The finest skiers and boarders on the planet agree: British Columbia is one monster of a winter sports destination. At nearly every turn in the Western Canadian province, amid pristine alpine scenery and fresh mountain air, world-class slopes beg to be carved.
But with such an array of options, simply choosing the right ski resort in British Columbia for your vacation can be a mission on its own. Take the guesswork out of planning your BC ski holiday and consider one of these options:
The granddaddy of all ski resorts in BC, Whistler Blackcomb came to the fore as the world roared with pride during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Not that it couldn't rest on its own laurels; Whistler Blackcomb is consistently ranked among the world's best ski destinations. With a monstrous average yearly snowfall of almost 40 feet, it's easy to see why skiers—ranging from hardcore to enthusiast—flock here by the droves. Although suitable for all ages, Whistler is particularly popular among young trend setters and gap-year ski bums. Never expect a dull moment here.
Fernie Alpine Resort
If the electric nightlife and gravity-defying drops of Whistler prove too crazy, the Rocky Mountain resort of Fernie might better fit your style. Family-oriented with runs covering all skill levels, Fernie Alpine Resort has some of BC's finest powder with a fraction of the crowds found elsewhere. Younger skiers may find Fernie a tad more subdued than Whistler, but families and casual vacationers will appreciate the serene atmosphere and lazy nights in the lodge.
Big White Ski Resort
Combining the size and accessibility of Whistler with the family-friendliness of Fernie, the award-winning Big White Ski Resort, less than an hour from Kelowna, caters to both adventurous and casual powder hounds with over 100 runs and an exciting terrain park. For those still weary on the slopes, Big White's acclaimed Ski and Board School programs for both adults and children provide the perfect opportunity to up your skill level to impress your pals and hit the big runs with confidence.
Wherever you decide to venture for your winter ski vacation, arming yourself with ski trip insurance can spell the difference between a memorable and a miserable holiday. Should the weather not cooperate or if your ski equipment arrives in pieces, travel insurance can help minimize your losses and let you focus on what matters: enjoying your ski vacation. Where would you go for a BC skiing holiday?