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Skiing Heaven in British Columbia

One of the world's best kept secrets is the number of excellent ski resorts found west of the Rockies in the province of British Columbia. With a land mass of 948,000 square kilometers (366,000 sqare miles), BC is large enough to completely contain the traditional alpine nations of Switzerland, France, Italy and Austria! There are also more alpine peaks over 2750 meters (9,000 feet) than anywhere outside of the Himalayas. A characteristic of British Columbia is its diversity of regions distinctive in climate, geography, and vegetation. You can find an abundance of heavy wet snow on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland or the next day choose waist deep light dry powder in the province's interior. The clash of prevailing moist Pacific air with the outer coast mountains creates some of the most prodigious snowfalls on the continent, often topping 10 meters (400 inches). But not all the snow falls on the BC coast resorts. As the air moves continually east, more mountain ranges are encountered and lighter, dryer, snow bonanzas can in turn be found in the Okanagan, the Kootenays and finally in the majestic Rockies. More than 20 excellent alpine resorts can be enjoyed from Vancouver Island's Mount Washington to the world class coastal duo of Blackcomb and Whistler and on to the North Thompson - Okanagan's Sun Peaks, Siver Star (Vernon), Big White (Kelowna) and Apex (Penticton) and then Whitewater (Nelson), Red Mountain (Rossland), Kimberley, Panorama (Invermere), and Snow Valley (Fernie) in the Kootenays. It is interesting to observe that many of these resorts do not employ snow making equipment because there is an abundance of natural snow

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Heli Skiing is also offered by several companies in BC but the resorts mentioned can be reached by automobile throughout the November to April ski season. The newly constructed Coquihalla Toll Highway places Kamloops (Sun Peaks) and Kelowna (Big White) within four hours of Vancouver. The Blackcomb and Whistler area is 120 kilometers (75 miles) north of Vancouver and for much of the season, a 30 minute taxi ride can whisk you from your sea level Vancouver Hotel to the north shore resorts at Cypress Bowl, Grouse Mountain or Seymour Mountain. Prices range from $30 to $50 C for a day's ski pass and all of the resorts offer special rates for multiple day passes. Snow boarding has become very popular in BC especially with the younger set but there continues to be good harmony on our slopes, likely because of the vast amount of skiable terrain found in this region. Apres ski activities can be enjoyed at most locations as well and if snow conditions or the night life are not perfect for you, simply call another BC mountain and you will find it, guaranteed!

For more information, call the Super Natural British Columbia toll free number 1-800-HELLO BC / 1-800-435-5622

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