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 It was a predominately sunny day across much of Canada on Monday 8th February. Light snow fell over the weekend which has seen improving conditions across many resorts. Good skiing is available throughout much of Alberta thanks to recent snowfalls. Resorts across Banff have seen around 10cm of snow over the course of the weekend which has seen improving conditions both on and off the piste. Sunshine looks likely to dominate the weather forecast over the coming week, providing the perfect conditions to enjoy the new snow. Temperatures will remain comparatively mild for the time of year during the early part of the week, at around +3C, before dropping closer to freezing by the end of the week British Columbia is still reporting good conditions across many resorts, thanks to some good cumulative snowfall over the past week. Revelstoke (224cm) has seen the best of the recent snowfall after 41cm fell over the course of the week. Piste conditions throughout the region are excellent, with pockets of fresh powder to be found on the upper mountain for those willing to go looking for it. The good weather of Monday will continue into Wednesday, before a largely cloudy end to the week. Mild temperatures could affect select resorts in the region, with rain showers possible at the back end of the week as a result. Resorts on the east coast saw some light snowfall over the course of the past week which has done much to ensure that pistes remain in good condition. More snow is in the forecast so expect conditions to only further improve over the coming week. The resorts of Mont Sainte Anne (30/157cm) and Tremblant (60cm) should see around 10cm of snow before the end of the week. Temperatures will remain bitterly cold, with lows of around -21C by the end of the week

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Canada - BC. Fresh snow is forecast at 89resorts. Powder is reported at 1 resorts and 14 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Canada - BC

A–J

K–V W–Z Best powder (1)Best piste conditions (14)

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)
Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

(1280m — 2103m)

11
23
33
snow showers
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1692 m
1850m 1450m 1350m 1100m 950m

(1570m — 2180m)

snow report yesterday

Apex Resort webcam
208
25
Packed Powder
6
13
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1875 m
2300m 1850m 1550m 1250m 1450m

(1436m — 2300m)

14
18
42
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1868 m
1900m 1450m 1250m 1100m 1200m

(671m — 2194m)

10
27
36
light rain
partially cloudy
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1432 m
1750m 1550m 1500m 1050m 1000m

(1524m — 3200m)

22
85
13
light snow
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2362 m
1600m 1150m 1200m 1050m 1250m

(1920m — 3596m)

9
15
36
snow showers
light snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2758 m
1800m 1250m 1400m 1200m 1400m

(1859m — 3536m)

21
66
19
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 2698 m
1650m 1050m 1250m 1100m 1250m

(1676m — 2182m)

snow report today

250
180
Heavy
Heavy
5 days ago
15
39
14
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1929 m
1800m 1600m 1650m 1200m 1150m

(1542m — 2319m)

snow report today

251
251

Excellent

Varied
2 cm
3 days ago
12
14
9
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
cloudy
Mid station 1930 m
1850m 1600m 1550m 1150m 1150m

(1400m — 2500m)

23
66
48
light snow
partially cloudy
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
1800m 1450m 1450m 1100m 1000m

(1189m — 1981m)

9
14
20
snow showers
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1585 m
1750m 1500m 1700m 1100m 950m

(1158m — 2758m)

17
27
3
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1958 m
1500m 900m 900m 850m 950m

(488m — 2133m)

11
22
12
light rain
light rain
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1310 m
1750m 1450m 1300m 1100m 950m

(1602m — 3001m)

Chatter Creek webcam
13
30
31
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2302 m
1900m 1550m 1400m 1150m 1050m

(1374m — 3059m)

11
18
37
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2216 m
1900m 1700m 1600m 1150m 1100m

(1003m — 3109m)

15
41
35
light snow
partially cloudy
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2056 m
1600m 1450m 1500m 1000m 950m

(1100m — 3000m)

8
35
16
snow showers
clear
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2050 m
1800m 1450m 1250m 950m 1050m

(850m — 3140m)

7
31
32
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1995 m
1700m 1450m 1350m 1000m 950m

(1100m — 3000m)

13
30
30
snow showers
clear
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2050 m
1800m 1400m 1300m 1050m 950m

(1090m — 2499m)

11
21
33
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1794 m
2050m 1750m 1550m 1150m 1400m

(1100m — 2800m)

9
44
13
snow showers
clear
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
2000m 1450m 1350m 1000m 950m

(1189m — 2134m)

12
20
13
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 1662 m
1950m 1650m 1650m 1200m 1300m

(1201m — 1400m)

2
5
2
rain showers
snow showers
rain showers
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1300 m
2250m 1750m 1600m 1200m 1400m

(817m — 1430m)

snow report today

340
115

Excellent
Spring
4 days ago
5
11
2
moderate rain
moderate rain
light snow
snow showers
moderate rain
Mid station 1124 m
2150m 2050m 1700m 1100m 1650m

(1070m — 1832m)

6
25
19
snow showers
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1451 m
1600m 1350m 1200m 1000m 850m

(579m — 1493m)

4
22
5
rain showers
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1036 m
1800m 1200m 1000m 950m 900m

(1463m — 2225m)

20
55
41
light snow
partially cloudy
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1844 m
1950m 1500m 1500m 1150m 1100m

(1219m — 1524m)

snow report today

61
61
Machine Groomed
1
21
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
cloudy
clear
Mid station 1372 m
2600m 1850m 1800m 1600m 1400m

(1195m — 1925m)

snow report today

Fernie webcam
255
125
Packed
Packed
4 days ago
3
5
6
snow showers
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1560 m
1550m 1450m 1600m 1250m 1100m

(1932m — 2179m)

4
6
11
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2056 m
1600m 1500m 1600m 1250m 1100m

(914m — 2133m)

11
17
19
light rain
partially cloudy
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1524 m
1900m 1600m 1400m 1150m 1100m

(1400m — 2200m)

16
28
15
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 1800 m
1900m 1550m 1600m 1150m 1200m

(2194m — 3200m)

23
33
41
light snow
clear
heavy snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2697 m
1900m 1600m 1400m 1150m 1100m

(881m — 1225m)

snow report today

310
195

Good
Crust
6 days ago
4
14
4
moderate rain
moderate rain
light snow
snow showers
heavy rain
Mid station 1053 m
2200m 2100m 1750m 1100m 1650m

(975m — 1372m)

snow report today

Hemlock Resort webcam
198
91
Variable Conditions
3
13
11
moderate rain
light rain
snow showers
light snow
light rain
Mid station 1174 m
2150m 2000m 1700m 1100m 1550m

(1146m — 1676m)

snow report today

110
90

Good

Varied
2 days ago
5
5
snow showers
partially cloudy
snow showers
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1411 m
1600m 1100m 900m 850m 1000m

(701m — 1859m)

8
28
11
light snow
cloudy
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1280 m
1550m 1400m 1650m 1200m 1150m

(1380m — 2500m)

4
5
6
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1940 m
1450m 1400m 1550m 1250m 1100m