It’s all about the powder — every skier knows that.
Flute Bowl - Whistler
The best way to find fresh tracks is to earn your turns — and Whistler’s 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.
Sun Rype Bowl - Big White Ski Resort
Ride the Gem Lake Express and take Kalina’s Rainbow to the Sun Rype Bowl, a spacious intermediate-friendly expanse known for collecting Okanagan champagne powder. Finish with some tight turns where the bowl eases to trees, then carve back to the chairlift on a swooping groomer.
Gil's Hill - Sun Peaks Resort
Long renowned by backcountry enthusiasts, Gil’s Hill is now officially in-bounds at Sun Peaks — 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.
Cedar Bowl - Fernie Alpine Resort
Fernie 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!).
CPR Ridge - Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
Step off the Golden Eagle Express and carve the downy powder of double-black-diamond CPR Ridge in Golden, BC. 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.
Whitehorn 1 - Lake Louise Ski Resort
If you wake to a fresh dump at Lake Louise, 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 Rockies. On the right day, it’s better than the backcountry.