Whitewater Ski Resort

Downhill skiing resort near Nelson, BC

Just 25 minutes from downtown Nelson, Whitewater Ski Resort is a world-class ski destination that still enjoys a well-deserved laid back reputation.

Averaging 40 feet of snow annually, and with 81 runs, and part of the Powder Highway, it's been called "one of the best powder mountains on the continent" by Powder Magazine. With the lodge base at 5400 feet (1646 metres) and lifts up to 6700 feet (2042 metres), it offers consistent and reliable snow for those seeking winter ski getaways. WH2O features:

  • Full-service day lodge, with rental/repair/equipment shop
  • Fresh Tracks Café & Coal Oil Johnny's Pub, offering some of the finest ski resort food in Canada
  • Range of lesson and program options from the Adventure Centre
  • Multi-use trails for nordic skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking, and dog walking. See the trail map.
  • Festivals and events including the legendary Coldsmoke Powder Festival in mid-February

Whitewater is supported by a range of excellent ski equipment and rental stores in Nelson, as well as a variety of accommodation options to suit every taste and budget. 

More information and snow reports are available on the resort's website.

Wow & Pow

This winter embrace the big pow and the amazing wow at our dining and shopping and artisan locations in the region. And you can even enter to win a local package to come back again next year!

The Hummingbird Lodge & Campsite

Whitewater's not just a winter destination, with this new year around lodge and seasonal campsite. Discover a new 2 bedroom suite, perfect for winter enthusiasts looking for more access to backcountry touring, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Find fully serviced RV and tent sites in the summer, proving options for summer play in the spectacular mountains for hiking, climbing, mountain biking and other recreation. 

Hummingbird Lodge & Campground

Safety First

Before venturing into the mountains be sure to check Avalanche Canada and DriveBC for snow conditions. There are lots of backcountry and avalanche awareness courses available and local guides to help make your trip as enjoyable and safe as possible. 

Whitewater Shuttle

The Whitewater Ski Resort Shuttle offers slope side service every day! With daily operation throughout the season, multiple pick up/drop off points throughout Nelson, and pickups timed to get you to the mountain on time for first chair, getting to Whitewater has never been easier!

The shuttle runs once a day, every day through the season. 

For shuttle schedule details and to book visit the Whitewater website

Spokane Shuttle

Daily Shuttle to/from Spokane Airport: Kootenay Gateway offers a shuttle to and from Spokane International Airport to Nelson Thursday to Sunday throughout the winter season. Driving time is about 4 hours. Book your shuttle 48 hours in advance to confirm a seat.  Book online or call 1-250-362-0080. 

For more shuttle details visit the Spokane Shuttle webpage.

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