With spring rapidly approaching and cherry blossoms already budding, the days of hitting the slopes are numbered. In fact, the last day of winter is March 20th, so if you want to do a bit of skiing or snowboarding before then, these ski hills in BC are worth a visit.
Without further ado, here are 8 last-minute ski hills to check out before winter ends.
We’re starting off with some of the most inexpensive lift tickets in the country. For just $19, you can spend a full day on Mount Baldy ($13 for the afternoon), or opt for a $17 single-ride ticket. Whether you’re trying out the ski hill for the first time or heading up for some back-country skiing, these prices definitely sweeten the pot.
Where: 2680 Mount Baldy Road, Oliver
This one’s a bit of a trek from Vancouver, but the north-facing Pheonix Mountain offers some of the best alpine opportunities in Boundary Country. For a mix of challenging slopes and long-sweeping beginner-friendly trail, this is a great option. And for just $47 for a full day of skiing/snowboarding ($39 for a half-day), your wallet will thank you too.
Multi-day passes are also available for $135 for three full days of skiing, and $255 for six days.
Where: 8000 Phoenix Ski Hill Road, Grand Forks
The crown jewel of BC ski hills, Whistler stretches across two mountains, offering winter sports enthusiasts all they can handle, plus a little extra. State-of-the-art technology and every kind of terrain you can imagine all await. A word to the wise, though, you’ll want to go with someone who knows the mountain(s) to really make the most of it.
Where: 4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
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Now, for the option that’s most accessible to Vancouver. Mount Seymour is currently offering 3Ski weekday and night passes for $99 and $126 respectively, which allows skiers to ride the lift three times – with or without rentals. This comes down to $33 for a night ride or $42 for a day ride, and best of all? No reservations are required!
Where: 1700 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver
With 600 skiable acres and 6 lifts, Cypress is definitely a top-tier winter sports destination for folks coming in from the city. In fact, it’s considered Vancouver’s largest ski resort, which means there is no shortage of options when it comes to skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and more. While lift tickets are coming soon, season passes can currently be purchased starting at $589 for downhill skiing.
Where: 6000 Cypress Bowl Road, West Vancouver
We couldn’t have a list of ski hills near Vancouver without Grouse. In addition to the iconic Grind, the mountain boasts a ton of fun winter activities, from downhill skiing to ice pond skating and a holiday light walk. And as of December 2nd, The Cut and Chalet Road runs are open, accessible via The Screaming Eagle Chair. Also open is The Cut Terrain Park and The Snowshoe Grind – all with early season conditions.
Mountain Admission starts at $69 for the day, with access to all open mountaintop activities.
When: Now open
Where: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
This one’s a hidden gem pick if there ever was one. Sitting west of Penticton, this mountain has some great stuff on-piste, no doubt, but that is greatly overshadowed by the absolutely massive backcountry terrain it offers. If you’re properly trained, this is an easy way to enjoy untouched powder every time you visit, without dishing out for cat or heli-skiing.
Lift tickets start at $105 for the day or $67 for a half-day, with ski rentals available for $55 per day.
When: Opening Friday, December 2nd from 9 am to 3:30 pm
Where: 324 Strayhorse Road, Keremeos
Last but not least – we come to Manning Park Resort. Their lift tickets are dynamically priced, meaning you’ll get a better deal if you book them in advance. Currently, their website shows full-day prices between $59 and $81 for January and February, depending on the day of the week.
Where: 7500 BC-3, Manning Park
And that’s a wrap on some last-minute ski hills to check out in BC before winter ends. Stay safe out there!