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Canada’s Powder Triangle

Published August 24th, 2015

If you’re dreaming of heading off in search of some serious powder in the new year, set your sights on British Columbia (BC) and Canada’s Powder Triangle. Land here and you’ll find yourself in a whole new world of winter fun.

BC's Powder Highway connects one of the highest concentrations of ski and snowboard resorts in the world. Snow bunnies can hop from one mountain to another, enjoying the once-in-a-lifetime experience of the ultimate ski road trip along Highway 1, Canada’s powder playground.

With eight impressive resorts to choose from, you can visit as many or as few as your legs will allow. The hardest part will no doubt be deciding where to begin.

You'll find plenty of powder, terrain and variety when skiing Canada's Powder Triangle (Image: Getty)

Fernie Alpine Resort

Amazing Fernie is a dream for powder adventurers with an average snowfall of nine metres. It’s a great all-round resort, with almost equal amounts of terrain for beginner, intermediate and experienced skiers and boarders, accompanied by a diverse range of marked runs.

If your exhausted thighs need a rest, you can indulge in some other iconic winter experiences. Snowmobiling, sleigh riding and ice-skating are all on offer. Anyone still energised after a long day on the slopes can embrace Fernie’s apres-ski and nightlife.

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

When it comes to fresh and dense snow, Kicking Horse holds the reigns. Renowned as one of North America’s best powder resorts (annual average snowfall of seven metres), Kicking Horse is also home to one of the highest vertical drops on the continent.

There are more than 100 runs and 27 trails to keep you entertained. If that's not enough, the snowtube park and ice-skating rink are great alternatives to skiing and boarding.

Cruise along the numerous runs at Kicking Horse (Image: Alex Giesbrecht)

Panorama Mountain Resort

Aptly named Panorama for its stunning vistas of the Canadian Rockies mountain range, this smaller resort really packs a punch with its double black diamond runs, impressive terrain park and range of off-piste skiing.

This ski-in, ski-out resort has a great range of slope-side accommodation, so you’ll be able to strap in and go as soon as you wake up in the morning.

Kimberley Alpine Resort

Venture off the beaten track at Kimberley Ski Resort. You'll rarely have to wait in lift queues here and you might even get the chance to create fresh tracks.

With only five lifts, Kimberley is a smaller resort than some of its busier neighbours, but you can still find plenty of thigh-burning runs including a 6.5-kilometre-long trail. Kimberley is the perfect authentic winter ski experience where you can even try sleeping in an igloo or take a romantic sleigh ride.

Late-night boarding at Kimberley (Image: Mike Reece)

Red Mountain Resort

A quieter resort in the Powder Triangle, Red Mountain offers a huge range of playful mountain-style terrain for expert skiers and boarders. Over the years it has become especially popular with freestyle skiers.

The resort now includes neighbouring Grey Mountain, making it one of Canada’s largest ski resorts. There’s consistently good snowfall at Red Mountain and the tree runs, terrain parks and back-country adventures on offer rarely fail to excite seasoned powder hounds.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort

One of Canada’s newest resorts on the Triangle is quickly becoming one if the country's most popular snow destinations. Revelstoke is a powderific playground of epic proportions. Not only does it have the longest vertical descent in North America, it also has a 15-kilometre-plus run and impressive snowfall. If you’ve ever wanted to try heli-skiing, this is the place to do it.

Currently about the same size as nearby Panorama Resort and one-third the size of Whistler, there are plans to extend the resort. Once it has been fully developed (within the next 20 years) Revelstoke will officially become the biggest ski resort on the continent.

Venture beyond the usual runs at Revelstoke (Image: Getty)

Whitewater Ski Resort

Located in the Selkirk Mountains near the historic mining town of Nelson, Whitewater offers an off-the-beaten-path and no-frills ski experience.

The resort is blessed with around 12 metres of fresh snow each year, as well as an abundance of natural terrain for all levels of skiers and boarders. Pretty Nelson, with its range of accommodation, restaurants and hot springs, is an inspiring winter destination that adds a little magic to every Whitewater Ski Resort experience.

Amy Dalgleish

Wanderlust pommie, currently living the dream in sunny Byron Bay.