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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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Canada - Alberta: latest snow conditions round-up


CANADA The majority of Western Canada's leading ski resorts have now opened, but conditions in Western and Southern BC remain less than ideal with the continent's largest ski area, Whistler Blackcomb (0/66cm) still awaiting a good snowfall. Several resorts in the south of the province including Apex decided to delay planned openings at the weekend.

However, another BC resort, Revelstoke (112/112cm), a few hundred miles inland, is posting the deepest snow in the country at present and indeed the five deepest are all in BC - just on its eastern side. Canada's ski season has also got underway in Ontario where for the first time since 2013, Blue Mountain Resort (30/61cm) opened its ski hills in November, last Friday morning. It was also only five days off the earliest ever opening day there. The resort will open its Silver Bullet chairlift to serve the Memory Lane and Tranquility runs.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Canada - Alberta. Fresh snow is forecast at 9resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 1 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Ski resorts of Canada - Alberta, alphabetically

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)
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu

(1539m — 2042m)

snow report today

Banff Mt Norquay webcam
56
25
Packed 5 cm
6 days ago
2
21
10
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 1790 m
600m 950m 650m 550m 650m

(1130m — 1246m)

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40
30
Artificial 6 cm
7 days ago
3
2
8
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1188 m
2650m 1650m 1500m 1100m 1300m

(1449m — 1649m)

snow report 6 days ago

29 cm
6 days ago
15
9
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1549 m
850m 1000m 700m 650m 750m

(753m — 899m)

snow report 2 days ago

30
15
Variable Conditions 4 cm
4 days ago
1
2
6
clear
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 826 m
1350m 500m 1150m 800m 1300m

(1410m — 2273m)

snow report today

35
15

Good
×
Not Enough Snow
1 cm
4 days ago
35
7
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1842 m
650m 950m 1000m 950m 1150m

(277m — 305m)

snow report 4 days ago

11 cm
4 days ago
2
clear
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
cloudy
Mid station 291 m
2350m 2100m 750m 1250m 1050m

(244m — 305m)

snow report 4 days ago

1 cm
4 days ago
1
1
clear
light rain
rain showers
clear
cloudy
Mid station 274 m
1200m 1200m 900m 700m 1050m

(1800m — 2499m)

snow report 6 days ago

18 cm
6 days ago
1
22
12
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2150 m
900m 950m 650m 500m 800m

(1646m — 2636m)

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Lake Louise webcam
76
56
Packed 4 cm
6 days ago
8
36
12
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
Mid station 2141 m
500m 900m 500m 400m 500m

(1698m — 2612m)

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55
55
Packed
Packed
4 cm
10 days ago
12
26
4
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2155 m
600m 850m 650m 600m 700m

(1525m — 2260m)

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Nakiska webcam
73
73
Artificial 11 cm
6 days ago
12
9
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1892 m
1050m 1000m 750m 750m 1000m

(1274m — 1640m)

snow report 4 days ago

4 cm
4 days ago
11
3
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1457 m
650m 900m 1000m 1000m 1100m

(515m — 675m)

snow report 4 days ago

22 cm
4 days ago
1
1
clear
light rain
rain showers
clear
cloudy
Mid station 595 m
1250m 1150m 900m 700m 1050m

(1658m — 2729m)

snow report today

Sunshine Village webcam
78
50
Packed 10 cm
6 days ago
8
49
13
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
moderate snow
Mid station 2194 m
550m 900m 500m 500m 500m