Looking out atop a snow-covered mountain is an experience that evokes more than just a sense of awe. It charges the body to a heightened state, one that puts you squarely in the moment. Your eyes feast on an endless horizon, while your ears pick up a calm silence that can only be heard above the clouds. Your skin and breath is enveloped by air so fresh, it will renew you, and awaken a part you didn’t know existed.

Looking out atop a snow-covered mountain is an experience that evokes more than just a sense of awe. It charges the body to a heightened state, one that puts you squarely in the moment. Your eyes feast on an endless horizon, while your ears pick up a calm silence that can only be heard above the clouds. Your skin and breath is enveloped by air so fresh, it will renew you, and awaken a part you didn’t know existed.

While you may not literally be on top of the world, there is no better place that comes this close. You will find this place in British Columbia.

Canada’s most Western province is best known for its world-class ski resorts, which are accented by alluring and diverse winter terrain. From the peaks of majestic mountains to densely forested trails, there is no ground — regardless of the altitude — that isn’t begging to be uncovered.

While the province’s landscapes visually describe the meaning of picture-perfect, it’s the white stuff that can take the most credit for crowning B.C.’s reputation as the Canadian mecca for ski and snowboarding. Crunchy packed snow. Silky champagne snow. Coarse, gritty corn snow.  Misty, dancing blower snow. Spring slush. There are enough textures and types of snow throughout British Columbia’s resorts to satisfy every outdoor experience.

“While the province’s landscapes visually describe the meaning of picture-perfect, it’s the white stuff that can take the most credit for crowning B.C.’s reputation as the Canadian mecca for ski and snowboarding.”

Arguably amongst the best-known ski resorts in the world, Whistler Blackcomb knows a thing or two about catering to all levels of experience. With 8,171 acres of accessible terrain, and more than 200 trails, it’s the largest resort in North America. While the majority of the runs are catered to true outdoor enthusiasts and those with experience on the slopes, about 40 percent of the trails are customized for beginner and intermediate level skiers and snowboarders. In other words, regardless of your ski or snowboard background, there is something for everyone.

While Whistler is the province’s highest profile resort, B.C. has many more that offer unique retreats found upon landscapes that will allow you to conquer winter and everything that comes with it.

Fernie Powder
Fernie Powder is amazing any day of the week. Footage from 2012 at Fernie Alpine Resort in Fernie, B.C, Canada. Fernie Alpine Resort was recently named the Best Ski Resort in North America at the 2012 World Snow Awards! Video credit: skifernie.com

To name just a few: there’s Fernie, in the East Kootenay’s, which gets enough snowfall to cover a three-story building, and houses five gigantic bowls and countless glades and shoots. Silver Star Mountain Resort, 25 km northeast of the city of Vernon, is home to The Powder Gulch Express – known as one of the best advanced skiers chair in western Canada. Kicking Horse in Golden, B.C. is best known for its vertical and steep terrain, with an astounding 58 double black diamond runs. Located high in the Purcell Mountains, it’s encased by towering peaks from two other mountain ranges – the Rockies and Selkirks – making you feel like you’re truly above it all. Meanwhile, Revelstoke Mountain Resort in the spectacular Selkirk Mountain Range, is the only resort world-wide to offer lift, cat, heli and backcountry skiing from one village base. So expect an adventure of a lifetime. At Sun Peaks, located 50 km northeast of Kamloops, you can go for the gold: olympic gold medalist Nancy Greene Raine offers ski lessons on one of the resorts three mountains.

The ski resorts of British Columbia are destinations that will take you to new heights of outdoor winter adventures. From soaring views to thrilling trails, British Columbia is Canada’s outdoor winter destination. It’s the only places that can make you feel on top of the world, regardless of where you’re standing.

Elianna Lev
editorial@mediaplanet.com