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 WEST REPORT A cold and snowy few days in Western Canada. Even the continent's largest ski area, Whistler (242/242cm / 96/96") reports cold weather down to village level, a rarity this season there, although everything is now open. Inland colder and snowier this week with up to 50cm (20 inches) of fresh reported in the last 72 hours. Big White (255/307cm / 102/123"), already one of North America's snowiest resorts of the 19-20 season, got another 30cm (a foot) in the same period.

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

Fresh snow is forecast at 91 resorts. Powder is reported at 11 resorts and 15 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Canada - BC

A–J

K–V W–Z Best powder (11)Best piste conditions (15)

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)
Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

(1280m — 2103m)

snow report today

8 cm
today
15
10
18
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1692 m
0m 0m 300m 550m 500m

(1570m — 2180m)

snow report yesterday

Apex Resort webcam
295
295
Machine Groomed 4 cm
yesterday
3
1
cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1875 m
650m 700m 1050m 950m 600m

(700m — 2800m)

snow report today

3 cm
today
7
9
5
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1750 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(1436m — 2300m)

snow report yesterday

14 cm
yesterday
4
14
4
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1868 m
800m 600m 600m 1150m 250m

(1663m — 2123m)

snow report yesterday

168
168
Powder 5 cm
yesterday
2
2
cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1893 m
650m 450m 850m 1000m 700m

(671m — 2194m)

snow report today

7 cm
today
12
14
19
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1432 m
0m 300m 500m 800m 550m

(1524m — 3200m)

snow report today

8 cm
today
54
20
35
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
moderate snow
snow showers
Mid station 2362 m
950m 850m 900m 650m 0m

(1920m — 3596m)

snow report yesterday

6 cm
yesterday
2
5
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2758 m
850m 550m 800m 800m 350m

(1859m — 3536m)

snow report yesterday

9 cm
yesterday
24
12
11
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2698 m
900m 750m 800m 550m 0m

(1676m — 2182m)

snow report yesterday

9 cm
yesterday
6
4
light snow
cloudy
partly cloudy
cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1929 m
500m 0m 350m 900m 650m

(1524m — 2286m)

snow report today

Big White webcam
309
271
Powder
Powder
14 cm
today
5
4
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1905 m
500m 350m 550m 950m 200m

(1400m — 2500m)

snow report today

18 cm
today
8
15
24
light snow
light snow
light snow
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
550m 400m 550m 500m 500m

(1189m — 1981m)

snow report today

6 cm
today
4
6
8
partly cloudy
light snow
cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1585 m
0m 0m 0m 650m 0m

(1158m — 2758m)

snow report today

6 cm
today
23
7
22
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1958 m
550m 400m 400m 200m 0m

(488m — 2133m)

snow report today

7 cm
today
14
10
18
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1310 m
0m 0m 350m 550m 550m

(1602m — 3001m)

snow report today

8 cm
today
19
13
26
cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2302 m
0m 0m 0m 400m 500m

(1374m — 3059m)

snow report today

4 cm
today
6
7
9
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2216 m
200m 0m 400m 600m 500m

(1003m — 3109m)

snow report today

12 cm
today
5
13
16
cloudy
light snow
light snow
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2056 m
400m 0m 500m 600m 500m

(1100m — 3000m)

snow report 3 days ago

5 cm
3 days ago
13
9
31
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2050 m
0m 0m 600m 400m 200m

(850m — 3140m)

snow report today

12 cm
today
8
18
18
cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1995 m
250m 0m 0m 650m 500m

(1100m — 3000m)

snow report today

6 cm
today
10
12
21
cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2050 m
0m 0m 250m 500m 200m

(1090m — 2499m)

snow report yesterday

22 cm
yesterday
4
14
3
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1794 m
900m 700m 800m 1150m 200m

(1100m — 2800m)

snow report 3 days ago

11 cm
3 days ago
20
15
37
light snow
light snow
light snow
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
0m 250m 650m 600m 0m

(1201m — 1400m)

snow report today

5 cm
today
2
1
cloudy
partly cloudy
cloudy
cloudy
cloudy
Mid station 1300 m
500m 500m 800m 900m 600m

(826m — 1439m)

snow report today

Cypress Mountain webcam
350
330

Excellent

Powder
21 cm
yesterday
4
5
4
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1132 m
1000m 900m 1150m 900m 600m

(1070m — 1832m)

snow report today

5 cm
today
11
9
21
cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1451 m
0m 0m 250m 600m 250m

(579m — 1493m)

snow report today

4 cm
today
20
20
24
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1036 m
600m 300m 650m 450m 0m

(1463m — 2225m)

snow report today

15 cm
today
8
13
24
light snow
light snow
light snow
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1844 m
500m 350m 500m 500m 500m

(1219m — 1524m)

snow report yesterday

30
30
Machine Groomed 1 cm
yesterday
2
1
3
partly cloudy
cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1372 m
0m 350m 600m 1150m 300m

(1195m — 1925m)

snow report today

304
170

Fresh

Fresh
15 cm
today
8
6
11
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1560 m
200m 0m 400m 900m 400m

(1932m — 2179m)

snow report today

17 cm
today
7
5
10
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2056 m
250m 0m 500m 950m 350m

(914m — 2133m)

snow report today

7 cm
today
12
8
18
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1524 m
0m 0m 350m 500m 550m

(1400m — 2200m)

snow report today

13 cm
today
3
8
14
light snow
light snow
light snow
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1800 m
600m 400m 600m 600m 300m

(2194m — 3200m)

snow report today

7 cm
today
11
8
16
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2697 m
0m 0m 400m 550m 550m

(881m — 1225m)

snow report today

340
240

Excellent

Varied
24 cm
yesterday
4
7
4
light snow
cloudy
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1053 m
1000m 900m 1100m 900m 550m

(1097m — 1524m)

snow report today

6 cm
today
3
1
cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1310 m
650m 650m 700m 1050m 600m

(1146m — 1676m)

snow report yesterday

130
119
Packed Powder 2 cm
yesterday
3
3
7
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1411 m
300m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(1631m — 2789m)

snow report today

18 cm
today
3
10
19
light snow
light snow
cloudy
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2210 m
550m 0m 600m 650m 300m

(1380m — 2500m)

snow report today

15 cm
today
8
6
12
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1940 m
200m 0m 400m 900m 400m

(1382m — 2409m)

snow report yesterday

31 cm
yesterday
14
25
10
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1896 m
950m 750m 900m 1150m 200m