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.
Due to COVID-19, safety measures were put in place by the Province of British Columbia which impacted the 20/21 ski season for resorts near Vancouver. International visitors were banned from entering Canada, however, local residents were able to enjoy the ski resorts with various restrictions in place. These included physical distancing and mandatory mask wearing in all public indoor settings. B.C.’s stay-at-home order required ski resorts to close at the end of March 2021. Such restrictions are not anticipated to continue into the 21/22 winter season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.