Each week, Paul Karchut speaks with dozens of dedicated skiers and boarders across eastern B.C. and southern Alberta to get the real scoop on conditions at resorts, cross-country trails and in the backcountry.

Here are some of the resorts with the best conditions.

Sunshine Village


The CBC Eyeopener's Paul Karchut reports on Alberta's and eastern B.C.'s ski conditions every week. (Courtesy Paul Karchut)

Coverage continues to improve at Sunshine with some big snowfall this week. The Goat's Eye side of the mountain is a real test of the snowpack and skiers have been saying good things about quality of skiing on that side of the mountain.

"Every run yesterday was like hitting the reset button," said Ski Report contributor Ryland Nelson.

"That’s partially because the wind was so high and loaded everything up and the trees pretty nicely but the skiing is surprisingly soft — the coverage is surprisingly good."

He also says there’s some snow fencing in at the top of Goat's Eye, but he says the tree skiing is fantastic and is ahead of schedule by about a month.

The forecast is calling for sunny skies and colder temperatures this weekend.

  • 7 Day Snow: 68 cm
  • Total Snow Pack: 92 cm

Lake Louise


Lake Louise has had 25 centimetres of snow in the last seven days. (Leighton Klassen/CBC)

Conditions are really great in the back bowls right now — well worth a hike out to Brown Shirt or Hiker's Paradise

Louise missed the big storms that Sunshine received to the east and Kicking Horse received to the west, but some smaller refreshes have helped improved conditions.

"The coverage is quite good for this time of year, now there’s still rocks and a few trees and twigs sticking out," Nelson said, adding the front side is looking very good.

  • 7 Day Snow: 25 cm
  • Total Snow Pack: 66-76 cm


Nakiska is hosting two big events this Sat., Dec. 8. The Ski Cross World Cup starts at 11 a.m. MT with the best athletes in the field skiing in tandem through jumps and burms. Then, starting at noon in the base area, some of the best snowmobilers in the world will show their jumping and trick skills. This could be fun to watch as a family.

  • 7 Day Snow: 19 cm
  • Total Snow Pack: 50-75 cm
With files from Paul Karchut