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Skiing/Snowboarding Destinations in British Columbia

If you love to ski/ride, British Columbia is the place for your next holiday. With several world class ski resorts and some of the most beautiful scenery you will ever see, this is a top-notch vacation destination. Neighbors to the North of the United States, skiing in BC is the place to be. The ski season typically lasts anywhere from November until April, sometimes even slipping into May at the higher altitude resorts. BC has built much of its tourism economy on its ski resorts, and it shows in these wonderful resorts.

Located two hours north of Vancouver, Whistler Blackcomb is the cream of the crop. There are two gorgeous mountains and a town to boot. Stunning Whistler Village rests at the base of the ski hills. You will see million dollar homes; enjoy lots of shopping as well as the active nightlife in the restaurants and bars. You don't even have to be a skier or snowboarder to have a super time in Whistler Village. There is the best powder snow all year round, and there are runs to suit the novice to the most advanced.

There are over 200 runs within the 3,036 hectares of terrain. Even if you stay a week, you might not ski the same runs twice. You will spend less time in lift lines than usual and more time on the hills, as they have 33 lifts, many of which are high-speed. In order to enjoy the full experience, plan to spend a minimum of a few days at Whistler Blackcomb.

Another great BC ski resort to consider is Big White. Located about an hour outside Kelowna, Big White is perfect for family holidays. It has a village with bars and restaurants, and excellent accommodations. You can find everything from value rooms to chalets, complete with hot tub, big enough for the whole family. The ski hill has 15 lifts and more than 118 runs. You can also enjoy cross-country skiing on a number of designated trails. Maybe you'd rather ice skate on a pond or make use of the tubing area. You can also night ski at Big White and receive a discount on your lift ticket as well.

Some of the other outstanding ski resorts in BC are Silver Star in Vernon, Sun Peaks in Kamloops, Apex in Penticton, and some smaller hills within about 20 minutes of Vancouver. You can't beat a winter ski vacation in BC. You can often find combination deals for your airfare and hotel. Shuttles will take you to your accommodations from most of the major airports. Be sure and take advantage of the great packages that BC has to offer you.

Enjoy this brief video about BC.