Skiing in BC's Okanagan

Skiing in BC's Okanagan

Ski Hills & Skiing Resorts in the Okanagan, BC

[Apex Mountain] [Big White] [Crystal Mountain] [Mount Baldy] [Silver Star]

Providers in this area.

Apex Mountain Resort:

Apex Mountain Ski Resort, near Penticton in the South Okanagan is a great place to enjoy a family mountain vacation. Rated "Best Small Destination Resort" by Ski Canada Magazine, it's located at the base of a spectacular mountain, with excellent dry powder. The slopes are not crowded and the lift lines are short with ample skiing and boarding area. During the summer months go mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding into alpine country. There are excellent on- mountain accommodations. Facilities include meeting rooms and conference centre, restaurants, fine dining and pubs, outdoor hot tubs, rental and repairs, and shops. There is night skiing, and an outdoor hockey/skating rink. The Snow Sport and Adventure Centre features the Ski and Snowboard School, a Kid's Club and a reservation centre for all resort activities.

Mountain Stats:
Annual Snowfall: 600cm (19 ft or 228in)
Vertical Drop: 610m (2,000ft)
Runs - 67 trails
Novice - 16%
Intermediate - 48%
Advance - 36%

Lift total - 5 (including 1 high-speed quad chairlift)

For more information
Phone Toll free 1-877-777-APEX(2739)

Big White Ski Resort:

This year round resort is located approx. 54k (33.5m)) from Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. Big White's light champagne power attracts skiers and snowboarders from all parts of North America. This alpine village offers hotels, condos, chalets and hostels with a total capacity of more than 8,000. All accommodations have convenient access to the runs, ski to/ ski from the skiing area. On mountain facilities include ski shops and rentals, repair shops, a ski school, spas including hot tub/jacuzzi/sauna, day care an indoor swimming pool, grocery and liquor stores, conference centre, restaurants, lounges and pubs. Another great feature is the Mega-SnowCoaster, the largest mountain tube ride in North America. Other fun activities include skating, snowshoeing, dog sledding and snowmobiling.

Mountain Stats:
Elevation - 2,319m (7,606ft)
Village elevation - 1,755m (5,706ft)
Vertical drop - 777m (2,550ft)
Night vertical drop - 495m (1,624ft) Tuesday to Saturdays 5pm - 8pm
- 38 acres light for night skiing

Resort area - 2,968h (7,155a)
Skiable area - 1,064h (2,565a)
Groomed - 405h (755a)
Alpine & gladed areas - 540h (1325a)
Annual average snowfall - 750cm (24.5ft)
Runs - 112 designed trails
Beginners - 18%
Intermediate - 56%
Advanced - 26%
Longest run - 7.2k (4.5m)
Lift total - 13
Gondola- one 8-passenger high speed
Chairlifts - 4 high speed quads
- 1 fixed quad
- 1 triple chair
- 1 double chair
Surface lifts - 1 Tbar
- 1 Children's magic carpet
- 1 beginner's handle tow
Tubing lifts - 2 Leitner tube lifts
Uphill Capacity - 23,400 skiers per hour

For complete resort information:
Phone: (250) 765-3101
Fax: (250) 765-8200

Crystal Mountain:

Crystal Mountain offers visitors night skiing facilities, a day lodge, ski school, ski shop and rentals, restaurants and pubs. The mountain is located 15 minutes (14 km or 9 miles) from downtown Westbank or 25 minutes (28 km or 17 miles from Kelowna.

Season: early December to mid March
Monday closed
Tuesday nights from 5pm to 9pm
Wednesday to Friday 10 am to 3:30 pm & nights 5pm to 9pm
Saturday from 9am to 3:30 pm & nights 5pm to 9 pm
Sunday 9am to 3:30 pm
Annual Snowfall: 310 cm (122 in)
Vertical Rise: 200 m (656 ft)
Elevations: peak 1400 m (4592 ft)
base 1200 m (3936 ft)
# of Runs: 20
Lifts: 1 double chair, 2 t-bars
Difficulty: 30% beginner, 50% intermediate, 20% advanced
Nearby Ski Areas: Snowpatch Ski Hill, Mt. Baldy Ski Area

Contact: Crystal Mountain Resorts Ltd.
Box 26044, Westbank BC, Canada
V4T 2G3
phone (250) 768 5189
fax (250) 768 3755
snow phone (250) 768 3753

Mt. Baldy:

Located on the mountain tops of the Okanagan-Similkameen and Boundary-Kootenay regions of B.C., Mt. Baldy is just minutes away from the communities of Oliver, Osoyoos and Penticton.

With one of the highest base elevations in B.C. at 5,665 feet, the mountain is assured consistent skiing conditions and an annual snowfall of over 20 feet. "We currently operate on three mountain faces, the southeast face of Mt. Baldy, the East face of Sugarlump and the west face of Mt. McKinney. The ski area includes the Eagle Double Chair, Sugarlump Quad Chair, the McKinney T-bar and a Magic Carpet lift in our learning area."

