If you crave a ski vacation where you wake up to fresh air, fresh snow and skiing at its roots, look no further than Big White, Silver Star, Sun Peaks and Revelstoke. These four down-to-earth British Columbia ski resorts are great for those looking to experience the region’s pristine beauty. And now, United Airlines makes it even easier to experience all the skiing and epic scenery these resorts offer by providing frequent, reliable and daily non-stop flights from Los Angeles’ LAX to Kelowna International Airport (YLW).
To learn more about Revelstoke and the three Okanagan Valley ski resorts (Big White, Silver Star and Sun Peaks) and find out which vacation will best match your preferences check out the descriptions below, or call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists. Be sure to check out the current ski package deals we have to these Canadian gems by scrolling to the bottom of the page.
Those on the hunt for a laid-back Canada family ski destination and the country's largest ski in, ski out village will find that Big White ski resort is just what they’ve been looking for. Located just 35 miles southeast of Kelowna, Big White boasts sunny weather, tons of dry powder and surprisingly mild temperatures—where the average is 24 degrees. Big White's lodging options will accommodate every budget and preference and about 17,000 guests.
With 118 marked runs, nearly 2,800 acres of terrain, 16 lifts and 25 feet of snowfall annually, there‘s plenty of room to spread out and discover your ideal terrain, which includes picture-perfect groomers, wide-open bowls and well-spaced glades. Freestyle-enthusiasts will appreciate Big White’s award-winning Telus Terrain Park.
As a premier family destination, Big White has a nice range of restaurants, events and activities. A wide selection of slopeside and ski in, ski out lodging options in and around the base area, plus the resort’s car-free mid-mountain village take the guesswork out of getting around, and make Big White even that much more popular among families looking for a relaxing, stress-free winter ski vacation.
Silver Star Mountain resort, located a mere 45-minute drive from Kelowna, may boast 115 trails spread over more than 3,000 acres of skiing, but it originated in the 1960s as a local’s ski hill. Today, despite its massive terrain offerings, Silver Star ski resort maintains its casual, local vibe—making it an ideal destination for those who value the foundation of skiing and friendly locals. Every type of terrain is well-represented at Silver Star including groomed cruisers, steep powder-filled chutes on its famous back side and a progressive Rockstar Terrain Park. Silver Star is also a renowned cross-country skiing destination; in fact many national teams—including Canada and the U.S.—will train on the area’s 65-plus miles of trails.
Everyone, especially families, will love perusing the idyllic and colorful resort village. Lodging options are conveniently situated along the slopes, and the quaint ski town boasts plenty of bars, shops and restaurants.
With 3,678 acres of actual skiable terrain spread across 3 mountains, Sun Peaks ranks as British Columbia’s 2nd largest ski area. The unique 360-degrees of terrain cradle the award-winning village and includes two alpine bowls, 126 named runs, 14 designated gladed areas and the Rockstar Energy Terrain Park, all blanketed with consistent, world famous, Okanagan powder. Built with convenience in mind, Sun Peaks offers more than 40 shops and eateries which line the ski-through village. Offering something for everyone, Sun Peaks not only provides guests with a huge amount of terrain, but tons of family-friendly, non-ski activities. Try dog sledding, snowmobiling or a "snowshoe’n’s’mores" tour to round out an amazing day on the mountain. The resort is a scenic and easy 2.5 hour ground transfer from Kelowna International Airport, making it easy to get to yet still a world apart.
Blessed with an astounding 30 to 45 feet of snowfall annually and a staggering 5,620 vertical feet of terrain, Revelstoke ski resort is renowned among avid powder hounds. The historic railway town, which is just 3.5 miles from the base area, combined with the newly constructed Resort Village make for the best of both worlds. World-class amenities and the quintessential ski town experience are at your fingertips on a Revelstoke ski vacation.