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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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Disease Ridge, Canada - BC

Whistler

4:55 pm 24 Mar 2012

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Canada - BC: latest snow conditions round-up


CANADA Good skiing is on offer at present in Alberta, with the resorts benefitting from slightly cooler air than their neighbours in British Columbia. Light snow was falling at both Marmot basin (130cm) and the three Banff (165cm) resorts, although the very lowest slopes were seeing a wintry mix instead. Unsettled and mild weather is expected to continue this week, bringing similar conditions to Thursday 26th March – so head high for the best conditions and the chance of some fresh powdery turns.Fresh snow has fallen across much of British Columbia, but with relatively high freezing levels, the snow is heavy and lower down was mixed with rain at times. That being said, some great gains have been made on the upper slopes at resorts such as Big White (228cm) which saw 24cm of new snow into Thursday, Silver Star (125/215cm) that caught 20cm and Sun Peaks (152/190cm) where 26cm fell. Whistler (188cm) also caught 12cm of new snow, taking the seven day total to 63cm. More of the same is expected over the weekend with snow falling up high but rain lower down, before colder conditions drop the snow level at the start of new week which is good news.Thursday was a cloudy day in eastern Canada, where Mont Sainte-Anne (110/170cm) saw a nice 4cm top up but Tremblant (110/190cm) remained dry. Conditions across the mountain remain excellent, with some nice corn snow lower down and some good packed powder up high. Saturday is looking like a stunning sunny day before the clouds move in once more on Sunday, bringing some further light snow.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Canada - BC. Fresh snow is forecast at 84 resorts. Powder is reported at 2 resorts and 9 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Reports For Canada - BC

  1. eyeball reporter Anonymous Report:
    It is snowing lightly in Big White. Freeze-thaw conditions. A dusting of new snow. The pistes are icey so be careful. Icy crust off-piste.

A–J

K–V W–Z Best powder (2) Best piste conditions (9)

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)
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

(1280m — 2103m)

13
9
18
light rain
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1692 m
2000m 1700m 1050m 1000m 1050m

(1570m — 2180m)

snow report 2 days ago

Apex Resort webcam
160
160

Good

Varied
1 cm
2 days ago
Another glorious day // 28 Mar
7
8
3
clear
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1875 m
2350m 1550m 1200m 1200m 1300m

(1436m — 2300m)

30
19
2
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
moderate snow
Mid station 1868 m
1800m 1250m 1000m 1050m 1000m

(671m — 2194m)

10
14
20
light rain
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1432 m
2050m 1550m 1050m 1050m 950m

(1524m — 3200m)

41
29
4
heavy snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2362 m
1250m 850m 800m 900m 900m

(1920m — 3596m)

41
19
8
moderate snow
snow showers
light snow
partially cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2758 m
1800m 1000m 950m 1050m 1150m

(1859m — 3536m)

37
22
3
heavy snow
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 2698 m
1350m 900m 800m 950m 1050m

(1676m — 2182m)

snow report 25 days ago

180
80
Icy
Crust
52 days ago
21
47
15
partially cloudy
heavy snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1929 m
2400m 1700m 1150m 1200m 1400m

(1542m — 2319m)

snow report 3 days ago

228
228
Heavy
Slush
24 cm
4 days ago
7
16
16
rain showers
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1930 m
2250m 1500m 1150m 1200m 1350m

(396m — 1768m)

7
9
10
light rain
heavy rain
light snow
light snow
moderate rain
Mid station 1082 m
2150m 1500m 1050m 1100m 1100m

(1189m — 1981m)

5
26
31
partially cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1585 m
2100m 1800m 1200m 1150m 1100m

(1158m — 2758m)

21
33
11
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
heavy snow
Mid station 1958 m
1100m 900m 900m 900m 750m

(488m — 2133m)

6
7
10
light rain
moderate rain
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1310 m
2000m 1700m 1050m 1050m 1050m

(1602m — 3001m)

Chatter Creek webcam
19
17
12
snow showers
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2302 m
2050m 1700m 1100m 1150m 1100m

(1374m — 3059m)

15
14
29
partially cloudy
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2216 m
2100m 1800m 1200m 1200m 1150m

(1003m — 3109m)

20
18
14
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2056 m
2000m 1550m 1050m 1100m 1050m

(1100m — 3000m)

29
23
10
clear
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
Mid station 2050 m
1850m 1500m 1050m 1100m 1000m

(850m — 3140m)

16
20
9
snow showers
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1995 m
1950m 1350m 1050m 1150m 1000m

(1100m — 3000m)

15
15
16
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2050 m
1850m 1550m 1050m 1150m 1050m

(1090m — 2499m)

snow report 8 days ago

345
195
×
Closed

Fresh
20 cm
9 days ago
22
10
1
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1794 m
1900m 1350m 1100m 1100m 1100m

(1100m — 2800m)

38
19
10
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
Mid station 1950 m
1750m 1450m 900m 1000m 1000m

(1189m — 2134m)

snow report 3 days ago

6
14
11
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1662 m
2300m 1550m 1150m 1200m 1400m

(1201m — 1400m)

2
1
clear
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
light rain
Mid station 1300 m
2300m 1600m 1200m 1200m 1300m

(817m — 1430m)

snow report 3 days ago

2
19
2
heavy rain
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1124 m
1900m 1300m 1050m 1050m 1050m

(1070m — 1832m)

7
7
9
light rain
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1451 m
1750m 1450m 1050m 1050m 950m

(579m — 1493m)

17
6
5
light rain
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1036 m
1450m 1150m 800m 800m 850m

(1219m — 1524m)

snow report 2 days ago

33
30
Machine Groomed
11
2
24
clear
clear
light snow
cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1372 m
2650m 2500m 1300m 1200m 1400m

(1195m — 1925m)

snow report 3 days ago

Fernie webcam
165
70

Good

Varied
5 days ago
7
4
5
clear
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1560 m
2150m 1950m 1300m 1250m 1200m

(1932m — 2179m)

12
9
7
clear
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2056 m
2200m 2000m 1300m 1250m 1150m

(914m — 2133m)

5
10
13
rain showers
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1524 m
2100m 1650m 1100m 1150m 1150m

(2194m — 3200m)

21
18
17
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2697 m
2100m 1650m 1100m 1200m 1150m

(881m — 1225m)

snow report yesterday


Good
×
No snow
5 days ago
3
19
2
heavy rain
partially cloudy
snow showers
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1053 m
1900m 1350m 1050m 1000m 1050m

(975m — 1372m)

snow report 3 days ago

13
12
3
rain showers
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1174 m
1950m 1300m 950m 950m 1000m

(1146m — 1676m)

snow report 3 days ago

130
45
Spring 4 days ago
4
4
1
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1411 m
1100m 1000m 950m 950m 900m

(701m — 1859m)

7
22
19
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1280 m
2150m 1500m 1000m 1100m 1250m

(1380m — 2500m)

10
6
6
clear
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1940 m
2150m 1950m 1300m 1250m 1250m
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