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 Monday 27th of February was another terrific day in Canada in what has been a super season so far. Banff resorts were in great condition today with a dusting of new snow over the weekend. The windblown snow has generated some really good conditions in the back bowls at Lake Louise (120/177cm), so the tip of the day is to head there where you can ski some tremendous, soft powder. There were powder weekends in Big White (210cm) and Fernie (270cm) and you can enjoy another one today if you are near either of these resorts. There were some worse conditions to report in Mont Tremblant (100cm) where a cold night has generated some tough conditions across the mountain. Groomers have been working hard but a fair amount of the resort will remain closed today.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Canada - BC. Fresh snow is forecast at 90resorts. Powder is reported at 5 resorts and 19 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Canada - BC

A–J

K–V W–Z Best powder (5)Best piste conditions (19)

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)

17
20
23
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1692 m
0m 0m 150m 550m 400m

(1570m — 2180m)

snow report yesterday

Apex Resort webcam
185
150
Packed Powder
16
36
15
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1875 m
100m 250m 700m 800m 550m

(700m — 2800m)

5
8
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1750 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(1436m — 2300m)

15
45
50
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1868 m
150m 200m 350m 550m 450m

(671m — 2194m)

25
32
31
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1432 m
0m 0m 250m 500m 400m

(1524m — 3200m)

34
42
36
clear
heavy snow
light snow
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 2362 m
50m 150m 300m 500m 50m

(1920m — 3596m)

7
13
23
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2758 m
0m 300m 400m 700m 150m

(1859m — 3536m)

26
28
30
clear
moderate snow
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 2698 m
0m 150m 300m 550m 100m

(1676m — 2182m)

snow report 7 days ago

260
210

Excellent

Powder
10 cm
7 days ago
21
54
65
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
moderate snow
snow showers
Mid station 1929 m
100m 100m 400m 700m 650m

(1542m — 2319m)

snow report today

Big White webcam
210
210

Fresh

Powder
23 cm
yesterday
15
31
21
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1930 m
50m 50m 300m 750m 450m

(1400m — 2500m)

32
71
65
light snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1950 m
0m 0m 250m 600m 450m

(1189m — 1981m)

26
29
65
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1585 m
50m 0m 300m 600m 600m

(1158m — 2758m)

19
37
29
partly cloudy
moderate snow
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1958 m
0m 50m 150m 400m 0m

(488m — 2133m)

24
25
24
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1310 m
0m 0m 200m 550m 400m

(1602m — 3001m)

13
24
14
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2302 m
0m 0m 200m 550m 400m

(1374m — 3059m)

15
28
24
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2216 m
0m 50m 300m 600m 550m

(1003m — 3109m)

21
51
35
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2056 m
0m 0m 300m 550m 450m

(1100m — 3000m)

22
24
6
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2050 m
0m 0m 200m 500m 450m

(850m — 3140m)

17
34
15
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1995 m
0m 0m 200m 500m 450m

(1100m — 3000m)

15
26
16
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2050 m
0m 0m 150m 450m 450m

(1090m — 2499m)

9
43
40
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1794 m
150m 300m 350m 700m 550m

(1100m — 2800m)

20
27
5
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
0m 0m 150m 550m 250m

(1189m — 2134m)

17
45
31
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1662 m
50m 100m 550m 850m 550m

(1201m — 1400m)

6
13
11
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1300 m
50m 250m 600m 800m 450m

(817m — 1430m)

snow report yesterday

325
254
Variable Conditions
19
77
67
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 1124 m
250m 550m 700m 1000m 600m

(1070m — 1832m)

15
21
12
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1451 m
0m 0m 100m 400m 400m

(579m — 1493m)

21
29
3
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1036 m
0m 0m 100m 550m 100m

(1463m — 2225m)

30
63
59
light snow
snow showers
light snow
moderate snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1844 m
0m 0m 300m 600m 450m

(1219m — 1524m)

snow report today

66
66
Packed Powder
2
23
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1372 m
0m 0m 400m 650m 750m

(1195m — 1925m)

snow report today

Fernie webcam
265
120

Good

Varied
today
11
14
21
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1560 m
0m 0m 400m 500m 600m

(1932m — 2179m)

11
21
26
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 2056 m
0m 0m 400m 550m 600m

(914m — 2133m)

20
23
16
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1524 m
0m 0m 300m 550m 500m

(1400m — 2200m)

21
65
48
light snow
snow showers
light snow
moderate snow
snow showers
Mid station 1800 m
0m 0m 500m 800m 500m

(2194m — 3200m)

14
23
17
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2697 m
0m 0m 300m 550m 500m

(881m — 1225m)

snow report yesterday

320
250

Good

Varied
2 cm
yesterday
24
83
70
snow showers
moderate snow
snow showers
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 1053 m
200m 450m 650m 950m 600m

(975m — 1372m)

snow report yesterday

Hemlock Resort webcam
297
155
Packed Powder
27
59
50
light snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1174 m
100m 350m 500m 850m 550m

(1146m — 1676m)

snow report yesterday

155
100

Good

Varied
4 cm
2 days ago
4
12
11
clear
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1411 m
0m 0m 200m 450m 50m

(701m — 1859m)

27
60
43
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1280 m
50m 100m 400m 700m 550m

(1380m — 2500m)

11
16
24
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1940 m
0m 0m 400m 500m 600m

(1382m — 2409m)

33
104
108
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
heavy snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1896 m
150m 350m 350m 700m 450m