Canada is such a large country and has ski resorts spaning from one side to the other.
The West Coast is more popular with visitors due to the guaranteed snow and wide empty pistes. East Cost snow is not as good and the resorts are smaller, however if you are over that side you will still enjoy the runs and the French influence.
Below are just a fraction of ski resorts in Canada where you can enjoy your next Canadian ski holiday.
Whistler and Blackcomb are two huge mountains interlinked by a pedestrian village along with the peak to peak gondola offering easy access to both mountains. Together these two giants provide 8,171 acres of ski terrain, runs of up to 11km long, twelve bowls and more than 200 marked trails for all levels of ski and snow board experience. With its close proximity to Vancouver it makes a fantastic place to enjoy your Canadian ski holiday.
If you want the option of ski-in/ski-out accommodation, Big White will give you the freedom to ski right up to your front door. It is the largest ski-in/ski-out resort with an average of 7.5 meters of champagne powder snow, annually covering over 7,355 uncrowded acres of immaculate cruising runs, five powder bowls and endless trails for experts to beginners. Also named North Americas best family resort you won’t be disappointed with your stay on the mountain.
British Columbia has a large choice of ski-fields to choose from for Canada skiing and snowboarding. Sun Peaks, Silverstar, Fernie, Panorama, Revelstoke, Kicking Horse and Red Mountain are all ski fields which benefit from the cover of soft powder snow and give you the thrill of the downward run.
Located in the most spectacular part of the Canadian Rockies’ is Banff and Lake Louise. Banff is a beautiful little town with the most stunning scenery around and a favourite of many visitors to Canada. As you ski down the slopes of Lake Louise you can see the Rockies for miles and it is worth taking a breather half way down the mountain to enjoy this amazing sight.
Banff and Lake Louise have 3 ski areas to choose from, all within an easy drive of these picturesque towns. Select from Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and Mt Norquay.
Sunshine Village is Canada’s highest elevated resort with guaranteed snow conditions from December to May and ski-in/ski-out accommodation. It has a great bar at the bottom on the run where you swap stories of big airs and waist deep powder.
Lake Louise offers a spectacular view of the Rockies as you make your way down over 4,200 skiable areas. Its unique layout allows families and groups of varying ability to ski together. Enjoy the Terrain Park with jumps and rail features added daily for all levels. Snowboarders and skiers will enjoy the extreme airs and groomed tracks from this well maintained park.
Mt Norquay is the local’s favourite and one of the training grounds for Olympic and World Cup athletes. A family friendly resort it offers fantastic conditions for beginners through to expert skiers and riders. It is located only minutes from Banff and offers the only night skiing in the area.
For the ultimate ski experience try your hand at Heli-skiing and snowboarding. Imagine being dropped at the top of the mountain, no one else around and you have fresh powdered snow all to yourself. It sounds too good to be true, but there are many operators who will be able to satisfy your desire for this extreme winter activity.
We were up bright eyes and bushy tailed (well beady eyes and bushed tails!) at 4.30am this morning for our transfer from Banff to Calgary. All our drivers have been really friendly and chatty but I was quietly relieved when this driver discretely turned off the bus lights 10 minutes after the journey began to let us continue sleeping.
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I woke early to the sound of the snow plows heading up the mountain - what a perfect alarm clock at a ski resort. After a hearty breakfast and purchasing a bright pink crash helmet we headed up the mountain for a full day skiing. We paid for ski lessons in the morning and then used the expertise of the mountain hosts in the afternoon. All these guys (and girls) are awesome and so knowledgeable.
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We skied the whole day today at Silver Star in British Columbia, Canada and we had perfect blue skies, no wind and only one or two people on any run we went on - unmatched skiing conditions. This day has officially gone down as my skiing day highlight. WOW.
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