Ultimate BC Ski Safari
Combine any of our 12 BC resorts, from Whistler Blackcomb to Whitewater. Add the world’s best heli or cat-skiing, or some top ski tuition, and you have a truly unbeatable ski safari.
British Columbia's huge concentration of ski areas makes it ideal for a ski safari - with relatively short driving distances, it’s easy to pack a lot in. There’s no fixed itinerary and you can include as many resorts as you like. We've skied every single one and driven between them all and we're on-hand with inspiring suggestions and practical advice.
Although home of Canada’s two largest resorts, Whistler and Sun Peaks, British Columbia’s less high profile resorts are little known to many Brits, so we’re on a mission to introduce you to them. In these smaller resorts, it’s not uncommon to have the slopes all to yourself on weekdays and, for all you fans of steep and deep, they boast some of North America’s best. BC is also the birthplace of heli-skiing, while beginner-friendly slopes can be found in almost every resort. This variety of world-class resorts combined with huge annual snowfall really sets BC apart and, large or small, each resort is worth a visit.
With so many fantastic resorts, it can be tricky to choose just one, so our Ultimate BC Ski Safari lets you combine any of our 12 BC options, staying as long as you like in each.
Request a quotation online or call us on 01273 224060 and we’ll create a personalised itinerary just for you.
With vast heli- and cat-skiing terrain, backcountry skiers get the most from Revelstoke. That said, the piste skiing is good too and includes North America’s longest vertical descent - there’s no escaping the thigh burn but we find that a few après drinks at Mackenzie’s bar at the bottom usually helps!
A resort for adventurous skiers and snowboarders, Kicking Horse has some of the Canadian Rockies’ best powder and steepest terrain - expect more black and double black diamond runs than any other grades. “To make the most of the terrain, I definitely recommend a guide,” says Rupert.
Home to one of the biggest vertical drops in North America, Panorama’s terrain options are phenomenal. And, with rk heliski based in resort, it’s a great place to try heli-skiing. Families are well-catered for with a superb ski school, while 55% of the in-bound terrain is geared towards intermediates.
Ideal for beginners and intermediates, Kimberley’s unintimidating ski area is relatively small and easy to navigate - we find it makes a great option for boosting confidence or taking it easy for a few days. Only 25 minutes from the Canadian Rockies International Airport, just outside Cranbrook, it’s one of the easiest eastern BC resorts to reach.
If powder, steeps and technical terrain are what make you smile, Rupert recommends putting Fernie on your shortlist: “Popular with experts and adventurous intermediates, it has some of the deepest snow in the Rockies, and the town has a great vibe in the evenings."
With steep terrain that spans two mountains, this stellar resort is renowned for its deep powder, glades and epic cat-skiing available locally for just $10 a run. The very friendly locals give the small, authentic village hub a special feel. Once you’ve discovered Red, it’s the sort of place you’ll want to keep a secret.
A serious mountain for serious skiers, with steep descents and dry powder, 58% of the in-bounds terrain in Whitewater is considered advanced. The historic town of Nelson nearby is the main accommodation base. Rupert suggests spending your days in the trees or backcountry then reliving it all in the town’s bars.
Friendly, remote and relatively undiscovered by Brits, this great little resort has some exceptional terrain. Apex's beginner slopes are first rate and there are some superb double black diamond runs through the trees. “Hit it on a powder day and you’re in for a treat,” says Rupert.
One of BC’s most child-friendly resorts, Big White has one of the largest ski-in ski-out villages in Canada and families have everything on hand, including an award winning Kids Centre. This is also a great place to practice your powder turns, with plentiful snow and more mellow terrain than in other BC resorts.
Canada’s second largest ski area (after Whistler Blackcomb), all levels can ski together at Sun Peaks and there’s a huge variety of non-ski activities here. Much of the accommodation is ski-in ski-out and the attractive pedestrian village is lined with pastel-coloured shop fronts and restaurants.
A family friendly resort with a diverse ski area, Silver Star has something for all abilities: “You’ve got beginner runs on the south facing slopes, plus chutes, tree-runs and double black diamonds on the back side,” says Rupert. “Down in the traffic-free town, the quaint, colourful buildings create a storybook feel, with some great little cafés and bars."
Heli and Cat-Skiing
British Columbia was the birthplace of heli-skiing more than 50 years ago, with cat-skiing following around 15 years later. Today, it remains the most popular place in the world for both, with vast, challenging terrain and a huge range of heli and cat operators. It’s possible to try both in many BC resorts, but Rupert recommends Kicking Horse (Purcell Heli Skiing), Panorama (rk heliski) and Revelstoke (Selkirk Tangiers Heli-Skiing), with arguably the world’s best cat-skiing near Whitewater and RED (Valhalla Powdercats).
Besides skiing, there’s so much more going on in BC, both on and off the slopes. Sun Peaks, for example, hosts an annual winter wine festival and puts on regular buses to local hockey matches. Silver Star, on the other hand, has more than 65 miles of cross-country skiing trails and around ten miles of snowshoeing tracks. In Big White, you’ve got everything from family carnivals to sleigh rides through the wilderness. And that’s not to mention the activities in our nine other BC resorts which, of course, we also know inside out.