Discover what’s new in BC this Ski Season
November 2017: It’s that time of year again. Rain is falling in the valleys and snow is dumping on the mountains. Get those skis waxed quickly as early season storms have graced some of BC’s resorts as they prepare to welcome eager skiers anticipating their first tracks. Here are the opening dates at BC’s major ski resorts and an update on what’s new for the upcoming season:
Opening Early: Whistler Blackcomb opened early on the 19 November 2017.
Opening November 23, 2017: Sun Peaks / SilverStar Mountain Resort / Big White Ski Resort
Opening December 2, 2017: Fernie Alpine Resort / Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Opening December 8, 2017: Whitewater Ski Resort / Kicking Horse Mountain Resort / Mount Washington Alpine Resort / Panorama Mountain Resort
Opening December 9, 2017: Apex Mountain Resort / Kimberley Alpine Resort / RED Mountain Resort
Sun Peaks Resort will revitalise the Sunburst and Bento lodges. This multi-million-dollar investment will improve the food and beverage guest experience at the resort. Plus, a new Inter-Resort Shuttle will operate seven days a week with a service to SilverStar and Big White, providing an easy way to experience all of BC’s interior resorts in one ski trip.
Whitewater will not only have a new Summit Chair this winter season, which is scheduled to open in December 2017, but also a new Skier Service Lodge.
Getting to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort just got easier with a new twice weekly shuttle service connecting Calgary International Airport to the resort. This year they will, with Purcell Heli-Skiing offer an exclusive on-mountain experience, combined with a heli-skip trip and accommodation. This helicopter will pick you up and drop you off at the resort.
Mount Washington Alpine Resort has opened up 16 hectares (40 acres) of new adventure skiing terrain, allowing access to incredible glade and bowl skiing. There aren’t many places in North America where you can ski and surf in one day but on Vancouver Island, you can. Head up the mountain for first tracks, then make your way to Tofino tackle the swell at Long Beach. Mount Washington Alpine Resort’s ski-to-surf packages promise two nights at the resort and two more at Tofino’s Middle Beach Lodge.
Panorama Mountain Resort’s Taynton Bowl, once strictly a heli-ski destination, can now be accessed by a chairlift to the summit, where 304 hectares (750 acres) and 1,225 vertical metres (4,019 feet) of epic powder await. New for this season is additional glading. This area is patrolled and controlled for avalanches, so skiers don’t need guides or special backcountry equipment.
Visitors to Apex Mountain Resort can enjoy this season a new and improved skier/boarder cross track, which offers fun for the whole family.
At Kimberley Alpine Resort, gladed favourites like “Twixt,” “Angus,” “Fullhouse” and the famous “Black Forest” and “Flush” – a staff favourite run – will get some major improvement this year, making tree-skiing even more enjoyable at Kimberley.
RED Mountain Resort is offering an opportunity for skiers and snowboarders to become a part owner of their ski resort. A tiered investment system offers skiers a chance to “own the mountain” for a little as $1,000 launching the live offering in late 2017. The Josie Hotel will be the newest member of the RED Mountain Resort family and will sit at the base of the mountain—so close that ski-in, ski-out privileges will take on new meaning. Slated for completion by January, and now taking reservations for Spring 2018.
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