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Okanagan Mountain Range Ski Vacations - The Perfect Winter Destination   by Mike Singh

Gently nestled between world-class ski resorts, the Okanagan provides an alternative to the "big ski resorts". A small lift line, powder skiing, and moderate winter weather, combined with heli-skiing and snow-cat lodges, offers a personal guided and backcountry skiing experience. Snowboarding is also available for the dedicated winter sports fanatics. The area is full of natural beauty, many historical sites, and every level of recreational levels. This area is not only a winter area to enjoy but also a summer recreations area. Things to enjoy would be swimming, fishing, hiking, and sailing on one of the four lakes: Okanagan Lake, Wood Lake, Duck Lake, and Kalamalka Lake.

The Okanagan is located in southern British Columbia of western Canada, consisting of mountains and valleys, with many visiitors visiting the "Okanagan Canada's Fruit Basket" of orchards and vineyards. It is also called the "Apple Capital of Candada". During the winter, its mild winter temperatures and snowy terrain, combined with its natural beauty, makes the Okanagan the perfect winter destination.

There are several small resorts that are scattered throughout the area, with Champagne and Okahagan providing untracked powder - fresh, light and deep snow available for fresh tracks, arriving from the moist air of the Pacific Ocean. The Okanagan has some of the most consistent and comfortable winter conditions in all of Canada. Temperatures average around 0 degrees, which maintains the snow for winter fanatics and skiing enthusiasts. Very rarely does the northern weather systems with its frigid temperatures enter this area.

Some of the region's major ski centers are Apex Mountain Resort, Big White Ski Resort, Mount Baldy Ski Area, Silver Star Mountain, and Sun Peaks Resort. Thompson Okanagan, in the center of British Columbia's interior, offers sight-seeing to those who are interested - golf, ski, horseback ride, visit historical sites, and visiting a winery, are just a few of the events offered. The mountain ranges of Okanagan offer different trails and skill levels, but most of all they provide you with the skiing vacation of your dreams. The Apex Mountain Resort Vacation Rentals is a ski village with a wild-west theme. This ski resort is in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia that has very small skiing line-ups. Another fun place to go is the Big White Ski Resort Chalet Rentals, British Columbia's second largest ski resort near Penticton, Big White Ski Resort, and Silver Bowl Resort. This is the pride of British Columbia's snow rich Okanagan Valley, with some of the biggest and best snowfalls available to worldwide ski resorts.

An excellent place to eat is the Gray Monk winery, known as the "Gray Monk Estate & Grapevine Restaurant, open for tastings and also a wonderful restaurant. Neatly planted vineyards sloping toward the shore of Lake Okanagan gives the place its name and value. Fine vintage wines reflect the blend of art, science and consistent skills. Four generations on the land, the Heiss family welcomes company to share their wine, and share their etched copper doors and wood carvings at the entry, suggesting more elegance to come.

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