 m
550m 1050m 750m 600m 450m

(914m — 2133m)

29
15
25
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1524 m
300m 800m 500m 300m 150m

(1400m — 2200m)

51
23
36
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1800 m
300m 1000m 700m 400m 350m

(2194m — 3200m)

32
10
24
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2697 m
300m 850m 500m 300m 200m

(881m — 1225m)

snow report yesterday

320
245

Good

Powder
20 cm
yesterday
43
21
17
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1053 m
950m 1000m 650m 650m 600m

(1146m — 1676m)

snow report 2 days ago

125
95

Good

Powder
4 cm
2 days ago
8
8
9
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1411 m
0m 200m 100m 0m 0m

(1631m — 2789m)

snow report 8 days ago

270
120
×
Closed

Powder
10 days ago
77
51
53
moderate snow
moderate snow
light snow
moderate snow
moderate snow
Mid station 2210 m
400m 1050m 750m 500m 350m

(1380m — 2500m)

22
11
26
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1940 m
500m 1000m 700m 600m 450m

(1382m — 2409m)

69
58
57
moderate snow
moderate snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1896 m
650m 850m 400m 600m 400m