Whitewater Ski Resort, British Columbia

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Whitewater Ski Resort near Nelson, BC and Escape2ski help you find skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging and webcams. Whitewater Ski Resort, near the city of Nelson, British Columbia is a local family-friendly ski and snowboard resort that offers big mountain terrain. It is also known for being one of the ski […]

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Whitewater Ski Resort near Nelson, BC and Escape2ski help you find skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging and webcams. Whitewater Ski Resort, near the city of Nelson, British Columbia is a local family-friendly ski and snowboard resort that offers big mountain terrain. It is also known for being one of the ski resorts that make-up what is known throughout the world as the Powder Highway. Nelson, BC like many other towns of the time, was placed on the map around 1867 due to the discovery of gold and silver that attracted many people to the area in the hope of prosperity. As with many resource-based economies, when their natural resources begin to decline, so does the economy. Like many other ski towns, tourism seems to be a common theme for reviving these areas and Nelson, BC was no different. The history of skiing in this beautiful area started with Danny McKay, a ski jumper, who for many decades was the driving force behind the first ski hill in the Nelson area. Over the years, Whitewater Ski Resort has had several hillside locations to call home, but in 1974 the Ymir Bowl, part of the what is known as Ymir Mountain in the Selkirk Mountain Range, was chosen to be its permanent home. This spot was chosen for several reasons, natural beauty, terrain quality, tree skiing, an abundance of snow which results in great powder days and limited impact on the environment. Whitewater Ski Resort opened to the general public in its current location in 1976. Throughout its history, the ski resort has enjoyed several ownership groups all sharing a common vision of maintaining this beautiful area and attempting to offer an affordable mountain experience for family getaways that are filled with events like the annual winter carnival that occurs the 3rd weekend in January. Today, Whitewater Ski Resort has expanded from its humble beginnings, to offer skiing and snowboarding on three mountain areas, Glory Ridge, Summit and Silver King. Nelson and the Whitewater Ski Resort continue to be featured in many news articles, magazine publications, and annual rankings as one of the best towns in North America and lives by the motto, Pure, Simple & Real…Deep.

On the Slopes

  • The beautiful scenery, tree skiing and incredible terrain featured at the Whitewater Ski Resort all begin at the end of the Whitewater Ski Hill Rd in a horseshoe shaped valley. As you drive into this area, looking forward to the day ahead you cannot help but feel an adrenaline rush as you get ready to venture onto the slopes. The terrain is diverse yet offers an experience for all skiing and snowboarding levels to enjoy. The Bonanza trail features top to bottom skiing and snowboarding just off the Summit Chair. The intermediate terrain of Ramble On and Morning Glory on the backside offer great terrain where you can carve up the slopes.
  • Whitewater Ski Resort features one terrain park on the upper portion of the Jackpot trail near the Silver King chairlift. Here you can demonstrate your skills in the rail park that has a selection of features for any terrain park enthusiast to enjoy.
  • Commitment to excellence and creating the best possible experience at Whitewater Ski Resort is what the Mountain Hosts and the In Deep Resort Guides will provide. Mountain Host tours are “free” and for a small “fee” In Deep Resort Guides provide a 2-hour tour to the best powder stashes available.
  • Whitewater Ski Resort has a committed team of dedicated ski and snowboard instructors to get you on the slopes or improve your skills. There is an endless list of lesson and programs types available that range from beginner, group, private, school groups, youth programs and the Little Muckers lessons for ages 4 and 5. Other popular programs include the Ladies Day and Freeride.

Off the Slopes

  • Whitewater Ski Resort is known as a day ski area and has no lodging options on the mountain. However, an approximate 30-minute drive away is the charming and historic city of Nelson, BC. Nelson has transformed itself from mining town to a tourist destination with wonderfully restored heritage buildings and historic streets. Baker Street is the most well-known street, with a collection of restaurants, cafes, boutiques, sports stores and lodging.
  • Whitewater Ski Resort adds to its reputation as a great ski area with food and beverage served in the infamous Coal Oil Johnny’s Pub featuring a cozy atmosphere where you can meet old friends or make new friends while taking a break from the slopes. Combine this with the Fresh Tracks Café, and you have great food available for all tastes. There is also an extensive rental shop line-up and a small retail outlet where you spend a little shopping time for souvenirs and any items you may have forgotten to pack.
  • Whitewater Ski Resort is home to many activities away from the slopes. There is the Nordic Centre that has up to 15 km of groomed trails for cross-country skiing, 10 km of snowshoe trails and 5 km of trails that allow snow biking and dogs who can join their owners for some play time in the snow. The area is also popular for back-country activities, but we suggest that you take the time to get to know the area and be prepared as weather conditions and terrain can change quickly.
  • Get you to the slopes with ease as the Whitewater Ski Resort shuttle operates daily from Nelson and drops you in front of the day lodge, for a touch of VIP service. There are various pick-up points in the city of Nelson. Click on the link in the Helpful Links section below for more information.

On the Slopes

Off the Slopes

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Mountain Information

Current Status: Closed

Mountain Essentials

Vertical Drop:
2044 ft / 623 m

Base Elevation:
5400 (lowest 4666) ft / 1646 (lowest 1422) m

Summit Elevation:
6710 ft / 2045 m

Skiable Area:
1174 lift serviced (2367 total skiable) acres

Average Snowfall:
473 in / 1200 cm

Trail Map

Snow Report

Weather Conditions

Mountain Terrain

Total Trails: 82

Beginner: 8 (10%)

Intermediate: 26 (32%)

Advanced: 39 (47%)

Expert: 9 (11%)

Terrain Parks & Pipes: 1

Snow Cross: No

Super Pipe: No

Half Pipe: No

Jib Park: Yes


Ski & Snowboard School: Both

Rentals & Repairs: Yes

Parking:  Free

Retail Shops: Yes

Children’s Ski Programs: Yes

Women's Ski Programs: Yes

Adaptive Ski Programs: No

Childcare: No

Day Lodges: Yes

Restaurants: Yes

Distance from...

Nearest Airport:
West Kootenay Regional Airport, 37mi / 60km

Nearest Major City:
Cranbrook BC, 142mi / 227km

Nearest Town/City:
Nelson BC, 14mi / 22km

Mountain Operations

Season Dates: Dec 8 to Apr 2

Skiing & Snowboarding: Both

Open Days: Open Daily

Hours of Operation:
Silver King & Summit Chairs, 9:00am to 3:30pm : Handle Tow, 9:15am to 3:30pm : Glory Ridge Chair, 9:15am to 3:00pm : Hours maybe subject to change.

Night Skiing: No

Lift Ticket Prices


Lift Information

Total Lifts: 4

Quad Chairs: 1

Triple Chairs: 1

Double Chairs: 1

Surface Lifts: 1


Mountainside: No

Within 20mi / 33km: Yes

Closest Airport(s)

What our Convenience Rankings™ mean

Castlegar Airport  (YCG)
Distance: 37 mi / 60 km
Ranking: Possible Weather Closures

Canadian Rockies Intl Airport  (YXC)
Distance: 150 mi / 241 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Spokane Intl Airport  (GEG)
Distance: 154 mi / 60 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Contact Info

Central Reservations: 1-800-666-9420

Direct Phone: 250-354-4944

Snow Phone: 250-352-7669

Helpful Links

Official Ski Resort Site

Nearby Lodging

Tourism Site

Ski Resort Shuttle

Spokane-Whitewater Shuttle

More Helpful Links

Castlegar Airport Webcams