now is falling on the mountains and British Columbia’s top ski resorts are opening! Check out the most unique and new ways to ski BC this Winter season 2018/19:
Resort Opening Dates
Sun Peaks – 17 November 2018
Whistler – 21 November 2018
Big White – 22 November 2018
SilverStar – 24 November 2018
Revelstoke & Fernie – 1 December 2018
Kicking Horse, Whitewater & Panorama – 7 December 2018
Kimberly Alpine Resort & RED Mountain – 8 December 2018
APEX Mountain – 14 December 2018
Unique ways to ski in BC
Accelerate your powder play in Northern BC with Skeena Cat Skiing, who operate from the only backcountry base camp in Canada. Carve fresh tracks then spend evenings enjoying a home-cooked meal in the “common” tent, complete with lounging area, wood-burning stove, cold-air boot dryer and guest tents decked out with high-efficiency heaters.
Mt Kirkup Cat Skiing returns for Winter 18/19 at RED Mountain Resort. Notably the cheapest catskiing in BC, for $10, visitors can hitch a 20-minute ride on RED’s Pisten Bully 200 snowcat up the otherwise inaccessible Mt Kirkup to a selection of runs than funnel back down to the chairlift giving advanced skiers and snowboarders the opportunity to see what all the hype is about without dropping in on a full day of cat skiing.
Based at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Purcell Heli Skiing will be offering tours right from the heli-pad at the base of the mountain. This year, Purcell has partnered with the Copper House and Winston Lodges allowing for guests to more easily combine resort skiing and heli-ski experiences in one holiday.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort is proud to be the exclusive provider of single-day cat-skiing within the tenure occupied by Great Northern Snowcat Skiing. This new day-ski experience will give small groups skiing at Revelstoke access to the wide-open terrain of one of Canada’s original snowcat ski operations.
Explore more with Backcountry Heli-Ski Trips from Kimberly Alpine Resort. Joining forces with Boulder Hut Adventures last season allowed ski touring to come to Kimberley Alpine Resort! This year, guests can stay at the 4.5 star Trickle Creek Lodge at the base and walk straight to the helicopter! With new pick-ups from the resort, guest’s arrival and departure for ski touring is more convenient than ever! Kimberly offers over 15,000 acres of backcountry terrain to explore, plus the nearly 2,000 acres of resort terrain.
Access New Terrain
Mount Washington Alpine Resort’s ‘The Outback’ boasts an extra 40 acres of terrain with access from the Eagle Express or Boomerang chairlift.
The eight-passenger Doppelmayr gondola is opening at SilverStar Mountain Resort for its first winter season whisking even more skiers to the slopes of the Monashee Mountains.
Ski BC on a budget
Nowhere Special, RED’s newest hostel, is set to open in December 2018, bringing a further 82 beds, indoor ski and bike storage, a tech-friendly lounge, an outdoor fire pit, and a community kitchen, a mere two-minutes from the chairlift. Dorm Rates start from $40 CAD (£24) per person.
Canada’s first ever pod hotel opened this August in the heart of Whistler. The Pangea Pod Hotel offers affordable boutique pod accommodations to travellers looking for the privacy of a hotel, but the social vibe of a hostel. Pangea features 88 private pods, secure storage for ski equipment and a rooftop patio. Priced from £46 per person per night.
Fernie Distillers officially opened their doors in Summer 2018. This new small-batch craft distillery welcomes guests to the tasting room to sample the range of spirits & cocktails.
Lookout Café has opened at the top of SilverStar mountain boasting panoramic views of the Monashee Mountains.
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