Canada’s ski resorts have impressive credentials, from world record breaking gondolas, to highest vertical drops and the most skiable terrain in in North America. They also boast some of the longest ski seasons in the world, with many resorts operating from November through to May each year. Here, the resorts receive natural snowfalls in excess of 10 metres, providing high quality powder conditions.
Canada’s provinces of British Columbia and Alberta in the west of the country are where you will find most of the major resorts – all of which are easily accessible with international airports located close by. The cities of Vancouver and Kelowna in British Columbia provide easy access to ski destinations such as Whistler (home of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games) and Big White. Whereas Calgary in Alberta provides easy access to the Rocky Mountains region and the ski towns of Banff and Lake Louise.
Canada is particularly well known for having uncrowded slopes and a laid back culture. The vibrant villages and towns surrounding the ski fields are home to an impressive selection of international hotels, luxury chalets, mountain lodges and cabins – many of which are ski-in / ski-out.
Canadian’s also take their après ski seriously, with plenty of trendy bars, restaurants and cafes to choose from. This combined with jam-packed events calendars ensure there is always something happening at each of the resorts.
Both on and off the mountain an impressive selection of activities is on offer, from epic backcountry heli-ski adventures through to spectacular mountain top fondue tours. At the major resorts you will also find natural hot springs, indulgent spas, cinemas, galleries and amenities such as supermarkets and childcare facilities.
Canada’s breathtaking natural scenery provides many more travel opportunities, highlights include the dramatic Rocky Mountains region, home to one as one of the most spectacular drives in the world.
Region: British Columbia
Thirteen world-class resorts, boundless backcountry, and incredible snowfalls combine to make Canada’s British Columbia one of the true North American most popular ski and snowboard destinations.
Home to some of North America’s largest ski resorts and boasting meters of dry, fluffy powder annually, Alberta provides an ideal winter escape for ski and snowboarding enthusiasts. Here, the stunning natural scenery provides a spectacular backdrop for an enjoyable winter getaway.