Vancouver, British Columbia, is an area of Canada with many features. Go beyond the maritime-based city during the winter, and individuals enter a world of skiing, tubing, and snowboarding. To help find locations for the latter, here are some suggestions of family-friendly snowboarding spots around Vancouver, B.C.


Cypress Mountain

Thirty minutes from the city center, Cypress Mountain has six chair lifts and over 50 ski trails. Over 10% of these are designed for entry-level snowboarders.

Cypress Mountain also offers family-friendly training centers named Raven Riders Kids Camps. For children between the ages of 7-12, these are full-day activities that feature classes in snowboarding. Furthermore, there are opportunities for other winter activities like snow tubing.


Grouse Mountain

The ski resort of Grouse Mountain is even closer than Cypress Mountain. Just 15 minutes from Vancouver, it features 26 runs for snowboarders. Half of these are designed for night skiing.

Grouse Mountain provides ski lessons for all ages. Their Ski Wee and Wee Riders programs are for children from 3-6. The resort’s Zone Camps offer half and full-day programs for kids between 5-18 years old.


SilverStar Mountain Resort

Approximately five hours from Vancouver, SilverStar Mountain Resort is the third largest ski area in the region. It features 132 trail runs, 20 designed for beginners, and 11 lifts. The resort also has 105km (65 miles) of Nordic trails.

Besides snowboarding, SilverStar provides other family-friendly opportunities like snow tubing and ice skating. Several clubs and camps are available for kids to learn snowboarding and other winter sports.


Whistler Blackcomb Resort

Whistler is one of the skiing destinations used during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Approximately two hours from the city, it has 200 ski trails serviced by 38 lifts. Whistler is a prime place for above-the-tree line skiing and snowboarding. It also offers several tubing trails and camps for younger kids.


Mount Washington

Situated on Vancouver Island, Mount Washington is the second busiest resort in the area. In addition to its 60 trails, the family-friendly area includes a snowboard park and trails for cross-country skiing.

Needless to say, the Vancouver, B.C. area has its fair share of family-friendly ski resorts. It’s recommended to visit their respective websites for a more detailed idea of their offerings.



Scott Gelbard