Looking for the ultimate winter adventure? Imagine skiing the Canadian Rockies!
Fly to Calgary and conquer the craggy peaks dotting the gorgeous landscapes around Banff and Lake Louise. Most of the ski resorts and hotels here offer access to three incredible, world-class ski hills (Mount Norquay, Lake Louise and Sunshine Village) with the SkiBig3 ticket. The closest to Banff, Mount Norquay serves up sweeping village views and all-level terrains ideal for families. Lake Louise ranks as one of North America’s largest ski resorts and should be up there on any Canadian skier’s bucket list with its variety of runs cutting through breathtaking natural marvels. Aim higher over at Sunshine Village where the area’s highest ski hill (at 2,730 metres above sea level) dominates the Continental Divide, guaranteeing downhill thrills from towering summits across an immense powdered playground.
SKI NEAR EDMONTON: JASPER
Gorgeous winters in the Rockies can also be enjoyed at Jasper National Park, near Edmonton, where soaring mountains blanketed in snow appear as if pulled from a postcard depicting Canada’s colder season.
The go-to ski spot here is called Marmot Basin, which proudly boasts the highest base elevation of any major Canadian ski destination. From well-groomed, tree-lined trails to vast, natural bowls and expert chutes, the diversity of terrain attracts all levels of skiers and snowboarders to revel in sunny days spent across kilometres of runs.
SKI NEAR VANCOUVER: WHISTLER
Go big or go home, they say… maybe in reference to Canada’s largest ski resort? Welcome to Whistler Blackcomb, home to some of the best skiing in Canada!
Visiting Whistler is like stepping into a holiday-card version of winter, complete with two mountains and a fairy tale village. It’s no wonder that this resort lures ski enthusiasts from all over the world. Buckle up for sprawling, snowy acres of gentle slopes, alpine bowls, glaciers, marked trails, and more! Did we mention that an epic gondola ride travels between the two peaks? Plus, après-ski awaits in and around the romantic streets that crisscross the pedestrian, snow globe-like town.
SKI NEAR KAMLOOPS: SUN PEAKS
Beautiful British Columbia also harbours our country’s second largest ski resort: Sun Peaks, near Kamloops, where you’ll find incredible skiable terrain spread out across three mountains.
Aside from its European-inspired village, perfectly light powder snow and range of runs (from beginner greens to double black diamonds), Sun Peaks makes you feel right at home… if you feel most at home strapped on to your skis! In fact, you can ski most places here; the village features ski-through streets and hotels offer ski-in/ski-out options. All ski, every day! For a ski break, look to a panoply of activities, from dog-sledding to horse-drawn sleigh rides and taking in some TLC at the spa.
SKI NEAR MONTREAL: MONT-TREMBLANT
A breathtaking winter wonderland just under two hours away from Montreal, Mont Tremblant delivers colourful village vibes nestled amid the dreamy snowy scenery of Quebec’s Laurentians region.
Recognized as the leading ski resort of eastern North America, Mont Tremblant treats skiers or snowboarders to hundreds of trails tailored for all levels. Here, hitting the slopes comes with endless views of the forested mountains that define this beloved area of Quebec. End your days in the cobbled streets of the picturesque pedestrian village where a legendary après-ski scene warms up winter nights.
SKI NEAR QUEBEC CITY: LE MASSIF DE CHARLEVOIX
Quebec’s other top ski resort is none other than Le Massif de Charlevoix, where winter enthusiasts can enjoy the biggest vertical drop east of the Canadian Rockies.
Imagine skiing amid natural wonders, between a Canadian mountain and one of our country’s most famous rivers. Le Massif’s runs face the St. Lawrence River, giving skiers the impression of plunging right into its waters. It’s also the only ski resort that you can access from the bottom of the mountain or from the top, considering you can actually drive right up to the summit! Plus, the resort’s northern locale near Quebec City benefits from an abundance of natural snowfall blessing acres of variable ski terrain and even a section reserved for adventurous off-piste skiing.