10 best ski destinations within a day's drive of Vancouver

Jan 23 2019, 6:06 pm

While it may currently feel more like spring than winter here in the city of Vancouver,  you don’t have to travel too far to be reminded that we are in fact, still in the middle of January.

And for those looking to get their winter fix in the form of skiing or snowboarding, global vacation-rental search engine HomeToGo has released a list of the ten best ski destinations within a day’s drive of Vancouver, according to various categories.

“Surrounded by snow capped mountains, beautiful beaches, and ancient forests, Vancouver is one of Canada’s premier destinations for adventure travellers,” said HomeToGo’s Joanna Booth. “Vancouver is consistently one the most searched destinations in Canada, and we hope this guide helps travellers discover the best nearby ski destinations based on their skill level and budget.”

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The ranking goes off-piste and into deep-powder, exploring not only affordable ski destinations but also the best destinations based on mountain statistics. For each of the featured ski destinations, HomeToGo compared the following:

  • Driving distance / estimated cost of gas from downtown Vancouver
  • The price of a one-day lift ticket
  • The cost of equipment rental
  • Lunch on the slopes (Price of a Classic Poutine)
  • Après ski drink (Price of a Caesar Cocktail)
  • Price of one night’s accommodation

The mountains themselves were also scored on ski experience, including:

  • Vertical Drop (elevation from base)
  • Acres of Skiable Terrain
  • Chair Lift Capacity (# skiers/hour)
  • Average Annual Snowfall
  • Night Skiing Availability (# of ski lifts open after 4 p.m.)
  • Average Visitor Rating

Among the local winners such as Cypress Mountain and Whistler Blackcomb, Vancouver Island’s Mount Washington ranked as the “most mountain for your money,” with the best overall price to experience ratio.

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Other top scorers included Kelowna’s Big White, which ranked best for Apres-Ski experience “with the cheapest slope-side Poutine and Caesar cocktails.”

The 10 best ski destinations within a day’s drive of Vancouver

The top-10 ski resorts within a day’s drive of Vancouver. (HomeToGo screenshot)

All prices are listed in Canadian dollars, and do not include sales tax, or fees for ferries, bridges, or toll roads.

So if you’re looking to get out of Vancouver and get some winter, this might be a good place to start.