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Family Fun

Life is busy. Life is loud. And it can be hard to hear the voice inside reminding you it’s time to reconnect. But here, surrounded by abundant wilderness, drenched in crisp air, and sharing nature’s breath with the ones you love, you’ll soon remember the important difference between “time” and “family time.”

As a ski destination with enormous contrasts, you’ll always find a balance: mammoth verticals to bunny hills for toddlers; vast powder-filled glades to boutique terrain parks for teens. Balance – it’s a necessary element for cultivating togetherness. Refreshingly, you’ll also find affordability: from slope-side accommodation to some of the most extensive ski schools and beginners’ areas to be found. In British Columbia, it’s not hard to realize the wisest investment in life: family time.


The little ones are ready for the bunny slope, you want serious vertical and the teens are itching for the half-pipe. No problem. Terrain in BC runs green to double black diamond with everything in between – sometimes from the same chairlift.

Bunny slopes and beginners’ terrain parks along with Magic Carpets and top notch instructors will have your little snowplowers happily carving turns in no time.  And if your teens want to do their own thing, there’s lots of stuff to keep them entertained.


Kids like après too so BC’s ski resorts keep the fun going for everyone until bedtime. Everything from indoor rock climbing, movie nights and marshmallow roasts, to ice skating, playgrounds, tube parks and horse-drawn sleigh rides. And it doesn’t really matter when your school holidays fall because resorts here have family-friendly events, childcare and kids’ ski classes running from first snowfall to after spring break.

But we haven’t forgotten about mom and dad. Top-notch nannies and babysitting services mean that date nights are very possible. Fine dining, a cozy pub, or a romantic sleigh ride are just a few of the grown-up options.


Slope-side ski-in ski-out accommodation? Condos with kitchens? Restaurants that deliver? Check, check and check. BC’s ski resorts make it easy to bring the family, with affordable slope-side accommodation and a great choice of condos and chalets.

It’s easy to find digs that come complete with family-friendly features like multiple bedrooms, in-suite laundry and even hot tubs. Most won’t charge extra for kids and some even let you bring the family dog.  Of course, just because you have a kitchen doesn’t mean you have to use it. Pizza, burgers and sushi are usually just a step, or a phone call, away.