They call it the Powder Highway but a better name might be the Road to Awesome. The southeastern flank of British Columbia, known as the Kootenay Rockies, is said to have the highest concentration of ski options in the world: downhill, backcountry, cross-country, cat, heli. You can even ski in the dark, as I discovered, and with a bellyful of grog.
With eight major ski resorts dotting a circular route through the Rocky Mountain and Columbia ranges, and opportunities for everything from ski paragliding to skiing alongside dog sleds, it’s almost too much snowy fun for one intrepid adventurer to manage. That’s why I spent a week sampling the best of the Koots and came away with this plan de pow:
A circular route through a winter wonderland
Vancouver to Revvie
It’s less than three hours to fly from Los Angeles to Vancouver and roughly a two-minute walk from the arrivals gate to the Fairmont Vancouver Airport, hands down the coolest airport hotel in North America. With a live jazz band swinging in the lounge and items like Dungeness crab on the menu, you don’t even know you’re in a terminal.