December - British Columbia
Whilst most places are warming up for winter – the odd snowfall here and there – BC in Canada is already at prime time. Steep and deep pow with plently of greybird days spent shredding trees and pillow lines, you might even get a few days of sun to venture out into the backcountry and get some turns in on some legendary faces.
Whilst most would head straight to the mega resort of Whistler, around the end of the month is when the monster lift lines start forming. Way better instead to be at one of the many smaller operations further North and inland, away from what can at times be quite wet and heavy coastal snow.
Take for example Whitewater near Nelson, even in ‘poor’ snow years they regularly clock in over 12m of snow in a season, and with only three chairlifts it’s small enough to keep the crowds at bay; more lines for the locals! Or Red Mountain, ‘one of the funnest places to ride powder with your friends’ according to WL associate editor Andrew Duthie. In December, BC is the place to be.