5 Perfect Spring Skiing Spots in British Columbia

 Whistler, B.C.

Fresh powder, blue skies, and temperatures no longer far below freezing make skiing in some of British Columbia's  top mountain resorts one of the best spring activities for both visitors and locals.

So whether you're headed out for a week-long ski adventure or a quick weekend getaway into the mountains, here are five ideal spring skiing spots in British Columbia for you to discover!


#1. Silver Star Mountain Resort - Vernon, B.C.

British Columbia's third largest ski resort is located only a 25-minute drive outside of Vernon in the North Okanagan, and features four mountain faces for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities to explore, plus a wild mountain backside for more adventurous experts. 

With 132 runs, 11 lifts, weekend night skiing, cross-country trails, heli-skiing tours,  a terrain park, and a large outdoor skating rink, there is plenty to do in Silver Star for the whole family!

 Silver Star Mountain Resort Chairlift

Why you should go

Silver Star is known for it's light, powdery snow and it's slopes attract visitors from around the world. In the charming and colorful mid-mountain village you'll find shops, restaurants, and accommodation to fit various budgets. It's a giant ski area, but retains a small town, friendly vibe.

Where to stay

The Bulldog Hotel for affordable and clean rooms right in the heart of the ski village or Sparkling Hill Resort located just outside of Vernon for pampering and relaxation after a day on the mountain.


#2. Revelstoke Mountain Resort - Revelstoke, B.C.

With beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, Revelstoke Mountain Resort boasts North America's longest vertical descent at 1,713 metres (5,620 ft).

The resort also offers visitors over 3000 acres of high alpine bowls, renowned terrain and endless groomed runs, as well as a tube park and beginner area in the center of the village.

 Snowboarder at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Why you should go

Revelstoke Mountain Resort is the only resort world-wide to offer lift, cat, heli and backcountry skiing from one village base!

Where to stay

For a true ski-in ski-out experience in a luxury condominium style hotel, look no further than The Sutton Place Hotel which is conveniently located close to all resort amenities in the village. 


#3. Baldy Mountain Resort - Oliver, B.C.

A hidden gem in the South Okanagan, Mount Baldy is the ninth highest ski resort in B.C. and features views of Canada's only natural desert and  largest wine-producing area.

As one of the most affordable and uncrowded ski areas with over 80% beginner to intermediate runs, Baldy is perfect for families or those on a budget who still want to enjoy snowy activities.

 Skiis, boots, poles, and accessories

Why you should go

Mount Baldy receives around 7 meters (25 ft) of natural snow per year, and is blanketed in fresh powder from around November to April. Plus, with a ski area elevation of over 2000 meters, the high elevation equals near perfect snow quality.

Where to stay

While Baldy only has a few rustic cabin options available on the mountain (like this one called 100 Stumps), if you head down into the town of Oliver you can find some other great places like the Vintage Merlot B&B or the Heritage House at Kismet Estate Winery.


#4. Whistler Blackcomb - Whistler, B.C.

Only a two hour drive north of Vancouver along the magnificent Sea to Sky Highway, you'll find Whistler Blackcomb, one of the largest and most popular ski resorts in North America, and one of the main sites of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. 

 Skiing at Whistler Blackcomb

Why you should go

Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains offering over 200 marked runs, 8,171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls and 3 glaciers combined. The resort receives an annual average of 1,170 centimetres (461 inches) of snow and is open for one of the longest ski seasons in North America.

Where to stay

For the budget conscious, the HI-Whistler Hostel located in Whistler Olympic Village or the Four Seasons Resort Whistler for those who want to splurge on a luxurious stay.


#5. Grouse Mountain - North Vancouver, B.C.

For those that don't want to venture far away from city life there is no better place to ski than Grouse Mountain. While it might not be the biggest resort out there (Grouse is home to 33 ski and snowboard runs, 15 night runs, 4 chairlifts, and 6 terrain parks), but what it lacks in size it clearly makes up for in scenery with fantastic views of Vancouver and the surrounding areas.

 Skiing at Grouse Mountain above Vancouver

Why you should go

Powdery slopes and an unbeatable view of Vancouver, the Lower Mainland, and Vancouver Island (on clear days)! Also great for night skiing with plenty of illuminated runs to choose from.

Where to Stay

For accommodation close to Grouse Mountain, consider the North Vancouver Hotel or the Pinnacle Hotel At The Pier.


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 Whether you're headed out for a week-long ski adventure or a quick weekend getaway into the mountains, here are five perfect spring skiing spots in British Columbia for you to discover!