Ski season is just about here, and many keen Vancouverites are frothing at the mouth for the first substantial dump of powder.
For most around the Lower Mainland, Grouse Mountain, Cyprus Mountain, and Mount Seymour are the local options that offer a reasonable level of fun. Some keen skiers and boarders may have passes in Whistler, or simply go for a trip or two per year. Due to the travel and accommodation costs, most people don’t venture much further. However, British Columbia offers oodles of amazing resorts that are worth checking out. I mean c’mon, people are coming from all around the world to check out some of these mountains. You should too.
Strap in for the top three weekend getaway resorts for Winter 2024:
1. Big White, Kelowna
This resort is a must try for all skiers and snowboarders, especially those in the novice range. Big White offers the most ski-in/ski-out accommodations in Canada, which will give you the full resort experience. The skiing here is on another planet. Due to its location, the area gets peppered with powder throughout the year, and has 16 total lifts. This will give you a Whistler-esque quality of skiing, but without the long queues.
2. Revelstoke Mountain, Revelstoke
It’s all about powder at Revelstoke Mountain. This mountain gets absolutely annihilated with snow every year, making it a favourite for locals along with international visitors. Revelstoke has the highest vertical peak in North America at 1713 metres, and offers some tantalizing alpine bowls that will make your head spin. The town of Revelstoke is also really cool, as it’s a real hipster’s paradise. At the very least, you’ll probably have a good time people watching. If you don’t have a toque fixated above your ears with some obscure vintage apparel, don’t even think about trying to live here.
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3. Sun Peaks, Sun Peaks, BC
Sun Peaks is Canada’s second largest resort after Whistler, but as you might suspect, it’s no where near as busy. Sun Peaks is around an hour from Kamloops, making it a reasonable road trip is you stayed there. However, you’re probably going to want to stay in the resort, as they offer some of the coolest chalets and spots for drinks and food afterwards. The layout of this mountain is also spectacular, with a well organized lift system connecting three mountains.
Wherever you choose to go this winter, you’re bound to have a good time. British Columbia is known for its incredible terrain, so you really can’t go wrong.