Thinking about planning your next great, Canadian ski getaway? Here are 12 Great White North resorts that powder seekers and newbie skiers will have a blast exploring.
Neighbouring Whistler and Blackcomb mountains in British Columbia are about as famous as it gets among Canadian ski destinations. The spirit and good times found in this touristy town is infectious, but the athleticism and skiing is still serious biz, with more than 200 runs, 8,171 acres of terrain and16 alpine bowls. Whistler village is bustling with shops, bars and restaurants — a fun-filled spot to decompress after a day on the slopes. While there, be sure to try dog-sledding, zip trekking and relaxing on a leisurely sleigh ride. Visit Whistler Blackcomb for more info.
A dream come true for high-peak seekers, Marmot Basin has 86 runs along 3,000 vertical feet of drop in the stunning Canadian Rockies. The attitude is friendly and relaxed and there are plenty of runs for all levels. Plus you will find dogsledding, ice skating and cross country skiing. For more info, visit: Marmot Basin.
Reach new heights at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, which has North America's greatest vertical lift service at 5,620 feet. Loved for the 3,121 acres of fall line skiing, high alpine bowls and day and night skiing. While the majority of runs at Revelstoke cater to advanced and intermediate skiers, newbie enthusiasts can hone their skills at Turtle Creek Beginner Area at the village base. Also available is snowmobiling, dogsledding and paragliding. For more info, visit: Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
Just 45 minutes from Kamloops, for those looking for a laid-back ski destination, Sun Peaks is it. Boasting three mountains, Sun Peaks is the third largest ski area in Canada, offering 152 runs as well as cross country skiing, mountain tours snowshoeing, snowmobiling and dogsledding. During the summer months, take advantage of the hiking, biking and golf. Added bonus: This resort lives up to its name with more than 2,000 hours of sunshine annually. For info, visit: Sun Peaks.
Nighttime ski lovers will love Mont Sainte-Anne for its 19 lit trails, including the highest night skiing vertical in the country. A good spot for all ski levels and lots to do for non-skiers, from canyoning, tubing and ice skating to dogsledding, paragliding and enjoying Zen time at one of the Nordic spas. For more info, visit: Mont Sainte-Anne.
Skiers and non-skiers alike flock to Lake Louise for the breathtaking scenery of the Rockies and the UNESCO World Heritage site, Banff National Parks. Of course there is no shortage of skiing with the ‘Big Three’ ski resorts in the area: Mt. Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise Mountain Resort, all of which offer child-friendly activities. For more info, visit: Banff/Lake Louise
A ‘must’ in the heart of most Canadian skiers, Fernie, British Columbia is known for its incredible powder, five alpine bowls and more than 140 adrenaline-pumping runs. This hip mountain town also packs a warm, welcoming vibe, along with shops for stocking up on supplies and eateries to replenish your energy. Very kid friendly with movies and games and activities for non-skiers, including snowshoeing and ziplining. For more info, visit: Fernie Alpine Resort.
The town of Golden is a fantastic town for the non-skiers in your group, but slope hounds will definitely get their powder fix at Kicking Horse, which offers more than 120 across 2,800 acres. Take a daybreak and visit the Wolf Centre in Golden or get a different kind of workout at the indoor rock climbing gym and then let your muscles simmer at the hot springs. Before you leave, be sure to visit Canada’s highest restaurant, the Eagle’s Eye, for a vertical view from 4,000 feet. For more info, visit: Kicking Horse Resort.
When visiting Blue Mountain Resort, it truly is worth staying over. This pretty resort near Collingwood is the largest in Ontario, featuring 42 trails, which cater to bunny-hill newbies and double black diamond seekers and everyone in between. The lively village offers terrific après-ski spots, including cafes, pubs and restaurants that trail off into more energetic nightlife later on. For more info, visit: Blue Mountain Resort.
Revel in the lively East Coast spirit and warm hospitality at Marble Mountain, Newfoundland. Marble has 39 runs catering to all levels, along with Marble Zip Tours, hiking and sightseeing and ski-town shopping and good eats nearby. For more info, visit: Marble Mountain Resort.
While this year-round resort speaks to summer lovers and winter enthusiasts alike, the 29 ski runs and night runs at Horseshoe Resort draws both beginner and seasoned skiers to its powdery slopes. Located an hour north of Toronto in Barrie, this popular spot also boasts a bike park, treetop trekking and Segway adventures in the warmer months. For more info, visit: Horseshoe Resort.
One of the largest family-run ski resorts in Ontario, Mount St. Louis Moonstone is located in the province’s snow belt just north of Barrie and has been in business 50 years. Fun events take place on the grounds throughout the year, but during the winter months, snow seekers will find 36 slopes that cater to all levels of skiers and snowboarders. This family-friendly, no pressure spot is a great place to learn. For more info, visit: Mount St. Louis Moonstone.
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