Facilities & Services

The day lodge at Whitewater Ski Resort houses all the services and amenities. These include guest services, lockers, ticket sales, the mountain learning centre, café, bar and the WH2O shop.

Eating On Mountain

Located upstairs in the day lodge is the Fresh Tracks Café, which is not your average ski resort cafeteria. Some of the fare is traditional cafeteria food, but they also have lots of healthy yummies such as samosas, homemade soups, and an array of freshly baked goods.

The Freshies coffee bar has local organic coffee, salads and rolls, and they actually know how to make a coffee (which is a bit of a rarity in North America!). Here, I had one of the best muffins I’ve ever put my taste buds to (big call I know!). So good is the food at Whitewater BC that the cooks have published recipe books which have become a coveted must-have accessory for the kitchen.

The seating area for the café and coffee bar also welcomes brown baggers.

Coal Oil Johnny’s Pub is in an area off to the side of the café. They provide table service for lunch, après appetisers and cold beers. The deck is a great place to perch in the sunshine and pretend to watch the kids playing outside.

There is also a Fresh Tracks Express Café near the base of the Glory Ridge chair, so you don’t have to return to the day lodge to get fuelled up.

Facilities for Children

Child care is no longer provided at Whitewater ski resort. Instead there is a play room where parents can take the little kids.

Whitewater Ski School

The learning centre provides lessons for snowboarding and alpine and telemark skiing. Whitewater offers great value for money packages for beginners, but many of the kids ski school programs only run on weekends. For more advanced riders they offer a Powderhound Experience program to get you prepped for a day of cat skiing or heli skiing.

Otherwise the private lessons are so inexpensive that it’s worth paying a little extra for the individualised attention.

Whitewater also has irregular programs for avalanche skills training, backcountry touring and level 1 instructor courses.

Whitewater Ski Rentals & Snowboard Rental

The Whitewater rental and repair shop has a range of alpine skis, telemark skis and snowboards. This includes standard and high performance equipment. They also rent out clothing, helmets, and backcountry and avalanche safety equipment.

The standard performance gear rentals are inexpensive relative to other Western Canadian ski resorts.

Nelson Ski Rentals

Nelson has several ski and snowboard shops, but these largely focus on retail not rentals.

ROAM rents out demo skis, boots and avalanche gear for those in the market to buy. The Sacred Ride (213B Baker St, Nelson) rents out a limited range of skis, snowboards, boots, split boards, skins and avalanche safety gear. Gericks (702 Baker Street, Nelson) has cross-country ski rentals.

The other possibility is to check out the Boomtown Sports Emporium (510 Hall Street). They used to have ski rentals and snowboard rentals, but if not, they sell recycled gear and you should be able to buy something for a song.

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