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From Bend to British Columbia: Tips to plan a NW skiing road trip

Schweitzer Mountain Resort in Idaho has plenty of family-friendly runs.
Schweitzer Mountain Resort in Idaho has plenty of family-friendly runs. Courtesy

Whether you sleep in the parking lot or are staying at a five-star resort, skiers and snowboarders will tell you few things beat a winter road trip.

From Washington, opportunities for such getaways abound. British Columbia offers the Whistler Blackcomb megaresort and, farther inland, is its famous Powder Highway. Idaho has the celebrity playground of Sun Valley and the Tahoe-esque Schweitzer. Oregon offers lifts on two volcanoes: Mount Bachelor and Mount Hood.

Here are a few places worth considering for a winter road trip:

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler

Lift Tickets: $139 Canadian.

Terrain: More than 200 trails, 8,171 acres, four terrain parks.

Lifts: 34.

Elevation: 7,494-foot highest lift, 2,140 base, (5,020 drop on Whistler, 5,280 drop on Blackcomb).

Annual Snowfall: 360 inches.

More Info: whistlerblackcomb.com.

Big White

Southeast of Kelowna

Lift Tickets: $91-$99 Canadian.

Terrain: 118 trails, 7,355 acres, terrain park.

Lifts: 16.

Elevation: 7,606-foot highest lift, 4,950 base, 2,656 drop.

Annual Snowfall: 294 inches.

More Info: bigwhite.com.

Fernie

Near Fernie

Lift Tickets: $99.95 Canadian.

Terrain: 107 trails, 2,504 acres.

Lifts: 10.

Elevation: 6,316-foot highest lift, 3,500 base, 2,816 drop.

Annual Snowfall: 348 inches.

More Info: skifernie.com.

Kicking Horse

Golden

Lift Tickets: $99.95 Canadian.

Terrain: 106 trails, 4,000 acres.

Lifts: Five.

Elevation: 8,033-foot highest lift, 3,900 base, 4,133 drop.

Annual Snowfall: 256 inches.

More Info: kickinghorseresort.com.

Mount Washington

Near Courtenay on Vancouver Island

Lift Tickets: $85 Canadian.

Terrain: 60 trails, 1,200 acres, two terrain parks.

Lifts: Nine.

Elevation: 5,215-foot highest lift, 3,558 base, 1,657 drop.

Annual Snowfall: 348 inches.

More Info: mountwashington.ca.

Panorama

Near Invermere

Lift Tickets: $92 Canadian.

Terrain: 188 trails, 2,847 acres, terrain park.

Lifts: Nine.

Elevation: 7,800-foot highest lift, 3,800 base, 4,000 drop.

Annual Snowfall: 188 inches.

More Info: panoramaresort.com.

Red Mountain

Rossland

Lift Tickets: $89 Canadian.

Terrain: 83 trails, 2,957 acres, terrain park.

Lifts: Seven.

Elevation: 6,807 feet highest lift, 3,387 base, 2,919 drop.

Annual Snowfall: 300 inches.

More Info: redresort.com.

Revelstoke

Rossland

Lift Tickets: $95 Canadian.

Terrain: 59 trails, 3,121 acres, terrain park.

Lifts: Five.

Elevation: 7,300 feet highest lift, 1,680 base, 5,620 drop.

Annual Snowfall: 360 inches.

More Info: revelstokemountainresort.com.

Sun Peaks

Northern Okanagan Valley

Lift Tickets: $92 Canadian.

Terrain: 121 trails, 4,270 acres, terrain park.

Lifts: 12.

Elevation: 6,824-foot highest lift, 3,933 base, 2,891 drop.

Annual Snowfall: 220 inches.

More Info: sunpeaksresort.com.

Silver Star

Northeast of Okanagan Valley

Lift Tickets: $92 Canadian.

Terrain: 112 trails, 3,065 acres, terrain park.

Lifts: 12.

Elevation: 6,280-foot highest lift, 3,780 base, 2,500 drop.

Annual Snowfall: 276 inches.

More Info: skisilverstar.com.

OREGON

Mount Bachelor

West of Bend

Lift Tickets: $92.

Terrain: 101 trails, 4,318 acres, terrain park.

Lifts: 11.

Elevation: 9,065-foot highest lift, 5,700 base, 3,365 drop.

Annual Snowfall: 462 inches.

More Info: mtbachelor.com.

Mount Hood Meadows

Mount Hood

Lift Tickets: $79.

Terrain: 87 trails, 2,150 acres, terrain park.

Lifts: 10.

Elevation: 7,300-foot highest lift, 4,523 base, 2,777 drop.

Annual Snowfall: 400 inches.

More Info: skihood.com.

Timberline Lodge

Mount Hood

Lift Tickets: $68-$74.

Terrain: 41 trails, 1,415 acres, terrain park.

Lifts: Nine.

Elevation: 8,540-foot highest lift, 4,850 lowest operation point, 3,690 drop.

Annual Snowfall: 400-500 inches.

More Info: timberlinelodge.com.

IDAHO

Schweitzer

Sandpoint

Lift Tickets: $77.

Terrain: 82 trails, 2,900 acres, terrain park.

Lifts: Eight.

Elevation: 6,400-foot highest lift, 4,000 base, 2,400 drop.

Annual Snowfall: 300 inches.

More Info: schweitzer.com.

Silver Mountain

Kellogg

Lift Tickets: $55-$60.

Terrain: 73 trails, 1,600 acres, terrain park.

Lifts: Seven.

Elevation: 6,300-foot highest lift, 4,100 base, 2,200 drop.

Annual Snowfall: 300 inches.

More Info: silvermt.com.

Sun Valley

Ketchum

Lift Tickets: $71-$128

Terrain: 75 trails, 2,054 acres, terrain park.

Lifts: 21.

Elevation: 9,150-foot highest lift, 5,750 base, 3,400 drop.

Annual Snowfall: 220 inches.

More Info: sunvalley.com.

Tamarack

Tamarack

Lift Tickets: $69.

Terrain: 42 trails, 1,000 acres, terrain park.

Lifts: Six.

Elevation: 7,700-foot highest lift, 4,900 base, 2,800 drop.

Annual Snowfall: 300 inches.

More Info: tamarackidaho.com.

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