Check out the best & Great ski resorts in Canada, including the best family ski Destinations, top skiing and snowboarding places Wallpapers HD Pictures, nightlife and terrain parks. Every year without fail the earth reaches a point on its orbit of the sun when, thanks to its pesky tilted axis, we North Hemisphere-dwellers are treated to a season of cold and dark misery. Only two things make a North American winter bearable; Christmas and all of the gluttony that comes with it and the sweet exhilaration of ski season!
Canada has some of the world’s best destinations for a ski holiday and there are many variables that go into deciding which is the right ski destination for you. Snowfall, skiable terrain, attractions in the nearest town and general ambiance all have a part to play. Our list of the best ski destinations in Canada takes all of these things into consideration as well as making sure every destination on our shortlist has that dash of special snowy pixie dust that makes your ski trip truly memorable. Read on for nine of the best ski destinations in Canada.
Everyone in Canada knows about the ski and summer extreme sports mecca that is Whistler. Located in British Columbia, a few hours’ drive from Vancouver, Whistler in the wintertime is a vast snowy terrain that offers a huge variety of ski experiences. Each mountain in the Whistler clan has its own micro-climate, thanks to its sometimes 5,000 foot vertical drops, and the huge stretches of woodland make Whistler one of the best spots in Canada for cruising terrain. Popular with skiers and non-skiers alike, Whistler is a real tourist town, particularly during the prime ski months of February and March. More people means more buzz, though and those who want to enjoy some ski-season nightlife will find more than they can handle in Whistler with a huge number of dance clubs and bars that can be more Las Vegas than St Moritz.
Banff, located in Alberta, Canada has long been a popular spot amongst Canadian skiers and it’s not hard to see why. Gorgeous hills and perfect powdery snow, dotted with a number of charming ski resorts make Norquay in particular one of the most affordable, family-friendly but no less enchanting ski destinations in Canada. In the heart of the Rockies, Mount Norquay offers hourly ski rates which works for beginners or those who like their ski in small doses. For the more adventurous there are courses with five bowls in the area and one with a vertical drop of over 3,000 feet. Nearby Sunshine Village has vast stretches of flatter, plainer terrain for those who want to practise while the world-class facilities in and around Banff make your ski trip feel like a luxury holiday.
Mont Tremblant, Quebec
A popular ski destination located in the Laurentian Mountains in Quebec, Mont Tremblant is just 130kms from Montreal. Everything revolves around the majestic Mont Tremblant Ski Resort. As well as being incredibly accessible to locals from Montreal, Mont Tremblant Ski Resort offers a range of accommodations from the super-pricey luxury suites to more affordable condominiums. Pedestrian Village is operations HQ and it’s there that you’ll find a number of bars, restaurants, art galleries and boutique shopping opportunities. But what about the slopes? Mont Tremblant boasts 630 acres of skiable terrain and a total of 95 runs, the longest of which stretches to 6km. For the tired-legged, non-skier in your midst, the area around Mont Tremblant is home to quaint Quebecois villages, numerous Scandinavian style spas and bathhouses and adventurous sports like snowboarding, tubing and dogsledding can be arranged.
Fernie, British Columbia
Another contender for British Columbia’s best skiing destination, Fernie Alpine Resort is one of the highest resorts in the Canadian Rockies. Located in an area known as Lizard Range, Fernie is famous around the world for its adrenaline-fuelled powder skiing. With a snowfall of more than 875cm annually and snow on the ground reaching as high as 11 metres, there is no shortage of the white stuff spread across Fernie’s 140 runs and 5 legendary alpine bowls, known as Siberia Bowl, Cedar Bowl, Timber Bowl, Currie Bowl and the Lizard Bowl. Overall skiable terrain stretches to over 2,500 acres. The runs cater to a range of abilities with difficulty levels ranging from kids and beginners to very intermediate. The town of Fernie is known for its fine dining and culture with a number of museums, spas, galleries and opportunities to try outdoor sports like curling, dog-sledding, snow-shoeing and rock-climbing.
