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 REPORTIn a sign that conditions are looking somewhat better now in Western Canada, particularly in Alberta and in the eastern half of BC, the Freeride World Tour finally staged its first scheduled stop of the 2024 campaign at Kicking Horse (40/120cm / 16/48"), a resort where much of the freeride terrain was temporarily closed a few weeks ago due to warm, wet weather.

Since then there's been plenty of snowfall. Whistler Blackcomb (10/148cm / 4/59"), on the coast, is up to about 75% open and reported over 30cm (12") of snowfall this week and again improving conditions on higher ground. The big event there this week was a visit by Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, a year ahead of the resort staging the Invictus Games.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Canada - BC. Fresh snow is forecast at 91 resorts. Powder is reported at 6 resorts and 10 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Canada - BC

A–J

K–V W–Z Best powder (6)Best piste conditions (10)

Ski resorts in Canada - BC from A to J

Resort
snow depth
top and bottom

on-piste

off-piste

Last Snow

Next 9 Days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

(1280m — 2103m)

snow report today

2.0 cm
yesterday
5.0
31.0
5.0
light snow light snow light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1692 m
700m 700m 650m 150m 0m

(1570m — 2180m)

snow report today

132
132
Machine Groomed 4 cm
10 days ago
11.0
light snow snow showers part cloud light snow light snow
Mid station 1875 m
950m 750m 400m 850m 550m

(700m — 2800m)

snow report 10 days ago

1.0 cm
11 days ago
3.0
3.0
3.0
part cloud light snow snow showers light snow light snow
Mid station 1750 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(1436m — 2300m)

snow report today

3.0 cm
yesterday
5.0
16.0
5.0
cloud snow showers light snow light snow mod snow
Mid station 1868 m
1150m 1050m 1050m 800m 300m

(1663m — 2123m)

snow report today

135
135
Machine Groomed 2.0 cm
2 days ago
2.0
4.0
2.0
light snow cloud cloud cloud light snow
Mid station 1893 m
1200m 1200m 1150m 750m 650m

(671m — 2194m)

snow report today

4 cm
yesterday
5.0
37.0
5.0
light snow light snow light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1432 m
800m 750m 800m 950m 550m

(1524m — 3200m)

snow report today

3.0 cm
yesterday
9.0
39.0
3.0
clear cloud light snow light snow mod snow
Mid station 2362 m
900m 900m 750m 700m 200m

(1920m — 3596m)

snow report today

3.0 cm
yesterday
3.0
18.0
2.0
clear clear light snow light snow snow showers
Mid station 2758 m
300m 550m 800m 500m 0m

(1859m — 3536m)

snow report today

2.0 cm
yesterday
6.0
23.0
2.0
clear clear light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 2698 m
750m 700m 800m 600m 150m

(1676m — 2182m)

snow report today

3.0 cm
yesterday
2.0
16.0
2.0
light snow light snow light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1929 m
1150m 1200m 1200m 950m 950m

(1524m — 2286m)

snow report today

Big White webcam
183
70
Fresh snow across the ski area
Fresh
7 cm
10 days ago
4.0
25.0
3.0
light snow light snow light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1905 m
1100m 1100m 450m 750m 600m

(1400m — 2500m)

snow report today

11 cm
yesterday
8.0
44.0
5.0
cloud light snow light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1950 m
700m 750m 450m 950m 700m

(1189m — 1981m)

snow report today

2.0 cm
yesterday
2.0
18.0
2.0
cloud light snow light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1585 m
800m 700m 450m 350m 400m

(1158m — 2758m)

snow report 10 days ago

1.0 cm
11 days ago
2.0
15.0
2.0
part cloud clear light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1958 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 100m

(488m — 2133m)

snow report today

2.0 cm
yesterday
5.0
25.0
4.0
light snow light snow light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1310 m
800m 650m 550m 400m 150m

(1602m — 3001m)

snow report today

7 cm
yesterday
6.0
26.0
5.0
light snow light snow light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 2302 m
650m 550m 0m 500m 100m

(1374m — 3059m)

snow report today

2.0 cm
yesterday
3.0
25.0
3.0
light snow light snow light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 2216 m
700m 650m 400m 600m 550m

