Revelstoke, Fernie, Kicking Horse, Panorama, Whitewater, RED Mountain, Kimberley
The POWDER HIGHWAY® is the road of skiers’ dreams and an iconic Canadian experience. Eight resorts, 26 heli- and cat-ski operators, almost two dozen backcountry lodges, and quaint mountain towns populate this area of the British Columbia Kootenay Rockies. The route may seem daunting, but you can explore in sections, a few resorts at a time. That just means you’ll have an excuse to come back.
And for Australians living this adventure is easy – take a direct flight into Vancouver then a quick 75min flight into Calgary and hire a car for your own POWDER HIGHWAY® adventure.
The POWDER HIGHWAY®’s World-Class Resorts
Canada’s newest ski resort, Revelstoke Mountain Resort has North America’s greatest vertical at 1,713m and advanced skiers are drawn to the resort’s long, steep runs and deep powder. 3,121 acres of terrain and about 10m of snow annually, it is a big mountain enthusiast’s dream come true. At over 15 km in length, the resort also boasts the longest ski run in North America. Spend a few days here working on your turns, and build up the courage to give one of the most challenging trails on this mountain—Kill The Banker—a run for its money. For anyone looking for an even deeper experience, they also offer small group, single-day cat-ski experiences. Want to get even higher? Hop in a helicopter for a single-day heli-ski experience.
As you head east, the mountain town of Golden is the perfect powder seeker’s paradise. Home to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, known as the ‘Champagne Powder Capital of Canada’ with 2,800 acres of skiable terrain, 121 runs, four bowls, countless chutes and 1,260 m of vertical (fourth highest in North America), this resort attracts adventurous skiers. Most of the trails are designated black or double-black runs, which means it’s a good place to push your boundaries and test your skills. The resort also offers a tubing park, skating rink and numerous restaurants – including the Eagle’s Eye Restaurant (with overnight accommodation), located at the top of the Gondola and is Canada’s highest elevated dining experience.
Just south is super convenient Panorama Mountain Resort with its intimate pedestrian village and 100% ski-in/ski-out accommodation. Surrounded by 3,000m peaks, this resort offers spectacular views, and all Panorama lodging guests can access the slopeside hot pools where you can relax après-ski.
75% of Panorama’s runs are beginner/intermediate and the new terrain-based learning slopes in the Discovery Zone offer beginner to intermediate skiers an outstanding learning environment and fun animation on the slopes for children. And if black is more your scene, glide down endless, meandering, corduroy cruisers, or tackle the 750 acres of ex-heli-skiing paradise, Taynton Bowl. Drop into the Extreme Dream Zone for adventurous tree runs, check out the newly expanded ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ wild & steep runs or heli-ski through 1500 sq km of spectacular terrain in the Purcell Mountains.
Also tucked along this southern route is Kimberley Alpine Resort. This mountain town has it all—great skiing, friendly locals, and views of peaks in all directions. It’s renowned for consistent snowfalls and light fluffy ‘Purcell’ powder, short lift lines, and an abundance of sunny days. It’s a great choice for both families and experts, with terrain for all levels. The mountain offers everything from wide-open groomed runs, powder stashes, adventurous steeps and beautiful views.
Serious powderhounds make the trek to the southeastern corner of BC to ski at Fernie Alpine Resort. Up to 11 metres of snow blankets this resort each year, ranking it among the snowiest ski destinations in Canada. With over 2,500 acres of skiable terrain, 107 runs, 5 alpine bowls, state-of-the-art snowmaking and grooming equipment, and an exceptional beginner’s area, Fernie is a true winter playground. Discover what a great winter vacation to the Canadian Rockies is all about – huge alpine bowls and uncrowded trails. With a mild but snowfall-heavy climate, the weather won’t send many chills down your spine, but the scenery and incredible skiing will.
Otherwise, head west and tackle more of the Powder Highway. You’ll eventually hit Whitewater Ski Resort, a place with a very local feel that sits just outside the eclectic town of Nelson. Over 12 m of snow falls each season on 620 vertical metres of uncrowded slopes of family-friendly groomers and bumps, remarkable steeps, top-of-the-line tree-skiing and endless backcountry. Whitewater is best described by its tagline. Pure, simple and real … DEEP.
Last stop? Head for the tiny town of Rossland and Red Mountain Resort. This is the kind of ski resort you fall in love with right away and the kind of mountain town you never want to leave. Perched above the town, the resort is surprisingly big with 2,877 lift-serviced acres, almost 900 m of vertical, 110 runs, seven lifts, and 360-degree descents. The kicker? You can try in-bounds cat-skiing for just $10.
Iconic resorts of the Canadian Rockies including Fernie Alpine Resort, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and Kimberley have joined the Epic Pass! This entitles you to 7 days skiing (with no blackout dates) and discounted lift tickets thereafter. As well as unlimited and unrestricted skiing at Whistler, Heavenly, Park City, Perisher (2019) and many more! Check out our blog on The 2018/19 Epic Pass Uncovered.
For more information, The Blue Powder team have years of first-hand experience skiing these fantastic resorts. So, if you’d like some advice, recommendations and help planning an epic once-in-a-lifetime trip along the BC POWDER HIGHWAY®, get in touch with us today.