How BIG is BC's Powder Highway?

How BIG is BC's Powder Highway?

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IT'S COLOSSAL!  After polling all of the alpine, cat, heli and most of the backcountry lodges - I found out that it is GIGANTIC!

7,028,515+ ACRES (2,844,342+ HECTARES)

Photo by Doug LePage at Whitewater Ski Resort in the Purcell Mountains

In comparison to other cities around the world, it is:
* 247 times the size of the City of Vancouver
* 45 times the size of the City of Toronto
* 34 times the size of the City of Calgary
* 131 times the size of the City of Seattle
* 36 times the size of New York City
* 36 times the size of the City of Los Angeles

The skiable tenure for the ski ops along the Powder Highway is massive! In comparison (in no particular order), we size up:

The PH is 1,378 times larger than... a couple of the Wyoming resorts (Grand Targhee & Jackson Hole);

The PH is 432 times larger than... several Salt Lake City resorts (Alta, Brighton, Deer. Valley, Park City, Snowbird, Solitude) combined;

The PH is 499 times larger than... all the ski resorts in Alberta (Castle, Lake Louise, Marmot, Mt. Norquay, Nakiska and Sunshine);

Photo by Kari Medig at RED Mountain Resort in the Monashee mountains

The PH is 765 times larger than... Vancouver’s lower mainland resorts (including Cypress, Grouse, Mt. Seymore and Whistler/Blackcomb);   

The PH is 270 times larger than... several Colorado resorts (including Aspen/Snowmass, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Copper Mtn, Crested Butte, Keystone, Silverton, Steamboat, Telluride, Vale, Winter Park & Wolf Creek);

And, the PH is 10 times larger than... Ayeska & all of the Backcountry/Heli Operators in Alaska combined.

Photo by Dave Heath at the Fernie Alpine Resort in the Canadian Rocky mountains

The Powder Highway has the highest concentration of cat, heli and lift service resorts in all of British Columbia. In fact, the skiable tenure makes up 49% of the entire 'Kootenays' region (the southeast corner of British Columbia, Canada).  There is endless pow to be found within the 8 alpine ski resorts, 16 backcountry huts, 23 backcountry lodges, 15 cat-ski, 3 community ski clubs, 3 guiding operators, 20 heli operators and 16 Nordic Clubs/Resorts!

What are you waiting for?

Photo by Steve Ogle; Valykr Adventures in the Selkirk Mountains

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Story by KootRocks Staffer (Shannon Harrison).  Cover/top by Henry Georgi at the Fernie Alpine Resort.

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