(1003m — 3109m)

snow report today

5 cm
yesterday
5.0
42.0
5.0
cloud light snow light snow light snow mod snow
Mid station 2056 m
750m 700m 750m 800m 700m

(1100m — 3000m)

snow report today

2.0 cm
yesterday
4.0
14.0
part cloud clear light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 2050 m
0m 0m 350m 0m 0m

(850m — 3140m)

snow report today

6 cm
yesterday
5.0
29.0
3.0
light snow light snow light snow light snow mod snow
Mid station 1995 m
500m 550m 500m 350m 150m

(1100m — 3000m)

snow report today

4 cm
yesterday
3.0
20.0
1.0
snow showers cloud light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 2050 m
250m 250m 400m 0m 0m

(1090m — 2499m)

snow report today

3.0 cm
yesterday
5.0
14.0
5.0
light snow light snow light snow snow showers mod snow
Mid station 1794 m
1200m 1200m 1050m 900m 150m

(1100m — 2800m)

snow report today

2.0 cm
yesterday
10.0
13.0
1.0
part cloud clear light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1950 m
350m 0m 600m 0m 0m

(1201m — 1400m)

snow report 9 days ago

4 cm
10 days ago
7.0
1.0
part cloud light snow light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1300 m
1000m 1100m 750m 950m 500m

(826m — 1439m)

snow report 2 days ago

120
15
Wet snow 4 cm
yesterday
11.0
14.0
16.0
light snow part cloud light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1132 m
1300m 1250m 1150m 950m 350m

(1070m — 1832m)

snow report today

2.0 cm
yesterday
4.0
16.0
1.0
light snow light snow light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1451 m
250m 600m 600m 0m 0m

(579m — 1493m)

snow report today

1.0 cm
yesterday
12.0
16.0
6.0
part cloud part cloud mod snow light snow mod snow
Mid station 1036 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(1463m — 2225m)

snow report today

10 cm
yesterday
6.0
46.0
4.0
cloud light snow light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1844 m
800m 750m 500m 900m 700m

(1219m — 1524m)

snow report yesterday

150
46
Machine Groomed 1.0 cm
7 days ago
18.0
clear cloud clear light snow part cloud
Mid station 1372 m
950m 1100m 950m 150m 0m

(1195m — 1925m)

snow report yesterday

182
90
Fresh snow across the ski area
Fresh
1.0 cm
yesterday
9.0
19.0
8.0
light snow light snow light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1560 m
1200m 1000m 800m 850m 450m

(1932m — 2179m)

snow report today

1.0 cm
yesterday
9.0
25.0
8.0
light snow light snow light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 2056 m
1100m 1050m 900m 1000m 600m

(914m — 2133m)

snow report today

7 cm
yesterday
4.0
24.0
5.0
light snow light snow light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1524 m
750m 600m 300m 700m 400m

(1400m — 2200m)

snow report today

2.0 cm
yesterday
4.0
33.0
2.0
snow showers light snow light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1800 m
1000m 950m 500m 900m 500m

(2194m — 3200m)

snow report today

7 cm
yesterday
5.0
30.0
5.0
light snow light snow light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 2697 m
750m 600m 350m 700m 450m

(881m — 1225m)

snow report today

84
36
Machine Groomed 5 cm
yesterday
10.0
14.0
16.0
light snow part cloud light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1053 m
1350m 1250m 1150m 950m 300m

(1097m — 1524m)

snow report yesterday

3.0 cm
2 days ago
6.0
cloud cloud light snow light snow snow showers
Mid station 1310 m
1100m 1100m 800m 700m 600m

(1146m — 1676m)

snow report today

86
76
Machine Groomed 1.0 cm
12 days ago
8.0
1.0
part cloud part cloud snow showers part cloud light snow
Mid station 1411 m
0m 0m 200m 0m 50m

(1631m — 2789m)

snow report today

5 cm
yesterday
5.0
36.0
3.0
snow showers light snow light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 2210 m
1000m 950m 900m 1000m 550m

(1380m — 2500m)

snow report today

2.0 cm
yesterday
10.0
21.0
8.0
light snow light snow light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1940 m
1200m 1000m 700m 650m 400m

(1382m — 2409m)

snow report today

7 cm
yesterday
10.0
32.0
11.0
light snow light snow light snow light snow heavy snow
Mid station 1896 m
1200m 1200m 1100m 750m 150m