There are plenty of well-known ski areas in Canada that offer excellent conditions throughout the season, with big names like Whistler and Banff staying open until late May. But the country also has some lesser known treasures hidden in plain sight.
Imagine spending more time on the slopes, buzzing your way through shorter lift lines, and enjoying vast areas of ski terrain without the crowds. That’s a win for everyone, from beginners to powder hounds, with these three resorts offering sublime skiing at affordable rates.
Silver Star Ski Resort
Offering four distinct mountain faces, 132 runs, a 760 metre vertical drop, and over 3,200 acres of diverse terrain, Silver Star Mountain Resort is British Columbia’s third largest ski area – its 100% all-natural snowfall measuring 23 feet annually. Perfect for families who want to ease up on travel times, it’s an instant winner, as it’s only a one hour shuttle from Kelowna airport.
Quaint, magical and even described as a “mini Disneyland” for young skiers and snowboarders, there are magic carpets right outside the colourful clapboard village, the larger version complete with a slope completely dedicated to green runs and its own chair.
A choice of green/blue/black runs on the front face means all levels can ski the same mountain together, and on the backside of the mountain, at Putnam Creek, there are 1,900 acres of steep and deep, black and double black diamond runs.
While neighbouring Revelstoke might be better suited to hardcore skiers, Silver Star has something for beginners, intermediates, and the advanced, and who wouldn’t love getting in a warm-up without the need for a chairlift—Silver Woods gladed and groomed runs nestled below the village.
The world-renowned snow school is a chance to level up, and a progressive terrain park, a kiddie terrain park, a snowcross course, and seasonal night skiing add so much more to the experience. There’s also plenty to do off the slopes, including snowmobiling, ice skating, ice hockey (+ matches), snowshoe tours, and sleigh rides, with the intimate village serving up an authentic taste of what was once a former mining town.
“You can’t beat the excellent choice of ski-in/ski-out accommodation at Silver Star. We love the easy access to the slopes from Snowbird along with the modern accommodations at Firelight and we can highly recommend The Den Bar and Bistro.”
Sun Peaks Resort
While it has plenty to shout about, Sun Peaks Resort is highly underrated. From the slopes to its charming ski-through village, it has genuine appeal, and we can back up that claim, as many of our customers choose to stay here for several weeks at a time.
Boasting 4,270 acres, the resort is the second-largest ski area in Canada (second only to Whistler), its 135 runs spread across three mountains, including Tod, Sundance, and Morrissey. And, as with all of British Columbia, it is legendary for its light, fluffy champagne powder, the resort receiving six meters of snow annually.
All abilities are catered for, and even advanced skiers have recently been getting in on the action, with steeps, moguls, and double diamond runs perfect for pushing the limits. As 58% of the terrain is dedicated to intermediates, Sun Peaks is also a great place for levelling up, with bowls, glades, perfect corduroy groomers, and cruisy trails on offer. All that, plus off-piste areas, over 34km of Nordic skiing trails, a 10-acre terrain park, and an excellent ski school (from 3 years).
“We love the intimate ambience of Sun Peak’s family-friendly, ski-through village, with its laid-back eateries and coffee shops set against three larger-than-life mountains. And what could be better than enjoying après-ski in the provinces famous Okanagan wine country. You’ll also find the spirit of Canada is alive and well here, the complimentary introductory ski tours of the resort, offered by locals, speaking to the welcoming nature of the Great White North.”
Panorama Mountain Resort
A ski-in/ski-out paradise spanning 2,975 acres of terrain with a vertical drop of 4,265 feet—the eighth biggest vertical overall in North America—Panorama Mountain Resort is an underdog that is also deserving of praise. Its fabulous descents will take you right to the door of your accommodation, and a major highlight, it is the home of Canada’s largest outdoor on-mountain hot pools.
The jewels in its crown have to be the double black diamond tree skiing in the Extreme Dream Zone, and also the backcountry-type area in Taynton Bowl, in fact over 85% of the resort’s trails are rated as either intermediate or expert-level.
Sitting on the famed Canadian powder highway you can expect, light powdery snow, Panorama seeing in almost 17 feet every year, and being home to one of the most advanced snowmaking systems in Western Canada, you can ski earlier and for longer, the season running from December through to early April.
A snowcat shuttle service allows skiers to enjoy some of the more extraordinary mountain terrain via Monster X, with alternatives to ski and snowboarding, including fat tire biking, ice skating, snowshoeing, tandem paragliding and snowmobiling direct from the village.
“One of our favourite places and with some exceptional gladed runs, Panorama is crowd free skiing in a beautiful part of Canada.There are some fabulous places to chow down including the T-Bar & Grill and the Picnic Cafe, and it goes without saying, the hot pools are a fabulous place to relax after a day on the slopes.”
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