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Ski vacation Vancouver: Top Destinations

Skiing in Vancouver

Looking to spend some time on the slopes without leaving Greater Vancouver? Grouse Mountain and Cypress Mountain are just a short trip from Vancouver's city centre and offer snow-making and night-skiing, making them perfect for cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and many other snow-based activities. If you’re not into any of these activities, walking and hiking are also great options, as the region is blessed with breathtaking landscapes. Otherwise, just chill out at with a mug of hot cocoa or a glass of wine and relish the snow-covered scenery.

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Ranking the Best Ski Vacations near Vancouver Based on Affordability and Mountain Conditions

The Best Ski Getaways Near Vancouver


What are the best ski destinations near Vancouver? Canada’s west coast has some of the world’s best skiing and snowboarding, but finding a mountain to match your budget can be a big challenge during peak season.

To help you plan the perfect ski weekend, HomeToGo has gone off-trail and into the deep powder to bring you a list of the best ski slopes within a day’s drive from downtown Vancouver.

The Vancouver Ski Index ranks the best slopes nearby, based on a few key factors: The price of a lift ticket, equipment rentals, lunch on the slopes, overnight accommodation, and an après ski caesar cocktail. For hardcore ski enthusiasts, we also collected data on the size of each mountain, lift capacity, and average annual snowfall. See below for the full methodology.

Most Affordable Ski Cabin

Whitewater Mountain has the cheapest vacation rental prices at $28.34 per person per night - Roughly 1/4 of the average nightly price near Whistler.

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Most Affordable Après Ski

Big White has the best prices for a slope-side caesar cocktail + classic poutine - 30% cheaper than the index average!

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More Mountain... More Money

Whistler Blackcomb is the clear winner for overall ski experience with almost 2x more skiable terrain and 3x the lift capacity.

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Worth the Drive!

Revelstoke Mountain has the 3rd longest travel distance from Vancouver (~6.5 hours) but it also has 2nd highest ski experience score and highest vertical drop in North America!

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The 10 Most Affordable Ski Destinations Near Vancouver

Rank
Destination
Transport
Lift Ticket
Lunch
DRINK
Accom.
Rental
Total
1
Cypress Mountain
$5.00
$79.00
$12.00
$10.50
$68.56
$47.00
$ 222.06
2
Mount Washington
$38.10*
$95.00
$12.00
$9.00
$39.95
$48.00
$242.05
3
Apex Mountain
$70.25
$85.00
$10.50
$10.00
$43.76
$44.00
$263.51
4
Whitewater Mountain
$119.19
$89.00
$8.50
$6.75
$28.34
$43.00
$294.78
5
Red Mountain
$111.06
$96.00
$10.95
$12.00
$36.37
$54.00
$320.38
6
Sun Peaks Mountain
$74.04
$105.00
$13.00
$12.00
$72.36
$45.00
$321.40
7
SilverStar Mountain 
$88.31
$115.00
$12.50
$11.00
$54.36
$44.99
$326.16
8
Revelstoke Mountain
$103.12
$119.00
$12.00
$9.95
$37.88
$45.50
$327.45
9
Big White Mountain
$81.63
$125.00
$8.50
$6.50
$90.64
$46.00
$358.27
10
Whistler Blackcomb 
$22.03
$178.00
$16.00
$11.50
$104.44
$66.59
$398.56

*Transport prices do not include the cost of ferries, toll roads, or bridges.

