Shredding Canada's Towering Powder Highway is Like Skiing Through Time
The world’s avid skiers and snowboarders likely regard British Columbia’s “Powder Highway” -- a jaw-dropping collection of mountain towns, hot springs, and monolithic slopes tucked in a compact section of the Canadian Rockies west of Calgary -- as the globe’s crown jewel when it comes to sliding downhill on boards of some sort. From December to late April, it's one of the best places on Earth for powder hounds.
There are endless snoCat and heliskiing opportunities to be had in this mountainous region known as the Kootenay Rockies, as well as eight major ski areas. Each one possesses its own rich history and specialties, all emanate a welcoming, outdoor-loving spirit that would be top tier were they they the only options to hit the slopes. Taken together, they make this a world-class destination.
The two resorts on opposite ends of the route, however, are standouts. One of them happens to be the oldest resort in Western Canada and the other the youngest. And together, they form perfect bookends representing the region's downhill past and its unparalleled future. They offer the best the Powder Highway has to offer. Here's how to make the most out of each.