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January 26, 2024

How BIG is The Powder Highway?

IT’S COLOSSAL!  After polling all of the alpine, cat, heli and most of the backcountry lodges – we found out that it is GIGANTIC!

7.2 Million+ ACRES (2.9 Million+ HECTARES)

The Powder Highway has the highest concentration of cat, heli and lift service resorts in all of British Columbia, Canada and the WORLD!  

There is endless pow to be found within the 8 alpine ski resorts, 14 backcountry guides, 16 backcountry huts, 23 backcountry lodges, 14 cat-ski, 3 community ski clubs, 18 heli operators and 16 Nordic clubs/centres!

Photo by Steve Ogle at Valkyr Adventures

The skiable/ridable tenure for the ski ops along the Powder Highway is massive!

What are you waiting for?

The Powder Highway is made up of 100+ skiing and riding options along the route, including:


Fairmont Hot Springs Resort; Fernie Alpine Resort; Kicking Horse Mountain Resort (Golden); Kimberley Alpine Resort; Panorama Mountain Resort (Invermere); RED Mountain Resort (Rossland); Revelstoke Mountain Resort and Whitewater Ski Resort (Nelson).

Revelstoke Mountain Resort; photo by Mitch Winton


All Aspects Alpine Backcountry Guides (Golden); Adrenalin Descents (Golden); Arctos Guides (Slocan); BC Mountain Guides (Golden); CAPOW (Revelstoke), Deep Lines Guiding (Nelson); East Kootenay Mountain Guides (Invermere), Flow Guiding Services (Golden); Gearys Guiding Service (Icefall Lodge, Revelstoke, Rogers Pass); Golden Powder Guiding (Golden); Kootenay Backcountry Guides (Nelson), Revelstoke Ski Touring, Selkirk Powder Descents (Revelstoke) and Summit Alpine Guides (Nelson).

Photo courtesy of Gearys Guiding


AO Wheeler Hut (Rogers Pass); Asulkan Hut Cabin (Rogers Pass); Bonnington Hut (Bonnington); Elizabeth Parker Hut (Field); Fairy Meadows Hut (Selkirk Mtns); Glacier Circle Cabin (Rogers Pass); Grizzly Basin Mountain Cabin (Fernie); Kokanee Glacier Cabin (Selkirk Mtns); Lightening Strike Cabin (Selkirk Mtns); North Valley/Hazel Huts (New Denver); Ripple Ridge Cabin (Selkirk Mtns); Sapphire Col Hut (Rogers Pass); Stanley Mitchell Hut (Field); Whyte Hut (Field) and Ymir Ski Touring (Ymir).

(Most of the huts are booked through the Alpine Club of Canada, plus additional huts in the Columbia Valley.)


Amiskwi Lodge (Field); Assiniboine Lodge; Battle Abby Backcountry Lodge (Golden); Blanket Glacier Chalet (Revelstoke); Boulder Hut Adventures (Kimberley); Campbell Icefields Chalet (Golden); Golden Alpine Holidays (Golden); Ice Creek Lodge (Winlaw); Icefall Lodge (Golden); Mistaya Lodge (Golden); Mt. Carlyle Lodge (Winlaw); Powder Creek Lodge (Nelson); Purcell Mountain Lodge (Golden); Revelstoke Ski Touring; Selkirk Lodge (Golden); Selkirk Mountain Experience (Revelstoke); Sol Mountain Touring (Clearwater); Sorcerer Lodge (Golden); Talus Lodge (Invermere); Valhalla Mountain Lodge (Nelson); Valhalla Mountain Touring (Hills/New Denver) and Valkyr Adventures (Fauquier).

Valkyr Adventures Lodge; photo by Steve Ogle


Baldface Lodge & Baldface Valhalla (Nelson); Big Red Cats (Rossland), Chatter Creek Mountain Lodges (Golden); Fernie Wilderness; Great Northern Adventure Skiing (Meadow Creek); Island Lake Catskiing (Fernie); K3 Cat Ski (Revelstoke); Keefer Lake Lodge (Cherryville); Monashee Powder (Coldstream); Mustang Powder Cat Skiing (Malakwa); Retallack Lodge (New Denver); Selkirk Snowcat Skiing (Meadow Creek) and White Grizzly Adventures (Meadow Creek).

Island Lake Lodge & Cat-skiing; photo by Matt Kuhn


Salmo Ski Club; Summit Lake Ski & Snowboard Area and Wapiti Ski Club (Elkford).


CMH Heli-Skiing (10 lodges throughout the region); Eagle Pass Heliski (Revelstoke); Eleven Heli Skiing (Revelstoke); Great Canadian Heli-Skiing (Golden); Mica Heliskiing (Canadian Rockies); RK Heli-Ski (Panorama); Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing (Revelstoke); Snowwater Heli-Skiing (South Slocan) and Stellar Heli-Skiing (Kaslo).

Photo courtesy of RK Heli Ski Canada


Arrow Lakes XC Ski Club (Nakusp); Blackjack Ski Club (Rossland); Castlegar Nordic Club; Dawn Mountain Nordic Trails (Golden); Elkford Nordic Ski Club; Fernie Nordic Society; Kaslo Nordic Club; Kicking Horse Ski Club (Field); Kimberley Nordic Club, Nelson Nordic Ski Club; Nipika Mountain Resort (Radium Hot Springs); Panorama Nordic Ski Centre; Revelstoke Nordic Club; Sunset Ridge Ski Society (Sparwood); Toby Creek Nordic Centre (Invermere) and The Whiteway (Invermere).

Nordic skiing at the Kimberley Nordic Ski Club; photo by Mitch Winton