Top Peak

Easily accessible from Vancouver, Whistler Blackcomb is the largest ski resort in North America, and consistently rated number one on the continent. With more than 200 runs covering the two mountains, skiers can often hit the slopes from the end of November through until May. Two new lifts this season — Harmony 6 and Crystal Ridge Express — are set to make your Whistler Blackcomb experience even better. And don’t forget the one-of-a-kind Peak 2 Peak Gondola.

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There are those who will argue that bigger isn't always better. Most of them haven't experienced all of 8171 acres, 5280 vertical feet, and 200+ trails, that is Whistler Blackcomb's in-bounds terrain. Video credit:

The Okanagan’s Finest

Renowned for its wineries, the Okanagan Valley is also home to some world class ski resorts. Fine Champagne powder and convenient flights from Vancouver, Alberta and even Toronto, makes Kelowna’s Big White the second most visited ski resort in B.C. With five powder bowls and more than 118 runs, you’ll never feel crowded for space.

Vernon’s Silver Star Resort, has been delivering great family memories for generations. Its My1Pass is your all-inclusive access to skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, and ice skating. This outstanding value can be enjoyed amidst a picturesque mid-mountain Victorian-style village.

Experience the feel of a European winter close to home with Sun Peaks’ quaint Tyrolean-style village. It’s no wonder the Austrian ski team chose to train here in preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Sun Peaks gives you the best of three mountains, and with 3,678 acres of terrain, it’s B.C.’s second largest resort.

Rocky Mountain High

Just 3.5 hours by car from Calgary is Fernie Alpine Resort. Ski 1,080 metres of vertical, the most of any resort in the Rockies. And when you’re done for the day, head to The Griz Bar, voted the number one après bar by Ski Canada magazine readers.

Panorama is one of those resorts that will have you feeling like you’ve left those city stresses behind. Acknowledged by industry insiders throughout North America for its excellent vertical terrain, the resort’s new PanoPass gives you all inclusive access to skiing/riding, cross country skiing, tubing, tobogganing and night skiing.

The Powder Highway

Fifteen minutes from picturesque Nelson, Whitewater was co-awarded Best Ski Town in North America from Powder Magazine. Thanks to an average annual snowfall of 40 feet, the fantastic powder will surely make you want to come back, but so too will the food. The resort’s Fresh Tracks Café was the inspiration for three best-selling cookbooks. Now everyone can get a taste of Whitewater.

Kimberley’s charming European-styled alpine town makes this resort a winner. Thanks to easy air access through Cranbrook’s Canadian Rockies International Airport, you can get from the runway to the resort in just 20 minutes. With a conference centre located adjacent to the resort, meeting planners will surely want to consider this location for their next conference.

Top of the World

High above the town of Golden is Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Featuring 58 double black diamond runs, adrenaline junkies can get their fix on the mountain’s steep terrain. And if the trails aren’t jaw-dropping enough for you, then surely the scenery will be. The Eagle Eye Restaurant is the highest elevation restaurant in Canada offering views of the peaks of two other mountain ranges.

One of B.C.’s newest ski resorts is Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Discover its incredible terrain —  and revel in the 1,713 metres of vertical, the most in North America. The Resort offers luxury bus service from Calgary, and is the only one that offers lift service, cat, heli and backcountry skiing all from one village base.

Ken Donohue