8 Great Places to Ski & Snowboard In the Thompson Okanagan Region

    Skiing at Big White in Kelowna, BCAre you an avid skier or snowboarder just counting the days now until the ski hills open?

    A winter wonderland, the Thompson Okanagan and surrounding area is home to a wealth of world-class ski and snowboarding experiences. Whether you are looking to just get out and ski for the day or spend an entire weekend, you are sure to find a ski and snowboard experience that will take your breath away.

    Thompson Okanagan Ski Resorts A Short Drive From Kelowna

    Skiers and snowboarders alike will find both runs and terrain to suit their skill level and personal style at one of the four ski hills located within a short drive from Kelowna. Located between Vernon and Penticton, these ski and snowboard resorts are easily accessed from Kelowna, providing a wide range of winter fun and activities.

    Located just 30 minutes from the center of Kelowna, Crystal Mountain Resort  is set just outside of West Kelowna. The hill has a vertical of 650 ft. and features 26 runs, alpine skiing and a terrain park.

    Powder at Big White Mountain, BC

    Situated an hour from Downtown Kelowna, Big White Ski Resort  features 2,550 ft. of vertical and 116 runs that are serviced by 16 lifts. The resort boasts Western Canada’s largest night skiing resort area of 38 acres as well as a lift accessed tube park, alpine skiing, cross-country ski trails and a world-class terrain park.

     Apex Mountain Resort is located 30 minutes southwest of Penticton and 90 minutes from Kelowna. The ski hill has 2,000 ft. of vertical and 67 runs including several double black diamond runs. Visitors to the resort will also find two terrain parks, a lift accessed tube park, world cup

    Silver Star Mountain Resort in Vernon, BC

    aerial site and mogul course, hockey rink, skating loop, cross-country ski trails and night skiing.

    Set 30 minutes northeast of Vernon, Silver Star Mountain Resort is a 90-minute drive from Kelowna. The mountain features a vertical drop of 2,500 ft. and 115 trails including several double black diamond runs, all accessed by 12 lifts. Silver Star also offers winter visitors a world-class terrain park, a lift accessed tube park, world-class Nordic ski trails and alpine and night skiing.

    Other Ski & Snowboard Resorts in the Thompson Okanagan

    Kelowna skiers and snowboarders looking for a change of scenery can visit one of the four other ski resorts located in the region, ranging from Kamloops and Revelstoke in the north down to Oliver and Rossland in south.

    Located 3 hours north of Kelowna, Sun Peaks Resorts covers three mountains and has 3,678 acres of terrain, which is the second largest ski area in British Columbia and the third largest in Canada. Visitors can ski and snowboard 2,894 ft. of vertical on 125 trails, two alpine bowls and a 9-acre terrain park as well as enjoy cross-country, snow cat or night skiing.

    Gondola at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

    Revelstoke Mountain Resort is situated two and a half hours north of Kelowna and enjoys 30 – 45 ft. of snow each year. The mountain boasts the greatest vertical in North America at 5,620 ft. with 65 runs and 2 alpine bowls in 3,121 acres accessed by 4 lifts as well as snow cats, helicopters and the Revelation Gondola. As well as being a popular backcountry skiing and snowboarding base, visitors will find night skiing and a tube park on-site.

    Mt. Baldy Ski Area is set 40 minutes east of Oliver and a two and a half hour drive south of Kelowna. The ski area has 1293 ft. of vertical and 500 acres with 35 runs, a terrain park and cross-country skiing, all accessed by 4 lifts.

    Skiing at Red Mountain BC

    Named one of the Top Ten Resorts of North America by Forbes Magazine, Red Mountain Resort is located right outside of Rossland and is a 3.5-hour drive from Kelowna. The resort has 2,919 ft. of vertical and 2,682 acres over three mountains with 7 lifts. The resort includes world-class cross-country skiing, cat skiing, a terrain Park and 110 runs, including numerous double black diamond runs.


    The Okanagan region is blessed with a wide selection of ski hills all within a short driving distance. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced skier or snowboarder, the Thompson Okanagan boasts excellent “champagne powder” in it’s many world-class ski resorts.

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