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More BC Ski Areas

In British Columbia, the mountains are everywhere. Whether you choose a ski area within minutes of Vancouver or the uncrowded slopes of a small-town community ski hill, opportunities to hit the slopes abound.  


Cypress, with the longest vertical and most terrain of Vancouver’s three local ski areas, boasts more than 50 downhill runs and six chairlifts. If cross-country is your thing, it’s also one of BC’s most popular Nordic destinations. The world-class facilities at Cypress were also host to the freestyle skiing and snowboard events during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

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Just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain is the closest ski area and the most fun to get to. The Grouse Mountain Skyride, North America’s largest aerial tramway system, whisks visitors 4,100 feet (1,249 metres) above sea level to the resort. There’s also skating, mountaintop dining, sleigh rides, and ziplining against the backdrop of sweeping city views.

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For more than 60 years, Vancouverites have flocked to North Vancouver’s Mt Seymour to ski, snowboard, snowshoe, toboggan, and tube. Four terrain parks, designed with influence from Seymour’s professional riders, cater to varying abilities. All are lit for night riding, offering skiers a chance to ride above the city lights. For a more tranquil experience, dedicated snowshoe trails ensure peace and solitude.

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Sasquatch Mountain Resort is an idyllic, family-friendly ski area, and a quick two-hour drive east of Vancouver in the Coast Mountains. Coupled with some of southern BC’s best snowfalls, the mountain boasts everything from black-diamond gullies to gentle, curving cruisers. Sasquatch is a perfect destination for a winter family getaway.

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Hudson Bay Mountain is Northern BC’s largest ski area. Huge snow falls ensure the powder is fresh and deep. After a day on the slopes ski right into town on the aptly named Trail to Town, the only run in Northern BC linking mountain top to community. Skiers will appreciate the charm of nearby Smithers, post-ski. It’s the perfect place to pull up a bar stool and share stories with a local.

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Surrounded by wilderness, Manning Park Resort offers a sublime winter experience. Three hours from Vancouver and a world away from big-city life, Manning is a family-friendly ski hill that provides rustic charm and outdoor recreation in an uncrowded natural setting.

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Powder King is the only ski area in the Northern Rockies. Situated in the Hart ranges between Prince George and Mackenzie, Powder King is famous for its massive accumulations of fine, light powder, uncrowded slopes, and friendly, unpretentious vibe.

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Shames Mountain is a unique, community-owned ski hill near Terrace in Northern BC. The vast amount of terrain ensures that fresh tracks can be made nearly all day long. For the more adventurous, the 3,156 hectares (7,800 acres) of powder-packed backcountry offers unrivalled accessibility, stunning scenery, and some of the best terrain the Coast Mountains have to offer.

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