BC’s Wine Country
Get ready to sniff, sip, swirl, and ski: You’re going on a ski safari in BC’s wine country. Here’s why: The same microclimates that make the Thompson Okanagan region’s snow so light and dry also make it BC’s premier grape-growing zone. Some 200 vineyards dot this swath of ski country, ranging from family-run boutique operations to major estate wineries. Many produce wines that consistently rank among the world’s best.
For skiers who love wine, everything about this blend is a win. Tasting rooms that host hundreds of tasters per day in summer see only a handful per day in winter. Without the crowds, winter visitors benefit from greater individual attention from vineyard experts – and more generous pours. Also look for BC-focused wine lists and wine events at the mountain resorts themselves.
Go Deeper: Wine Tasting and Champagne Powder Ski Tour
- Airport: Kelowna International Airport (YLW)
- Tip: Add wine-tasting stops between each of the steps on this Thompson
- Okanagan wine country ski tour. See WineBC for detailed vineyard and wine tasting information. Be sure to inquire about winter hours, as well as wine tour coach drivers.
- First Stop: Sun Peaks
- Second Stop: SilverStar
- Third Stop: Big White
- Fourth Stop: Apex
- Total Driving: 790 km / 490 miles (~11 total hours)