Ca 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


CANADA REPORT It's been snowing in the northern Rockies too with the three still-open ski areas around Banff. Mt Norquay (138/138cm / 55/55"), Sunshine (204/204cm / 82/82") and Lake Louise (153/205cm / 61/82") are all posting snowfall totals of 10-20cm (4-8 inches) into last weekend, so it was a great final one for April here.

Most other ski areas in western Canada are now closed, the major exception, Marmot Basin (145/145cm / 58/58"), up near Jasper, which has also had fresh snow. Norquay has extended its season but plans to close next weekend with Lake Louise and Marmot Basin carrying on a little further, Sunshine for most of May. Although it has been creeping above freezing in the daytime at the basses of these ski areas, temperatures have stayed low on the slopes right to the end of April and most are almost fully open still. Over in the east of Canada, all areas are reported closed except the Summit at Sauveur (10/30cm / 4/12"), which doesn't have much snow left but says it intends to keep opening at weekends into May so long as it has some.

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.

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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Canada

A–C

D–L M–O P–S T–Z

Ski resorts in Canada from A to C

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)
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue

(1280m — 2103m)

snow report 3 days ago

1 cm
3 days ago
10
8
light rain
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
light rain
Mid station 1692 m
2050m 1650m 1700m 1900m 2150m

(158m — 351m)

snow report 6 days ago

5 cm
6 days ago
partly cloudy
cloudy
partly cloudy
light rain
light rain
Mid station 254 m
250m 1300m 1000m 550m 0m

(1570m — 2180m)

snow report 11 days ago

11 cm
11 days ago
light snow
partly cloudy
cloudy
cloudy
light rain
Mid station 1875 m
1350m 1050m 1250m 1800m 2300m

(153m — 305m)

snow report 9 days ago

1 cm
9 days ago
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
cloudy
Mid station 229 m
750m 950m 250m 1250m 2200m

(700m — 2800m)

snow report 7 days ago

3 cm
7 days ago
6
6
light snow
light snow
light snow
cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1750 m
1200m 1050m 1100m 900m 1000m

(1436m — 2300m)

snow report 9 days ago

1 cm
9 days ago
2
2
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1868 m
900m 600m 1000m 1450m 2050m

(1663m — 2123m)

snow report 11 days ago

16 cm
11 days ago
6
6
light snow
cloudy
cloudy
cloudy
cloudy
Mid station 1893 m
1350m 1100m 1700m 2050m 2450m

(1539m — 2042m)

snow report 5 days ago

opens in 176 days
8
7
rain showers
light snow
cloudy
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1790 m
2350m 1750m 1250m 1300m 2100m

(102m — 137m)

snow report 6 days ago

3 cm
6 days ago
light rain
light rain
cloudy
light rain
light rain
Mid station 120 m
1000m 1100m 1250m 850m 500m

(671m — 2194m)

snow report 11 days ago

4 cm
11 days ago
5
5
light rain
light rain
light rain
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1432 m
1750m 1550m 1750m 1900m 2300m

(1524m — 3200m)

snow report 3 days ago

4 cm
3 days ago
3
1
2
light snow
cloudy
snow showers
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2362 m
950m 1000m 1350m 1500m 1950m

(1920m — 3596m)

snow report 15 days ago

1 cm
15 days ago
2
1
1
light snow
cloudy
light snow
cloudy
cloudy
Mid station 2758 m
1100m 1100m 1250m 1600m 2050m

(1859m — 3536m)

snow report 4 days ago

1 cm
4 days ago
1
1
light snow
cloudy
snow showers
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2698 m
950m 1050m 1500m 1450m 2050m

(1676m — 2182m)

snow report 11 days ago

opens in 233 days 18 cm
11 days ago
4
4
light snow
light snow
light rain
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1929 m
1400m 1300m 1750m 1800m 2350m

(1524m — 2286m)

snow report 3 days ago

Big White webcam
opens in 195 days 1 cm
3 days ago
3
3
light snow
cloudy
light rain
light rain
cloudy
Mid station 1905 m
1400m 1150m 1350m 1800m 2250m

(1400m — 2500m)

snow report 5 days ago

2 cm
5 days ago
15
15
light snow
light snow
light rain
rain showers
light rain
Mid station 1950 m
1550m 1450m 1400m 1800m 2250m

(230m — 450m)

opens in 204 days
rain showers
clear
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 340 m
700m 1050m 900m 650m 500m

(267m — 328m)

snow report 16 days ago

4 cm
16 days ago
light rain
rain showers
moderate rain
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 298 m
900m 1000m 1050m 850m 500m

