The 5 Best Ski Resorts Near Vancouver

The 5 Best Ski Resorts Near Vancouver - UPDATED 2020/21
Jack Lee
Written by Jack Lee / Photos by Jack Lee
Last updated June 18, 2020
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Vancouver is the gateway to some of the best ski resorts in Canada with resorts located as little as 15 minutes away so you'll be skiing in no time. when it comes to choosing the perfect winter base near Vancouver, our local experts have done all the work for you. Here are our local pick of the 5 best ski resorts near Vancouver in British Columbia.

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Known for

Largest ski resort in North America with the ultimate ski village

Highlights

  • Massive variety of incredible terrain
  • Easy to access from Vancouver
  • Full of amenities and après ski to keep everyone well entertained
  • Expensive place to ski and crowds can be an issue

Closest airports

Vancouver Intl. Airport - 85 mi (2 hour drive)

Distance from Downtown Vancouver - 76 mi (1.5 hour drive)

Whistler Blackcomb ski terrain
Whistler-Blackcomb - the largest ski area in North America

Whistler-Blackcomb is located just 1.5 hour drive from the city of Vancouver, offering world-class skiing and facilities that cater to beginners and expert thrill-seekers alike. Whistler’s seemingly endless terrain is spread out across two mountains that are connected by their famous PEAK 2 PEAK gondola. The resort offers one of the best ski school programs that is not only for beginners but also a great way to have an experienced local show you the best spots at the resort. Even if you don’t ski, Whistler village in itself is enough reason to visit with plenty of dining experiences, events and art galleries to explore.

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Known for

An array of activities which include snowshoe tours that offer a comprehensive exploration of the mountain

Highlights

  • Night-skiing available everyday until 10pm
  • Intermediate and advanced terrain is serviced by two dedicated express lifts
  • Six terrain parks!
  • Lower base elevation can lead to slushy snow near the base

Closest airports

Vancouver Intl. Airport - 17 mi (40 minute drive)

Distance from Downtown Vancouver - 8 mi (15 minute drive)

Whistler Blackcomb ski terrain
Grouse Mountain

Located just a 15 minute drive from downtown Vancouver, Grouse is easily accessible by car or public transport, although this means that lines may get longer than usual during the holidays. Grouse offers 33 runs, half of which are available for night skiing until 10pm. The two dedicated express lifts offer skiers easy access to intermediate and advanced terrain. Grouse also offers much more than just skiing, with ‘Snowshoe Fondue’ tours, zip-lining and even a wildlife refuge with Grizzly Bears.

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Known for

Home to the 2010 Winter Olympics

Highlights

  • Catered towards families and beginners
  • Has the most terrain out of Vancouver's Noth Shore Mountains
  • Good snow-making and well-groomed trails
  • Limited apres ski, head to downtown Vancouver instead

Closest airports

Vancouver Intl. Airport - 27 mi (50 minute drive)

Distance from Downtown Vancouver - 17 mi (26 minute drive)

Whistler Blackcomb ski terrain
Cypress Mountain

Cypress is the largest ski resort in Vancouver and just 30 minutes drive away from downtown, Cypress offers plenty of ski-able terrain for skiers of all levels. Family-friendliness is key here with children’s lifts, a magic carpet and great ski school. Non-skiers will also enjoy the breathtaking views when snowshoeing or have a blast snow-tubing. Night skiing is available until 10pm and great snow-making allows for early season skiing for those looking to avoid crowds during peak periods.

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Known for

Local mountain with a very welcoming family atmosphere

Highlights

  • Inexpensive lift tickets
  • Tobogganing and snowtubing available
  • High altitude which means good snow quality
  • Smallest ski area on this list

Closest airports

Vancouver Intl. Airport - 27 mi (50 minute drive)

Distance from Downtown Vancouver - 17 mi (33 minute drive)

Whistler Blackcomb ski terrain
Spectacular views at Mount Seymour

Mount Seymour is Vancouver’s only family owned and operated ski resort. It is located 40 minutes from the city of Vancouver which makes it quite accessible no matter where you come from. Although Mount Seymour has quite a small ski area, it makes for the perfect day trip. And if you don’t plan on skiing, don’t worry, you can always count on tobogganing and snow tubing which are the two main winter activities they have to offer here. Overall, Mount Seymour has a relaxed, family friendly vibe and would be a great choice for those looking for something close by.

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Known for

Boutique resort experience and scores plenty of snowfall every year

Highlights

  • Less crowds compared to Whistler
  • Excellent beginner terrain and magic carpets
  • Opportunity to explore Vancouver Island
  • Limited facilities open on weekdays

Closest airports

Vancouver Intl. Airport - 140 mi (4.5 hr drive)

Distance from Downtown Vancouver - 131 mi (4 hour drive)

Whistler Blackcomb ski terrain
Fresh powder at Mount Washington 

Mount Washington’s high altitude means that the mountain gets plenty of snow every season. The resort has a large variety of terrain and the runs are appropriately divided between beginners, intermediates and advanced levels. Even though Mount Washington is further away from Vancouver than the other resorts on this list, it means you won’t experience the crowds that you would otherwise experience in Whistler. After a long day on the slopes, be sure to head to the bar for some craft beer and live music, although don't expect many facilities to be open on the weekdays.

The 5 Best Ski Resorts Near Vancouver
Whistler Blackcomb
Grouse Mountain
Cypress Mountain
Mount Seymour
Mount Washington
Whistler Blackcomb