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 The number of ski areas open in Canada more than doubled last weekend with more areas, mostly in BC in the west or Quebec in the east, joining the dozen that had been open since November. So there are now more than 20 open. It's World Cup race week in Lake Louise and conditions have been good for racing, less good for keeping warm, with the mercury hitting -30C.

North America's biggest ski area at Whistler Blackcomb (32/32cm) was among the areas opening, although so far with only a dozen or so of its more than 200 trails open. The snow depths are looking better further inland with Silver Star (56/96cm) posting the deepest base and about a third of its 120 runs open. There have been small to moderate snowfalls, 5-20cm, across the country's ski slopes over the past few days.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Canada - BC. Fresh snow is forecast at 91 resorts. Powder is reported at 3 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 powder (3)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)
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu

(1280m — 2103m)

snow report today

8 cm
today
5
6
6
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1692 m
350m 300m 350m 300m 350m

(1570m — 2180m)

snow report today

Apex Resort webcam
69
69
Machine Groomed 4 cm
2 days ago
2
1
3
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
cloudy
cloudy
Mid station 1875 m
1400m 1050m 1100m 750m 1000m

(700m — 2800m)

snow report today

12 cm
today
1
partly cloudy
cloudy
cloudy
cloudy
cloudy
Mid station 1750 m
0m 650m 1350m 1100m 300m

(1436m — 2300m)

snow report on 8 Dec

10 cm
on 8 Dec
1
15
9
light snow
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1868 m
1250m 1000m 1250m 650m 900m

(671m — 2194m)

snow report today

15 cm
today
2
13
14
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1432 m
550m 350m 550m 500m 750m

(1524m — 3200m)

snow report on 8 Dec

56 cm
on 8 Dec
1
19
14
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2362 m
550m 1400m 2150m 1100m 950m

(1920m — 3596m)

snow report on 8 Dec

8 cm
on 8 Dec
2
3
3
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 2758 m
700m 1350m 1900m 950m 900m

(1859m — 3536m)

snow report on 8 Dec

38 cm
on 8 Dec
1
8
8
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2698 m
600m 1250m 1900m 1050m 850m

(1676m — 2182m)

snow report 3 days ago

75
40
×
Closed
×
Not Enough Snow
4 cm
3 days ago
4
12
9
light snow
clear
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1929 m
1300m 800m 400m 400m 750m

(1524m — 2286m)

snow report today

Big White webcam
57
40

Fresh

Fresh
1 cm
on 8 Dec
3
5
6
light snow
clear
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1905 m
1400m 700m 800m 550m 850m

(1400m — 2500m)

snow report on 8 Dec

18 cm
on 8 Dec
7
19
21
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
1450m 600m 250m 300m 550m

(1189m — 1981m)

snow report today

3 cm
today
1
7
6
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1585 m
700m 400m 450m 750m 850m

(1158m — 2758m)

snow report 3 days ago

12 cm
3 days ago
6
6
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1958 m
250m 1000m 1700m 750m 500m

(488m — 2133m)

snow report today

10 cm
today
4
7
6
cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1310 m
300m 200m 200m 200m 350m

(1602m — 3001m)

snow report today

22 cm
today
3
13
11
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 2302 m
250m 100m 0m 200m 250m

(1374m — 3059m)

snow report today

9 cm
today
4
6
6
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 2216 m
450m 100m 150m 300m 450m

(1003m — 3109m)

snow report on 8 Dec

15 cm
on 8 Dec
6
13
13
light snow
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
cloudy
Mid station 2056 m
1400m 600m 250m 300m 500m

(1100m — 3000m)

snow report today

25 cm
today
1
9
9
partly cloudy
clear
cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2050 m
0m 0m 250m 200m 400m

(850m — 3140m)

snow report on 8 Dec

29 cm
on 8 Dec
9
14
11
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
cloudy
Mid station 1995 m
1000m 150m 0m 100m 100m

(1100m — 3000m)

snow report today

22 cm
today
10
13
clear
clear
cloudy
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2050 m
0m 150m 350m 200m 350m

(1090m — 2499m)

snow report today

7 cm
today
14
11
cloudy
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1794 m
1350m 850m 950m 850m 1000m

(1100m — 2800m)

snow report today

29 cm
today
2
10
15
clear
clear
cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1950 m
0m 100m 400m 300m 650m

(1201m — 1400m)

snow report 2 days ago

4 cm
2 days ago
1
1
3
light snow
clear
clear
cloudy
cloudy
Mid station 1300 m
1300m 700m 600m 400m 800m

(817m — 1430m)

snow report today

Cypress Mountain webcam
20
20

Good

Varied
4 cm
5 days ago
14
29
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1124 m
1550m 1400m 1350m 1250m 1150m

(1070m — 1832m)

snow report today

17 cm
today
7
11
partly cloudy
clear
cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1451 m
0m 250m 350m 200m 350m

(579m — 1493m)

snow report today

8 cm
today
13
9
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1036 m
0m 0m 0m 300m 300m

(1463m — 2225m)

snow report on 8 Dec

15 cm
on 8 Dec
7
20
20
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1844 m
1400m 600m 250m 250m 500m

(1219m — 1524m)

snow report yesterday

2 cm
2 days ago
2
clear
cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1372 m
400m 450m 550m 600m 1050m

(1195m — 1925m)

snow report today

Fernie webcam
61
41
Artificial 3 cm
yesterday
8
13
12
cloudy
cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1560 m
650m 250m 300m 550m 900m

(1932m — 2179m)

snow report yesterday

3 cm
yesterday
7
11
10
partly cloudy
cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2056 m
600m 300m 350m 600m 1000m

(914m — 2133m)

snow report today

22 cm
today
4
17
15
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
moderate snow
Mid station 1524 m
350m 0m 0m 250m 350m

(1400m — 2200m)

snow report today

2 cm
today
4
14
14
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1800 m
1400m 600m 350m 300m 700m

(2194m — 3200m)

snow report today

18 cm
today
3
14
11
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
moderate snow
Mid station 2697 m
350m 0m 0m 200m 350m

(881m — 1225m)

snow report today

28
28
Machine Groomed 3 cm
5 days ago
14
28
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1053 m
1550m 1400m 1350m 1250m 1150m

(1146m — 1676m)

snow report yesterday

Hudson Bay Mountain webcam
4 cm
10 days ago
3
7
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1411 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 200m

(1631m — 2789m)

snow report on 8 Dec

6 cm
on 8 Dec
4
21
17
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 2210 m
1350m 550m 400m 500m 800m

(1380m — 2500m)

snow report yesterday

3 cm
yesterday
5
13
10
cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1940 m
650m 250m 300m 500m 900m

(1382m — 2409m)

snow report today

24 cm
today
1
31
23
light snow
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1896 m
1400m 1100m 1200m 1000m 1000m