There’s a lot more to Nelson, British Columbia than just fabulous skiing and snowboarding, so while you’re on your BC ski vacation, be sure to explore everything Nelson has to offer. From the hustle and bustle of today’s bigger resorts, the combination of Whitewater Ski Resort and Nelson is an experience that’s good for the soul.
The Nelson area is an all season affair for anyone with a passion to live life to its fullest. From the pinnacles of four mountain ranges to the glacial clear depths of Kootenay Lake, FUN runs in the region’s veins. Unlike the coastal mountains, the winter weather in the Kootenay region is temperate and cool enough to generate what the Kootenay’s are infamous for – dry, light powder. And there is lots of it.
All of this snow is why the region is part of the infamous Powder Highway, the highest concentration of lift, snowcat, and heli accessed powder skiing in North America. So if you are looking to add even more adventure to your vacation, try one of our vacation packages! We offer unforgettable ski packages with Big Red Cats, Valhalla Powdercats, or Selkirk Wilderness Skiing. If you were looking to get in the air, check out Stellar Heliskiing!
Twenty minutes from Whitewater Ski Resort, the funky town of Nelson, British Columbia is a place where local history meets a modern day entrepreneurial spirit. Nelson’s historic Baker Street is the hub for adventure sport outlets offering the world’s proven names in equipment and clothing (for example, Patagonia, Arc'teryx, Sierra Designs, Merrell etc.) for each and every fresh-air activity. Meticulously restored heritage buildings house one of a kind boutiques filled with local artist’s work, an array of outdoor equipment and clothing stores, cafés, diverse restaurants and rockin’ bars – heritage with a twist.
Ski vacations are more than time outdoors, what sets Nelson BC apart is a collection of unique inns, hotels, motels and guest homes that offer warm hospitality to Whitewater guests, while artistic eateries dish up delicious meals. We are known for our thriving arts scene, visual arts, theatre and live music that is plentiful in the town’s cultural centres, night-clubs and theatres. Shops, inns, hotels and restaurants moonlight as galleries, displaying the varied work of the many artists who have found inspiration in Nelson.
When your skiing vacation and the winter weather wear you out, there’s relaxation and revitalization waiting indoors in Nelson’s array of spas and fitness centres. Local spas are warm and inviting offering a full spectrum of delightful treatments. Nelson has a newly renovated recreational facility fully loaded with a fitness center, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, pool and the best part, a kiddie pool and waterslide!
Thermal springs, like those at Ainsworth Hot Springs, steam and simmer along the shores of Kootenay Slocan and Arrow Lakes. A short 40 minute drive north of Nelson, Ainsworth is a must after a long day at play. Regardless of the weather, the pools are always inviting and open until 9:00 pm daily.
We welcome you to come to Whitewater BC Ski Resort and Nelson, British Columbia for a day, a week, a month, or for the whole season! It’s a guaranteed ski vacation of fun activity, culture, and relaxation.
........................................................................."“Whitewater is amazing—that’s the simple truth. It has all types of terrain and a recently added chair that opened up even more of the goods. Add a solid local crew that’s not going to vibe you out and the light, fully interior powder and you’ve got a clear favourite in my opinion.” " John Scarth, Photo Editor, Snowboard Canada, SBC Resort Guide