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Whitewater

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Whitewater4 out of 5 based on 16 reviews
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Whitewater - Reviews

Whitewater - Reviews

Is SIIICKKKKK

Adam07/10/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    December
  • Admin Rating
    1

Is SIIICKKKKK

Adam07/10/2019
LOVED IT!

Capital of the Powder Highway!

POWDERHOUNDS.COM19/07/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January

Capital of the Powder Highway!

POWDERHOUNDS.COM19/07/2019
Whitewater Ski Resort
Varied terrain
Lots of glades and tree skiing
Stellar Heli Skiing is north of Nelson
Valhalla Cat Skiing near Nelson
Whitewater Ski Resort and the town of Nelson combined are the capital of the BC Powder Highway! This trip to Whitewater just reinforced how good some of the steep tree skiing is and there was a little fresh powder so that we could fully relish the amazing terrain. There were a few more people around than we’d previously encountered, and it wasn’t that surprising that it’s grown a little in popularity. It’s still a refreshing alternative to the crazy-busy high profile resorts on the Ikon and Epic Pass.

It seems uncharacteristic for us powder hounds to get that excited about a ski resort cafeteria, but it would be remiss of us not to mention the food again. It continues to be exceptional, and you can get a really nice coffee which is something you don’t take for granted in North America.

The town of Nelson is also a key part of the allure of Whitewater, even though it’s changed a little over the years and become more swanky than bohemian. We met a few key Nelson dignitaries who were trying to do a sales job on us about the merits of the town. We laughingly told them that they were preaching to the converted and that we’ve nominated Nelson previously for the USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards for the best ski town in North America.

Nelson BC also makes an ideal base for other powder hound pursuits. We went cat skiing with Valhalla Powdercats and you can see our review here. A major highlight was a day out with Stellar Heli Skiing and you can check out our review here.

We stayed at The Adventure Hotel which was a great pick for decent accommodation, good service and a great restaurant, pub and café onsite.

For our thoughts on the pros and cons of Whitewater check out our Whitewater Ski Resort overview and also see our Canada ski resort ratings to see how it compares.

No frills, just thrills

William Shouldice25/12/2018
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No frills, just thrills

William Shouldice25/12/2018
This is a skiers mountain. No shops, no condos , no egos...just deep snow, good food, and friendly people. Make sure you have a four wheel drive and if you have room pick up someone up at the hitchhikers spot...they will offer great hill info. Guessing the average local skier is 20-40 , and can ski 10x better us. I would not recommend to novice skiers or groomer skiers. We noted very few baby boomers ski here. Nelson is nice with plenty of accomadation options. Hailing from MI, my kids had a blast at Whitwater. The lifties and local skiers made a big deal over the kids, telling us where to ski and high fiving the kids when came in all powder coated, that's pretty cool to a 10 year old. Great trip.

Whitewater in February

Will24/02/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    12-17
  • Month Visited:
    February

Whitewater in February

Will24/02/2018
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

John28/09/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    December

Small town skiing at its best

John28/09/2017
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 Europe16/09/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    March

WOW - Whitewater Out of this World!

Powderhounds Europe16/09/2017
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

Dan18/03/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35

Fantastic Spot

Dan18/03/2015
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!

Nick05/09/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35

Whitewater and Nelson are amazing!

Nick05/09/2014
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.COM02/06/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50

The New Terrain is an Amazing Addition

POWDERHOUNDS.COM02/06/2013
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

Mike11/05/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35

glades

Mike11/05/2013
You'll love this place if you're into glades.
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