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Cross-country skiing on Stuart Lake near Fort St. James
(Northern BC Tourism/Ruth Lloyd photo)

Winter Activities

Cross-Country Skiing

Callaghan Valley (Tourism Whistler/Steve Rogers photo)

Callaghan Valley (Tourism Whistler/Steve Rogers photo)

British Columbia has more than 50 cross-country skiing areas and countless more options in provincial and national parks.

Discover world-class trails groomed for classic and skate skiing, along with pristine ungroomed backcountry, abundant snowfall, and spectacular terrain.

At Sovereign Lake and Whistler Olympic Park, tackle trails skied by Olympians, or take cross-country ski lessons from a former Olympic coach at Nipika Mountain Resort. Glide through old-growth forests in Strathcona Provincial Park, explore cowboy country on skis at a guest ranch near Williams Lake, and share tracks with wildlife in stunning Manning Park and near Smithers.

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Whistler Olympic Park - Whistler

Toll-free
Phone604-964-0060

The Whistler Olympic Park offers a variety of seasonal recreational activities such as cross country skiing, biathlon, snowshoeing, tobogganing, horseback riding, trail biking & interpretive tours.

A venue for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games, Whistler Olympic Park is the first Olympic Nordic venue to include all three traditional Nordic sport stadiums in one site: cross-country, ski jumping & biathlon.

The Park is located 16 kilometres southwest of Whistler in the Callaghan Valley.

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Whitegold Adventures - Wells

Barkerville Hwy
Wells, British Columbia
V0K 2R0
Toll-free866-994-2345
Phone250-994-2345

The Cariboo Mountains offer spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife & a fascinating gold rush history. Whitegold Adventures combines it all, from multi-day wilderness cross-country ski tours, high alpine hikes, gourmet wilderness canoe adventures on the Bowron Lake chain & gold mine tours. Wells is the gateway to this rich, wild country. Our base, The Bear's Paw Café is more than a café, it's an experience. Our affiliate the Frog On The Bog Gifts is one of the most talked about stores in the Cariboo. From Gold Nuggets, books, art, pottery, clothing, local artists, souvenirs of your visit, ice cream & great coffee. Mountain Thyme Getaway is our accommodation of choice. 1940's styling for the romantic or a reunion.

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Big White Ski Resort - Big White Ski Resort

5315 Big White Rd
Big White Ski Resort, British Columbia
V1P 1P3
Toll-free800-663-2772
Phone250-765-3101

The second largest ski resort in BC with ski-in/ski-out accommodation for over 17,000 guests, 16 lifts & 118 trails for all abilities. Big White is all about the snow & is renowned for its abundance of light, dry Okanagan champagne powder, mild temperatures & world-famous snow ghosts. The resort's family friendly atmosphere, large variety of terrain & award-winning terrain park makes it the perfect destination to come & spend real quality time together. Activities include skiing, snowboarding, dog sledding, skating, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, tubing/tobogganing & visiting the spa.

New in 2011 is the 60 ft ice climbing tower where you can challenge yourself to reach the top. Shuttle service is available from airport.

Annual Snowfall SkiTotalRuns Types of runs
747 cm 118 Easy28%Easy54%Easy18%
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Cypress Mountain - West Vancouver

Cypress Mountain
West Vancouver, British Columbia
V7V 3N9
Toll-free
Phone604-926-5612

Cypress Mountain is 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver & is proud to continue to provide our skiers, riders & sliders with the most vertical drop, most terrain, most lifts & best snow conditions on the highest skiing & riding peak of Vancouver's legendary North Shore Mountains. With the best winter skiing & riding in Vancouver, Canada's most popular cross country skiing area, a huge snowtubing park & our unique snowshoeing tours, Cypress truly offers something for everyone.

There is lots to do in the summer at Cypress too! Whether you are looking to enjoy the sunny weather with a rugged hike or a quiet afternoon exploring the trails, Cypress Mountain has a variety of summer activities to offer. See our website for information on geocaching, disc golf, wildlife viewing & more.

Annual Snowfall SkiTotalRuns Types of runs
1100 cm 53 Easy52%Easy35%Easy13%
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Hudson Bay Mountain Resort - Smithers

3866 Railway Ave
Smithers, British Columbia
V0J 2N0
Toll-free866-665-4299
Phone250-847-2058

Hudson Bay Mountain is one of the finest destinations in Northern British Columbia for cross-country & downhill skiing, snowboarding & mountain biking. We offer some of the best & most consistent snow conditions in BC. The variety of terrain the mountain has to offer provides excitement for all ability levels. Nestled at the base of the mountain is the charming community of Smithers. Smithers' unique Swiss charm boasts a variety of boutiques & shops, incredible dining experiences & accommodations from full-service hotels to B&Bs. We invite you to experience the warmth of our genuine small town hospitality.

