SKI BRITISH COLUMBIA ON EVERY BUDGET
With 13 resorts to choose from there's something for everyone
Canada’s British Columbia province is home to 13 ski resorts and metres and metres of powder every season. There is literally a resort for every type of skier and boarder on every type of budget. No matter what money you hand over, you’ll still have access to the world’s best powder snow and in one of the globe’s most picturesque mountain destinations.
Travel with an au pair? Need a private chef? Prefer your butler to take care of everything or need a room for your private ski instructor? Then the Four Seasons Resort and Residences have your name all over them. It helps that you’ll be staying in Canada’s premium ski resort, Whistler Blackcomb, with access to over 8000 acres of skiable terrain. It helps even more that the property has been awarded Forbes 5 Star Service 5 Diamond Award. Kicking Horse also caters to this crowd, for a pretty penny you can have your own suite on the mountain top plus a private butler catering to every whim.
Two words. Heli skiing. 95 percent of the world’s heli skiing is done in British Columbia. Last Frontier Heli Skiing have the country’s best terrain, snowpack and snowfall. Bed down in a log cabin within Last Frontier’s heli ski village before taking to the skies for a bucket list experience of untracked powder runs every time. Last Frontier limits guests to 4 per helicopter for more powder turns per person. Add a sauna, hot tub, massage and gourmet cuisine and you may just want to move right on in for life. Learn more here. If your budget only allows for one day as a high roller, make it a good one. Based in Revelstoke, Selkirk Tangiers offers an unbeatable day heli experience starting with a delicious breakfast and ending in powder turns and big grins.
Middle of the family road
Travelling with families can get expensive. British Columbia has four of the best family resorts going and they all offer extras for those travelling with kids. Try SilverStar Mountain, Big White and Sun Peaks in the Thompson Okanagan region for self-contained slope side apartments that won’t break your mortgage and FREE skiing for kids aged 12 years & younger. Panorama has over 75 percent of its terrain dedicated to intermediate skiers and a host of family deals for spring skiing for less plus free hot springs for guests.
On the cheap
Some lift passes are worth more than others, it’s all in the details. At Red mountain you'll find an authentic mountain experience that is cheap as chips while Whitewater offers a day skiing for just $75 per day for 2367 acres of skiable terrain.
But wait, there’s more, buy a Fernie lift pass and kids 17 and under get free night skiing. Book by 31 August and you'll get 50% off lift passes at Panorama, that's 50% to spend on beers and wings after a day on the slopes.
Good news for those paying premium prices on single accommodation. Whistler’s new Pangea Pod Hotel open this coming northern season. With a downtown village location skipping distance to the gondolas, the Pod Hotel is more boutique style than hostel haven and a place to meet fellow skiers and snowboarders while sipping an espresso or craft beer. With pod style spaces for sleeping, what you save on accommodation and space you’ll have to spend on skiing.