The 10 Best Ski Destinations Ranked by Experience

Rank
Destination
Vertical Drop
Skiable Area
Lift Capacity
Avg. Snowfall
Night Skiing
Visitor Rating*
Total Score
1
Whistler Blackcomb
1609 m
8172 ac
67307
1163 cm
0
4.6
51.8
2
Revelstoke Mountain
1713 m
3121 ac
9700
1050 cm
0
4.7
44.6
3
Mount Washington
505 m
1700 ac
11620
1100 cm
5
4.6
42.9
4
Big White Mountain
777 m
2765 ac
28700
749 cm
3
4.7
42.5
5
SilverStar Mountain
760 m
3282 ac
14000
701 cm
3
4.7
41.2
6
Red Mountain
890 m
4200 ac
9200
760 cm
0
4.8
40.7
7
Whitewater Mountain
623 m
2367 ac
4500
1200 cm
0
4.7
40.4
8
Sun Peaks Mountain
882 m
4272 ac
13600
600 cm
0
4.6
37.0
9
Cypress Mountain
610 m
600 ac
9000
726 cm
5
4.4
36.8
10
Apex Mountain
610 m
1112 ac
4720
600 cm
2
4.5
34.0
*1
Whistler Blackcomb
(9.6)
(10.0)
(10.0)
(9.7)
(5.0)
(7.5)
51.8
*2
Revelstoke Mountain 
(10.0)
(6.7)
(5.4)
(8.8)
(5.0)
(8.8)
44.6
*3
Mount Washington
(5.0)
(5.7)
(5.6)
(9.2)
(10.0)
(7.5)
43.0
*4
Big White Ski Resort
(6.1)
(6.4)
(6.9)
(6.3)
(8.0)
(8.8)
42.5
*5
SilverStar Mountain
(6.1)
(6.8)
(5.8)
(5.8)
(8.0)
(8.8)
41.2
*6
Red Mountain Resort
(6.6)
(7.4)
(5.4)
(6.3)
(5.0)
(10.0)
40.7
*7
Whitewater Ski Resort
(5.5)
(6.2)
(5.0)
(10.0)
(5.0)
(8.8)
40.4
*8
Sun Peaks Resort
(6.3)
(7.4)
(5.7)
(5.0)
(5.0)
(7.5)
37.0
*9
Cypress Mountain
(5.4)
(5.0)
(5.4)
(6.1)
(10.0)
(5.0)
36.8
*10
Apex Mountain Resort
(5.4)
(5.3)
(5.0)
(5.0)
(7.0)
(6.3)
34.0

Mapped: The Best Ski Destinations Near Vancouver

How We Produced This Guide


Ski Affordability

Total Cost = Transportation Cost + Lift Pass + Lunch + Drink + Accomodation + Equipment Rental

Transport = [Km from downtown Vancouver * 0.07L/km] * [$1.29/L].

Fuel prices were provided by CAA and were calculated on Jan 8, 2019. Fuel economy is based on the average highway fuel economy for a new 4 cyl. SUV as reported on NRCAN. Please note that these prices do not include the cost of ferries, toll roads, or bridges.

Lift ticket prices are for a full day adult lift ticket, purchased from the ticket window on a typical Saturday during the 2019 season (not including promotional pricing for advanced purchase or multi-day passes).

Equipment rental prices are for intermediate skis, boots, and poles for one day.

The accommodation price is the average price per person per night to stay in a 4-person vacation rental found on HomeToGo within 10km of the ski mountain. Prices are for one night between the dates of Jan 1st, 2019 and April 20, 2019. Our own metasearch data provided this information.

Lunch & drink prices are based on the cost of a regular poutine and caesar cocktail from a restaurant located on the mountain or at its base. The data was sourced using online menus and does not include special pricing for restaurant happy hour or promotions.

All prices in CAD. Please note that this is a forecast and that prices may change between now and the upcoming season. When prices for 2019 were not available from the resorts, we based our price forecasts on last season’s prices. Prices exclude sales tax. For additional information, please contact [email protected].


Ski Experience

Score(i) = 5 * [ ( x(i) - x(min) ) / ( x(max) - x(min) ) ] + 5

We examined dozens of ski destinations within an 8 hour drive from Vancouver. We then created a shortlist of top ski destinations based on the experience categories listed below. The data for each of these categories was collected from each mountain's website in January 2019. To calculate the total score for experience, we used the equation above to get a representative numerical value between 5 and 10 for each category - with 5 representing the lowest data point and 10 representing the highest data point. We then added all of the category scores to get the total experience score for each mountain. The hypothetical "perfect score" would be 60 out of 60.

The six experience categories for this index include:

Skiable Vertical: Vertical elevation from the base of the mountain to the highest point accessible by ski lift.

Skiable Area: Hectares of terrain that are patrolled and designated for skiing.

Lift Capacity: The maximum number of skiers that can be transported up the mountain per hour.

Annual Average Snowfall: Average annual snowfall as reported on the ski resort website.

Night Skiing: Based on the number of ski lifts open after 4 p.m. on weekends.

Visitor Rating*: Average visitor rating of each ski resort collected from Google Maps on January 8th, 2019.

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How much do accommodations cost for Skiing near Vancouver?

Nightly prices for home rentals Vancouver can range from $134 to $164 and you can find discounts up to 49%!

When is the best weather for skiing Vancouver?

The best time of year for ski trips Vancouver is in January and February because they typically have the best temperatures for good snow.

What are the most popular accommodations for Skiing near Vancouver?

Many families and travellers choose to book Hotel rooms or Apartment rentals for their Skiing near Vancouver.

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