Annual Snowfall SkiTotalRuns Types of runs
599 cm 36 Easy20%Easy55%Easy25%
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Manning Park Ski Resort - Manning Park

7500 Hwy 3
Manning Park, British Columbia
V0X 1R0
Toll-free800-330-3321
Phone604-668-5922

Downhill & cross-country skiing have been popular winter activities in Manning Park since the early 1950s. From skating to snowboarding, Manning continues to be a favourite spot for winter sport enthusiasts from BC & around the world. Located in the Gibson Pass Valley, Manning Park is renowned for its dry snow & variety of snowplay experiences including tubing, snowshoeing, winter camping, Nordic (cross-country) skiing, downhill & snowboarding. Our 'Ski Village' has many services to offer including a daycare, cafeteria, Rental Shop & Ski School.

SkiTotalRuns Types of runs
24 Easy30%Easy40%Easy30%
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Mount Washington Alpine Resort - Mount Washington Alpine Resort

1 Strathcona Pkwy
Mount Washington Alpine Resort, British Columbia
V9J 1L0
Toll-free888-833-1515
Phone250-338-1386

Mount Washington is home to one of the most spectacular coastal alpine settings in North America, with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop on one side and scenic Strathcona Park bordering the other.

In winter, Mount Washington receives a legendary 10.5 metres of annual snowfall. The resort is acknowledged as the home of Canada's deepest pile, however, it's not all about the snow! In summer, the mountain and surrounding resort community transforms itself into a major destination for mountain bikers, hikers and summer alpine enthusiasts.

Annual Snowfall SkiTotalRuns Types of runs
1100 cm 81 Easy45%Easy35%Easy20%
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Red Mountain Resort - Red Mountain Resort

4300 Red Mountain Rd
Red Mountain Resort, British Columbia
V0G 1Y0
Toll-free800-663-0105
Phone250-362-7384

RED Mountain is the last great, unspoiled resort. Located in Rossland, BC, along the famous Powder Highway, RED delivers 1,680 hectares (4,200 acres) of pristine skiing unfettered by overdevelopment. For 2013-14, we've added nearly 400 hectares (1,000 acres) of mostly-intermediate terrain on Grey Mountain, an entirely new peak.

With 300"/7.6 m of annual snowfall, wide-open groomed runs, epic vertical, cat-skiing, 360 degree descents off select peaks, a rich tradition, & the best tree runs in BC, it's no wonder The NY Times voted us their #8 "Best Place in the World to Visit in 2013." RED's other recent accolades include #1 in Powder Magazine's "Ski Town Throwdown" (2012), & "Most Underrated Resort" by Skiing Magazine (2012). Come & enjoy fresh turns that you don't have to fight for.

Annual Snowfall SkiTotalRuns Types of runs
762 cm 110 Easy37%Easy47%Easy16%
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Silver Star Mountain Resort - Silver Star Mountain Resort

123 Shortt St
Silver Star Mountain Resort, British Columbia
V1B 3M1
Toll-free800-663-4431
Phone250-558-6083

Silver Star Mountain Resort is a family oriented, snowy wonderland located in BC's sunny Okanagan. The resort is set against an enchanting Victorian village & is renowned for its snowboarding, downhill & Nordic skiing & abundance of light, dry champagne powder. Other popular activities include skating, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and tubing. With its mild temperatures, large variety of terrain & something for everyone, it's no wonder why Silver Star is known as My Mountain. Visit our website for additional activities.

Annual Snowfall SkiTotalRuns Types of runs
701 cm 115 Easy45%Easy40%Easy15%
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Spring Lake Ranch - 100 Mile House

5770 Spring Lake Rd
100 Mile House, British Columbia
V0K 2E0
Toll-free877-791-5776
Phone250-791-5776

Travelling through 100 Mile House? Book your horse, wagon & sleigh rides through 4,000 ha (10,000 ac) forest & field. Open year round. Stay in your own log cabin overlooking private Spring Lake. There's so much to do for free during your stay overnight at this beautiful guest ranch - canoeing, pedal boating, swimming, fishing, games room, floor hockey in the barn. Help out with the cattle ranch operation & become true cowboys. Free winter activities include cross-country skiing, ice-skating, snowshoeing, tubing or sledding. Rent snowmobiles. Whether a trail ride, wagon/sleigh ride or overnight for a week, you'll wish you'd stayed longer.

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