Ski Northern BC this Winter
For a dusting of powder and charm.
Tucked into the southeast corner of the province, the Canadian Rockies offer big mountains, raw wilderness, and numerous authentic small-town experiences. To the north, the highway cuts through towering mountains, crosses wild rivers, and snakes around massive glaciers. The south is a less-travelled gateway to outdoor adventure.
The region is known for legendary powder skiing and snowboarding, but there are many ways to play during warmer months, too. Camping, hiking, and golfing are popular ways to take in the lush scenery. Mountain biking trails are plentiful in the area, and the mountain ranges’ rivers and lakes offer canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and world-class fly fishing.
Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park is one of British Columbia’s most iconic locations. Situated in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Assiniboine’s high alpine backcountry has drawn visitors for generations. Assiniboine Lodge, built in 1928, was the first backcountry ski lodge to be built in the Canadian Rockies. Today it is perhaps even more popular in the summer months, when hiking trails lead to iconic viewpoints. Access this remarkable park and lodge via helicopter from Mount Shark and Canmore.
Communities here offer small-town charm and jaw-dropping settings. Best bets to lay your head for the night include Golden, Radium Hot Springs, Fairmont Hot Springs, and Fernie.
The Cedar House in Golden boasts luxury chalets and top-shelf dining. Other nearby options include Cathedral Mountain Lodge and Emerald Lake Lodge in stunning Yoho National Park. To bask in both the mountain scenery and a natural mineral hot pool, head to Radium Hot Springs and check out Bighorn Meadows Resort or Radium Chalet, or head farther south to Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.
Fernie, tucked into BC’s southeast corner, is home to Lizard Creek Lodge—don’t miss the opportunity to sample a selection of vodka in their Ice Bar. And Fernie Lodging Company can hook you up with one of more than 100 vacation rental properties in the area.
Considering there’s no major city here, the Canadian Rockies are highly accessible. To get to Golden and Yoho National Park in the northern part of the region, or to Radium Hot Springs and Kootenay National Park, fly into Calgary and rent a vehicle. The picturesque views as you drive west on Highway 1 are an added bonus. Alternatively, fly into the Canadian Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook to access Fairmont Hot Springs and Fernie.
Skiing & Snowboarding
10 days / 1300 km (808 mi)
Visit eight ski resorts on this road trip through the Kootenay Rockies.
10 days / 3000 km (1864 mi)
A new rider's journey on iconic BC highways.