Insider tips to some of our favourite ski resorts
I’ve been skiing at this resort 90-minutes from my home up the Sea-to-Sky highway for three decades, and every time I unload from the Symphony Express Chair and catch sight of one of the greatest vistas in the world of skiing I remember why I love this place.
When I first started skiing here I preferred Blackcomb’s runs, particularly in good weather, but the past few years I’ve explored Whistler and now find myself splitting time between the two, in large part thanks to the incredible Peak2Peak gondola that connects the two.
What I find most amazing about this resort is that I still stumble — sometimes tumble — across runs I’ve never been on. It truly is a ski experience for the ages.
Andrew’s insider’s tip: Avoid the sometimes single-lane traffic congestion heading into the village by parking at Creekside and catch the first gondolas up when Whistler opens at 8:30 a.m.
Legendary for its extreme terrain and champagne powder, this B.C. ski resort in the Purcell Mountains near Golden boasts some of North America’s most vertiginous vertical. Many daring powder hounds have been ‘kicked by the horse’ – humbled by Kicking Horse Mountain Resort’s daunting double black diamond chutes and bowls.
A single high-speed gondola whisks you from the base to the summit. From here, experts-only bowls and super steep ridges and chutes fan out from the face.
Intermediate skiers can descend to mid-mountain, where the terrain begins to flatten out, and ski right past the 20-acre winter lair of the resort’s long-time resident grizzly named Boo.
Try Reudi’s Ridge South, a backcountry skiing slope accessible just outside the resort’s boundary, for a seriously strenuous challenge. Don’t venture into this unpatrolled ski touring area without avalanche survival training. Follow all safety precautions and preferably hire an ACMG certified guide trained to show you how to read often treacherous snow conditions.