If lying on a beach for a Caribbean vacation isn’t how you see yourself spending the winter, choose to travel within the country and visit one of the best ski resorts in Canada. We highlight five favorites to help you plan your ski trip:
1. Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
Retrace the steps – or runs – of Olympians from the 2010 Olympic Games and ski the Whistler Blackcomb mountains. With more than 200 trails and 8,100 acres, the Whistler Blackcomb mountains are some of the best if you’re looking to ski British Columbia and include the Olympic alpine skiing trail, open to the public for ski and snowboard use. The Whistler area has consistently been voted best in Canada for skiing and the Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort has been ranked North America’s number 1 overall ski resort.
Don’t let your ski vacation be limited to the hill, though, as the area boasts a range of accommodations – from condos to economical hotels – and has been ranked best for terrain variety, off-hill activities, and ranked second for dining. Enjoy Whistler’s Olympic Plaza which is a free outdoor skating rink during the winter months; perfect to wind-down after a day on the slopes and for your winter family vacation.
The Whistler Blackcomb Mountains are open until mid-April to mid-May, depending on the run.
2. Mont Tremblant, Quebec
For skiiers on Canada’s east coast, or those looking for the full ski resort experience without the chaos of the large British Columbia and Alberta ski areas, Mont Tremblant is one of the best.
The picturesque town offers a variety of activities for after your ski runs, or for the family member who isn’t up for hitting the slopes. With a range in accommodations – including the Altitude condos which include a hot-tub and are within a 3-minute walk of the tourist village – Mont Tremblant offers something for everyone from luxury accommodations to simple hotel rooms.
Tremblant is a beautiful spot to ski and view the surrounding Laurentian mountains, and ski experts in the village offer lessons for beginners, and rentals for those travelling by air and in need of gear. Make a full vacation of your time in Mont Tremblant, with ice skating, sliding, snowshoeing and a visit to the spa to relax your body while at one of the best ski resorts in Canada.
3. Field, British Columbia
A visit to the small town of Field, British Columbia will surely leave you breathless with its beautiful views and perfect ski conditions. A hidden treasure of British Columbia skiing, Field not only has alpine skiing but cross-country trails as far as the eye can see – literally.
Visit the neighbouring Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and let the slopes and runs convince you it’s one of the best ski resorts in Canada with it’s beautiful surroundings, sparkling white snow, and historic village. The resort hosts a variety of accommodation options, both on the mountain and in the town of Golden.
The town of Field itself is a historic railroad town with beautiful restored homes turned into guesthouses and trails leaving town for more low-key adventures in the snow. With a population of around 200, the town is mainly made up of skiiers that enjoy the view of the Rockies and the backcountry skiing, with both Lake Louise and Kicking Horse resorts a quick drive away for more slope options.
4. Sunshine Village, Alberta
Get your tan on while hitting the slopes at Sunshine Village with a vacation at this ski resort in the heart of Banff National Park and on the Continental Divide. Just 15 minutes from the town of Banff, and 90 minutes from Calgary, Sunshine Village is one of the best ski resorts in Canada with untouched mountain ranges that can be seen from the ski runs.
You won’t want to miss the powder at Sunshine Village, where it’s possible to ski from Alberta to British Columbia in one run. With a 7-month season and nine metres of snow in a season, the area has a variety of runs from beginner to big mountain runs.
Give your legs a rest with a day off from skiing to enjoy the area’s dining, shopping, and the resort’s luxurious lodge for an afternoon in a hot tub, relaxing yoga, or taking part in a Historical Snowshoe and Fondue Tour. With so much to choose from for your ski vacation, Sunshine Village will surely be a pleaser.
5. Big White Ski Resort, Kelowna, British Columbia
If you’re looking for a ski resort good for the whole family, Big White Ski Resort in beautiful Kelowna should be on the top of your list. With a number of awards for Canada’s favourite family resort, this British Columbia destination features a wide selection of powder runs for the learner in your group, as well as more complex slopes for the seasoned skier.
Enjoy a full resort experience with shopping, spas, food and dining options, and ski rentals for a ski vacation that’s suited to all your needs. Stay in a private chalet or economical suite, and enjoy the ski-in ski-out village offered at Big White, to ensure you’re never far from a run and can get on and off the hill with ease.
Your vacation at Big White Ski Resort will be fun for the whole family, no matter how much of a ski bunny you are.