Let's start with the snow. From early November, storms brewing in the North Pacific make their way across B.C. But these clouds have silver lining - they transform gentle slopes as well as steep and rugged terrain into a white-carpeted landscape perfectly suited for all levels of skiing and boarding.
In combination with sophisticated snow-making systems, these snowfalls allow BC's destination ski resorts to stay open for business from well before Christmas to May.
Much of the province's topography is dominated by big mountains, which are on par with some of the mightiest in the world. The mountain ranges run from east to west, and from top to bottom. Strategically placed among them are many ski areas and 11 top resorts offering extensive ski operations for every level of ability, preference and budget.
The glacier-clad Coast Mountains, home of Whistler Blackcomb, stretch thousands of kilometers from the Canada-US border all the way into Yukon and Alaska. The rolling of the Interior plateau - site of Red Mountain Resort, Sun Peak Resort, SilverStar Mountain Resort and Big White Ski Resort - lie to the east, where the snow gets drier. The eastern third of B.C. is dominated by the Columbia Mountains and the Rockies, where Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Fernie Alpine Resort, Whitewater Ski Resort and Kimberly Alpine Resort are located.
Building on that solid foundation of mountains and snow, B.C. resorts offer an outstanding array of experiences, varied terrain and impressive life capabilities, a range of accommodation and dining choices, plus apres-ski and recreational offerings.
Accessibility for out-of-province visitors has improved dramatically in recent years. In addition to providing access to the Coast Mountains, Vancouver serves as a hub, facilitating transit from accross Canada and around the world to regional airports throughout the province. Air Canada, for example, offers a number of flights to various destinations in B.C.,including Vancouver, Kamloops, Cranbrook and Kelowna.
Calgary serves as a gateway to the resorts in Canadian Rockies and Kootenays. And expanded airport facilities at Cranbrook, Kamloops and Kelowna have made it easier than ever to jet in, with shuttle services taking guests directly nearby mountain resorts.
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