Mask up: There's loads of pow coming our way this winter
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The ski and riding season is going to look a little different this year. But hey, nothing is getting in the way of our excitement for snow-filled days at our favourite western Canada resorts. We’re happy to follow the resorts’ Covid-19 protocols for the sake of some sweet bluebird days on the slopes. We’re seriously counting down the days, buying up early bird passes, tuning our boards and skis – and stealing a few moments during our workdays for a peek at resort webcams for signs of snow. Shhh, don’t tell the boss.
We’re even starting our squat regimen to get our quads in shape. Weather forecasters say the West is going to see a snow trainload this winter season. See you soon on the slopes!
To get you pumped about the season, bookmark these webcams for a bird's eye view of the coming buckets of powder.
True fact: November is Whistler’s snowiest month on record. That means the ski season is so close you can almost smell the powder. In fact, just a few days ago, rain in and around Vancouver meant a blanket of snow on the mountaintop. When the massive 8,000-plus acre resort opens, the 2010 Winter Olympics host, is the place to plant your poles for days on end. Meanwhile, keep your eye on the Whistler/Blackcomb webcam to watch the season change from fall to winter.
This swoonfully beautful ski hill situated in central eastern Vancouver Island is known for its snow-mageddon moments. Consider in recent years, the resort has had more than three metres of snow. You’ll feel like you’re surfing on clouds, while passing stands of dreamy snow ghosts. But the big bonus for a ski holiday here is that you can – for real – surf the ocean the same day you ski. This is island living at its most fun. Start checking the webcam now for pending snow-mageddons.
Like your skiing and riding days with big side of ski-in, ski-out village life? SilverStar has something for everyone in your crew. The Okanagan resort, about 25 kms east of Vernon, is a SnowSeekers’ playground. The kids can play pond hockey mid-village while the adults sneak in some turns on the resort’s epic champagne powder and maybe a little apres. If cross-country is more your thing, you’ll find endless trails. We can’t wait to get back and ski between those gorgeous snow ghosts. Keep this webcam link handy for checking in on conditions.
Road trip! This ski resort in central B.C. makes the perfect family and/or friends holiday. It’s as simple as stowing your gear on the rooftop and heading to Canada’s third largest ski resort, with a full-on serviced village. The skiing is epic on 137 runs, including some sweet glades that will having you grinning all day. Cross-country skiers can get lost on 40 kms of trails, and at day’s end, you’ll be spoiled for choice for other activities like fat biking, dog-sledding, apres and dining. We’ll be checking out Sun Peaks webcam on the regular in the coming weeks.
We’re counting down the days for the chance to ski and ride the new West Bowl at Lake Louise (opening Nov. 6) for the 2020/21 season. It’s a rare occurrence at North American resorts when new terrain is added, and in this case, it’s 240 Canadian football fields worth of skiing and riding. A new quad chair will lift you to the 480-acre skiing terrain with chutes, gullies, glades and bowls – yahoo! – which make up the front-of-resort facing slopes on Whitehorn Mountain. What hasn’t changed are the stunning views of the Rockies from anywhere at the resort. Click into 360 webcam views of all the terrain at Lake Louise.
Marmot is near and dear to our snow-loving hearts for so many reasons. Not least, we love its down-home small-town feel, but with epic skiing terrain. It’s got terrain for everyone – from the massive, and new in 2019, Tres Hombres terrain for the advanced crowd with uninterrupted fall lines to the groomers for, well, the rest of us. Meanwhile, take a break from your work day, and check out Marmot’s webcam here. We’re also looking forward to some of the best apres just up the road in Jasper, one of the coolest mountain towns around.
This little gem of a ski resort in southwestern Alberta is off the radar of many skiers, but hey, we are totally fine with that. More space on the chairlift and slopes for us. Boasting Alberta’s only cat-skiing operation, Castle has the feel of a locals’ secret getaway, not to mention the thigh-high powder that comes here like clockwork. Get your snow recon here on Castle’s webcam.
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