Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding
The Shuswap has a number of opportunities for great skiing and riding.
There are three three world-class ski centres— Silverstar (Vernon), Revelstoke Mountain Resort (Revelstoke), Sun Peaks (Kamloops) — within a 1.5 hour drive of the Shuswap. All the hills are top notch ski excursion destinations, and easily accessed from our region.
In addition to resort skiing and riding, the Shuswap also offers Off-Piste and Backcountry Touring. The alpine highlands surrounding the Shuswap lake system are an unlimited playground for experienced backcountry travelers with knowledge in avalanche terrain and route finding. A few feature areas include:
- Larch Hills Nordics‚ over 90 km of non-track set backcountry ski trails
- Larch Hills Traverse‚ the 40 km epic over the Larch Hills between Salmon Arm and Sicamous. Overnight options include Cabin stays at the Larch Hills Chalet, Cec's Cabin, winter camping, and B&B stays at the trailhead on either end. Find out more
- The Gorge (North Queest) ‚ the Shuswap's answer to backcountry touring and powder turns at it's best in the glades and bowls below North Queest Mountain. Accessed on the west side of the Anstey River Forest Service Road between 15km and 18km. Remote avalanche terrain. Check daily avalanche reports and ski prepared with avalanche gear. Access via FSRoad may require snowmobile support when not plowed for logging. VHF 2-way radio recommended on logging roads.
Winter in the Shuswap
One of our top four favourite seasons! Check out our video of the best of winter in the Shuswap: Skiing, Snowmobiling, Skating & more!