Many of us remember the John Denver song but the Rockies really do provide a rush of pure adrenaline in terms of drama and views. In the South-West of Alberta you’ll find Banff Sunshine Village, one of the best resorts of its kind. Located above 7,000 feet, there are three mountains to explore offering slopes of every colour for beginners and hardened experts. The resort claims to have Canada’s best snow and its non-glacial season is the country’s longest as well. With plenty of restaurants and boutique shops to rest your tired legs it’s also a great choice for all the family. Finally, Banff heated ski-chairs - in our view all ski chairs should be heated.
If a skier was to create a country from scratch then they might just re-invent Canada. Long winters and lots of snow cover a country that is blessed with mountains of all shapes and sizes. The result is some of the best ski-ing in the world and resorts that know exactly what they’re doing when it comes to offering you a perfect break on the slopes. But where to choose amongst this rich variety? Our experts have picked 10 of their best go-to destinations for your dream Canadian ski holiday.
How about enjoying your winter sports in North America’s largest ski area and one of the best ski mountains in Canada? Whistler and Blackcomb is a hugely popular choice for many tourists. The facts speak for themselves with 8,100+ acres of snow, 16 alpine bowls, 200 trails, 3 glaciers and some of the most alluring terrain parks you can find anywhere. Whistler Mountain is kind to beginners with the chance to progress across increasingly challenging slopes, whilst the thrill seekers will spend days on the high bowls and chutes. Take a ride on the ten person gondola for the classiest way to get back to the top of the mountain. You’ll find the local village to be decked out with everything you need for entertainment and retail therapy. This is one of the best experiences modern ski holidays can offer you.
When you’re asking where to go ski-ing in Canada ask yourself two questions: am I a hardcore ski fanatic and do I think you’ve seen it all? Answer yes to both and you’re ready to take on the Red Mountain in British Columbia. The steep runs and phenomenal terrain means this is the resort of choice for the purist. You’ll love the variety of pistes, wide-open bowls, glades and tighter trees. The friendly, laid back vibe of the resort means you can take the family but there won't be too much else for them to do if they don’t join you on the 3,850 slopes available. However, nearby Rossland is a charming town with plenty of places to visit. One thing to note is that the chairlifts are notoriously slow at Red Mountain. But that may be a good thing as you need time to get your breath back.
Head to British Columbia for the magical mountain resort of Panorama, famed for its 360 degree views, It’s another great place for skiers of all levels of abilities with beginner slopes aplenty among 2,975 acres of terrain with the allure of a 1,300 vertical drop and two black-runs for those who want to boast in the bar afterwards. You’ll be giving your hips a good workout in the twisty slopes but straight lines are for beginners right? For the non-skiers there are plenty of other sports to try out such as dog sledding and skating. In the evening, settle back for a juicy steak and some live music at the T-Bar and Grill. Bring your swimming costume as you’ll also find the largest slopeside hot pool in Canada.
For the truly spectacular, Lake Louise in Alberta is hard to beat and is often referred to as one of the most relaxing and beautiful places in the world. The ski-ing is fairly matchless as well with a huge area to explore and almost 140 trails including plenty of intermediate runs through tree-lined pistes and large open bowls where you’ll only stop to take photos of the stunning landscape. The high adrenaline action will contrast with the peace and tranquillity of the resort itself. It's not for those who love the bustle of major tourism but you’re only a short drive from Banff if you feel the need for a different type of experience.
Club Med’s first ever Canadian resort has now opened in Charlevoix, Québec . It’s a serious option for those looking to enjoy a magical mountain experience, Exceptional snow, spectacular natural wonders, an abundance of outdoor activities and the joys of the vibrant French-Canadian culture are yours for the taking. To the north of the city of Québec you can hurtle down the slopes of Le Massif with a breathtaking view of the St Lawrence River. The scenery changes constantly as the seasons pass, creating an amazing spectacle. There is a large choice of runs (53) for all levels, as well as the most extensive off-piste skiing (98 acres) and the greatest vertical drop East of the Rockies, plus an exceptional 7.5 km-long sled run. Even better, you can enjoy all the luxury of a Club Med all-inclusive holiday during your stay.