Top 8 Powder Mountains

We’re about half way through the ski season and you’re questioning who has the most snow? Less snow and a shorter ski season are never good options for a powder skier. Once again it’s no surprise that the most snowfall is along British Columbia’s southern corridor.

Powder Canada’s Top 8 Powder Mountains offer more that the most snowfall, they meet the definition of being a great place to ski. Nightlife, snow culture, great food, accommodations and a variety of powder options including heli, snowcat, backcountry lodges and lifts.

We compared snowfall at lift serviced ski areas located near communities, hence at at lower elevations. Backcountry ski facilities are generally at higher elevation and have considerably more snowfall. See Chatter Creek Catskiing’s attempt to measure their bottomless powder snowpack!

Chatter Creek powder measuring probe
Chatter Creek “powder-measuring-probe”

So here are the Top 8 reported Total Snowfalls and Snowpacks as listed on the ski-hill’s websites on Friday, February 17th, 2017:

Total Snowfall and Snowpack

1 Revelstoke – 852cms – 225cms
2 Whitewater – 835cms – 279cms
3 Whistler – 782cms – 254cms
4 Castle Mountain – 613cms – 176cms
5 Kicking Horse – 592cms – 194cms
6 Fernie – 579cms – 218cms
7 Big White – 487cms – 183cms
8 Red Resort – 453cms – 211cms

The only ski-lift facility not from BC in the Top 8 is Castle Mountain. Castle sits one kilometer from the British Columbia border and is a 45 minute drive from Fernie.

So enjoy our wonderful crop of powder, it provides us freedom–the more you ski and board powder, the happier you will be. And from a health perspective, playing in powder ensures that we will live longer. Happy powder skiing!