Ski-in ski-out accommodations at resorts tend to be the most desirable spots on the hill because they allow you the flexibility to walk out the door, strap on your skis, and go!
At some resorts, finding ski-in ski-out lodgings is a premium, while other resorts offer almost exclusively ski-in ski-out options. The big resorts in the Thompson-Okanagan valley are a great example; they have built cozy ski villages directly next to the slopes, and the vast majority of lodging there is ski-in ski-out.
If you’re looking for the best ski-in ski-out resorts in Canada, then you have a wide range of destinations to choose from. British Columbia offers some of the premier ski-in ski-out accommodations in the world.
At Skican, we can help you find the place that’s right for you, whether you are travelling with friends, family, solo, or as a group. To learn more, get your free, personalized quote (including ski-in ski-out lodgings) from one of our agents today and start planning your trip.
Ski-In Ski-Out 101
Not sure if ski-in ski-out is right for you? Here is some helpful information about what you can expect from ski-in ski-out accommodations.
What are ski-in ski-out accommodations?
Ski-in ski-out accommodations are a type of lodging where you have direct access to the ski slopes. In the morning, you can walk out your door, put on your skis, and ski down to the chairlift. At the end of the day, the same is true — you can ski right up to your door, without needing to walk, take a car, or catch a shuttle bus.
Some accommodations will be either ski-in or ski-out. In this case, you may need to hike or ride back to your home, if you can’t access the chairlift directly. This can be a good second choice option, if a full ski-in ski-out in unavailable to you.
Ski-in ski-out accommodations can be rental chalets, private homes, or slopeside condos. Your choice of options will depend on the size of your group and your budget.
How do ski-in ski-out resorts work?
Ski-in ski-out resorts are often designed with runs that specifically provide access to ski-in ski-out lodgings. At some resorts, special collector runs will wind through a section of the village to provide direct access for people at the beginning or the end of the day.
Classic ski-in ski-out resorts will typically have lodgings built mid-mountain or a slopeside village that merges with the rest of the hill. Good examples of ski-in ski-out resorts like this are Big White, Panorama, Sun Peaks, and SilverStar — although many other resorts also have ski-in ski-out options.
Why should you book ski-in ski-out lodgings?
The best reason to book ski-in ski-out lodgings is convenience. If you want to get first tracks on that fresh powder or corduroy, and you’d rather not get up early to take a shuttle, then ski-in ski-out will be your dream come true!
Ski-in ski-out also offers the flexibility to drop home for lunch or call it early, without inconveniencing the rest of your group. If you have skiers with different levels of endurance, it can be a good choice.
Most ski-in ski-out lodgings will afford the same degree of privacy that you can expect anywhere else on the mountain — especially in a private home or chalet. However, ski-in ski-out lodgings tend to be closer to the action, so they are not for everyone. If you’re looking for something more secluded, ask our agents and they’ll be able to help you find the right type of property.
8 Best Ski-in Ski-Out Resorts in Canada
The Thompson-Okanagan Valley is located in interior B.C. around the cities of Kelowna and Kamloops, set between the Coastal Mountains and the Monashee Range. The area is famous for its amazing wine country, dry summers, and great skiing.
The Thompson-Okanagan is also home to the famous Okanagan Champagne powder snow. Champagne powder is exceptionally dry, light, and fluffy snow, caused by the ‘rain shadow’ of the Coastal Range. This region is a favourite among skiers, boarders, and other winter sports enthusiasts.
Big White is named for its amazing snowfall — and it won’t disappoint. It is Canada’s largest entirely ski-in ski-out resort, and a family favourite. Choose from a wide range of condos, inns, resorts, and more, including:
- Chateau Big White
- White Crystal Inn
- Stonegate Resort
- Sundance Resort
- And more
Silver Star’s charming mountain village is a top pick for families. The mountain gets the classic Okanagan powder, features a challenging area for more advanced skiers on the backside, and provides some of the best nordic skiing in the region. Check out their lodges, condos, apartments, and more:
- Firelight Lodge
- Silver Creek Lodge
- Snowbird Lodge
- And more
The ski-in ski-out accommodations at Sun Peaks provides access to three mountains — right from your doorstep. Explore their intimate ski village and one of the largest ski areas in Canada, while enjoying incredible conditions. Another top selection for families in the region, with lodges, hotels, and more to choose from:
- Fireside Lodge
- Kookaburra Lodge
- Nancy Greene’s Cahilty Hotel & Suites
- Sun Peaks Grand Hotel
- And more
The world-famous Powder Highway is located in eastern B.C. between the Monashee, Selkirk, and Purcell Ranges. It extends from the Trans Canada Highway in the north to Highway 95A in the south.
Apart from its fantastic snow conditions, the Powder Highway has a high concentration of ski resorts, including some of the best ski-in ski-out resorts in Canada. However, these resorts are not for everyone. Apart from Panorama, the resorts in this area tend to be more challenging and better suited to intermediate/advanced groups of skiers.
Fernie is a classic skier’s town — and it has lots of ski-in ski-out accommodation as a result! You’ll find many great lodges and inns with easy access to the lifts, as well as some premier options for accommodation:
- Cornerstone Lodge
- Griz Inn
- Lizard Creek Lodge
- Snow Creek Lodge
- And more
Take a visit and experience the epic powder bowls of Fernie this season. See a full list of ski-in ski-out lodgings at Fernie here.
Kicking Horse is well-known for its incredible vertical and exciting terrain. It’s a great spot for advanced skiers, but it has solid options for other levels as well. After your day of tackling the slopes, you’ll be ready to relax at one of Kicking Horse’s many ski-in ski-out lodges — and maybe take a soak in the nearest hot tub? Choose from some of the following:
- Mountaineer and Glacier Lodge
- Palliser Lodge
- And more
Panorama is a great family-friendly resort on the Powder Highway, with entirely ski-in ski-out lodgings. It offers a wide range of terrain, fantastic conditions, and spectacular scenery to match its name. Choose from townhomes, condos, and more:
- Pine Inn
- Panorama Springs Lodge
- Taynton Lodge
- Summit Lodge
- And more
Revelstoke is a paradise for backcountry skiers. A former cat and heli-skiing area that’s been transformed into one of the largest resorts in North America, Revelstoke offers huge vertical, incredible terrain, and conditions to delight powder lovers.
Want to be sure that you’re getting first tracks? Book ski-in ski-out lodgings at Revelstoke. See more details on lodgings at Revelstoke here.
Whistler-Blackcomb is iconic. It’s the largest ski area in North America and it has a range of accommodations to match. If you’re looking for ski-in ski-out, you want to book in Blackcomb or Creekside, as you won’t find any ski-in ski-out in Whistler Village. Choose from:
- Blackcomb Suites
- Fairmont Chateau Whistler
- Legends Condos
- The Aspens
- And more
If you’re looking for ski-in ski-out lodgings at Whistler, remember to book with a Skican agent and they’ll help you find the best options. Get started with your free, personalized quote today.