Photo Credit: Benson Family
Whitewater Ski Resort is located a short 20-minute drive outside beautiful Nelson, BC. It is known for it’s amazing small town atmosphere, where everyone on the hill is out to enjoy snow and chase after fresh tracks. When asking locals what they thought about the hill they said, “It’s horrible!” and that’s because they don’t want to share their little slice of heaven… Whitewater is truly a special place! The mountain is never busy so there’s no waiting in line, always more than enough fresh snow, and lots of fun trails to be riding on. Whitewater is more of an intermediate to advanced hill, so better suited for families who are ready to take their riding to the next level.
Recommended Trip: Multi-day
Food: Cafe and Pub
Other Activities: Cat and Heli Skiing, snowshoeing, snow biking, and skate skiing
How many runs: 82 (2,367 acres of terrain)
Closest City: Nelson
Greater Vancouver Mountains
Grouse Mountain one of the best family ski resorts in BC for families who want to hit the snow but don’t want to invest in snow tires. Grouse’s famous Sky Tram allows guests to park in the parking lot and take their gear up the hill without driving to the top. Some people love the tram, others hate being packed in like sardines. Personally, we love the tram and being able to rise up over the city is always one of the best parts of our journey to the top.
We love taking lessons at Grouse. Their ski school offers children their own facilities, complete with child friendly hooks for gear, and washrooms for breaks. During their lessons children are spoiled with passionate instructors who have a variety of fun equipment and gear for the kids to learn and play with (including big foam blocks to knock over). The terrain is long and provides a variety of slopes, making the bunny hill the perfect spot for beginners.
Recommended Trip: Day
Food: A variety of restaurants available or you can bring your own.
Other Activities: ice skating, snowshoeing, theatre in the sky, ziplining, eye of the wind, shopping, sledding and wildlife refuge.
How many runs: 26
Closest City: Vancouver