Skiing in Vancouver, BC

British Columbia Ski Resorts Ranked & Mapped

British Columbia has the second most ski resorts/areas in Canada behind Quebec. We ranked British Columbia the best Canadian province for expert skiers.

List of All British Columbia Ski Resorts

Skiing can get expensive. Besides equipment rentals, ski lift passes are expensive and really add up if you have a family. To combat this, multi-resort, multi-day lift passes were created to help offset this cost a bit. Buying lift pass days in bulk will usually net you around a 20% discount.

Mountain Collective and IKON each have 3 British Columbia resorts in them. EPIC only has one, stemming from their purchase of Whistler in 2016. However, the most common multi-resort pass in British Columbia is INDY, with four.

ResortPassLocation
Apex MountainINDYHedley, BC, V0X
Baldy Mountain ResortOliver, BC, V0H
Bear Mountain Ski HillDawson Creek, BC, V1G
Big Bam Ski HillTaylor, BC, V0C
Big White SkiKelowna, BC, V1P
Clearwater Ski HillClearwater, BC, V0E
Cypress MountainIKONWest Vancouver North, BC, V7S
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski AreaFairmont Hot Springs, BC, V0B
Fernie Alpine ResortFernie, BC, V0B
Grouse MountainNorth Vancouver, BC, V7R
Harper MountainKamloops, BC, V2C
Hart Highlands Ski HillPrince George, BC, V2K
Hudson Bay MountainSmithers, BC, V0J
Kicking HorseGolden, BC, V0A
KimberleyKimberly, BC, V1A
Little Mac Ski HillMackenzie, BC, V0J
Manning Park Ski AreaINDYManning Park, BC, V0X
Mount Cain Alpine ParkPort McNeill, BC, V0P
Mount SeymourNorth Vancouver, BC, V7G
Mount Timothy Ski AreaLac la Hache, BC, V0K
Mount WashingtonComox-Strathcoma, BC, V9J
Murray Ridge Ski AreaFort St. James, BC, V0J
Panorama Mountain VillageCOLLPanorama, BC, V0A
Phoenix Mountain Ski AreaGrand Forks, BC, V0H
Powder King MountainFraser-Fort George, BC, V0J
Purden Ski VillageFraser-Fort George F, BC, V2L
RED MountainIKONRossland, BC, V0G
RevelstokeIKON,COLLRevelstoke, BC, V0E
Salmo Ski HillSalmo, BC, V0G
Sasquatch MountainINDYAgassiz, BC, V0M
Shames Mountain Ski AreaWest Terrace, BC, V8G
Silverstar MountainSpallumcheen, BC, V1B
Sovereign Lake Nordic CenterINDYVernon, BC, V1B
Summit Lake Ski AreaNakusp, BC, V0G
Sun PeaksCOLLSun Peaks, BC, V0E
Tabor Mountain Ski ResortPrince George, BC, V2L
Troll SkiQuesnel, BC, V2J
Whistler BlackcombEPICWhistler, BC, V0N
WhitewaterNelson, BC, V1L

Explaining Our ‘Difficulty Score’

Parks & Trips created a proprietary Difficulty Score that is generated by looking at the number of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then gives each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

The Most Difficult British Columbia Ski Resorts

Not only is Revelstroke is the most difficult ski resort in British Columbia, but also the entire country. It is tops in just about every other important skiing metric as well. Kicking Horse is located near the Alberta border and actually has the most expert-rated trails in the province.

Whistler Blackcomb was the site of the 2010 Winter Olympics skiing events, and comes in third place here.

Rank ResortGreen TrailsBlue TrailsBlack TrailsDifficulty ScoreTM
#1Revelstoke12%43%45%97%
#2Kicking Horse24%24%53%82%
#3Whistler Blackcomb20%53%28%82%
#4Panorama Mountain Village20%55%25%71%
#5RED Mountain17%34%49%70%

The Easiest Ski Resorts in British Columbia

All the easiest ski slopes in British Columbia are all community ski ills, some of which are run by teams of volunteers. Clearwater Ski Hill probably is the easiest of the major hills in BC.

Rank ResortGreen TrailsBlue TrailsBlack TrailsDifficulty ScoreTM
#1Hart Highlands Ski Hill100%0%0%1%
#2Little Mac Ski Hill67%33%0%9%
#3Summit Lake Ski Area75%25%0%11%
#4Big Bam Ski Hill60%35%5%14%
#5Clearwater Ski Hill49%38%13%26%

The Largest Ski Resorts in British Columbia

Choosing the largest ski resorts is a bit of a tricky proposition. Do you look at just the summit elevation? How about the total acreage, most trails, or steepest vertical drop?

Well, we decided to combine all four of those metrics into one ranking to get the best idea, although we fully admit this is completely subjective. We’ve given you all the data in the following table to make your own decision.

Whistler Blackcomb is the largest ski resort in BC. Yes, it has the most trails, but it also has an insane 8,100+ acres of skiable terrain. While this metric can easily be inflated with a few mental gymnastics, there is no denying this resort is huge. Revelstroke comes in second, primarily due to it having the second most acreage, but also the steepest vertical drop by almost 200 m.

Rank ResortSummit ElevationBase ElevationVertical DropAcresTrails
#1Whistler Blackcomb2,284 m754 m1,530 m8,171200
#2Revelstoke2,225 m512 m1,713 m3,12199
#3Kicking Horse2,448 m1,189 m1,260 m2,800120
#4Panorama Mountain Village2,400 m1,181 m1,219 m2,847120
#5Fernie Alpine Resort2,149 m1,067 m1,082 m2,504142