Ski Hill Opening Dates in the Lower Mainland

Call it from the mountain tops, ski season is here!

What hills open when? Start planning your wintry weekends now

As rain falls on the Lower Mainland, our local mountains are getting snow. Read on to learn the opening dates of all our local mountains – and don’t forget to wax your skis so that you can start spending your weekends up on the slopes ASAP.

Whistler Blackcomb – Open NOW

Whistler‘s early opening day last weekend got everyone thinking about winter. And while Blackcomb doesn’t open until November 28, it will feature two new lifts covering plenty of terrain well worth waiting for. Check out B.C.’s ultimate ski resort destination now by purchasing an Edge Card pre-paid for one, three, five or 10 days at a discount.

Adult 1-Day Lift Ticket: $109

Big White – Open NOW

The Okanagan is good for more than its wineries. Big White Ski Resort is B.C.’s family mountain located about an hour outside of Kelowna. The resort includes 12 lifts, three of which are already open, with more scheduled to open this Saturday, November 23. If you’re looking for a weekend away, Big White just might be the answer.

Adult 1-Day Lift Ticket: $79

Mt. Baker – Open NOW

The irony of alpine skiing on an active volcano will escape you after a few turns down fresh powder at Mt. Baker. Approximately a one-hour drive from Vancouver, this Bellingham ski resort is closer than some of our own local mountains. So grab your gear and hop the border for opening weekend.

Adult 1-Day Lift Ticket: $55

Cypress Mountain – Opens November 23

The return of the West Coast winter means the opening of Canada’s most popular cross-country resort. Cypress Mountain‘s staff quote this weekend as their hopeful opening day, weather permitting. And while Cypress is known for its world-class nordic terrain, don’t forget about their alpine offerings. With 610m of vertical, Cypress brags the most runs of the North Shore mountains.

Adult 1-Day Lift Ticket: $62

Silver Star – November 28

Silver Star Resort in Vernon is scheduled to open November 28, but this weekend marks their bonus opening. Two lifts will be open Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24 to give skiers and snowboarders a taste of their 90 cm base. Tickets purchased now during pre-sales are a mere $20, with all proceeds going to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation’s Light A Bulb fundraiser to furnish and equip their Polson Tower.

Adults 1-Day Lift Ticket: $79

Mt. Washington – Opens December 6

Vancouver Island’s ski resort won’t open too much later than the Mainland this year. Mt. Washington in Courtenay, B.C. is scheduled to open December 6. Be sure to explore its tube centre, and take advantage of night skiing come December 12.

Adult 1-Day Lift Ticket: $75

Grouse Mountain – Opens NOW

The city’s closest and most convenient mountain asked fans to guess Grouse Mountain‘s opening date, and then surprised everyone by opening up earlier this week. The local ski hill, located just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, features snowshoeing trails and snowmaking capabilities on 75 per cent of runs.

Adult 1-Day Lift Ticket: $58