Up there with the likes of Fernie as a cult resort for expert skiers who can handle its steep terrain, wide glades and powder-filled bowls. While not big in European terms, it packs a lot of tough stuff into its mountains, aided by just under 8m of average seasonal snowfall.

From the 2013/14 season the ski area was hugely expanded by a new quad chair up Grey Mountain, adjacent to its existing Granite Mountain terrain, adding some more intermediate runs to its existing mainly gnarly black runs through the trees. It's still the black and double-black stuff that is the real attraction; they're marked on the map, but not on the mountain - so a guide may be necessary to explore it fully. While growing in popularity, the resort still passes under the radar for many, leaving slopes relatively uncrowded, even on a powder day when compared to other BC resorts.

There is good cat-skiing here too - and another 200 acres was added in recent years. Accommodation has recently been built at the base, but otherwise you stay at the small old mining town of Rossland just 4km away. A charming former gold mining town with a laid back atmosphere, it also offers exceptional value for money thanks to it's comparative lack of development and international visitors.

Getting there

  • Castlegar airport: 30 minutes
  • Spokane airport: 2.5 hours

Contact Details

  • Tourist office: +1 800 663 0105

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