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 With Whistler and Mont Sainte Anne now closed for the season, skiing in Canada was restricted to Alberta from Monday 23rd April. Despite this, both Lake Louise (182/262cm) and Banff, Sunshine Village (227cm) saw 12 and 13cm of fresh snow respectively Sunday and overnight into Monday, providing exceptionally high quality spring skiing for this time of year.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Canada - BC.

Fresh snow is forecast at 9resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 5 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Canada - BC

A–J

K–V W–Z Best piste conditions (5)

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
clear
partly cloudy
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1692 m
1500m 2000m 2150m 3000m 3400m

(1570m — 2180m)

snow report 20 days ago

7
12
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1875 m
2200m 3200m 2950m 3550m 3350m

(700m — 2800m)

1
1
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
cloudy
Mid station 1750 m
1000m 1150m 1450m 1350m 1150m

(1436m — 2300m)

9
6
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1868 m
2050m 2800m 2900m 3500m 3100m

(671m — 2194m)

6
clear
partly cloudy
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1432 m
1450m 2150m 2400m 3150m 3400m

(1524m — 3200m)

6
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2362 m
1800m 2100m 2850m 3350m 2900m

(1920m — 3596m)

8
1
partly cloudy
cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2758 m
2000m 2450m 2700m 3450m 3050m

(1859m — 3536m)

6
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2698 m
1750m 2100m 2750m 3400m 2950m

(1676m — 2182m)

snow report 28 days ago

305
295

Good

Fresh
28 days ago
12
31
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1929 m
2000m 3000m 2850m 3350m 3500m

(1524m — 2286m)

snow report today

Big White webcam
3
29
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1905 m
2000m 3050m 2900m 3400m 3450m

(1400m — 2500m)

2
39
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1950 m
1600m 2150m 2600m 3350m 3400m

(1189m — 1981m)

11
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1585 m
1700m 2450m 2650m 3000m 3500m

(1158m — 2758m)

1
1
cloudy
snow showers
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1958 m
1550m 1650m 2500m 3100m 2750m

(488m — 2133m)

clear
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1310 m
1400m 1950m 2200m 3000m 3450m

(1602m — 3001m)

1
22
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2302 m
1650m 2150m 2400m 3200m 3350m

(1374m — 3059m)

15
clear
clear
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 2216 m
1450m 2300m 2400m 3150m 3400m

(1003m — 3109m)

4
16
clear
partly cloudy
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2056 m
1500m 2200m 2550m 3300m 3450m

(1100m — 3000m)

1
8
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2050 m
1800m 2350m 2250m 3250m 3150m

(850m — 3140m)

1
2
29
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1995 m
1600m 2100m 2500m 3300m 3300m

(1100m — 3000m)

1
14
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2050 m
1650m 2100m 2350m 3250m 3250m

(1090m — 2499m)

8
4
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1794 m
2200m 2850m 3000m 3500m 3050m

(1100m — 2800m)

1
6
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1950 m
1850m 2300m 2300m 3250m 3150m

(1189m — 2134m)

1
17
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1662 m
1850m 2950m 2850m 3400m 3500m

(1201m — 1400m)

4
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1300 m
2200m 3100m 2900m 3500m 3400m

(817m — 1430m)

snow report 11 days ago

Cypress Mountain webcam
550
460
Icy
Varied
14 cm
12 days ago
5
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
light rain
Mid station 1124 m
2550m 3050m 3300m 3550m 2850m

(1070m — 1832m)

2
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1451 m
1650m 2000m 2250m 3200m 3300m

(579m — 1493m)

partly cloudy
rain showers
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1036 m
1800m 2050m 2300m 3250m 3150m

(1463m — 2225m)

1
29
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1844 m
1600m 2300m 2650m 3400m 3450m

(1219m — 1524m)

snow report 10 days ago

51
51
Machine Groomed
5
clear
clear
cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1372 m
2050m 3100m 2700m 3050m 3600m

(1195m — 1925m)

snow report today

Fernie webcam
3
clear
partly cloudy
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1560 m
1800m 2550m 2800m 2950m 3550m

(1932m — 2179m)

3
12
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2056 m
1800m 2500m 2800m 2900m 3600m

(914m — 2133m)

3
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1524 m
1450m 2100m 2450m 3200m 3400m

(1400m — 2200m)

2
21
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1800 m
1800m 2750m 2800m 3350m 3500m

(2194m — 3200m)

2
22
clear
clear
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 2697 m
1400m 2100m 2450m 3250m 3400m

(881m — 1225m)

snow report today

460
351
Variable Conditions
4
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
Mid station 1053 m
2550m 3100m 3300m 3550m 2850m

(1146m — 1676m)

snow report 15 days ago

180
145

Good

Varied
17 days ago
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1411 m
1650m 1700m 2500m 3050m 2800m

(1631m — 2789m)

11
65
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2210 m
1600m 2250m 2600m 3350m 3550m

(1380m — 2500m)

9
clear
partly cloudy
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1940 m
1800m 2600m 2750m 3000m 3550m

(1382m — 2409m)

18
11
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
cloudy
Mid station 1896 m
1950m 2850m 3000m 3450m 3000m