With only a few days left in the holiday break, the mountains are being bombarded with visitors itching to shred some of B.C.’s famous slopes. If you’re looking for the best, you won’t have to go very far: Five of B.C.’s mountains made The Active Times‘ list of the 50 Best Ski Resorts for 2014-2015 in North America.
With more than 600 ski resorts across the continent, there is no shortage of mountain terrain, and with advancements like snowmaking capabilities, new lifts, parks and trails, mountains seem to be getting bigger every year.
B.C. has been a ski and board mecca since someone discovered the magic of strapping boots onto wooden boards. Ever since then, our mountains have been visited by millions of people, hosted the world at the 2010 Winter Olympics, and delighted young and old with an ever growing list of hilltop activities, including tubing, skating, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, trekking and much more.
It’s no surprise that five of our top mountains ranked along with 45 other resorts across North America to make the most recent list of top ski resorts. With other heavyweights on the list such as Colorado’s Vail and Aspen, California’s Mammoth Mountain and Wyoming’s Jackson Hole, B.C.’s hills are side-by-side with some impressive company.
At #39 is Fernie Alpine Resort in South Eastern B.C, 934 km from our city. Nestled in the quaint town of Fernie, this mountain offers trails for all skill levels and a lively apres ski scene at the bottom of the hill.
Red Mountain Resort, 615 km from Vancouver, comes in at #31 on the list. The mountain, known to many as the “last great, unspoiled resort”, boasts 2919 ft. of vertical and offers 360° descents down some of its peaks, as well as cat-skiing.
At #22 is Revelstoke Mountain in Revelstoke, a six hour drive from Vancouver. This mountain has the longest vertical descent in North America (6100 ft.) and is known for its consistent dumps of powder.
Kelowna’s Big White is #18 on the list. The third largest resort in the province, Big White offers tonnes of ski-in/ski-out accomodation and night-time skiing.
#1 on the list, to no one’s surprise, is Whistler Blackcomb. With the most ski-able acres on the continent, Whistler Blackcomb is the full package of adrenaline, good snow-conditions, stellar dining and accomodation and proximity to the city (122 km).
Top 10 ski resorts
- Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.
- Breckenridge, Colorado
- Vail, Colorado
- Jackson Hole, Wyoming
- Deer Valley Resort, Utah
- Mammoth Mountain, California
- Aspen-Snowmass, Colorado
- Sun Valley, Idaho
- Crested Butte, Colorado
- Aspen-Highlands, Colorado
For the full list, check out The Active Times‘ 50 Best Ski Resorts for 2014-2015 in North America.
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