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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 - BC: latest snow conditions round-up


CANADA As with the USA, the further West you go in Canada right now the snowier it gets. Whistler Blackcomb (0/121cm) has had 63cm in the past 72 hours - that's almost half as much as it had had in the past two months, and it's looking like there's at least a metres more, possibly double that, to come over the next week as ‘snowmageddon' hits.

Other west coast resorts like Cypress (47/47cm) and Grouse (47/47cm) are also in the firing range. Revelstoke (139/139cm), a few hundred kilometres inland, had been faring better already and has one of the country's deepest bases to date, but it too is seeing heavy snowfall. Further East into Alberta and right over to the Eastern side of the country in Quebec there's only been 10cm or so fresh snow this week but early season conditions remain good.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Canada - BC. Fresh snow is forecast at 90resorts. Powder is reported at 8 resorts and 11 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Canada - BC

A–J

K–V W–Z Best powder (8)Best piste conditions (11)

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)

snow report today

1 cm
today
54
20
36
heavy snow
light snow
light snow
clear
light snow
Mid station 1692 m
800m 900m 400m 500m 1200m

(1570m — 2180m)

snow report yesterday

Apex Resort webcam
12 cm
today
2
15
9
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1875 m
1300m 1050m 550m 900m 1300m

(700m — 2800m)

snow report today

65 cm
today
4
8
4
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1750 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 50m

(1436m — 2300m)

snow report today

3 cm
today
88
61
74
moderate snow
heavy snow
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1868 m
1250m 1150m 250m 1000m 1350m

(671m — 2194m)

snow report today

4 cm
today
47
20
33
heavy snow
light snow
partly cloudy
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1432 m
800m 1300m 400m 750m 1250m

(1524m — 3200m)

snow report today

3 cm
today
108
107
45
light snow
heavy snow
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 2362 m
750m 450m 250m 900m 1050m

(1920m — 3596m)

snow report today

7 cm
today
49
38
28
moderate snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 2758 m
1100m 1050m 300m 1250m 1250m

(1859m — 3536m)

snow report today

87 cm
today
71
76
37
light snow
heavy snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2698 m
800m 700m 200m 950m 1100m

(1676m — 2182m)

snow report today

opens in 13 days 1 cm
today
23
28
29
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1929 m
800m 1000m 300m 700m 1250m

(1524m — 2286m)

snow report today

Big White webcam
101
Powder
Powder
20 cm
today
4
13
22
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1905 m
1100m 1150m 450m 800m 1300m

(1400m — 2500m)

snow report today

7 cm
today
53
65
79
moderate snow
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1950 m
1050m 1150m 350m 600m 1200m

(1189m — 1981m)

snow report today

82 cm
today
23
12
28
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1585 m
750m 1100m 350m 700m 1250m

(1158m — 2758m)

snow report today

63 cm
today
66
52
35
snow showers
moderate snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1958 m
400m 0m 0m 150m 700m

(488m — 2133m)

snow report today

26 cm
today
61
29
42
heavy snow
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1310 m
800m 1000m 450m 500m 1150m

(1602m — 3001m)

snow report today

3 cm
today
41
29
45
moderate snow
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2302 m
950m 1200m 450m 550m 1200m

(1374m — 3059m)

snow report today

33 cm
today
18
15
23
light snow
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2216 m
1100m 1450m 600m 900m 1300m

(1003m — 3109m)

snow report today

11 cm
today
54
37
51
moderate snow
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2056 m
750m 1300m 400m 700m 1150m

(1100m — 3000m)

snow report today

3 cm
today
19
22
21
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 2050 m
1100m 1400m 450m 700m 1150m

(850m — 3140m)

snow report today

35 cm
today
35
26
38
moderate snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1995 m
1050m 1250m 350m 550m 1150m

(1100m — 3000m)

snow report today

13 cm
today
19
13
23
light snow
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2050 m
900m 1300m 450m 500m 1200m

(1090m — 2499m)

snow report today

5 cm
today
87
44
62
moderate snow
heavy snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1794 m
1350m 1100m 300m 1250m 1500m

(1100m — 2800m)

snow report today

17 cm
today
23
20
25
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1950 m
850m 1300m 300m 700m 1150m

(1189m — 2134m)

snow report today

6 cm
today
9
23
27
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1662 m
1100m 1050m 400m 800m 1250m

(1201m — 1400m)

snow report yesterday

1 cm
yesterday
9
6
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1300 m
1100m 1050m 400m 850m 1250m

(817m — 1430m)

snow report today

Cypress Mountain webcam
10
5

Good

Varied
20 cm
today
61
55
27
heavy rain
moderate snow
cloudy
heavy rain
light snow
Mid station 1124 m
1450m 1350m 800m 1600m 1350m

(1070m — 1832m)

snow report today

2 cm
today
19
11
15
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1451 m
800m 1300m 450m 450m 1150m

(579m — 1493m)

snow report today

2 cm
today
19
17
15
snow showers
cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1036 m
600m 900m 100m 1150m 1350m

(1463m — 2225m)

snow report today

1 cm
today
46
56
69
moderate snow
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1844 m
1050m 1150m 400m 650m 1250m

(1219m — 1524m)

snow report yesterday

1 cm
8 days ago
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1372 m
2300m 2500m 1100m 1850m 2350m

(1195m — 1925m)

snow report today

Fernie webcam
111
60

Fresh

Fresh
16 cm
today
9
3
13
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1560 m
900m 750m 550m 600m 1150m

(1932m — 2179m)

snow report today

28 cm
today
11
4
18
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2056 m
950m 800m 600m 650m 1200m

(914m — 2133m)

snow report today

104 cm
today
27
19
27
moderate snow
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1524 m
1050m 1300m 450m 650m 1250m

(1400m — 2200m)

snow report today

2 cm
today
17
37
43
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1800 m
1100m 1100m 450m 800m 1250m

(2194m — 3200m)

snow report today

137 cm
today
28
20
36
moderate snow
snow showers
clear
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 2697 m
1050m 1350m 450m 700m 1300m

(881m — 1225m)

snow report today

95
70

Excellent
Wind Blown
18 cm
today
57
45
27
heavy rain
moderate snow
partly cloudy
heavy rain
light snow
Mid station 1053 m
1450m 1350m 850m 1600m 1350m

(1146m — 1676m)

snow report today

Hudson Bay Mountain webcam
75
75
Fair
Varied
10 cm
yesterday
22
13
11
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1411 m
500m 50m 0m 300m 900m

(1631m — 2789m)

snow report today

6 cm
today
42
55
60
moderate snow
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2210 m
850m 1150m 400m 700m 1200m

(1380m — 2500m)

snow report today

74 cm
today
10
3
14
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1940 m
850m 700m 500m 600m 1100m

(1382m — 2409m)

snow report today

97 cm
today
158
120
122
heavy snow
heavy snow
light snow
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 1896 m
1250m 950m 350m 1200m 1450m