Whitewater - Reviews

Whitewater in February

Will
24/02/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    12-17
  • Month Visited:
    February
The snow is great, but the lifts are slow. Can’t complain because it leads to freshies all day! You can stay 15 minutes down the hill in Nelson. The town is fun and there’s a decent amount of stuff to do. The terrain is fun and there is lots of good in bounds skiing. I love the place and keep returning! The lift lines are generally nonexistent, but on a holiday they can be 10-15 minutes on a bad day.

Small town skiing at its best

John
28/09/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    December
I have only been to Whitewater for one day during a bit of a ski road-trip so I am no expert..but I loved everything about it.
I'm not sure which is more awesome or more important. The mountain or the people. Lets start with the people and the feel since I dont actually know much about the mountain.
This is a community, small town, family mountain. Everyone knows each other. EVERYONE. In the lift line you'll meet Bill who is a lifty, whose kids are taught by Patty at the elementary school in town, whose husband is a firefighter in Nelson and whose sister works in the cafe on the mountain. It is awesome. The only thing that could make this place more classic is if a mean ski patroller named Chad tried to race you for your girlfriend. Everyone is incredibly friendly. There are barely any lines even when there are lines because everyone knows each other and just lets you cut in. Its the most laid back, easy going, vibe I've ever experienced at a mountain. And the townies shred. Having an amazing mountain in their back yard has created a whole town full of amazing riders. Noone has egos. Everyone here is good. Really good. Everyone knows someone who is sponsored or was pro or ran a cat skiing operation. Its tough to impress them with anything other than positive vibes. Its obvious why people move to Nelson.
As for the mountain, its great. I only spent one day riding but the pow was deep. Lots of untracked everywhere. Some local immediately took me on a hike to some side country. The trees were awesome. The lifts are old but M-F that doesn't matter as there are no lines. They just put in a new lift that opens this season 2017/2018. There is no real base area. There is free very convenient open huge public lot right at the base to park. People drink, smoke, get ready, laugh, its old school skiing. No paying to park, no fancy base or shuttles. Park, gear up, hustle the kiddos to the lift. The amenities at the base are sparse but totally adequate. The food is so old school ski mountain. Just a huge hall filled with picnic tables and a GREAT cafe. Kids from town with friends, elderly who have ridden WW for 30 years, parents, and powder highway shredders all have to mingle elbow to elbow and its awesome. The locker rooms smell like old hockey locker rooms. The base boards are beaten to hell from years of skis and boots. Its awesome. If you have that itch to go back in time and experience that old school awesome ski mountain and town from a time past Whitewater is the place.

WOW - Whitewater Out of this World!

Powderhounds Europe
16/09/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    March
Whitewater mid week pow. Whitewater trees. Whitewater - yip, yip, yahoo. Haul that Brett! We loved Whitewater.
We came to Whitewater on a day where the snow report stated only a few cm of fresh. Who would have thought that the cumulative snow over the previous week was essentially untouched and the place was deserted (mid week). Knee to waist deep super light powder greeted us and wow,what a great few days.
Crappy old lifts are meaningless in Whitewater. It doesn't matter. The off piste skiing here is absolutely superb, particularly mid week with some fresh. with only three lifts, holidays and weekends can get a bit overwelming with people, but the lift lines are super patient and polite.
The food at the base lodge is astoundingly good - no wonder they win awards. nearby Nelson is an interesting town and worthy of a few nights stay.
If one is contemplating travelling around BC, a Powder Hwy round trip that includes Apex, Baldy, Red and culminates in Whitewater highlights some of the world's best 'small' powder ski resorts.
Do yourself a favour, ski Whitewater now or else you will only be a year older when you do! (Thanks Warren)

Fantastic Spot

Dan
18/03/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
One of the best things about Whitewater is that right from the get-go the lack of on mountain lodging, the lodge, and lifts will scare any glamour skiers right back to Whistler and Vail. There is a shuttle but a lot of locals just hitch to the hill. When you hear about "the vibe" of Whitewater and Nelson, it's true. There really is something a little different from from other ski towns I've been to. I went to Revelstoke this season too and didn't get the same feeling from the locals. Whitewater seems like the kind of place where locals would happily take you along with them, whereas some other places the locals would be more likely to stab you (exaggeration).

The side country options here are amazing. The inbounds is amazing too if you like glades. It's primarily for people who like glades and good snow. If you want bowls you just have to hike, but not too far and you're still in the same valley and visible to everyone at the resort. I would/will totally come back to Whitewater. Oh, btw, the groomers are cool too. There are some really cool, winding groomed runs that are essentially just wide cat tracks but they don't just criss-cross back and forth in a predictable manner. Bit like a race track.

