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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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Disease Ridge, Canada - BC

Whistler

4:55 pm 24 Mar 2012

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Canada - BC: latest snow conditions round-up


CANADA A few light dustings of new snow were picked up in western Canada during the week, nicely refreshing the pistes across the state. The biggest benefactor was Kimberley (136cm) which picked up 15cm of powder on Tuesday. Elsewhere the falls were of 5cm or less, but nonetheless the top up was most welcome. Some nice spells of sunshine were seen on Thursday 5th March, with more of the same expected over the weekend. There are some indications of heavier snow spreading into the state on Tuesday/Wednesday next week which is great news.Cloudier skies in Alberta also brought some welcome fresh snow, with the Banff (152cm) resorts seeing 11cm of new snow in the past week and Marmot Basin (120cm) picking up 5cm. The colder air in place over the state has preserved the snow in excellent condition and as a result the piste conditions in particular are fantastic. Mostly cloudy weather is forecast for the next seven days, with light snowfall possible – possibly as much as 20cm by Tuesday. Again Quebec continues to offer some fantastic skiing, with Mont Sainte-Anne (100/160cm) particularly standing out following 25cm of new snow since Wednesday. Cold temperatures and 9cm of new snow at Tremblant (110/190cm) have again helped to provide some great skiing here too. More snow is in the forecast, with 20cm possible by Tuesday.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Canada - BC. Fresh snow is forecast at 37 resorts. Powder is reported at 2 resorts and 12 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Reports For Canada - BC

  1. eyeball reporter Member Report:
    Some clouds at Big White today. No wind here. Temperatures are around freezing. No new snow. Lifts are all open. The pistes are in excellent condition. Packed snow off-piste.
  2. eyeball reporter Anonymous Report:
    Heavy snow is falling in Powder King.
  3. eyeball reporter Anonymous Report:
    For Whistler: Calm. Temperatures are around freezing. No new snow. Every lift is open. Icy pistes. Insufficient off-piste snow for skiing.

A–J

K–V W–Z Best powder (2) Best piste conditions (12)

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)

10
1
1
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light rain
Mid station 1692 m
1350m 1450m 1400m 1500m 1800m

(1570m — 2180m)

snow report yesterday

Apex Resort webcam
160
160

Good

Varied
3 days ago
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1875 m
1900m 2150m 1900m 2250m 2250m

(1436m — 2300m)

1
3
light snow
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1868 m
1600m 1700m 1900m 2250m 1900m

(671m — 2194m)

3
1
light snow
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
cloudy
Mid station 1432 m
1250m 1500m 1500m 1450m 1950m

(1524m — 3200m)

18
8
8
moderate snow
snow showers
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2362 m
1500m 1550m 1550m 1600m 1350m

(1920m — 3596m)

1
partially cloudy
snow showers
clear
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 2758 m
1750m 1750m 1900m 2050m 2000m

(1859m — 3536m)

7
4
7
light snow
snow showers
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2698 m
1550m 1600m 1600m 1650m 1400m

(1676m — 2182m)

snow report today

180
80
Icy
Crust
27 days ago
9
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1929 m
1450m 1700m 1850m 1800m 2050m

(1542m — 2319m)

snow report today

197
197

Excellent
Tracked
6 cm
2 days ago
4
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1930 m
1500m 1750m 1750m 2000m 2000m

(396m — 1768m)

1
cloudy
light rain
light rain
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1082 m
1450m 1400m 1450m 1600m 1700m

(1189m — 1981m)

4
partially cloudy
snow showers
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1585 m
1300m 1450m 1450m 1700m 2000m

(1158m — 2758m)

8
5
14
light snow
light snow
cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1958 m
1300m 1000m 1150m 1500m 1350m

(488m — 2133m)

12
2
light rain
light rain
light rain
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1310 m
1300m 1450m 1400m 1500m 1800m

(1602m — 3001m)

Chatter Creek webcam
9
3
2
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2302 m
1350m 1450m 1450m 1650m 1850m

(1374m — 3059m)

3
1
1
snow showers
snow showers
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 2216 m
1450m 1600m 1550m 1700m 2050m

(1003m — 3109m)

1
6
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 2056 m
1250m 1200m 1500m 1500m 1500m

(1100m — 3000m)

6
13
2
clear
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2050 m
1400m 1350m 1550m 1700m 1850m

(850m — 3140m)

9
2
7
light snow
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1995 m
1150m 1250m 1400m 1450m 1550m

(1100m — 3000m)

5
7
3
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 2050 m
1300m 1400m 1400m 1600m 1800m

(1090m — 2499m)

snow report 4 days ago

300
100
×
Closed

Varied
15 days ago
6
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1794 m
1650m 1850m 1950m 2300m 2100m

(1100m — 2800m)

10
27
4
partially cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
1400m 1250m 1550m 1650m 1900m

(1189m — 2134m)

snow report today

3
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1662 m
1650m 1850m 1750m 1900m 2050m

(1201m — 1400m)

partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1300 m
1900m 2000m 1800m 2150m 2200m

(817m — 1430m)

snow report today

30

Good
×
No snow
8 days ago
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1124 m
1900m 2150m 2200m 2550m 2350m

(1070m — 1832m)

5
4
2
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light rain
Mid station 1451 m
1200m 1300m 1350m 1550m 1650m

(579m — 1493m)

12
11
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light rain
light snow
Mid station 1036 m
1150m 1050m 900m 1400m 1400m

(1219m — 1524m)

snow report 2 days ago

48
46
Variable Conditions
partially cloudy
snow showers
clear
cloudy
clear
Mid station 1372 m
1750m 1300m 1750m 2400m 2650m

(1195m — 1925m)

snow report yesterday

Fernie webcam
140
95
Icy
×
Not Enough Snow
4 days ago
1
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1560 m
1100m 1450m 1650m 1750m 2200m

(1932m — 2179m)

1
3
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 2056 m
1100m 1400m 1650m 1750m 2150m

(914m — 2133m)

6
light snow
snow showers
rain showers
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1524 m
1400m 1550m 1550m 1650m 1950m

(2194m — 3200m)

7
3
2
light snow
snow showers
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 2697 m
1400m 1550m 1600m 1650m 1950m

(881m — 1225m)

snow report today

Artificial
×
No snow
4 days ago
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1053 m
1850m 2100m 2200m 2550m 2300m

(975m — 1372m)

snow report today

partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1174 m
1500m 2000m 2100m 2450m 2150m

(1146m — 1676m)

snow report today

135
60
Packed 15 days ago
1
2
snow showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1411 m
1350m 1000m 1200m 1650m 1500m

(701m — 1859m)

partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1280 m
1200m 1400m 1600m 1600m 1700m

(1380m — 2500m)

2
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1940 m
1150m 1450m 1600m 1750m 2200m
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