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Emily Vandenberg

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What are the best ski resorts in Vancouver?

Planning a winter trip to Vancouver and wanted to get some advice on the best ski resorts and which ones to avoid? 

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  • Whistler Blackcomb (attraction)

    4545 Blackcomb Way Whistler BC V0N 1B4 (604) 967-8950

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    6000 Cypress Bowl Road West Vancouver BC V7V 3N9 604.926.5612

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  • lauren moore

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    Avid skier? Goto Whistler Blackcomb hands down!! However if it's your first time then Cypress Mountain is your best bet--- but if you are looking for apres then Whistler it is a resort so they have everything there! My fiance and I went out partying 8 years ago in our helmets and had the night of our lives lol. However if you are up for activities they have cross country skiing-so much fun or thrilling -tubing if you have lot of money you can go heleskiing or catskiing both usually have dinner and champagne - my dream.. The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver has an amazing brunch and spa. Wild Wood Pacific Bistro and Element Vancouver Metrotown are so yummy for breakfast too and don't break the bank. Just message for more ideas I would happily respond-

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  • Roger Rizzo

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    Whistler is by FAR the best skiing near Vancouver (approx 1.5 hours from downtown...the village is great and the skiing is amazing). There are actually two mountains side-by-side and you can spend a week discovering new runs. If you have time and don't mind travelling a bit, I'd suggest Revelstoke for great terrain and snow...Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is also a great mountain but the snow can be hit and miss at times...the views are second to none. Have a great trip!

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  • Klim Levene

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    I guess it really depends on how avid of a skier you are and wether you have time to try many or just the one.
    And thirdly- will we get enough snow this year (last three years have been miserable).

    If you can only ski one- Whistler Blackcomb offers the most choice and chances at good conditions. Best here by far. It's pricey, but then your dollar goes a long way here at the moment. :)


    If we get enough snow, and you're an avid skier, I wouldn't discount what the other hills have to offer. However, they are much smaller and pale in comparison to the quality you find in the Rockies (if you are familiar).

    I would choose the rest in order as Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain Lodge, and Mt Seymour

    If you still have time left over, I would also consider Hemlock Resort. It's small and most chairs are old but being positioned further in mainland it can receive snow falls that rival what we get on the coast (in both depth and quality). So worth keeping in mind and checking their snow report.

    Hope you find what you're looking for!

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  • Peter Reinold

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    Hi Emily, I would say the famoust one is Whistler Blackcomb. I have been there once myself and it was great.

    Here are some pictures:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/peter-r/sets/72157629741103261/

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  • Monica in Vancouver

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    Go to Whistler Blackcomb. It's beautiful up top and in the Village. You'll have a huge variety of terrain to choose from - whether you have fantastic or mediocre weather, you'll still enjoy yourself and the views are fantastic. The smaller, local mountains are not comparable in any respect - their sole advantage is being much closer to Vancouver, and Whistler is not far enough (less than 2 hours' drive) to make the distance a deal-breaker. For context - I grew up in Toronto (skiing in Colorado, Utah, Whistler, and the Alps), went to grad school in Ann Arbor (didn't ski there at all - flew out to Colorado and Utah), and have lived in Vancouver for 10 years (drive to Whistler ever second weekend). If you're travelling to Vancouver specifically to ski, you can settle in to Whistler for 2 weeks and not get bored. If you're travelling to Vancouver and fitting in a few ski days, that works, too. Ideally, you'll have 3-4 days in a row of skiing to really make the mountains your own. Have a great trip!

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