CRANBROOK, B.C. - If you have yet to experience the Powder Highway, it’s a trip you must put on your bucket list. It's a snow hound's nirvana because it puts you smack in the middle of the world’s largest collections of skiable locations.
Tucked in the southeastern corner of the province, the Powder Highway ranks high on any skier's or snowboarder's must-do ski map. Eight ski resorts and dozens of heli, cat and Nordic ski venues are linked by 677 kilometres of pavement, making for an unrivalled powder-filled ski or snowboard adventure.
Located amid this powder-filled paradise for skiers is the outdoors-oriented city Cranbrook, B.C., one of the best places to stay while you get your fill of the steeps and deeps.
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Mike Peabody, co-owner of The Choice Skate and Snowboard shop in Cranbrook, recommends using the city as a base to explore the Powder Highway.
“I think anyone who is coming to hit the Powder Highway is going to have their minds blown by how big the mountains around here are and the quality of our snow,” says Peabody.
He should know. Peabody has skied all over the world. In his travels, whereever he met people, they were impressed with he lives. “When I travelled to Australia or went snowboarding in Japan, people were blown away about where I lived and the bucket-list possibilities.”
That list can keep anyone busy for as long as they have.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to be able to get out to all of these destinations within such close proximity,” he says.