How Big is the Powder Highway?

“Reblog From The Powder Highway”


After polling all of the alpine, cat, heli and a majority of the backcountry lodges –  I found out that it is GIGANTIC!

3,020,258 ACRES (1,222,256 HECTARES)

In comparison to other cities and other ski destinations from aroune the world, it is:
* 106 times the size of the City of Vancouver
* 19 times the size of the City of Toronto
* 17 times the size of the City of Calgary
* 10 times the size of New York City
* 9 times the size of the City of Los Angeles

The Chamonix region in France is known to have the biggest concentration of ski resorts in the world and the Powder Highway is 101 times larger!

The skiable tenure for the ski ops along the Powder Highway is massive!!! In comparison (in no particular order), we size up:

The PH is 592 times larger than… Grand Targhee & Jackson Hole Ski Resorts combined;

The PH is 373 times larger than… Alta, Snowbird and Solitude Ski Resorts combined;

The PH is 354 times larger than… the BIG 3 combined (Lake Louise, Nakiska, Sunshine Ski Resorts);

The PH is 331 times larger than… Blackcomb, Whistler, Grouse, Cypress & Mt. Seymour combined;

The PH is 296 times larger than… Breckenridge, Telluride and Vail Ski Resorts combined;

The PH is 155 times larger than… the Okanagan Resorts combined (Apex, Big White, Silver Star and Sun Peaks); and

The PH is 4 times larger than… Ayeska & all of the Backcountry/Heli Operators in Alaska combined

The Powder Highway has the highest concentration of cat, heli and lift service resorts in all of British Columbia. In fact the skiable tenure makes up 21% of the entire ‘Kootenays’ region (the southeast corner of British Columbia).  There is endless pow to be found within the 8 alpine ski resorts, 23 backcountry lodges, 13 cat and 11 heli operators and 11 Nordic Ski Clubs!

What are you waiting for?

Story submitted by Shannon Harrison. Photo by David Gluns at Whitewater Ski Resort.


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