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Unique accommodations at British Columbia ski resorts

Unique Accommodations at British Columbia Ski Resorts

Unique accommodations at British Columbia ski resorts

This post was originally written by Carla Mont for the Hello BC blogExternal Link Title.


Overnights at British Columbia ski resorts don't have to be run-of-the-mill--not when accommodation ranges from luxury ski-in/ski-out chalets to cosy cabins in the woods, and everything in between.

pan pacific hotel with blue sky in whistler
The Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre. Photo: Destination BC/@miraecampbell

In WhistlerExternal Link Title, skiers and boarders get right to it at the First Tracks LodgeExternal Link Title. Standing tall at the base of Whistler Mountain, it features designer suites, a heated pool, hot tub, steam room, and, of course, first tracks, courtesy of the Creekside Gondola. Or go beyond the slopes and stay at the Riverside ResortExternal Link Title, set on 16 hectares of prime Whistler real estate further north. Here, options abound: comfy log cabins, RV hookups, and overnights in winterized yurts--think camping, minus the work.


In Sun PeaksExternal Link Title, live like royalty on the Summit Club FloorExternal Link Title at the Grand. Open seasonally, the exclusive floor has rooms with all the amenities, plus access to a private lounge. Translation: you'll say "Salute!" to your fellow skiers and boarders with complimentary appetizers and refreshments. To embrace your natural surroundings, Peaks Bed and Breakfast External Link Titleis just 10 minutes down the road in the village of Whitecroft. Here, bedrooms are bright and airy, and breakfasts feature local treats. There's even a forested waterfall, partially frozen in winter, 20 minutes from the B&B.

snow covered ski hill
SilverStar Mountain Resort. Photo: Destination BC/Blake Jorgenson

Who says you have to rough it on a ski vacation CrescendoExternal Link Title at Big White Ski ResortExternal Link Title near KelownaExternal Link Title is all about ski-in/ski-out luxury. An architectural stunner, this single-family "smart home" can sleep up to 22; it showcases a theatre, an indoor/outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, and nine-metre floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the Monashee Mountains. Ski a different path, and opt for the Explorer CabinsExternal Link Title at Sundance Resort. These charming slopeside retreats offer gourmet kitchens, private hot tubs, and floor-to-ceiling stone fireplaces. Cue the hot chocolate.


Out of the box is second nature at SilverStar Mountain ResortExternal Link Title near VernonExternal Link Title. At Queen VictoriaExternal Link Title, your Victorian home away from home promises private suites furnished with antiques, plus a hot tub, sauna, and easy access to Nordic trails. True to its name, the Purple PalaceExternal Link Title is an on-slope, purple-hued home, a quick glide from the Alpine Meadows chairlift. Here, five bedrooms can be booked separately or house a whole group. Either way, everyone will scramble for the rooftop hot tub.


For groups of all sizes, Apex Mountain ResortExternal Link Title delivers. Keep it cosy at the Apex Lodge, where the newly renovated boutique hotel includes family-style rooms. Bonus: you're less than 100 metres from the nearest ski lift, caf?, or restaurant. 

Mica Heli Skiing Lodge, north of Revelstoke.
Mica Heli Skiing Lodge, north of Revelstoke. Photo: Destination BC/Blake Jorgenson

The new Bison LodgeExternal Link Title in RevelstokeExternal Link Title takes the guesswork out of any ski holiday. Steps from the base of Revelstoke Mountain ResortExternal Link Title, the timber-frame structure sleeps 12-14 guests and boasts a welcome-night wine-and-cheese gathering. Here, there's a full range of staff, including a chef, concierge, massage therapist, and property manager. Add an indoor nine-metre natural climbing wall to the mix, and apr?s-ski activity at this lodge is anything but ordinary.

The Eagle's Eye at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
The Eagle's Eye at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Photo: Destination BC/Ryan Creary

Want a bird's-eye view? Perch at Eagle's Eye SuitesExternal Link Title at Kicking Horse Mountain ResortExternal Link Title. Set 2,347 metres above sea level, overlooking the town of Golden, these two Rocky Mountain retreats include 24-hour room service, a cocktail lounge, dinner at the famed Eagle's Eye RestaurantExternal Link Title, and first tracks--all the way down to the village base.


Access to the slopes is sweet, and at the Panorama Springs LodgeExternal Link Title you can combine powder days with evening soaks. At the ski-in/ski-out lodge, you have direct access to the Panorama Springs Hot PoolsExternal Link Title; Canada's largest slopeside hot pools are sure to ease the muscles and prep you for another day. Bonus: hot tubs and a sauna are all part of the package.

snowy hills of fernie alpine resort
Fernie Alpine Resort. Photo: Destination BC/@anatoletuzlak

Fernie Alpine ResortExternal Link Title's Lizard Creek Lodge and CondominiumsExternal Link Title is the ultimate ski-in/ski-out locale (one run makes its way right past the hotel). Full kitchens and fireplaces tempt, but it's the lodge's Ice BarExternal Link Title and sub-zero tasting room--featuring vodkas from across the globe--that adds a rare finish.

The town of Rossland, home to Red Mountain Resort
The town of Rossland, home to Red Mountain Resort. Photo: Destination BC/Steve Ogle

Skiers and snowboarders will be right at home at KimberleyExternal Link Title's Trickle Creek LodgeExternal Link Title. On offer? Avoid the ticket lines by booking the lodge's Ski and Stay PackageExternal Link Title. With Kimberley Alpine ResortExternal Link Title just a schuss away, everyone will enjoy the winter fun, both on and off the slopes.


Think of snowy slopes, and cosy cabins spring to mind. Compact and cute, the rustic A-Frame CabinExternal Link Title in the Village at Red MountainExternal Link Title is just the ticket to shake off the winter chill. A kitchenette, three bedrooms, and friendly close quarters make this overnight unforgettable, beneath a blanket of snow.

People walking in winter in downtown nelson
Downtown Nelson in winter. Photo: Destination BC/Kari Medig

A deep powder day at Whitewater Ski ResortExternal Link Title has a variety of apr?s-ski offerings. Option one: head to the historic Hume HotelExternal Link Title in the bustling city of NelsonExternal Link Title, 25 minutes away. This 1898 landmark was recently renovated, but kept its historic appeal. Option two: escape the crowds, and book one of four luxury mountain cabins at Logden LodgeExternal Link Title, tucked in BC's backwoods, just down the road from the ski resort.


For a different point of view, head to Vancouver IslandExternal Link Title. On the mountain, opt for private accommodation at the WinterGreen Lodge A&C ChaletExternal Link Title, where the chalet offers easy access to the ski runs and the tube park. Leave the slopes behind at day's end, and store you gear at the Riding Fool HostelExternal Link Title, a favourite Island haunt in nearby Cumberland. This charming hub offers a common kitchen, games room, plus plenty of welcoming spaces to share stories from a day's powder play. Bonus: Riding Fool guests receive 20% off Mount Washington Alpine ResortExternal Link Title lift tickets.