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Winter 2017 and winter 2016 were seasons to remember around here. So, consider this your invite for winter 2018.

People from around the world come and SkiBC and it’s easy to understand why. There’s a reason Whistler Blackcomb, Fernie Mountain Resort, Sun Peaks and others have been featured time and time again in magazines, including Rolling Stone, National Geographic Traveler, Skier Magazine. They’ve all been topped lists for their ski and snowboard experiences.

Choice grooming, slope-side accommodations and easy travel access make skiing in B.C. safe, affordable and convenient. There are so many ways to get here:

  • Fly into SkiBC via Vancouver and up to Whistler
  • Fly into Kelowna International to ski B.C.’s interior resorts like Sun Peaks and SilverStar
  • Land in Cranbrook at the Canadian Rockies International Airport to score some POWder action along the world’s most concentrated collection of skiable destinations known as the Powder Highway, home to Fernie, Whitewater, Red Mountain and many others.

Check back with SnowSeekers often because from now through Jan. 15, 2018 we’ll be filling the pages below with additional videos, stories and photos to inspire and educate.

Find out why you’ll want to SkiBC with us here @SnowSeekers; book today, your social media profiles will thank you later.

For more on how to #ExploreBC this winter check www.WinterWithin.ca

Here is a roundup of links making it easy to book your next SkiBC getaway.

Whistler Blackcomb ski & stay package deals found here

Resorts of the Canadian Rockies (Fernie, Kicking Horse, Kimberley and others) package deals

Sun Peaks Resort ski & stay offers

SilverStar Mountain Resort packages

Red Mountain Resort offers

Whitewater Ski Resort accommodation and package options here

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Joanne Elves
Crai Bower
Mark Sissons
Steve MacNaull
Aaron Theisen
Dave Quinn
Lisa Monforton
Chris Wheeler
Paula Worthington
Stories

Don’t you just tingle when you hear about a snowstorm blasting through the mountains? The webcam pages at the ski resorts must go crazy with us all looking to see how deep the measuring stick is buried. Take a look at these results from the webcams this morning. It's shaping up to be the “La Nina” winter we all are waiting for!

Imagine this. Champagne powder snow that piles up more than 20 feet deep. Never-too-cold average daytime temperatures of 23F. Endless acres of skiable terrain.

This time of year, there are a lot of us who are getting giddy, feeling those butterflies when we see snow reports and scenes of snow hitting the mountains. We know what’s coming and it makes us grin with glee.

Here are four resorts along the Powder Highway that will make you forget the damp and rainy winter back home in Washington. You’ll discover the joy of a true Canadian winter that brings piles of snow to the slopes and quickly learn why they call this the Powder Highway.

“I’m out of shape, my legs are burning," yells Chris Wheeler, aka @ApresWheeler, as he rips down Whistler opening day, Nov. 17.

There are many good reasons to catch the early bird specials at Whistler Blackcomb. Here are some screen grabs to tempt you to Whistler and the rest of the province this winter.

If you’ve ever gazed out at traffic gridlock from the 504 TTC streetcar in Toronto, watching the snow fall endlessly, you’ve likely wondered how great it would be to put all that snow to better use. Well you can by heading west, strapping on your skis or a board and escaping the big city winter blues.

Meet Blair Craig, a true mountain man, who left the big city more than 30 years ago, escaping to the slower paced, mountain-rimmed community of Fernie, B.C. with its historic brick and stone clad main street and the meandering Elk River. But most importantly, for someone like Blair, Fernie’s big draw is its famous powder snow.

Skiing and snowboarding on the West Coast isn’t all about steep and deep. Along with all of the double blacks, chutes, gnarly bumps and other expert terrain available, B.C.’s resorts offer some of the smoothest blue and green run groomers in the world. Which makes B.C. the perfect choice for an all-ages, all-ability levels winter snow sports vacation. For those who’d rather cruise than bruise, here are some of our all-time favourite coastal groomers.

When it comes to planning your ski vacation to British Columbia's interior, rule No. 1 is the earlier you book the better.

Every winter the Kootenays call, its pull all the stronger farther north as the distances between hamlets get longer and the mountains get taller. It’s the landscape ski trip dreams are made of.

If you’re grew up skiing the icy slopes of Ontario, your first ski trip to western Canada will be a wondrous voyage of discovery. At the top of the list of delights is a sweeter and softer kind of snow.

Comfy and convenient – Stay slope-side, commonly known as ski-in, ski-out accommodations. This is the No. 1 tip that will make your ski holiday so easy. It means you don’t have drive each day to and from the ski area.

Just the name of this place alone – The Powder Highway – conjures up images of you and your friends skiing or riding long lines, leaving a wake of fluffy powder in your happy trails. Then ending the day, kicking back at one of the slope-side restaurants or bars.

The sun still had another 90 minutes before it would light up the base area and the first ride on the gondola was still two hours away – but that didn’t deter the crowds from gathering. As old and new friends gathered in the dark at 7 a.m., the music and single light from the lift shack created a party mood. After all, there was reason to celebrate, it was the count down to the first run of the bonus weekend at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

You’ve hit the skiing sweepstakes when you touch down in B.C., one of Canada’s most massive ski playgrounds. You’ll be gobsmacked at all of the choices – everything from cruisin’ style groomers to go-for-miles steeps.

You never forget your best-ever ski day. For me, it was on a frigid cold January day, in Fernie, B.C.

For many stateside skiers, Whitewater Resort is the first attraction on the Powder Highway, southeast of British Columbia’s celebrated collection of eight ski resorts and dozens of heli and cat-skiing operations and luxury lodges.

Destinations

Recognized as one of the world's premier winter ski resorts, the Town of Whistler and its Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort is found 125 km north of Vancouver.

Also along the Powder Highway, Fernie Alpine Resort and the town that shares its name is located approximately 95 km east of Cranbrook's Canadian Rockies International Airport.

The town of Kimberley and it's ski resort is located along the Powder Highway and is so close to the Canadian Rockies International Airport, that within 15 minutes travelers have gone from airplane seat to the chairlift.

Located along the Trans-Canada Highway 265 km west of Calgary, Alberta, Golden is home to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. 

Nelson, B.C. is home to Whitewater Ski Resort, approximately 40 km north of Castlegar Airport along B.C.'s Powder Highway.

Rossland plays host to one of Canada's oldest winter carnivals, and Red Mountain Ski Resort. Located 200 km north of Spokane, Washington, Rossland is along the Powder Highway.
 

Sun Peaks Resort is a full mountain village located 60 km from Kamloops and its international airport.

SilverStar Mountain Resort is located within B.C.'s Okanagan, just 25 km outside of Vernon. Kelowna's International Airport is 75 km south of SilverStar.

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