Huge snow and no lift lines Nick Laver, Product Manager

"Whitewater is a resort like no other. Here it’s all about vast quantities of light, dry powder snow, steep tree-lined terrain and an unique mountain that skis like lift-accessed back-country. "

Whitewater Ski Holidays

The Powder Highway is a legendary circular ski road trip route through the interior of British Columbia and the Kootenay Rockies. It features up to seven of Canada’s best powder destinations: Panorama, Kicking Horse, Revelstoke, Red Mountain, Whitewater, Kimberley and Fernie. Whitewater is known as the capital of the Powder Highway.

Renowned for truly epic winters, Whitewater sits 22kms from the town of Nelson at the southern end of the legendary Selkirk Mountain range at a higher base elevation than most other Powder Highway resorts. It gets huge snow! Close to 40ft of powder per winter to be exact, which puts it firmly in the top spot as our North American resort with the highest average annual snowfall (bigger snowfall than Whistler, Revelstoke and even Jackson Hole!). Add that to a 2000ft+ vertical and up to 2367 acres of prime powder terrain spread over three mountain faces featuring groomers, open bowls, glades, chutes and tree skiing. If Powder Magazine calls Whitewater ‘one of the best powder mountains on the continent’, and Lonely Planet places Whitewater in the ‘Best top 10 powder destinations in the world’, then it’s easy to see why this legendary resort should be on your radar.

Stay down in the funky and authentic lakeside town of Nelson (25 mins drive) with its meticulously restored heritage buildings housing boutiques filled with local artists' work, an array of outdoor equipment and clothing stores, cafes, diverse restaurants and rockin' bars – this is BC heritage with a twist.

Skiing in Whitewater

Whitewater only has three lifts serving three mountain faces, with a total of 82 named trails but really this mountain is skied pretty much how you want to – choose your line, ski between the trails, make your own tracks, and repeat. Whitewater is certainly best suited to advanced/expert skiers and riders as 58% of the terrain is classified as black, and that is principally because of how the mountain is skied. It’s different from all the other Powder Highway resorts – more in-bounds back-country, or ‘slack country’ style that’s hard to define. The focus is on the quality and quantity of powder here, where finding your own line through the trees is the main event. Expect stellar snow, no lift lines and a resort experience like no other.

Getting to Whitewater

Ski Independence offer daily flights to Castlegar via Vancouver (requires an overnight in Vancouver on the outwards journey) with Air Canada or to Spokane (USA) via Chicago or San Francisco with United Airlines, and we provide complete flexibility to choose the day of departure, holiday duration, choice of airline and cabin type. We have the freedom to build you the perfect holiday itinerary around the best flight options that suit you, and not around a product we’re committed to sell.

All of our holidays to Whitewater include a shared scheduled shuttle transfer. We can also offer a selection of bespoke private transfers. The area is perhaps best explored with the flexibility of a self-drive car, SUV or minivan. We offer 'Gold' option car rental which includes all the mandatory taxes & fees, extra drive fees, fuel and ski rack. We can also offer vehicles with SatNav. Call us about our unique ‘Powder Highway’ packages.


Important information
Season Early December - Early April
Ski Area 2,367 acres
Annual Snowfall 40ft
Number of Lifts 3
Ski Range 5,400-7,44ft
Blue Runs 10%
Red Runs 32%
Black Runs 58%
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Distance from airports
Castlegar 35 mins
Spokane (USA) 3 hrs 15 mins
Kelowna 4 hrs