"The Eagle Chair rises 1,293 vertical feet with access to over 400 skiable acres of diverse trails and glades; however, the mountain rises another 500 feet with access to the presently skied South face for the more adventuresome. The Sugarlump Quad rises 777 vertical feet with access to a diverse terrain mix, including the terrain park. The McKinney T-bar rises 337 vertical feet with access to beginner and intermediate ski trails."

"Whether you ski, snowboard or tele-ski our mountain has something for everyone. The Snow Sports Centre is home to the snow school, rental shop and repair shop, and has everything you need for a great day on the slopes. We offer a range of lessons that will teach you the basics of skiing for the first time, or how to perfect your snowboarding turns. Choose between group and private lessons and learn from our outgoing and enthusiastic instructors who love winter as much as you do."

"Other facilities include the main day lodge complete with the ticket office, the ski patrol, the cafeteria, and the unique Baldy Bar - the place to be after a great day on the slopes."

"In addition to downhill pursuits, Mt. Baldy offers a variety of other activities including the new Mt. Baldy Nordic Centre with groomed and track-set trails for the cross country ski enthusiast. Or discover the mountain in a whole new way with an excursion in the forest by snow shoe or cross country skis on 20 km of marked, un-groomed shared trails.

For those who like to test their skills on the jumps and rails the terrain park offers a variety of features for all levels. Or grab the entire family and rediscover the joy of zooming down hill in our tobogganing area. And at the end of the day, soak up the last of the Baldy sunshine with a round of Frisbee Golf through our re-designed 18-hole championship Frisbee golf course."

Mountain Quick Facts:

  • Mt. Baldy - Eagle Double Chair:
    • Peak Elevation 7557ft/2303m
    • Base Elevation 5665ft/1726m
    • Top of Chair 6965ft/2123m
    • Vertical Drop 1293ft/427m
  • Sugarlump – “Alyce” Quad Chai:
    • Peak Elevation 6449ft/1966m
    • Base Elevation 5672ft/1729m
    • Vertical Drop 777ft/237m
  • Mt. McKinney - McKinney T-bar & Magic Carpet:
    • Peak Elevation 6016ft/1834m
    • Base Elevation 5679ft/1731m
    • Vertical Drop (T-bar) 337ft/103m
    • Vertical Drop (Magic Carpet) 56ft/17m

Runs & Acreage 34 runs & 600 acres of trails
Glades & Tress 340 acres
Average snowfall 21.5ft/650cm
Average temperature -5C/23F

Slope Rating:

  • Easier 29%
  • Intermediate 41%
  • Difficult 30%

Season Early December to early April

Contact: Mount Baldy,
Box 1499,
Oliver, BC V0H 1T0

Phone: 250.498.4086
Toll Free: 1.866. SKI BALDY
Snow Phone: 250-498-4799
Fax: 250.498.4087

Silver Star Mountain Resort:

One of BC's most popular ski areas, Silver Star Mountain Resort, is located 22km (14m) from Vernon in the beautiful Okanagan Valley. This four-season adventure destination offers excellent down hill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and night skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dog sledding and sleight rides. Great dry powder and incredible terrain only add to the skiing and snowmobiling fun. Summer means mountain biking, hiking, guided alpine tours, and festivals. There are 8 hotels and more than 100 vacation homes available on the mountain. The Village has numerous food and beverage outlets, ski shops and rentals, indoor swimming pool, hot tub/jacuzzi/saunas, conference rooms, laundromat, deli, grocery stores, clothing stores and gift shops, ATM, Internet Access and lockers. Ski, snowboard, telemark, and cross-country ski lessons are all available. Silver Star has a daycare, a skating rink and other amenities.

Mountain Stats:
Elevation - 1,915m (6,280ft)
Village Elevation - 1,609 (5,280ft)
Vertical drop - 760m (2,500 ft)
Average snowfall - 700cm (23ft)
Skiable area - 1,103h (2,725a)

Runs - 108 marked downhill trails
Beginners - 20%
Intermediate - 50%
Advanced - 30%
Longest run - 8km (5m)

Lift total - 10
2 detachable quads
1 fixed grip quad
2 double chairs,
2 T-bars,
2 - 80ft "Magic Carpet"
1 Dopplemeyer Tube Lift

Uphill capacity - 13,800 skiers/boarders per hour

Snowboarding - 2 halfpipes, 1 night lit half pipe, boarder cross track and Terrain Park
Cross Country - 105km of core trails, 70-80km groomed and track set daily, 4km lit
Track, 3 Trailheads, 4-day lodges, 3 huts, and shuttle bus.

For more information
Phone (250) 542-0224
Fax (250) 542-1236
Phone Toll free 1-800-663-4431

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