Sometimes you just want to avoid the maddening crowds with excessively long lift lines and ski some challenging terrain in fresh champagne powder.  We have put together a list of ski resorts that may not have been on your radar, but are definitely worth a look at if you are contemplating a Canadian ski safari.
These resorts often boast huge snowfalls every year (if Mother Nature is on her game) and will delight you with skiing and snowboarding experiences that will last a lifetime.

1: Red Mountain – Rossland BC

I love Red Mountain.  Everything about this mountain is spectacular and there are runs for all levels however there is plenty of steep and deep. I still have fond memories of skiing the Orchards on a powder day and living my own version of a Warren Miller movie.

Getting there:

Just outside of Rossland BC.  You can catch a flight from YVR to Castlegar airport and get a shuttle from there. Otherwise it’s about 10 hours from Vancouver (weather permitting)

Red Mountain Resort

2: Fernie Alpine Resort – Fernie BC

Fernie gets about 37feet of snow each year and boasts 5 ski bowls that will keep you enthralled for days.  The bowls range in difficulty and you are sure to find one that suits your style from the famous Currie Bowl, to the Lizard, Timber, Siberia and Cedar bowls.  You won’t want to leave.

Getting there:

Fernie is a 10 1/2 hour drive from Vancouver or 1 hour from Calgary.  You can catch a flight from YVR to Cranbrook and take the Fernie Shuttle from there.

Fernie Alpine Resort

3: Apex Mountain Resort – Penticton BC

Apex is real hidden gem about 30 minutes drive outside of Penticton.  We skied there on New Years Day and felt like we were the only ones on the mountain.  With 70 marked runs and a further 40 unmarked, there are some real adventures to be had.  Great skiing and boarding on Okanagan champagne powder will make it hard to wipe the smile of your face.

Getting there:

Penticton is about 4 1/2 hours (weather permitting) from Vancouver and a further 30 minutes drive from Penticton to the mountain. You can fly from YVR to Penticton and catch the shuttle bus from the Home Hardware to the mountain.

Apex Mountain Resort

4: Shames Mountain – Terrace BC

Shames Mountain is smaller a community Co-op family friendly mountain in northern BC.  They have 28 cut runs and plenty of natural glades that offer skiing and boarding for all levels.

Getting there:

Terrace is about a 15 hour drive from Vancouver (weather permitting) and a further 30 minutes from Terrace to Shames Resort.  You can fly into Terrace from YVR and there is a weekend shuttle to the resort.

Shames Mountain Resort

5: Canyon Ski Resort – Red Deer Alberta

This family friendly ski resort is the biggest of the non mountain resorts in Alberta.  They have 6 lifts and 22 runs with a terrain park and super pipe. At $43.00 CAD for a day ticket this makes for a cheap days skiing.

Getting there:

Fly to Calgary and drive about an hour and a half through Red Deer and 9 minutes to Canyon Ski Resort

Canyon Ski Resort

6: Mount Baldy Ski Resort – Oliver BC

Mount Baldy is a hidden gem located just north of the US-Canada border near Osoyoos and Oliver.  Lift lines are virtually unheard of and there is something for every skiing level.  Mt Baldy is open Thursday to Monday and lift tickets are $55 for Adults and $35 for Youths.

Getting there:

Mount Baldy is around 5 hours drive from Vancouver (weather depending) through to Oliver BC.  Alternately it is a 50 minute flight from YVR to Penticton and oliver is about 45 minutes from there.

Mount Baldy Ski Resort

7: Panorama Mountain Resort – Panorama BC

Panorama has everything; skiing, snowboarding across 120 trails as well as bowls, ridges and chutes, ice-skating, tubing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling  flat tire biking and hot springs. A day ticket will set you back $99 for Adults but you can get better deals if you buy online beforehand.

Getting there:

Fly to Calgary and drive 3.5 hours through Banff to Invermere BC.  From there its a 20 minute drive into the Percell Mountains to Panorama Resort.

Panorama Ski Resort

8: Powder King Mountain Resort – Fraser-Fort George BC

Powder King lives up to its name with an average 41 feet of powder per year.  Nestled in the Canadian Rockies this is a skiers / snowboarders dream.  Lift tickets are $67 for Adults and $50 for Youths and $32 for kids 6-12

Getting there:

Powder King is a 10.5 hour drive from Vancouver through Prince George. Alternatively you can fly from YVR to Prince George and catch the bus on to Power King resort.

Kicking Horse Ski Resort

9: Powder King Mountain Resort – Fraser-Fort George BC

Powder King lives up to its name with an average 41 feet of powder per year.  Nestled in the Canadian Rockies this is a skiers / snowboarders dream.  Lift tickets are $67 for Adults and $50 for Youths and $32 for kids 6-12

Getting there:

Powder King is a 10.5 hour drive from Vancouver through Prince George. Alternatively you can fly from YVR to Prince George and catch the bus on to Power King resort.

Powder King Ski Resort

10: Kicking Horse – Golden BC

Kicking Horse is the Champagne capital of BC from steep and deep chutes to fast and fun glades and even gentle groomers.  There is something here for everyone with over 120 runs and 1,260 meters vertical.  Lift tickets are $104.95 per day for Adults and $78.95 for Youths.

Getting there:

Kicking Horse is a 7.5 hour drive from Vancouver or you can fly to Calgary and its 2.5 hours drive from there.

Powder King Ski Resort