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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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Sunset on the Village Gondola, Canada - BC

Panorama Mountain Village

6:03 pm 3 Jan 2013

Disease Ridge, Canada - BC

Whistler

4:55 pm 24 Mar 2012

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Canada - BC: latest snow conditions round-up


CANADA A mostly sunny weekend was seen across western Canada, with clear skies providing good visibility for skiers in both Alberta and British Columbia. Unfortunately the rain that fell towards the end of last week resulted in soft piste conditions on the lower slopes at resorts such as Silver Star (71/84cm), Fernie (91cm) and Sun Peaks (70/86cm). The upper slopes of Whistler (98cm) caught 24cm of fresh snow on Friday, so skiing over the weekend was good and 20 lifts were open. Cooler weather has returned which is great news and a mostly sunny week is forecast for British Columbia. Temperatures remained below freezing at the end of last week in Alberta, resulting in very good piste conditions over the weekend and into the new week. Banff (80/88cm) had the pick of the conditions and 27 out of 28 lifts were turning, accessing the vast majority of the terrain.Across on the east coast, good conditions were reported at both Tremblant (60/90cm) and Mont Sainte-Anne (15/122cm) following fresh snowfall last week. Unfortunately last week's mild weather has forced Kimberly (47cm) and Red Mountain (67cm) to postpone opening until the 20th December.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Canada - BC. Fresh snow is forecast at 83 resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 5 are reporting good piste conditions.

A–J

K–V W–Z Best piste conditions (5)

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)
Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon

(1280m — 2103m)

5
10
1
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1692 m
750m 900m 650m 1050m 850m

(1570m — 2180m)

snow report today

Apex Resort webcam
85
85
Packed
Varied
2 cm
yesterday
4
8
2
light snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1875 m
950m 950m 1000m 800m 1400m

(1436m — 2300m)

14
22
1
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1868 m
1250m 900m 1000m 1100m 1300m

(671m — 2194m)

11
26
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1432 m
1000m 1000m 700m 1150m 900m

(1524m — 3200m)

15
48
8
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2362 m
1050m 850m 900m 950m 1200m

(1920m — 3596m)

5
15
5
light snow
partially cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2758 m
1200m 900m 1000m 1050m 1250m

(1859m — 3536m)

10
32
6
partially cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2698 m
1050m 800m 800m 850m 1150m

(1676m — 2182m)

opens in 9 days
5
14
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1929 m
1000m 1050m 1050m 850m 1250m

(1542m — 2319m)

snow report today

90
45

Good

Varied
4 cm
8 days ago
6
11
3
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
clear
Mid station 1930 m
950m 1000m 1050m 800m 1150m

(396m — 1768m)

5
14
2
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1082 m
900m 950m 800m 600m 1050m

(1189m — 1981m)

10
7
1
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1585 m
1000m 1150m 900m 1200m 1000m

(1158m — 2758m)

11
19
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1958 m
550m 350m 500m 350m 700m

(488m — 2133m)

3
8
1
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1310 m
800m 900m 650m 1050m 850m

(1602m — 3001m)

Chatter Creek webcam
10
22
1
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2302 m
800m 900m 650m 1050m 850m

(1374m — 3059m)

9
27
1
light snow
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 2216 m
950m 950m 700m 1150m 900m

(1003m — 3109m)

4
23
3
partially cloudy
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2056 m
1000m 1000m 1050m 700m 1050m

(1100m — 3000m)

6
23
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2050 m
650m 800m 500m 950m 800m

(850m — 3140m)

5
18
3
snow showers
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1995 m
650m 750m 800m 650m 1000m

(1100m — 3000m)

5
17
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2050 m
650m 850m 600m 950m 850m

(1100m — 2800m)

5
19
clear
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
600m 750m 400m 850m 800m

(1189m — 2134m)

snow report today

10
18
3
light snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1662 m
950m 1050m 1050m 800m 1050m

(1201m — 1400m)

2
5
2
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 1300 m
950m 900m 950m 750m 1300m

(817m — 1430m)

snow report today

10
10
Variable Conditions 3 cm
today
25
18
1
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1124 m
1200m 1300m 1300m 1450m 1500m

(1070m — 1832m)

4
12
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1451 m
700m 850m 600m 950m 850m

(579m — 1493m)

2
8
1
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1036 m
800m 700m 800m 450m 800m

(1219m — 1524m)

snow report today

1
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
cloudy
Mid station 1372 m
950m 1550m 1050m 1500m 1250m

(1195m — 1925m)

snow report today

Fernie webcam
85
85
Hard
Crust
3 days ago
5
6
1
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1560 m
900m 1100m 900m 1200m 1100m

(1932m — 2179m)

4
5
1
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2056 m
950m 1100m 900m 1200m 1100m

(914m — 2133m)

11
17
1
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1524 m
850m 850m 650m 1100m 900m

(2194m — 3200m)

12
21
1
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2697 m
850m 900m 650m 1100m 900m

(881m — 1225m)

snow report today

40
15
×
Closed
×
No snow
4 cm
yesterday
16
17
1
light snow
light rain
light snow
light snow
light rain
Mid station 1053 m
1200m 1350m 1300m 1450m 1500m

(975m — 1372m)

snow report today

21
30
2
light snow
snow showers
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1174 m
1150m 1350m 1150m 1300m 1400m

(1146m — 1676m)

snow report 5 days ago

79
50
Packed 18 days ago
8
13
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1411 m
400m 300m 400m 250m 650m

(701m — 1859m)

6
17
1
light snow
cloudy
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1280 m
1000m 1050m 1050m 700m 1050m

(1380m — 2500m)

5
4
1
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1940 m
900m 1050m 900m 1200m 1100m
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