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 The weekend bought yet more snow across the majority of Canadian resorts, with some highlights including 18cm in Fernie (330cm) on Saturday while Kimberley (136) )saw a huge 36cm, if you're looking to ride some deep powder, British Columbia is where to be.

Monday the 19th delivered a mix of sun and cloud alongside very low temperatures, as far as -26C. Prepare to wrap up very warmly indeed when venturing out. Temperatures this low are also impacting night skiing operations in Big White (294cm). More snow is gradually expected to move in once again over the week, beginning Tuesday and becoming more consistent across all resorts over the week

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Canada - BC. Fresh snow is forecast at 70resorts. Powder is reported at 8 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 (8)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)

4
22
8
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1692 m
0m 0m 0m 100m 200m

(1570m — 2180m)

snow report today

236
102
Packed Powder
4
23
11
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1875 m
0m 0m 0m 400m 350m

(700m — 2800m)

1
11
1
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1750 m
200m 150m 300m 100m 0m

(1436m — 2300m)

1
25
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1868 m
0m 0m 350m 350m 300m

(671m — 2194m)

5
33
8
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1432 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 200m

(1524m — 3200m)

2
53
5
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2362 m
0m 250m 350m 350m 250m

(1920m — 3596m)

4
14
3
clear
light snow
clear
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 2758 m
0m 250m 600m 600m 350m

(1859m — 3536m)

2
29
2
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2698 m
0m 250m 400m 400m 250m

(1676m — 2182m)

snow report 2 days ago

270
245

Excellent

Powder
30 cm
2 days ago
4
32
3
light snow
cloudy
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1929 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 350m

(1524m — 2286m)

snow report today

Big White webcam
295
295

Excellent

Fresh
2 cm
yesterday
3
16
26
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1905 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 300m

(1400m — 2500m)

5
66
12
light snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
0m 0m 0m 150m 200m

(1189m — 1981m)

7
26
2
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1585 m
0m 0m 0m 100m 250m

(1158m — 2758m)

28
10
clear
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1958 m
0m 200m 300m 250m 150m

(488m — 2133m)

6
35
8
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1310 m
0m 0m 0m 100m 200m

(1602m — 3001m)

27
2
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2302 m
0m 0m 0m 50m 200m

(1374m — 3059m)

1
20
2
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2216 m
0m 0m 0m 150m 250m

(1003m — 3109m)

1
33
3
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2056 m
0m 0m 0m 50m 200m

(1100m — 3000m)

1
36
12
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 2050 m
0m 0m 0m 100m 200m

(850m — 3140m)

1
33
3
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1995 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 200m

(1100m — 3000m)

1
28
5
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
moderate snow
snow showers
Mid station 2050 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 200m

(1090m — 2499m)

21
clear
cloudy
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 1794 m
0m 0m 300m 300m 300m

(1100m — 2800m)

2
51
15
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
0m 0m 0m 150m 200m

(1189m — 2134m)

2
25
10
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1662 m
0m 0m 0m 100m 250m

(1201m — 1400m)

3
10
5
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1300 m
0m 0m 0m 450m 350m

(817m — 1430m)

snow report today

Cypress Mountain webcam
420
400

Good

Varied
3 days ago
49
12
clear
light snow
clear
moderate snow
snow showers
Mid station 1124 m
100m 0m 200m 200m 400m

(1070m — 1832m)

2
30
3
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1451 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 150m

(579m — 1493m)

6
52
9
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1036 m
0m 0m 0m 200m 100m

(1463m — 2225m)

4
59
10
light snow
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1844 m
0m 0m 0m 150m 200m

(1219m — 1524m)

snow report yesterday

41
41
Machine Groomed
3
2
2
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1372 m
0m 0m 0m 400m 250m

(1195m — 1925m)

snow report today

Fernie webcam
324
324

Excellent

Powder
18 cm
2 days ago
2
18
1
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1560 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 250m

(1932m — 2179m)

1
21
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2056 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 250m

(914m — 2133m)

2
27
4
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1524 m
0m 0m 0m 100m 250m

(1400m — 2200m)

2
30
7
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1800 m
0m 0m 0m 200m 200m

(2194m — 3200m)

19
2
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2697 m
0m 0m 0m 100m 250m

(881m — 1225m)

snow report yesterday

400
325

Good

Fresh
3 days ago
50
13
clear
light snow
clear
moderate snow
snow showers
Mid station 1053 m
100m 0m 200m 200m 350m

(1146m — 1676m)

snow report 2 days ago

195
125

Good

Varied
4 days ago
4
clear
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1411 m
0m 150m 300m 250m 150m

(1631m — 2789m)

6
43
13
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2210 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 250m

(1380m — 2500m)

1
17
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1940 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 250m

(1382m — 2409m)

52
15
clear
light snow
clear
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1896 m
0m 0m 250m 250m 300m