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The best ski runs in Canada for fresh powder

The best ski runs in Canada for fresh powder

It’s all about the powder — every skier knows that.

Flute Bowl - WhistlerExternal Link Title

The best way to find fresh tracks is to earn your turns -- and Whistler'External Link Titles hike-in-hike-out Flute Bowl offers a legitimate backcountry feel without the need for avalanche training. After a 30-minute pack to the top, drop in from an epic cornice or ski to the south side for a (usually) mellower entrance. 

Barclay DesJardins skiing whistler mountian on a powder day
Barclay DesJardins skiing Whistler Mountian on a powder day - Photo: Grant Gunderson

Sun Rype Bowl - Big White Ski ResortExternal Link Title

Ride the Gem Lake Express and take Kalina's Rainbow to the Sun Rype Bowl, a spacious intermediate-friendly expanse known for collecting OkanaganExternal Link Title champagne powder. Finish with some tight turns where the bowl eases to trees, then carve back to the chairlift on a swooping groomer.

Photo: Destination BC / Blake Jorgenson

Attridge Face - Silver Star Mountain ResortExternal Link Title

When the flakes are falling, head out early to Attridge Face, a classic black-diamond that weaves through trees on Silver StarExternal Link Title's Front Side. A quick ride back up the Alpine Meadows Chair makes for fast powder laps before the area gets tracked-out.

Photo: Grant Gunderson

Gil's Hill - Sun Peaks ResortExternal Link Title

Long renowned by backcountry enthusiasts, Gil's Hill is now officially in-bounds at Sun PeaksExternal Link Title -- fully patrolled and avalanche-controlled -- though this steep, 500-acre glade stays mostly untracked thanks to its hike-in access. Ask a local for their favorite line; sharing the best of Gil's is a mountain tradition started by the run's namesake, Gil Marini.

Sun Peaks, BC - Photo: Grant Gunderson

Cedar Bowl - Fernie Alpine ResortExternal Link Title

FernieExternal Link Title locals have a motto: "Haul Back. Boom! Repeat." They're talking about Cedar Bowl--fall-line paradise on a powder day, with natural rollers and huge views. And the motto? It refers to the Haulback T-Bar, which scoots skiers 460-vertical-feet back to the top of Cedar Bowl for repeat laps (boom!).

Stan Rey skiing in Fernie - Photo: Grant Gunderson

CPR Ridge - Kicking Horse Mountain ResortExternal Link Title

Step off the Golden Eagle Express and carve the downy powder of double-black-diamond CPR Ridge in Golden, BCExternal Link Title. The glades on the right side are your best bet. Your quads will get a rest as when it eventually morphs to a speedy groomer leading to the gondola base, nearly 4,000 vertical feet below your first turn.

Photo: Destination BC / Reuben Krabbe

Geneva - Kimberley Alpine ResortExternal Link Title

From the top of the Easter Triple Chair, an easy groomed traverse leads to the Black Forest, one of North America's largest gladed ski areas and home to Kimberley'External Link Titles best billows. Here, the locals' choice is a run dubbed "Geneva."

Photo: Destination BC / Leigh & Spring McClurg

Whitehorn 1 - Lake Louise Ski ResortExternal Link Title

If you wake to a fresh dump at Lake LouiseExternal Link Title, ride up the Summit Platter to the Back Bowls as soon as the lifts open. First-tracks on steep-and-deep Whitehorn 1 await at arguably the best powder run in the Canadian RockiesExternal Link Title. On the right day, it's better than the backcountry.

Photo: Banfff Lake Louise Tourism

Les Bouleaux - Tremblant ResortExternal Link Title

After a snowfall on TremblantExternal Link Title, locals head to Versant Soleil ("Sunny Side") to ski Les Bouleaux ("The Glades"). Tucked away beneath Les Soleil Chair and accessed from Ryan Haut, this tree-skiing area is notoriously tough to locate but well worth the effort.

Photo: Tremblant Resort

La Belle - Mont-Sainte-AnneExternal Link Title

Steep enough to be exciting, yet mellow enough to be welcoming, Mont-Sainte-AnneExternal Link Title's South Side glade, La Belle ("The Beauty"), lives up to its elegant name. Make turns through a well-spaced mixed-wood forest with views of the St. Lawrence RiverExternal Link Title beyond-- formidable!

Photo: Destination Canada