Ski Canada

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: latest snow conditions round-up

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Canada. Fresh snow is forecast at 0 resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 0 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Canada

A–C

D–L M–O P–S T–Z

Ski resorts in Canada from A to C

Resort
snow depth
top and bottom

on-piste

off-piste

Last Snow

Next 9 Days
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snow (cm)
Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
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(1280m — 2103m)

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Mid station 1692 m
2150m 1850m 1950m 2100m 2100m

(158m — 351m)

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Mid station 254 m
1900m 1600m 1350m 3300m 2950m

(1570m — 2180m)

snow report today

1 cm
today
1
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Mid station 1875 m
1950m 1750m 2150m 1900m 2850m

(153m — 305m)

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Mid station 229 m
4300m 3500m 3300m 3450m 3150m

(700m — 2800m)

snow report today

12 cm
today
2
6
1
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Mid station 1750 m
850m 500m 1000m 950m 900m

(1436m — 2300m)

snow report today

11 cm
today
23
2
7
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Mid station 1868 m
1700m 1250m 1650m 1450m 1400m

(1663m — 2123m)

snow report today

1 cm
today
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Mid station 1893 m
2050m 1900m 2350m 2200m 2800m

(1539m — 2042m)

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Mid station 1790 m
2200m 2000m 1950m 2200m 2200m

(102m — 137m)

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Mid station 120 m
2300m 1850m 1400m 2000m 3100m

(671m — 2194m)

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Mid station 1432 m
2000m 1650m 1950m 1850m 2050m

(1524m — 3200m)

snow report today

13 cm
today
35
13
25
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Mid station 2362 m
1450m 1300m 1350m 1450m 1400m

(1920m — 3596m)

snow report yesterday

7 cm
yesterday
7
4
26
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Mid station 2758 m
1600m 1450m 1300m 1400m 1450m

(1859m — 3536m)

snow report today

11 cm
today
23
7
22
light snow light snow light snow cloud light snow
Mid station 2698 m
1450m 1350m 1400m 1400m 1500m

(1676m — 2182m)

snow report today

opens in 89 days 2 cm
today
3
3
light snow snow showers light rain part cloud part cloud
Mid station 1929 m
1950m 1800m 2650m 2300m 2650m

(1524m — 2286m)

snow report today

Big White webcam
opens in 51 days 1 cm
today
2
1
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Mid station 1905 m
1850m 1650m 2100m 2050m 2500m

(1400m — 2500m)

snow report today

4 cm
today
4
3
light snow light snow light snow part cloud part cloud
Mid station 1950 m
1950m 1650m 2050m 1800m 2150m

(230m — 450m)

opens in 60 days
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Mid station 340 m
2850m 2700m 3300m 3650m 3400m

(267m — 328m)

clear clear clear part cloud light rain
Mid station 298 m
3100m 2950m 3450m 3750m 3450m

(1189m — 1981m)

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Mid station 1585 m
1950m 1950m 1900m 2250m 2250m

(220m — 311m)

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Mid station 266 m
2800m 2500m 2800m 3450m 3350m

(1158m — 2758m)

snow report today

18 cm
today
17
7
6
light snow light snow light snow cloud cloud
Mid station 1958 m
1400m 1150m 1350m 1300m 1050m

(154m — 386m)

clear cloud part cloud clear part cloud
Mid station 270 m
1850m 1450m 1300m 2100m 2850m

(1130m — 1246m)

opens in 59 days
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Mid station 1188 m
2600m 2500m 3150m 2550m 2600m

(110m — 180m)

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Mid station 145 m
1800m 1450m 1350m 1500m 3000m

(488m — 2133m)

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Mid station 1310 m
2150m 1850m 2100m 2000m 2200m

(1449m — 1649m)

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Mid station 1549 m
2250m 2000m 2100m 2200m 2300m

(753m — 899m)

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Mid station 826 m
2700m 2500m 3100m 2500m 2600m

(1410m — 2273m)

Castle Mountain Resort webcam
opens in 59 days
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Mid station 1842 m
2100m 2050m 3150m 2600m 2350m

(122m — 152m)

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Mid station 137 m
2850m 2500m 2550m 3450m 3350m

(1602m — 3001m)

snow report today

3 cm
today
4
2
light snow light snow light snow snow showers part cloud
Mid station 2302 m
2050m 1800m 2000m 2000m 1750m

(244m — 305m)

clear clear part cloud part cloud cloud
Mid station 274 m
2900m 2800m 3300m 3750m 3450m

(1374m — 3059m)

snow report 9 days ago

5 cm
9 days ago
4
2
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Mid station 2216 m
2050m 1850m 2100m 1950m 2150m

(1003m — 3109m)

snow report today

1 cm
today
6
3
light snow snow showers light snow part cloud part cloud
Mid station 2056 m
1950m 1650m 1900m 1900m 1950m

(1100m — 3000m)

snow report 8 days ago

5 cm
8 days ago
5
2
3
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Mid station 2050 m
1900m 1650m 2000m 1800m 1500m

(850m — 3140m)

snow report today

2 cm
today
12
2
light snow light snow light snow cloud part cloud
Mid station 1995 m
1850m 1800m 1950m 1350m 1150m

(1100m — 3000m)

snow report today

1 cm
today
7
1
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Mid station 2050 m
1900m 1600m 1900m 1900m 1400m

(1090m — 2499m)

snow report today

6 cm
today
27
1
8
light snow light snow light snow part cloud part cloud
Mid station 1794 m
1650m 1250m 1750m 1700m 1950m

(143m — 402m)

part cloud cloud light rain light rain light rain
Mid station 272 m
2450m 1450m 1450m 1100m 1300m

(1100m — 2800m)

snow report 7 days ago

4 cm
7 days ago
2
2
14
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Mid station 1950 m
1850m 1800m 2200m 1850m 2100m

(1201m — 1400m)

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Mid station 1300 m
2000m 1800m 2150m 1900m 2650m

(826m — 1439m)

opens in 51 days
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Mid station 1132 m
1550m 1500m 2000m 1850m 2650m