Whitewater and Nelson are amazing!

Nick
05/09/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
Went to whitewater to ski. Loved the pow and glade skiing was incredible! The food and organic ale was spot on after a day of skiing.

Nelson is a charmer, safe as can be, clean and picturesque. Pretty good nightlife, lots of organic food options and very little faceless big box store corporations. A throwback of how a community should be!

A must place to see and ski in Canada!

The New Terrain is an Amazing Addition

POWDERHOUNDS.COM
02/06/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
We reviewed Whitewater again to check out the new in-bounds terrain serviced by the Glory Ridge chair lift. The fresh powder was still elusive, as it was on our last visit, but we certainly got to ride the new terrain which was very impressive. The additional terrain has made Whitewater an attractive destination for intermediate riders, and the steep trees for experts are sooooo much fun.

Whitewater still has a very active local family vibe, but it might not be that appealing for travelling families considering there’s no longer a day care centre, and because kids’ group lessons are only held on the weekends.

Whitewater has some amazing strengths considering the quality and quantity of the snow and the terrain. I wish I’d been one of the investors for Whitewater!

Pros: the friendly atmosphere and lack of pretentiousness, the food, the snow, and the amazing tree skiing for experts. Nearby Nelson is also a major pro, with inexpensive lodging and dining, and a great vibe, and all the cat skiing and heli skiing operators nearby.

Cons: The terrain size is still a little small so there’s not huge variety on offer for the different ability levels. The lack of on-mountain accommodation is both a pro and con.

For more detailed ratings, see how Whitewater compares on the Canada ski resorts ratings.

glades

Mike
11/05/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
You'll love this place if you're into glades.

This place kicks butt!!!

Greg
22/10/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
I have several friends who live in Nelson, so I was able to stay with them... Therefore I do not know much about the accommodations, but they did not seem to be great compared to some of the bigger resorts.

HOWEVER... (and that's a big "however")... The skiing is fantastic... They have heaps of snow and awesome terrain - back country to the max - you can do a lot of hiking and always catch fresh tracks! The crowds are minimal and Nelson is nearby for some good nightlife.

Pros: The snow!!! The snow is awesome there... Nice 'n light and plentiful too. The crowds are small. The back country is abundant.

Cons: They should have some better lifts and aside from that I cannot say too much more in this area about Whitewater. It is hard to get there if you are flying into a major city. The nearest airport would be Castlegar, but it's still not that close.

Most suited for: Serious skiers! People who like challenging terrain, snow and back country skiing! I guess just about anyone could come here and like it, but it's more suited for serious skiers.

I will definitely be back here, but mostly just because I have friends in Nelson. Otherwise, while it is great, it would be too difficult to get to for me. I will certainly always ski here just as long as it can remain convenient - even if that means me MAKING it convenient for me :)

Whitewater

Bob Legasa
10/10/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70
POWDER Magazine calls Whitewater “One of the best Powder Mountains on the Continent”. With over 40’ of annual snowfall that award is pretty easy to understand. Whitewater is just minutes away from the funky, artsy town of Nelson, BC and when you set foot on the ski hill it’s like stepping back in time, when skiing was about the skiing, pure and simple!

With the addition of the new Glory Ridge Triple Chair there are now three chairlifts at Whitewater. The Glory Ridge Triple opened up some incredible terrain which was only accessible by hiking or skinning before.

Now after a hard morning of sessioning the goods slip into Whitewater’s rustic Post and Beam Lodge to refuel. This is what a ski lodge is about, rich in history and full of flavor. If these walls could only talk, you would hear endless hours of ripping fresh Kootenay powder.

Whitewater is not only famous for your powder fix it also fills any culinary desires you have with Whitewaters legendary Café food. This isn’t your ordinary ski resort food, it’s way beyond that, in fact it was only a few years back that the café staff was sworn to secrecy about the café recipes.

You’re probably not going to find better restaraunts anywhere to get healthy, organic meals than Nelson restaurant scene. If you love beer, check out Coal Oil Johnny's Pub in downtown Nelson and put down a frosty glass of Nelson Brewing Company's signature winter beer NBC Faceplant. It helps wash down all that powder you've been chocking on all day!

Whitewater

powder75
09/09/2011
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
Love the old school lifts!!! I really hope they do not develop the hill into high speed quads and a playground for the rich.
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