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Making the Most of Winter in Squamish

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One of the most common lifestyle questions we get from people moving to Squamish is “what is the winter like in Squamish?”. And we completely understand your concerns!

For those moving from the Lower Mainland, winter can be dark, wet and gloomy, but here in Squamish it really isn’t all that bad! Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, winter is the perfect season for those who love all outdoor activities!

You can hit the mountains in the morning and play a round of golf or go for a bike ride in the afternoon. To get a better idea of winter in Squamish, we asked our Realtors for their favourite things about the season:

Skiing and snowboarding

It’s no surprise that skiing and snowboarding makes it to the top of the list for winter activities. Whistler is located just a short 45 minute drive up the Sea to Sky Highway, making day trips incredibly easy. Those who move to Squamish from Vancouver are often surprised how close the resort is, especially with the lack of traffic!

In addition to Whistler Blackcomb, there is a huge amount of backcountry touring options closer to home. Elfin Lakes in a very popular route for skiing, splitboarding, and snowshoeing. The Sea to Sky Gondola has also opened up access to tons of backcountry options!


The Squamish Valley Golf Course is open all year round and has incredible drainage, perfect for those wetter winter days. Milder temperatures in the town make golfing a great winter activity and one that often surprises new residents moving to the area.

Hiking and mountain biking

Unlike Whistler, hiking and mountain biking is very much a year round activity in Squamish. The majority of trails are sheltered by forest, meaning that you will stay dry and can enjoy the scenery.

The mountain bike trails are in great condition with tacky dirt and are far less crowded than in the middle of summer. Some of Realtors even take out their headlamps to enjoy some evening rides on the trails!

Indoor climbing

Squamish is famous for its climbing, with the Stawamus Chief offering some of the best climbing in the world. While you may be able to get out for some bouldering on dry days in the winter, the Ground Up Climbing Center in Squamish offers some incredible indoor climbing!

It’s definitely one of our favourite rainy day activities and means you can get your climbing fix all year round!


For more information on winter in Squamish, and if you have any questions about moving to the area, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our local Realtors!