It’s no secret that British Columbia is one of the most incredible ski destinations on Earth. With that in mind, FREESKIER readers should 100-percent consider these two beasts for winter ’16-17: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and Fernie Alpine Resort.
Fernie is situated just above the United States-Canada border, while Kicking Horse lies further to the north—approximately five hours by car. Both of these monstrous resorts are on the famed Powder Highway and characterized as gnar, boasting seriously hair-raising terrain that pushes the limits of advanced skiers from every corner of the globe in a multitude of ways. Between the steep faces, burly natural features—cliffs, chutes, etc.—and absurd amount of snow that falls on these ski areas annually, you’re sure to have an experience that will draw you back for more. The breakdown of what you’re looking at: 2,800 acres and 275 inches of average annual snowfall at Kicking Horse; 2,500 acres and 444 inches of average annual snowfall at Fernie. That’s a lot of land and powder, people.
Beginners are more than welcome, too, thanks to ample novice and intermediate runs spread across both mountains. And off the hill, the rich culture of western Canada coupled with the vast wildnerss that surround these resorts will give you a full-on sense of escape. For those looking to really get out there and experience the total backwoods Canada lifestyle alongside some life-changing skiing, these impressive resorts are a damn good bet.