British Columbia

Province Code
BC

You’d have to be a knucklehead to think that there’s any skiing near Powell River. At least, that’s what North Vancouver adventurer, Ean Jackson thought before tagging along with the SnowSeekers crew to explore a rumoured “Pow Town” backcountry zone at the upper end of the Sunshine Coast. 

Kimberley, B.C. – Kimberley Alpine Resort is the perfect place for a family ski escape. Just over four hours from Calgary, it’s nestled right in the heart of the Powder Highway that makes the Kootenays famous. As you’d expect, 15cm fell the day before we arrived and, as we strapped in at the bottom of the North Star chair for our day on the slopes, big fat flakes started to fall again.

Cranbrook, B.C. – Millennial entrepreneurs are tearing a strip off Cranbrook, breathing fresh life into downtown and turning it into a four-season recreational hub. At just over four hours from Calgary down through the Crowsnest Pass, I had packed up my sons to see what Cranbrook has to offer for a family winter weekend escape.

Kamloops, B.C. – They call this Nordic trail the Powder Highway, but there’s no chance of getting road rage here. This snowy thoroughfare is a serene snowshoe stroll through the alpine at Harper Mountain, just 20 minutes outside of Kamloops. No turn signals required.

Kamloops, B.C. – The lineup was already out the door by the time we arrived at Hello Toast, the kind of breakfast joint that hipsters swarm to like a savannah in the desert – but it’s so much more. Families, coffee chat groups and those fuelling up for the ski hill, congregate over Dirty Chais (espresso-spiked Chai) served in generous, two-hands-required mugs in this downtown Kamloops hot spot.

Some legends speak for themselves. In the alpine world, it comes down to champagne powder, steeps and deeps, yet still family-friendly. We know of two in southern B.C. that come with pedigrees steeped in history and once you've experienced them, you'll keep going back for more.

Legends speak for themselves and B.C.’s Powder Highway is just such a one. The highway seams together the world’s most concentrated collection of snow destinations, making it every skier’s and rider’s favourite road trip.

Kelowna, B.C. – While riding up the legendary Cliff Chair at Big White, it hit me. It doesn't really matter what the weather is doing, what the snow conditions are like, just being in the mountains, skiing, recreating, hanging out with your family or friends, well, that's the most important thing. But, ask any skier, those balmy bluebird days – especially when the snow is amazing – are the cat's meow.

It takes passion and priority to see a vision come true, and for the folks in Quesnel, their winter wonderland of experiences has been years in the making.

Vernon, B.C. – After making a dozen fast turns or so on the blue groomer off SilverStar's cloud-smothered summit, I dart into the trees and stop on a knoll to catch my breath. Beside me a dozen “snow ghosts” (trees completely encased in snow) framed a pristine run, gleaming with virgin powder at SilverStar Mountain Resort.