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Family-Style Ski Safari

 

Expansive acreage, slopeside everything, and heaps of fun for kids and teens: This family-focused ski safari centers on the western half of BC, linking the region’s three largest ski resorts most visited by families—Big White, Sun Peaks, and Whistler Blackcomb. As a bonus, wrap up this multi-mountain ski adventure at Mount Washington, a boutique Vancouver Island ski resort celebrated for its sweeping ocean views. With a trip total of 16,909 skiable acres, tons of terrain parks, and lots of off-slope, youth-focused fun, this safari might just keep your kids from saying they’re bored.

How to put it together:

  • Arrival Airport: Kelowna International (YLW). Make advance arrangements to drive your rental car one way to either Vancouver or Victoria.
  • First Stop: Big White
  • Second Stop: Sun Peaks
  • Third Stop: Whistler Blackcomb
  • Fourth Stop: Book advance ferry reservations from Horseshoe Bay for an adventurous excursion to Vancouver Island’s Mount Washington.
  • Depart: Vancouver International (YVR) or Victoria International (YYJ)

BIG WHITE SKI RESORT

Big White Ski Resort is one big winter playground. Here, at Canada’s largest totally ski-in/ski-out resort village, you’ll find loads of deep Okanagan powder (25 feet annually), 16 lifts, 119 runs, and 1,147 hectares (2,765 acres) of skiable terrain for powderhounds of all ages and abilities.

Photo: Blake Jorgenson

SUN PEAKS RESORT

The mountain trio of Tod, Sundance, and Morrisey encircle Sun Peaks’ slopeside, pedestrian-only village. The resort’s interior BC location provides frequent bluebird powder days. Choice abounds with 138 runs, long cruisers, deep steeps, incredible tree skiing, and an enormous top-to-bottom terrain park. Check out the immaculately groomed Nordic trail network, head out with a team of Alaskan huskies on a dogsledding tour, or enjoy evening snowshoeing and fondue tours.

Photo: Reuben Krabbe

WHISTLER BLACKCOMB

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

MOUNT WASHINGTON

Ski-to-surf views and some of the deepest snow in the west define Vancouver Island’s Mount Washington Alpine Resort. Tucked between the Pacific Ocean and the peaks of Strathcona Provincial Park, this resort wows with a staggering 11.5 metres (38 feet) average snowfall a year. The resort promises a family-oriented, easygoing island vibe, and the alpine village has ski-in/ski-out accommodation for more than 4,000 visitors. Mount Washington also features one of North America’s top-rated Nordic Centres.

Photo: Mount Washington Alpine Resort

EXPLORE BC'S SKI MAP

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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