Serious powderhounds and newbies to the sport share one thing in common: they all have a favourite ski run. One that makes them dream of fresh tracks, and pine for powder on bluebird days.
CNN Travel recently announced their list of the World’s Best Ski Runs: 100 to 1, chosen by an expert panel (including an Olympic medalist, an editor at Powder Magazine and the “godfather of free-skiing” ) – and 13 British Columbia ski runs were named, including one in the top 10!
Read on to find out which BC ski runs made CNN’s list below:
Dave Murray Downhill, Whistler Blackcomb
The only ski run in BC to crack the top 10, Whistler Blackcomb’s Dave Murray Downhill makes a podium finish in spot number two. “This one hosted World Cup Downhill and Super-G races from 1993 to 1995 and was used again at the 2010 Winter Olympics. It was named after a former Canadian ski team member and Whistler’s director of skiing. Steep, fast and spectacular are the words our expert panel use to describe it.”
Blackcomb Glacier, Whistler Blackcomb
Sitting one spot above the top 10, Blackcomb Glacier was picked by Mike Douglas, also known as “the Godfather of free-skiing”, because “it descends one mile of vertical over 13 kilometres and covers a larger variety of terrain than any other run in North America. When you add incredible views, you have an icon.”
Zig Zag, Whistler Blackcomb
This high-speed run makes the list at 35, and thrills pro skier Matty Richard who loves it because “Zig Zag feels like you’re on a roller coaster.”
Ridge Runner, Whistler Blackcomb
Ridge Runner at Whistler Blackcomb falls nearly halfway at spot number 42. “This intermediate-level, tree-lined run is wide, fun and skirts the edge of the resort, where crowds are rare.”
Bear Run, Fernie Alpine Resort
This Kootenay Rockies gem landed spot 56, and is no stranger to serious snowfall – a key reason it was chosen, especially because it “ makes Fernie’s long gentle cruisers – like Bear Run – great fun, especially on a powder day.”
The Bite, Whistler Blackcomb
Another Whistler Blackcomb favourite is also top choice (and number 70 on the list) for pro skier Logan Pehota: “It’s the first run I go to every time it snows.”
The Cut, Grouse Mountain
It’s hard not to love a ski run that is located just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, especially when it offers amazing views of the cityscape. The Cut at Grouse Mountain comes in deservedly at number 73.
Hugh’s Heaven, Whistler Blackcomb
A well-known ski run, Hugh’s Heaven stole spot 75 on the list for its popularity with newer-to-the-sport skiers and boarders, and for the views it affords of Whistler on sunny days.
Ross Gold, Whistler Blackcomb
This Blackcomb Mountain run, named after pro snowboarder (and Olympian) Ross Rebagliati, takes spot 79 on the list. It’s perfect for intermediates, and when not closed for race training, the “even pitch makes it ideal for practicing high-speed turns.”
Kill the Banker, Revelstoke Mountain Resort
“Kill the Banker at Revelstoke Mountain Resort has to be one of the most fun runs in the world.” Hard to argue with this claim from pro skier Sean Cochrane, who says the run (number 81 on the list) has some of the “steepest cliffs known to man while technically being out of bounds, but it’s located directly beneath the gondola, so you’re never too far from hearing the cheers from your peers.”
West Cirque, Whistler Blackcomb
Cracking the 80’s, West Cirque is a favourite of pro skier and Rossignol athlete Dan Treadway: “It has some of the best snow and is steep with some fun spines to ski. It also leads you into my second favourite run, which is called Christmas Trees.”
Burnt Stew Trail, Whistler Blackcomb
This 8-mile (km) beginner-level run offers up amazing views over Garibaldi Provincial Park and is the reason it comes in at number 90.
The Cliff, Big White Ski Resort
Kelowna’s Big White makes the list at number 98 with The Cliff, and was chosen by pro snowboarder Beck Menday of Team Great Britain for “…its near vertical face with amazing chutes to run down, especially on a powder day.”