British Columbia Ski Holidays

Where there's a winter playground for every skier and snowboarder

Authentic ski towns, welcoming locals, vast terrain and some of the best snow conditions on the planet, British Columbia delivers every time.

With 11 resorts to choose from (or why not combine two, three, four or more?), the variety of terrain, accommodation and activities in British Columbia means there's a winter playground for every type of skier and snowboarder.

From all-abilities adventures in the Okanagan to steep and deep thrills in the Kootenay Rockies to our most popular resort and city combination, Whistler & Vancouver, deciding where to ski and stay can leave you feeling like a kid in a sweet shop.

That's where we come in. Between our team, we've skied and stayed in every resort in British Columbia and we've been sending satisfied customers there since 1996.

Start planning your own BC ski adventure with our guide to the different resorts and areas below, or speak to our friendly and knowledgeable team for personal advice and a tailor-made price. Enquire online or call us on 01273 224060.

Okanagan Valley

The Okanagan Valley is one of British Columbia's best-kept secrets, but once you discover it you'll want to return again and again and again.

The three resorts we feature there share more than a few things in common - outstanding all-abilities terrain, perfect powder conditions, convenient ski-in ski-out villages, excellent ski schools and not a lift queue in sight. All of which makes it a brilliant destination for families and groups.

Canada's second-largest ski area, Sun Peaks is the best-known and never disappoints. The compact, Tyrolean-style ski-in ski-out village services 4,200+ acres of varied terrain spread over three distinct mountains. There are green, blue and black runs from almost every lift so it's perfectly set up for mixed-ability groups to ski together without compromise.

Okanagan Valley Resorts © Destination BC / Ryan Creary / Blake Jorgenson
Sun Peaks, SilverStar and Big White © Destination BC / Ryan Creary / Blake Jorgenson

SilverStar is a must-visit if you have the tricky combination of beginners and experts in your group. The wide and gentle runs around the colourful, car-free village are perfect for progressing while the back side will test even the best skiers and snowboarders. One of the features we love is that activities like cross-country and tubing are included on your lift pass, while ski hire allows you to swap your equipment as often as you like.

Perfectly rounding off the trio is Big White, which earns its name with huge amounts of light, fluffy powder turning the village into a winter wonderland and the trees into 'snow ghosts'. Not to sound like a broken record but once again you'll find another attractive, easy-to-navigate village and terrain perfectly suited to all abilities.

All three resorts are within an hour's drive or transfer from either Kamloops or Kelowna airports, which are both just a short hop from Vancouver.

And if you're struggling to pick just one, why not combine them on our Okanagan Explorer Ski Safari? With easy drives and a huge variety of terrain to ski, it's the perfect introduction to a self-drive ski safari.

Kootenay Rockies

More advanced skiers tend to migrate further east to the Kootenay Rockies, where the resorts are not for the faint-hearted. Packed with huge verticle drops and plentiful powder, the Rockies will challenge even the most confident skier.

If you're used to advanced ski holidays in Europe, it's definitely time to branch out and experience the sensational combination of light powder and long, steep runs of Kicking Horse and Revelstoke. These two resorts are a must for die-hard skiers and boarders, boasting inbound chutes, ridges and bowls and the longest skiable vertical descent in North America. Hiring a guide is a must.

The two contenders to provide an authentic Canadian ski trip with an expert twist are RED Mountain Resort and Whitewater, and they're conveniently close together. Both located deep in British Columbia's Kootenay region, the off-piste skiing will push you to your limits and beyond. You'll be based in an old gold mining town called Rossland which caps off a truly unique experience.

Revelstoke, Whitewater and RED © Revelstoke Mountain Resort / Garrett Grove / Destination BC / Kari Medig / RED Mountain Resort / Christoph Johann
Revelstoke, Whitewater and RED © Revelstoke Mountain Resort / Garrett Grove / Destination BC / Kari Medig / RED Mountain Resort / Christoph Johann

If you're looking to progress to more challenging terrain, or you have less-confident skiers in your group, PanoramaFernie and Kimberley are all great options. They provide more of an all-round mountain experience for all abilities while still challenging the best skiers.

Not content with the huge in-bounds terrain on offer across these resorts? The Kootenay Rockies are home to some of the best heli- and cat-ski terrain in the world, opening up another half a million acres of BC powder for your enjoyment.

The choice seems endless for an advanced skier in the Kootenay Rockies. That's why we've put together the ultimate combination of resorts to scratch experienced skiers' yearly itch of being challenged and pushed on pristine terrain. The Rockies Loops Ski Safari combines any of the above resorts with Banff and Lake Louise on a self-drive adventure across British Columbia and Alberta.

Vancouver Coast & Mountains

It's impossible to talk about British Columbia without mentioning its most famous resort and city - Whistler and Vancouver - a combination that every skier and snowboarder has to try at least once in their lives (although it's an annual pilgrimage for many of our customers).

A resort that has it all and is justifiably considered one of the world's best ski resorts, Whistler provides amazing terrain diversity suitable for any ability with over 200 ski runs spanning two mountains. Time off the slopes can be equally as fun with an abundance of once-in-a-lifetime activities available. Whistler's pedestrianised village is vibrant yet down-to-earth, with more than 90 restaurants, over 200 shops and some of the best après bars in British Columbia.

Whistler, Vancouver and Vancouver Island © Tourism / Whistler Mike Crane
Whistler, Vancouver and Vancouver Island © Tourism / Whistler Mike Crane

Passing through on your way to and from Whistler, it would be rude not to stop over for a night or two in Vancouver to explore one of the world's most desirable places to live. Aside from the shops, restaurants and bars, it's an active city to match an active province. Hire a bike to cycle round Stanley Park, float over the harbour on a seaplane or immerse yourself in nature in the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park (if you've got a head for heights!)

If that sounds like your kind of ski holiday, why not go one step further and hop over to Vancouver Island? Stay in Tofino where roaring surf pounds the coast, grey whales migrate past the shore, and ancient forests harbour some of the world’s largest trees.

British Columbia Prices & Offers

All of our ski holidays are tailor-made, but for an idea of prices throughout the season, view our latest ski offers & prices in British Columbia below.

For a quotation for your choice of dates and destinations, enquire online or call our team on 01273 224060.