(1189m — 1981m)

snow report 5 days ago

2 cm
5 days ago
3
2
light rain
light rain
light rain
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1585 m
1700m 1350m 1700m 1250m 2000m

(220m — 311m)

snow report 16 days ago

3 cm
16 days ago
cloudy
rain showers
cloudy
rain showers
cloudy
Mid station 266 m
850m 1150m 1100m 850m 500m

(1158m — 2758m)

snow report 6 days ago

10 cm
6 days ago
light snow
cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
cloudy
Mid station 1958 m
950m 750m 1100m 1300m 1550m

(154m — 386m)

snow report 6 days ago

4 cm
6 days ago
light rain
moderate rain
light rain
light rain
cloudy
Mid station 270 m
850m 1000m 1300m 550m 500m

(1130m — 1246m)

snow report 12 days ago

opens in 203 days 3 cm
12 days ago
5
3
rain showers
light snow
light rain
clear
cloudy
Mid station 1188 m
2700m 1200m 1050m 1500m 2400m

(110m — 180m)

snow report 6 days ago

4 cm
6 days ago
light rain
moderate rain
light rain
light rain
light rain
Mid station 145 m
900m 1150m 1150m 750m 450m

(488m — 2133m)

snow report 13 days ago

1 cm
13 days ago
light rain
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
light rain
Mid station 1310 m
1950m 1400m 1750m 1800m 2250m

(1449m — 1649m)

snow report 2 days ago

1 cm
2 days ago
3
2
rain showers
moderate rain
cloudy
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1549 m
2350m 1650m 1200m 1100m 1950m

(753m — 899m)

snow report 9 days ago

1 cm
9 days ago
light rain
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 826 m
2500m 1200m 1350m 1400m 2450m

(1410m — 2273m)

snow report 5 days ago

Castle Mountain Resort webcam
opens in 203 days 2 cm
5 days ago
8
4
light rain
light snow
light snow
rain showers
light rain
Mid station 1842 m
1850m 1200m 1100m 800m 1700m

(122m — 152m)

snow report 16 days ago

4 cm
16 days ago
light rain
rain showers
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 137 m
900m 1100m 1200m 950m 650m

(1602m — 3001m)

snow report 2 days ago

3 cm
2 days ago
13
1
14
light snow
light snow
light snow
light rain
light rain
Mid station 2302 m
1900m 1600m 1750m 2000m 2250m

(244m — 305m)

snow report 16 days ago

1 cm
16 days ago
light rain
light rain
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 274 m
850m 1050m 1100m 750m 300m

(1374m — 3059m)

snow report 3 days ago

1 cm
3 days ago
9
8
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light rain
light rain
Mid station 2216 m
2050m 1650m 1750m 1800m 2250m

(1003m — 3109m)

snow report 5 days ago

2 cm
5 days ago
15
14
light snow
light snow
light rain
light rain
light rain
Mid station 2056 m
1550m 1500m 1550m 1850m 2150m

(1100m — 3000m)

snow report 2 days ago

9 cm
2 days ago
7
4
8
light snow
light snow
rain showers
light rain
cloudy
Mid station 2050 m
1650m 1350m 1450m 1850m 2100m

(850m — 3140m)

snow report 2 days ago

3 cm
2 days ago
10
11
light snow
light snow
light rain
light rain
cloudy
Mid station 1995 m
1600m 1400m 1550m 2000m 2150m

(1100m — 3000m)

snow report 2 days ago

4 cm
2 days ago
8
9
light snow
light snow
light rain
cloudy
cloudy
Mid station 2050 m
1700m 1450m 1550m 1850m 2100m

(1090m — 2499m)

snow report 6 days ago

6 cm
6 days ago
2
2
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1794 m
1150m 850m 1250m 1500m 2100m

(143m — 402m)

snow report 14 days ago

4 cm
14 days ago
partly cloudy
cloudy
partly cloudy
light rain
light rain
Mid station 272 m
700m 750m 750m 1300m 900m

(1100m — 2800m)

snow report 2 days ago

5 cm
2 days ago
5
4
5
light snow
cloudy
light rain
light rain
cloudy
Mid station 1950 m
1550m 1550m 1850m 1900m 2250m

(1201m — 1400m)

snow report 27 days ago

1 cm
27 days ago
light rain
cloudy
cloudy
light rain
cloudy
Mid station 1300 m
1450m 1100m 1550m 2000m 2400m

(826m — 1439m)

snow report 11 days ago

9 cm
11 days ago
3
3
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
cloudy
clear
Mid station 1132 m
1000m 1100m 1300m 1700m 2300m