British Columbia: Hidden gems

Relatively unknown to winter sports lovers, these five resorts in Canada's British Columbia are crying out to be discovered, offering a mix of seclusion, epic scenery, vibrant nightlife and, above all, fantastic skiable terrain

By Ski Solutions
Published 20 Jul 2018, 14:35 BST
A couple of snowboarders on a run at Panorama Mountain Resort. Image: Destination BC/Kari Medig


Known for its cliffs and tantalising views of the Rockies, Panorama offers premium skiing. Quiet slopes and phenomenal heli-ski facilities attract a loyal band of regulars, who love the low-key atmosphere and well-run hotels and apartments. The terrain is ideal for beginners, experts and adventurous intermediates, so it's a great place for the whole family — plus, there's an excellent range of childcare options available, so bringing your little one along will never be a cause for concern.

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Big White

Big White's reputation for family-friendly slopes, fine dining and lively après is well-earned. Most hotels are ski-in/ski-out and the resort enjoys excellent conditions, with an average of 25ft of fine, dry powder every season. From easy, wide-open pistes to some of Canada's most demanding terrain, this is a ski heaven for everyone. With 2,765 acres of terrain and a lively après scene, Big White invites adrenalin junkies to drop into the Cliff Bowl for some powder laps, climb the 60ft ice tower and enjoy the incredible Snow Coaster tube park.

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A year-round mountain paradise away from the crowds, Revelstoke has some of the most spectacular scenery in British Columbia. Thrill-seekers and nature lovers flock here for outdoor adventures including heli-skiing — it's the global capital for the sport — and snowmobiling against a stunning backdrop of rugged peaks, glaciers, forests and waterfalls. The powder is duckling-down soft, and boasts one of the longest runs in the world: an astonishing 1,829m from top to bottom.

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Fernie is home to heritage buildings, a charming museum, art galleries and artisan fare, including hand-made chocolate and local brews. Activities include snowcat; fat biking; curling; skiing and snowboarding; a winter wonderland stroll or Nordic ski tour in scenic forests. But it's not just the delightful village that draws people to Fernie; the views are epic, the dark skies above the wilderness a stargazer's dream, and it's long been known as a thrill-seekers paradise. Much of the resort is steep and ungroomed, with deep fluffy powder to challenge even the experts.

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Kicking Horse

Offering commanding views of the Rocky Mountains, the Columbia River Wetlands and the town of Golden, this resort is nirvana for hardcore skiing and boarding against a majestic backdrop. An unrivalled snow sports playground, Kicking Horse has attracted rave reviews for its awesome powder and spectacular terrain mix. With an express gondola accessing over 4100ft and a grizzly bear sanctuary, Kicking Horse offers ultimate adventure, drama and leisure.

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How to get there

Ski Solutions' experts can offer a fantastic tailor-made trip to one of British Columbia's hidden gem ski resorts this winter with savings of up to 50% on some hotels when booked before 31st August. Prices from £890pp including flights and transfers. Book now

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