Nestled deep in British Columbia's Selkirk Mountains, Whitewater is a one-of-a-kind winter resort. Whitewater is the perfect place for skiers and riders who have a passion for winter and an appreciation for the authentic. Far from the hustle and bustle of today's bigger resorts, Whitewater owes its laid back reputation to the small lift lines and big hospitality.
Whitewater also has a reputation for offering some of the most epic powder on the planet. With over 40 feet of annual snowfall, the resort is known for its dry powder conditions throughout the season. Visitors and locals alike enjoy some of the best powder bowls and glade skiing in the Rockies, with minimal crowds and an abundance of backcountry terrain to explore.
Whitewater is located a half hour drive from the historic town of Nelson, British Columbia, just off the famous Powder Highway. Nelson is a hub for adventure sports equipment and clothing stores, and includes many carefully restored heritage buildings from the region’s silver rush. The resort can be accessed by flying into nearby Castlegar, Cranbrook, or Kelowna.
Congratulations on selecting Whitewater as your Skican vacation destination! Although Whitewater is best known for its terrific skiing/riding, the area offers plenty of additional activities for you to enjoy during your stay.
The supernatural wilderness of four wild mountain ranges and renowned winter weather combine to make British Columbia's Kootenay region one of the world's premier snowcat & heli-skiing destinations, offering unforgettable high country skiing and snowboarding experiences.
Whitewater’s partner companies Big Red Cats and Stellar Heliskiing offer unparalleled access to the terrain around Whitewater in the Selkirk and Purcell mountain ranges. Explore open bowls, high alpine peaks, and steep forests, where all your powder dreams will be satisfied!
Nelson's Baker Street includes a collection of great restaurants, heritage pubs, art cafés, and metro nightlife — all within a pleasant evening stroll. For example, try Mike’s Place Pub, an English-style pub that is the ultimate apres ski hangout. Rub shoulders with artists, musicians, ski bums, foresters, professionals, and more, all while enjoying locally brewed organic ale from Nelson Brewing Company.
If you’re looking to explore those hidden gems on the mountain, Whitewater can recommend several top picks for guided and unguided ski touring options in the Kootenay region of British Columbia. These companies provide friendly guides, customized tours, and fluffy powder to make for a truly stellar adventure.
Slow down your experience of the Kootenay region and go for a snowshoe through the breathtaking, well-maintained trails. And if you have your dog with you, bring the pup along!
The free, daily tours will give newcomers to Whitewater an understanding of the basics of getting around, as well as the finer points of the terrain on all three sides of the mountain. No reservation, just show up at the north-west corner of the lodge, by the Silver King Chair, at either 9:30 am or 2 pm and look for the Mountain Tour Hosts in their bright blue jackets.
After a long day on the slopes, give your body a chance to relax and revitalize. Steams, hot springs, spas, and terrific indigenous-inspired food. Steam and simmer at Ainsworth Hot Springs in one of their three natural thermal pools or make the trip to the Nakusp or Halcyon Hot Springs.
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| Mountain Statistics
|Average Snowfall:||12 m|
|Longest Run:||3 km|
|Total Area:||1,184 acres|
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