Whitewater Ski Resort

Whitewater Ski Resort is a ski area located in the province of British Columbia in Canada. The resort is in the town of Nelson, BC. We recently ranked all of British Columbia's ski resorts, so you can see where Whitewater stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Whitewater is not a part of any nationwide lift pass system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Whitewater Ski Resort.

Whitewater Lodging:

Whitewater Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Whitewater has a total of 76 ski trails, which are serviced by 4 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. The amount of skiable area in this park is huge, with a maximum of 1,184 acres available to skiers. This area is equivalent to 479 hectares, 2 square miles, or 5 square kilometers.

Whitewater's slopes see on average 323 inches (127 cm) of snowfall a year. That is almost 26 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
1,184(5 km2)
Annual Snowfall
323"(127 cm)

Whitewater Ski Resort Elevation

Whitewater Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 6,567 feet, or 2,002 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 4,523 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 2,044 feet (623 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Whitewater's summit elevation is higher than average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are much higher than this one (some stretch to 12,000 feet!), but it is not small by any stretch of the imagination.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
6,567'(2,002 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
2,044'(623 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
4,523'(1,379 m)

Whitewater Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
62.5out of 100
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Whitewater's difficulty level of 62.5 is above average. 86% of its trails rated as either intermediate or expert-level, which doesn't leave much for the beginners.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski 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.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Whitewater has 1,184 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Whitewater's difficulty level is higher than average, which is because 36% of its ski trails are rated as intermediate, and another 50% as expert.
14%(161 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
36%(431 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
50%(592 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Whitewater Ski Resort good for beginners?

Whitewater is above average in its difficulty level, so... probably not? It will depend on which trails you take since only 50% of its trails rated for either beginner or intermediate skill levels.

Whitewater Ski Resort Location

Whitewater Ski Resort is located in the province of British Columbia, Canada. This ski area is nearby the town of Nelson, BC.

Nelson, BC V1L Canada
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GPS Coordinates:
49.42900, -117.18600

Getting to Whitewater Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Whitewater Ski Resort), its coordinates of 49.42900, -117.18600 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Nelson, BC to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Whitewater Ski Resort.

Calgary International AirportYYCCalgary, AB292 km

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Whitewater.

Castlegar/West Kootenay Regional AirportYCGCastlegar, BC35 km
Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies International AirportYXCCranbrook, BC103 km
Kelowna International AirportYLWKelowna, BC168 km

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Whitewater Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Whitewater Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Salmo Ski HillSalmo, BC3,100 ft33%28 km
RED MountainRossland, BC6,807 ft70%60 km
Silver MountainKellogg, ID6,300 ft58%61 km
Summit Lake Ski AreaNakusp, BC3,018 ft11%87 km
KimberleyKimberly, BC6,500 ft60%90 km
Echo ValleyColville, WA3,900 ft48%103 km
Phoenix Mountain Ski AreaGrand Forks, BC4,652 ft36%108 km
Schweitzer MountainSandpoint, ID6,400 ft67%128 km
Turner MountainLibby, MT5,952 ft68%128 km
49 Degrees NorthChewelah, WA5,774 ft49%128 km
Big White SkiKelowna, BC7,606 ft56%130 km
Panorama Mountain VillagePanorama, BC7,875 ft71%133 km
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski AreaFairmont Hot Springs, BC5,200 ft42%140 km
Baldy Mountain ResortOliver, BC6,965 ft35%152 km
Fernie Alpine ResortFernie, BC7,050 ft65%152 km

Whitewater Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation6,567 ft
Base Elevation4,523 ft
Vertical Drop2,044 ft
(14% Beginner,  36% Intermediate,  50% Expert)
Skiable Acres1,184
Avg. Annual Snowfall323 inches
Whitewater Ski Resort Mountain Stats