Kimberley Ski Resort
Tucked away in a deep valley in British Columbia, Kimberley is a bit of a Canadian hidden gem.
There may only be three main lifts, but with a vertical of 750m, 1800 acres of terrain and some of Canada's finest gladed runs, Kimberley's compact ski area has more than enough to keep all but the keenest and most adventurous skiers busy. The resort may not get as much snow as resorts further west in British Columbia, but the Purcell Mountain powder is famously light and dry and the lack of crowds means the fresh snow lasts longer here than elsewhere.
Getting here is the only slight issue, with a long transfer from Calgary (4.5 hours) or an internal flight to get here. This makes combining a visit here with a roadtrip to visit other resorts a good plan – resorts such as Banff (Lake Louise, Norquay and Sunshine Village) and Red Mountain or cat/heli skiing in the Kootenay Mountains. Once in Kimberley, there's a good range of accommodation on offer at the base in the purpose-built mountain village or down in the valley below – but this would require a short drive or bus ride to the slopes.
Resort website: www.skikimberley.com