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Skiing & Snowboarding

World-class skiing in rural paradise

Discover why the Kaslo and Nelson region is the capital for cat skiing, and Nelson is truly North America's best ski town.

  • Downhill skiing: Whitewater Ski Resort is the area's best kept secret, with top quality runs and huge snowfalls ensuring the resort competes with the best.
  • Backcountry skiing: beautiful terrain and numerous mountain passes are expertly served by several mountain guide companies.
  • Cat and Heli skiing: deep powder, incredible terrain, and five cat ski companies in the area combine to make Nelson and Kootenay Lake the Cat Ski Capital of the world.
  • Nordic skiing: from the nordic ski club's trails just 10 minutes outside Nelson, to networks of trails accessible near many towns and villages, cross-country skiing is right on your doorstep.
  • Other winter activities are part of our region: curling, skating, tobaganning, hockey, fat tire biking and snowmobling. Come out and enjoy!

Don't just take our word for it...

Read in the New York Times about The Powder Highway, the stretch of road that meanders through various Kootenay ski destinations, places that host some of the best skiing on the planet.

Whitewater Ski Resort

Whitewater Ski Resort

Averaging 40 feet of snow annually, and with 81 runs, it's been called "one of the best powder mountains on the continent" by Powder Magazine. 

Baldface Lodge

Baldface Lodge

With over 32,000 acres of skiable terrain, open bowls, peaks, perfectly spaced trees and 500+ inches of snow - you never have to worry about competing for fresh tracks. 

Retallack

Retallack

Retallack is a remote mountain wilderness that prides itself on “being in the right place.” For cat-skiing or mountain biking you'll want to check us out!

Selkirk Snowcat Skiing

Selkirk Snowcat Skiing

Catskiing (the industry!) started here at Selkirk Snowcat Skiing in 1975. Today, we still have the best snow and terrain anywhere.

White Grizzly Cat Skiing

White Grizzly Cat Skiing

Steep treed snowcat skiing for experienced powder enthusiasts. Based in the Selkirk Mountains of Meadow Creek, BC; the birthplace of cat skiing.

Stellar Heliskiing

Stellar Heliskiing

Stellar Heliskiing specializes in total satisfaction for both expert and intermediate skiers who want to ski the Kootenay’s legendary peaks and majestic glaciers. 

Nelson Nordic Ski Club

Nelson Nordic Ski Club

The Nelson Nordic Ski Club (NNSC) is Nelson's cross-country skiing hub. Just 10 minutes south of town, it offers more than 25 km of groomed trails for both skate skiers and classic skiers, from beginner to expert level. 

Kootenay Backcountry Guides

Kootenay Backcountry Guides

Kootenay Backcountry Guides is your local source for ACMG backcountry ski and snowboard guides. We provide epic backcountry experiences.  

Summit Mountain Guides

Summit Mountain Guides

Summit Mountain Guides offers mountain guiding services and instruction for the vertically inclined. Our programs include all levels of backcountry ski touring, mountaineering, rock & Ice climbing and hiking trips.

Gerick Cycle and Ski

Gerick Cycle and Ski

If there is one thing that defines us, it is our valuable bike and ski proudcts and commitment to excellent customer service! 

The Sacred Ride

The Sacred Ride

The Sacred Ride is Nelson, BC’s premier mountain bike, ski and snowboard shop with great selection, service and prices on road and mountain bikes, skis, snowboards, gear and clothing.

Snowpack Outdoor Experiences

Snowpack Outdoor Experiences

Snowpack caters to people who are looking for the best gear to use on any of their outdoor pursuits. We also offer Canada’s Only Patagonia Clothing and Outlet.

Valhalla Pure Outfitters Nelson

Valhalla Pure Outfitters Nelson

A whole bunch of outdoor lifestyle clothing and gear is what you will find at Valhalla Pure, and our customer service will keep you coming back to our shop.

Village Ski Hut

At Village Ski Hut, we have everything you need for the slopes. We carry the newest in ski and boot technology for every skier ability and we take pride in getting you on the right equipment.

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