Ski

B.C. ski resorts ready with more terrain, new facilities and upgraded technology

TORONTO – With summer officially gone, consumers are switching their focus to winter holidays which will undoubtedly include a trip to the slopes for some skiing or snowboarding fun.

Since Canada has arguably the best ski and snowboarding in the world, there is no need to grab your passport or pay international airfares.

Destination British Columbia and its local partners were in Toronto to get Ontarians excited about all the great ski resorts in our most Western province. B.C. enjoys the perfect micro-climate for powder and a fantastic diversity of terrain, plus the political support for the industry, making it premier worldwide destination for ski.

Whistler Blackcomb is the most well-known of the B.C. resorts just North of Vancouver, partially because of the Olympic spotlight, but also due to the fantastic terrain and après ski activities. This season the resort has added a brand new Whistler gondola increasing capacity by 12%, as well as RFID technology integrated into your lift ticket automatically opening lift gates.

Sun Peaks Resort is giving skiers and riders more options with two new alpine zones bringing the resort to 4,270 skiable acres, making it the second largest ski area in Canada. All of the new terrain will be classified as expert or high intermediate, but the resort remains family friendly with a great diversity of terrain.

Red Mountain in Rossland, located on B.C.’s famous powder highway, is also adding more than 1,000 acres and a whole new mountain in a massive expansion. They will also offering inbound, unguided cat skiing for only $10 per ride – no avalanche gear required.

Under new ownership, Panorama is investing heavily for the 2014/15 season adding new infrastructure and amenities on the mountain. It offers new glades, runs, lifts and snowmaking technology on the hill, plus more accommodation off the hill.

For some fun off the slopes, Kimberly announces a new wedding tent and on-mountain wedding venue for all those snow bunnies looking to get married. Tie the knot and ski the Black Forest glades with your bride or groom the very same day.

Most resort are offering early booking promotions, so now is a great time to get thinking about where your clients might want to enjoy a little winter wonderland, adrenaline rush or wine by the fire.