Back in April, the FREESKIER crew made our way up to the Great White North to explore five of the most iconic ski areas along British Columbia’s Powder Highway. But we didn’t go it alonejoined by The North Face athletes Tom Wallisch, Rob Heule and a group of hotshot Revelstoke-based ladies that call themselves “The Blondes,” we made our way from RED Mountain to Revelstoke over the course of a week, making sure to stop at Fernie, Panorama and Kicking Horse along the way. Over the course of seven days, we skied, ate, slept and admired the views of Canada’s Kootenay Rockies, documenting each stop with a precise itinerary. Now, we want you to take the trip for yourselfexactly how we did it last spring. Below, we’ve outlined every stop of the trip and we hope you use our agenda to plot your own route around the famed Powder Highway.
Red Mountain offers 360 degrees of terrain thatll test any skiers mettle. The ski area, located just north of Rosslanda mining-era town recognized as one of the first ski municipals in Canadaboasts over 2,600 acres of lift-served skiing with an additional 1,600 of hike-to terrain. The cherry on top is the Mt. Kirkup Cat Skiing, which charges a measly $10 per run to shred open bowls and top-notch trees.
Thanks to its complete lack of lift lines, the snow stays fresh at Fernie even days after the most recent storm. The resorts terrain is defined by an incredible amount of natural features that allow skiers to get ultra-creative across five alpine bowls, 3,550 feet of vert, 2,500 skiable acres and 142 runs. We have a feeling you’ll want to come back before you even leave.
This under-the-radar resort doesnt average quite the eye-popping snowfall totals as its Powder Highway brethren, but its terrain is still worth the effort to experience. Take Taynton Bowl, for exampleits 750 acres of wide-open bowl skiing used to be part of a heli-skiing operation, but is now completely inbounds, patrolled terrain.
The northernmost resort on The Powder Highway, the 2,800-acre Kicking Horse caters to those smitten with steep, challenging trails. Take your pick between four behemoth cirques, separated by three beastly ridgelines. While ascending the 4,133 feet of leg-burning vert, keep your eyes peeled for any one of the 85 inbounds chutes.
You better have been keeping up with your leg exercises prior to visiting Revelstoke, because it boasts the most vertical5,620 feetof any resort in North America. The Stoke is also blessed with 400 inches of average annual snowfall, spread across its 3,121 acres of skiable terrain.
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