Canada’s 10 Best Ski Destinations
Canada hosts great variety in its ski destinations, from Kicking Horse to Mont. Tremblant, there are resorts that cater to every need, ability and group. However, how do you choose a single destination that will give you what you are searching for? Whether you are looking for panoramic scenery, challenging slopes or a vibrant après-ski, here, in no particular order, are Canada’s 10 best ski destinations.
Bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better; however within Canada’s ski resorts this is true. Why go skiing to one mountain, when you can go to two? Whistler and Blackcomb sit within British Columbia boasting an impressive 8,171 acres of accessible terrain between them. The resorts offer over 200 marked runs that primarily focus upon the intermediate skier, with the remaining slopes evenly split between both the beginner and those who are more advanced. The Peak2Peak Gondola provides unforgettable views as you travel nearly 3 miles between mountains.
Big White Ski Resort
If you are looking to live the mountain-side lifestyle, there isn’t anywhere better than Big White Ski Resort. Recently winning an award as the best destination for ski-in/ski-out accommodation in Canada, Big White provides accommodation where you simply ski up to the front door. With difficulty diversity similar to that of Mont. Tremblant, Big White is a good choice for families or groups with differing abilities.
Le Massif makes its way onto list for its accessibility and focus on steeper runs. Being located only an hour from Quebec the resort is only a short train ride away from the populous city. The run difficulty is primarily split between intermediate and expert, giving those with more experience a larger playground. The views awarded over the St. Lawrence River only add to the appeal of this resort and place it firmly within the top 10 ski destinations in Canada.
If you are looking for difficulty and length of slope, Revelstoke holds both in abundance. Primarily geared towards the advanced skier, the resort hosts a vertical descent of around 6,000 feet, making it the longest vertical descent of any resort in North America. The resort features one run that will really test the legs of the brave, at a shocking 9.5 miles. Outside of the resort, the town of Revelstoke only increases the draw of the resort, being a railway town that will provide the skier with a true Canadian experience.
Being Eastern Canada’s largest resort, Mont. Tremblant in Quebec hosts the closest to European skiing you will find outside of Europe. The slopes themselves cover 650 acres of skiable terrain and the great variety in difficulty makes this ski destination one perfect for families. The pedestrian only town at the foot of the mountain has a distinctly French feel with patisseries and bakeries, however worldwide dining options and après-ski facilities can still be found in abundance.
Sun Peaks, British Columbia
Another resort located within British Columbia, Sun Peaks provides skiers around 120 runs spread over 4,200 acres of accessible terrain. With the vast majority of the runs being aimed at the intermediate skier, this resort is well suited for those who want to avoid the partying at Whistler, but still want the same high level of skiing.
Blue Mountain, Collingwood, Ontario
Being well-known for its family-orientated- resort, Blue Mountain in Ontario makes its way onto the list. Blue Mountain fames itself upon the fact that it plays host to a great diversity in slope difficulty that caters to the youngest member of the family to the most adventurous. The village, similar to Mont. Tremblant, is lively, holding film nights and parties regularly.
Fernie Alpine Resort
Located in the Lizard Range of the Canadian Rockies, Fernie Alpine Resort boasts variety as its main draw. The clearly marked beginner trails give those new to the sport reassurance that they won’t find themselves hurtling down a black, whilst the high proportion of advanced slopes gives those who hold more experience new challenges. To find a resort that is both popular but not overcrowded seems an impossible task, however Fernie seems to achieve this impossible task, earning it a place within this list.
Kicking Horse Ski Resort
The amusingly named Kicking Horse Resort makes the list of top ski destinations in Canada simply because of the difficulty that will make even the most advanced skier nervous. With 45% of its runs for the advanced and a further 15% being labelled with the infamous double diamond, Kicking Horse inevitably boasts shorter queue lines for lifts and quieter slopes than larger, more diverse resorts.
Banff/ Lake Louise
If you are looking for a scenic vacation, then Lake Louise located within the UNESCO National Park site should be top of your list. With three different resorts that cover almost 8,000 acres of terrain and a 7 month ski season, this destination asserts itself as a top pick. Beyond its size and scenic vistas, Banff provides excellent skiing that ranks amongst the best in the world. The diversity of slope difficulty provides a family with challenges for all its members.
Canada truly does play host to some of the best skiing in the world which can be seen in the sheer diversity that is on offer. Whether it is the scenery of Lake Louis that draws you, or the European skiing of Mont. Tremblant, it is a guarantee that skiing in Canada will not disappoint.