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1 Whitewater Rd
Nelson, BC BC V1L 5P7
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Overview by Tim Neville

Chances are you have heard the whispers about Whitewater Ski Resort outside Nelson, British Columbia, and just how epic the skiing can be—deep powder, few crowds, plenty of steeps. And then you get there, and looking up at three lifts, measly base lodge, and smattering of runs with barely more vertical than an Montana grain elevator, and you think it's all one big joke.

Ah, the perils of a first impression. If Whitewater's "anti-marketing team" had its way, you'd do a donut in the parking lot and go tell all your friends just how paltry the place really is. Unfortunately for them, we know better. Look beyond the runs that trickle down either side of the Whitewater Valley to the towering 7,867-foot Ymir Peak that frames the resort and you'll see those blues and blacks are actually just the landing strips for the big B.C. terrain above. That's right: The 45-degree bowls, sweeping ridgelines, and tight chutes that cascade off the head and shoulders of the valley are all part of the game. And then there's the 40 feet of annual snowfall to deal with.

True, with just 12 percent of its 76 runs dedicated to beginners, Whitewater doesn't have a huge offering for those who prefer to spend the day riding lifts and carving mellow groomers. But for upper-intermediate to advanced skiers who can blast through glades, rip steep ribs, and hike short pitches to wide-open turf, Whitewater's skiable terrain more than doubles. To really milk the area for all it's worth, avalanche gear and savvy skiing are an absolute must. This is big-league terrain that attracts film companies and some of the country's most daring riders.

But you needn't be a pro to have a

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Average Snowfall
480 Inches
Skiable Acreage
Vertical Drop
2044 feet
12% beginner, 32% intermediate, 44% advanced, 12% expert
Number of Runs
Number of Lifts
Early December to early April
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Weather for Whitewater, CA

Current Conditions:
Unknown, 60 F
Tue - Sunny. High: 68 Low: 38
Wed - AM Showers. High: 54 Low: 27
Thu - Mostly Sunny. High: 55 Low: 30
Fri - Mostly Sunny. High: 59 Low: 29
Sat - Sunny. High: 58 Low: 28

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  • Ski Lifts Open:
    2 of 4
  • Trails:
    10 of 81
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Last Updated: December 08 2014 05:45 PM

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