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Big Mountain Ski Tour

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Apex Mountain Resort | Ben Giesbrecht

Big Mountain Ski Safari


Think tall: True big-mountain skiing is all about continuous top-to-bottom vertical rise. This bragging-rights road trip spans BC to link the tallest of the tall—a four-pack of mountains where skiing from the summit to the base is a safari unto itself. Expect swift lift systems, extensive grooming, massive off-piste options, awesome vistas, serious thigh burn, and skiing for days.

How to put it together:

  • Arrival Airport: Vancouver International (YLW). Make advanced arrangements to drive your rental car one way to Canadian Rockies International (YXC) or Calgary International (YYC).
  • First Stop: Whistler (5,280 vertical feet)
  • Second Stop: Revelstoke (5,620 vertical feet)
  • Third Stop: Kicking Horse (4,460 vertical feet)
  • Fourth Stop: Panorama (4,265 vertical feet)
  • Depart: Calgary International (YYC)


Whistler Blackcomb is considered one of North America’s premier mountain resorts—for good reason. The resort offers exceptional hospitality, a diverse cultural scene, and dramatic scenery. Two mountains, connected by the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, boast more than 200 marked runs, 16 alpine bowls, and three glaciers. Epic skiing, combined with a glamorous après scene and endless off-mountain activities, make this an unforgettable ski vacation.

Photo: Blake Jorgenson


While the town of Revelstoke boasts more than a century of ski history, Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) is practically brand new. Canada’s newest ski resort claims the longest lift-served vertical in North America at 1,712 metres (5,620 feet). With 75 named runs—43 per cent classified as intermediate and another 45 per cent designated as advanced—strong skiers will find themselves at home on 1,263 hectares (3,121 acres) of terrain.

Photo: Ryan Creary


Tucked among soaring peaks in the Rocky Mountains, Kicking Horse is all about big mountain skiing and champagne powder. Kicking Horse is also home to four alpine bowls and chutes that keep skiers exploring for days. More thrills? The surrounding heli-skiing terrain is seemingly limitless. With an impressive ski-in/ski-out village, Kicking Horse rocks the après scene too, from cozy pubs to fine dining.

Photo: Zoya Lynch


Intimate, accessible, friendly, and laidback, Panorama has long been a favourite ski destination for families. The snowfall is dry and the days are sunny and warm. Here, 135 runs stretch across nearly 1,214 hectares (3,000 acres) of terrain with panoramic views of the Purcell and Rocky mountains. Panorama’s charming village is home to Canada’s largest outdoor slope-side hot pools, and the adventurous can go heli-skiing right from the village base.

Photo: Kari Medig


Boasting more acres than California, Washington State, and Oregon combined—with most of it mountainous—BC is better than your average ski destination. But we don’t like to brag. Come and ski for yourself, and discover our adventurous spirit and big-mountain talents.

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