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

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Canada - BC. Fresh snow is forecast at 50resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 4 are reporting good piste conditions.

A–J

K–V W–Z Best piste conditions (4)

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)
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue

(1280m — 2103m)

12
clear
clear
rain showers
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1692 m
3000m 3700m 3050m 2000m 2050m

(1570m — 2180m)

snow report 25 days ago

Apex Resort webcam
1
clear
clear
clear
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1875 m
3300m 3750m 2450m 1950m 2350m

(700m — 2800m)

2
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1750 m
1400m 1300m 1550m 1950m 1800m

(1436m — 2300m)

3
clear
clear
snow showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 1868 m
3550m 3300m 2150m 2000m 2500m

(671m — 2194m)

2
clear
clear
light rain
light rain
moderate rain
Mid station 1432 m
3100m 3700m 2950m 2000m 2100m

(1524m — 3200m)

3
clear
light snow
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2362 m
3450m 2550m 1600m 2150m 2700m

(1920m — 3596m)

1
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 2758 m
3500m 3150m 1900m 2100m 2650m

(1859m — 3536m)

1
clear
snow showers
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 2698 m
3450m 2700m 1650m 2150m 2700m

(1676m — 2182m)

5
clear
clear
clear
light rain
partially cloudy
Mid station 1929 m
3400m 3750m 2850m 1950m 2350m

(1542m — 2319m)

snow report 7 days ago

1
clear
clear
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1930 m
3400m 3750m 2450m 1750m 2250m

(1400m — 2500m)

3
4
clear
clear
light rain
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1950 m
3300m 3700m 2450m 1950m 2200m

(1189m — 1981m)

12
clear
clear
rain showers
moderate rain
moderate rain
Mid station 1585 m
3150m 3750m 3300m 2150m 2100m

(1158m — 2758m)

2
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1958 m
3000m 1950m 1500m 1950m 2550m

(488m — 2133m)

clear
clear
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1310 m
3050m 3700m 2950m 2000m 2100m

(1602m — 3001m)

Chatter Creek webcam
2
13
clear
clear
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 2302 m
3050m 3650m 2800m 2100m 2150m

(1374m — 3059m)

1
16
1
clear
clear
rain showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2216 m
3150m 3750m 3000m 2000m 2100m

(1003m — 3109m)

2
8
clear
clear
light rain
light snow
rain showers
Mid station 2056 m
3250m 3700m 2700m 2000m 2200m

(1100m — 3000m)

3
2
clear
clear
snow showers
snow showers
clear
Mid station 2050 m
3000m 3450m 2000m 1850m 2050m

(850m — 3140m)

1
1
clear
clear
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1995 m
3250m 3550m 2300m 2000m 2150m

(1100m — 3000m)

2
1
clear
clear
snow showers
rain showers
snow showers
Mid station 2050 m
3050m 3550m 2400m 1950m 2050m

(1090m — 2499m)

2
clear
clear
snow showers
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1794 m
3550m 3300m 2150m 2100m 2500m

(1100m — 2800m)

11
2
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1950 m
3000m 3150m 1800m 1850m 2050m

(1189m — 2134m)

clear
clear
rain showers
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1662 m
3400m 3750m 2550m 1850m 2300m

(1201m — 1400m)

clear
clear
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1300 m
3400m 3800m 2450m 1950m 2300m

(817m — 1430m)

snow report 19 days ago

455
50

Good
Spring
23 days ago
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1124 m
3600m 3400m 2300m 2150m 2600m

(1070m — 1832m)

1
clear
clear
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1451 m
3000m 3600m 2550m 1950m 2000m

(579m — 1493m)

clear
clear
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1036 m
3000m 2700m 1500m 1850m 2100m

(1463m — 2225m)

1
3
clear
clear
light rain
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1844 m
3300m 3700m 2500m 1950m 2200m

(1219m — 1524m)

snow report 31 days ago

3
clear
clear
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1372 m
3000m 3900m 3500m 1800m 2100m

(1195m — 1925m)

snow report 7 days ago

Fernie webcam
3
clear
clear
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1560 m
3150m 3750m 3300m 2250m 2150m

(1932m — 2179m)

12
clear
clear
rain showers
light snow
rain showers
Mid station 2056 m
3150m 3700m 3300m 2250m 2150m

(914m — 2133m)

clear
clear
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1524 m
3150m 3650m 2850m 2050m 2150m

(1400m — 2200m)

clear
clear
rain showers
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1800 m
3350m 3750m 2450m 1850m 2250m

(2194m — 3200m)

3
14
2
clear
clear
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 2697 m
3150m 3650m 2850m 2050m 2150m

(881m — 1225m)

snow report 10 days ago

350
175

Good
Spring
31 days ago
Another glorious day // 26 Apr
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1053 m
3600m 3450m 2300m 2150m 2600m

(975m — 1372m)

snow report 33 days ago

Hemlock Resort webcam
clear
clear
clear
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1174 m
3550m 3450m 2100m 2000m 2500m

(1146m — 1676m)

snow report 26 days ago

70
70

Good

Varied
42 days ago
partially cloudy
rain showers
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1411 m
3000m 2050m 1450m 2000m 2450m

(701m — 1859m)

1
clear
clear
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1280 m
3350m 3800m 2700m 1950m 2300m

(1380m — 2500m)

7
clear
clear
rain showers
light snow
rain showers
Mid station 1940 m
3150m 3750m 3300m 2250m 2150m

(1382m — 2409m)

3
clear
clear
rain showers
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1896 m
3600m 3300m 2100m 2050m 2550m