Planning a descent at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort (photo: Trent Bona)

Reasons to Head West on a B.C. Winter Road Trip

By AMA Staff

We all know Alberta is a paradise for skiers and boarders, thanks to the likes of Banff’s Sunshine Village and Lake Louise. While it’s easy to spend all your time at these world-class winter playgrounds, you can pick up multi-resort passes that allow you to explore some of British Columbia’s finest, too. (Before you go, please remember: winter tires are mandatory on most highways in B.C. from October 1 to April 30.)

Experience long runs, light powder, and lunch at 7,700 feet in the Eagle’s Eye—Canada’s highest mountain restaurant. Get three free days with an RCR Rockies Card. You can also use it at Kimberley, Nakiska and Fernie resorts.

Enjoy more than 4,000 skiable acres and a 2,919-foot vertical drop at this hidden gem in the Kootenay Rockies. Get three free days with a Lake Louise Plus Card. Use it at five other resorts, including B.C.’s Panorama and SilverStar.

Super slopes for beginner skiers and snowboarders in Alberta

Surrounded by the Monashee and Selkirk mountains, this majestic resort offers a 5,620-foot vertical drop—the greatest in North America. Get three free days with a Sunshine Super Card. Also valid at several Alberta locations, including Jasper’s Marmot Basin.

B.C. winter road trip whistler snowmobiling
Snowmobiling in Whistler (photo: The Adventure Group)

While the downhill action is certain the biggest reason to visit this Coast Mountains paradise, the resort town offers all manner of fun once the skis come off, too. Book these and other Whistler experiences quickly and easily with AMA Travel.

Motor to the Top: Rev your engines for a guided snowmobile journey up Whistler’s famed Blackcomb mountain to an elevation of 1,845 metres. At the rustic Crystal Hut log cabin, kick back with a candlelit fondue dinner, surrounded by the Coast mountain range.

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Drop Your Line: Rejuvenate with a quiet morning on an ice-covered lake, breathing the crisp mountain air and fishing for bull trout, pike and kokanee (sockeye salmon). Book a half-day ice-fishing experience, including all equipment and return hotel transport, through AMA Travel.

Snowshoe the Medicine Trail: Learn traditional medicinal knowledge along an old trapper’s path as you snowshoe into an ancient forest of cedar, fir and hemlock trees in the Callaghan Valley. Naturally, a sampling of healing teas from plants along the trail is included in this three-hour tour.

More mountains: Get three free days on the slopes with these multi-resort ski passes from AMA Travel

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What you need to know about travel medical insurance from AMA Travel*—even if you’re just heading to B.C.

Before starting a trip across provincial borders, you may want to consider purchasing travel medical insurance to fill in any gaps in health-care coverage. Alberta Health Care doesn’t cover all emergency medical expenses within Canada. Prescription drugs, non-emergency eye care, ambulances or transport back to Alberta are among the services that aren’t covered. For example, an air ambulance ride from Vancouver Island to Alberta will cost you about $25,000.

If you take more than one international trip per year, you can save on travel insurance from AMA Travel with an annual multi-trip insurance plan. Pay one price and get travel insurance coverage for an entire year’s worth of international trips, and unlimited travel within Canada. Call or visit an AMA Centre to ask about different plans available to you.

*AMA Travel Insurance is underwritten by Orion Travel Insurance Company.  Certain exclusions, limitations and restrictions apply. Subject to certain terms, conditions and limitations.