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There are a few reasons why Vancouver, British Columbia won the bid for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. One of the big reasons is that there is an abundance of wonderful ski resorts in the province of British Columbia, and many of these resorts are only a short road trip away from Vancouver. Now that the Olympics are over, these resorts are less crowded, more affordable, and they have Olympic-worthy snow and ski runs. What more could you ask for?
If you start your road trip in Vancouver then you might consider heading up to Whistler for your first stop. It is located about 125 km (approximately 2 hours) from downtown Vancouver, along the Sea-to-Ski Highway. Whistler was named the Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Winter Olympics. It is British Columbia’s most famous ski and snowboarding resort. It is not the most affordable resort but it is one of the best places in North America to go play outside in the winter.
These are three separate ski mountains that are all located within an hour drive of Vancouver. These mountains are perfect for beginners, families, and even professionals – in fact, some of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games events took place on these ski hills. For excellent views of Vancouver try taking the gondola up to Grouse Mountain. Even if you don’t ski or snowboard, the gondola ride is a lot of fun and there are snowshoe trails and a frozen pond for ice skaters. It’s truly a winter wonderland; and it’s only a short drive from the Vancouver. Head to Cypress Mountain if you want to go cross-country skiing, snow tubing, skiing, and snowboarding. They even have snowshoeing tours. Mt. Seymour is located at 1700 Mt Seymour in North Vancouver. Here you’ll find snow tubing, tobogganing, as well as ski and snowboard trails for beginners and professionals. The best part about these local mountains is that they’re so close to Vancouver that you get to spend a lot more time on the ski hill, rather than in the car.
If you’re looking for a little adventure on your road trip then we suggest you try Big White. Located about 450 km from Vancouver, this road trip will take you around 6 hours to complete. This mountain is the biggest ski-in/ski-out resort in all of North America. It is the second largest resort in British Columbia – Whistler being the largest. This resort is great for families or groups of friends that want to get away from the crowds. There is a lot more than just great skiing and snowboarding hills at Big White. You can go dogsledding, snowmobiling, skating, tobogganing, tubing, and snowshoeing. If you’re afraid of the snow then visit the wonderful spa located on the mountain. Big White recently built a 60 ft ice climbing tower, so now you have even more reason to hit up this ski resort on your next road trip through British Columbia.
There you have it: five wonderful ski and snowboard resorts all within a short road trip from Vancouver. If you would like to add a few more ski destinations to your road trip then consider Sun Peaks, Mount Baker, Silverstar, and Fernie. The list could go on and on but that’s a pretty good start. This winter, come find out why thousands of travellers from around the world flock to British Columbia every year when the snow starts coming down.
This post was by Kevin Leigh. If you’re visiting ski resorts in British Columbia then make sure you have a rental car lined up (preferably something that will handle well in the snow) and don’t forget auto insurance for your trip.