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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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Sunset on the Village Gondola, Canada - BC

Panorama Mountain Village

6:03 pm 3 Jan 2013

Disease Ridge, Canada - BC

Whistler

4:55 pm 24 Mar 2012

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Canada - BC: latest snow conditions round-up


CANADA Several resorts in Canada opened this weekend for the winter season, including Whistler (44cm) in the west and Tremblant (50cm) in the east.Five lifts were spinning on Whistler Mountain, providing access to seven groomed runs and stashes of early-season powder thanks to 20cm of new snowfall over the weekend. Across in Alberta the excellent early season conditions continue, with Lake Louise (39/52cm) now open top to bottom. Preparations here for the upcoming FIS World Cup races are well underway and with cold and snowy weather forecast this week conditions for race day on Saturday 29th November should be fantastic. Unfortunately on the east coast the weather has warmed significantly and rain was falling at both Mont St Anne (15/25cm) and Tremblant (50cm). Colder conditions are however forecast to drop back below freezing by Tuesday Big White, Revelstoke and Silver Star are scheduled to open this coming weekend.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Canada - BC. Fresh snow is forecast at 76 resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 0 are reporting good piste conditions.

A–J

K–V W–Z

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)
Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon

(1280m — 2103m)

27
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1692 m
950m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(1570m — 2180m)

snow report yesterday

Apex Resort webcam
opens in 9 days
7
snow showers
light snow
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1875 m
1850m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(1436m — 2300m)

16
light snow
light snow
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1868 m
1750m 0m 0m 0m 200m

(671m — 2194m)

22
light rain
light snow
light snow
clear
cloudy
Mid station 1432 m
1250m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(1524m — 3200m)

31
1
8
moderate snow
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2362 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(1920m — 3596m)

33
heavy snow
light snow
clear
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 2758 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(1859m — 3536m)

26
6
moderate snow
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2698 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(1676m — 2182m)

opens in 29 days
11
light snow
light snow
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1929 m
1950m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(1542m — 2319m)

snow report today

85
61
×
Closed
Limited
43 cm
yesterday
7
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1930 m
1750m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(396m — 1768m)

6
light rain
light snow
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1082 m
1350m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(1189m — 1981m)

20
light snow
light snow
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1585 m
1350m 950m 0m 0m 0m

(1158m — 2758m)

9
3
15
light snow
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1958 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(488m — 2133m)

13
moderate rain
light snow
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1310 m
900m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(1602m — 3001m)

Chatter Creek webcam
36
light snow
light snow
clear
clear
cloudy
Mid station 2302 m
900m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(1374m — 3059m)

35
light snow
light snow
snow showers
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 2216 m
1150m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(1003m — 3109m)

24
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 2056 m
1450m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(1100m — 3000m)

50
2
heavy snow
light snow
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2050 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(850m — 3140m)

30
light snow
light snow
clear
clear
cloudy
Mid station 1995 m
800m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(1100m — 3000m)

43
1
moderate snow
light snow
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 2050 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(1100m — 2800m)

47
2
1
heavy snow
light snow
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(1189m — 2134m)

snow report yesterday

10
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1662 m
1800m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(1201m — 1400m)

8
cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1300 m
1800m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(817m — 1430m)

snow report yesterday

23
13
Variable Conditions
6
heavy rain
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1124 m
2050m 350m 0m 0m 0m

(1070m — 1832m)

46
heavy snow
light snow
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1451 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(579m — 1493m)

41
3
1
moderate snow
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1036 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(1219m — 1524m)

snow report yesterday

30
partially cloudy
heavy snow
partially cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1372 m
850m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(1195m — 1925m)

snow report today

Fernie webcam
opens in 2 days
26
light snow
light snow
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1560 m
1350m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(1932m — 2179m)

26
light snow
light snow
light snow
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 2056 m
1400m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(914m — 2133m)

25
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
clear
cloudy
Mid station 1524 m
950m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(2194m — 3200m)

34
light snow
light snow
clear
clear
cloudy
Mid station 2697 m
950m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(881m — 1225m)

snow report today

18
5
Variable Conditions
7
heavy rain
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1053 m
2050m 350m 0m 0m 0m

(975m — 1372m)

snow report yesterday

11
heavy rain
light snow
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1174 m
1950m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(1146m — 1676m)

opens in 2 days
7
3
8
light snow
clear
clear
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1411 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(701m — 1859m)

7
light rain
light snow
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1280 m
1750m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(1380m — 2500m)

22
light snow
light snow
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1940 m
1400m 150m 0m 0m 0m
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