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Whitewater Ski Resort

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Whitewater Ski Resort

It’s all about snow at Whitewater. This Kootenay mountain hideaway—set along the Powder Highway near the city of Nelson—has some of the deepest, driest powder around. More than 12 metres (39 feet) of snow falls on average over 623 vertical metres (2,044 vertical feet). Uncrowded slopes, family-friendly groomers, remarkable steeps, top-of-the-line tree-skiing, and endless backcountry are all found at this resort, which maintains a local ski-hill vibe.

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Resort Details

  • Terrain 479ha/1,184ac
  • Elevation 2,046m/ 6,710ft
  • Annual Snowfall 1,219cm/480in
  • Vertical 623m/2,044ft
  • Lifts/Runs 4/82
  • Longest Run 3km/1.8mi
  • Nearest Airport West Kootenay Regional Airport


  • Beginner 10
  • Intermediate 32
  • Advanced 58

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Most Recent Travelers Reviews
  • Mar 17, 2018: “As a connoisseur of locally controlled mom and pop ski areas in western North American I can say after two days here with my family from Washington state that This Is a Jewel. We did not hit new prime powder, but the early spring skiing was lovely. The terrain is fabulous. We only made use of the obvious , but we got a great workout. Beyond lift served areas there is another 70% available to the adventurous and strong. Over the last two years I and a select small group of like minded enthusiasts have made it a point to experience as many of the small and unique ski areas in the Northwest as possible. We toured western Montana two years in a row and skied six new (to us) sites on each trip. Meeting locals , hill managers, townies, lifties, and other support staff in each area provided enormous insight into the special aspects of each area. Whitewater meets all these criteria in spades: 1) friendly welcoming staff 2) considerate patrons, courteous in all ways 3) uncrowded slopes with surprisingly fine snow conditions. 4) family orientation with lots of kids in training 5) reasonable and even low prices 6) unexpectedly superior on hill cuisine 7) nothing fancy, all genuine In addition, Nelson is a great place for a visit. We had outstanding evening dining at a Vietnamese restaurant one night and a French inspired restaurant the second. Both were as good as any in Seattle or Portland , our go to foodie destinations. As a unique and accessible destination, just 3.5 hrs. from family in Spokane and 6 hrs from home in SE Wa. we will return. Dr. Phil”
  • Jun 3, 2018: “Even in late May the views here are gorgeous. Snow on the peaks and in the bowl. It was fun to see the road signs so high off the ground because of all the snow they receive in the winter. Must be a great place to ski!”
  • Jul 21, 2018: “Fantasmagoria!!!! Steep and deep. Doesnt get any better than this. No line ups great staff best snow possible!”
  • Apr 12, 2018: “Came up for a day of spring skiing. Unfortunately the snow wasn’t super pow that day. The hill was large and the lines were really short so that nice, however the price and the fact there is only two chair lifts and no good trick park was a little dissaponting. We came back a couple of days later when 41cm of snow fell overnight and we were really dissaponted that the snow plow never came because that meant we couldn’t get up the mountain. If I find myself in Nelson again I might go up whitewater if it’s a good pow day.”
  • Mar 22, 2018: “Grew up on this hill.. each day up there is so fun. Staff is friendly and is always so cheerful! Food up there is some of the best food in town ”
  • Mar 20, 2018: “A foggy day for us at Whitewater, a casual, quiet, keep it local kind of place, feels like it could be a cooperative type of place. (Though all staff was Australian...) Oldest smallest chair lift I've ever seen, (probably beats the single chair at Mad River Glen in VT.) Only three lifts, but plenty of fun terrain. Fresh snow was still to be found though last snowfall was days ago. Lodge provided very tasty, healthy, original offerings... The staff on the mountain lifts was useless. No one ever greeted us, helped us load on the chair, warned us about a bamboo pole at the top that'll gouge your eye out, and at best, would get jelly on your coat as they tried to manage scanning your ticket while holding a jelly donut and cup of coffee...Most of the time, there wasn't even anyone out side of the booth...Waste of employee budget.”

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