Big White Ski Resort, Kelowna
The Big White Ski Resort is currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity. The third largest ski resort in Canada, Big White is located at the Kootenay Boundary in the heart of the Monashees, British Columbia. The nearest city to the Big White is Kelowna. Over 2,500 acres of skiable terrain and an average of 750cm of snow annually provide a huge diversity of ski options. Big White is THE highest ski resort in British Columbia offering the unique thrill of skiing at an altitude of 7,000 feet. Apex on Big White has 52 trails across its two mountain faces. Only about ten percent of these trails are suitable for novices so it’s best to tackle Big White’s beautifully groomed slopes, bowls and glades only if you have experience. Western Canada’s premier night skiing resort, Big White also has 32 acres suitable for skiing after sundown.
Sun Peaks, Kamloops
Sun Peaks, located near Kamloops in British Columbia is the third largest ski area in British Columbia with over 3,600 acres of skiable terrain. Just 50 km from the cool town of Kamloops, Sun Peaks is popular with Canada’s most dedicated skiers and those with families for its mixture of alpine and Nordic skiing. The ski area comprises three mountains: Tod Mountain, Sundance Mountain, and Mt. Morrisey. The summit of Sun Peaks’ highest ski area is at an elevation of over 6,800 feet and the whole area enjoys an average snowfall of 5.6m per year. 124 trails are available and can be explored solo or as part of a guided mountain tour with a guide or none other than Olympic ski champion Nancy Greene. With opportunities to snowboard, snowshoe, tube and take a ride on a snowmobile, Sun Peaks ticks all the boxes.
Martock, Nova Scotia
Located near Windsor in Nova Scotia, Canada, Ski Martock is the best ski resort in Atlantic Canada. Just a short 45 minute drive from Halifax, Atlantic Canada’s largest city, Martock features a mixture of alpine and cross country ski trails. Many skiers think Nova Scotia can’t match up to the best the likes of British Columbia has to offer but Martock Ski Resort has great facilities suitable for beginner and expert skiers. With 5.5km of cross-country ski trails, a special beginner’s area with tow ropes and a half-pipe and terrain park for snowboarding and free-skiing, Martock is well-equipped to cater to skiing families. Martock hill is the second largest ski hill in Nova Scotia after Ski Wentworth. What’s more, Martock hosted the 2011 Canada Winter Games for cross-country skiing events.
Marble Mountain may not be the biggest mountain in Canada or the most famous but it is blessed with the advantage of having the highest snowfall in eastern North America. Located in the town of Steady Brook on the west coast of Newfoundland in the Long Range Mountains, Marble Mountain is the best skiing spot in eastern Canada. One of the key venues for the 1999 Canada Winter Games, Marble Mountain enjoys an average of over 200 feet annually. With 39 runs, the longest of which is 4.5km and a total skiable area of 225 acres, Marble Mountain also boasts a new high-speed detachable quad lift. The area around the Marble Mountain ski resort is home to a number of delightful restaurants and shops and the resort in general is said to be very affordable.
Le Massif, Quebec
Located at the highest point east of the Canadian Rockies, Le Massif in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec is one of Canada’s premier ski destinations. Just a fifty minute drive from Quebec City, Le Massif features an impressive 770 metre vertical drop. There are over 40 skiable runs at Le Massif, one of which is over 5km long and the resort has a total skiable area of 406 acres. Don’t drive to Le Massif though, take the hour-long train ride from Quebec for beautiful views of the nearby St Lawrence River. Alongside skiing, Le Massif offers its guests the opportunity to ice-climb, snowboard and go rodelling, a unique form of sledding that takes place on a custom-designed, 7.5km trail. Nearby Baie-Saint-Paul has its own buzzing art scene and the local restaurants are of the standard you’d expect in central Quebec. Snowfall on Le Massif is good at an average of around 645cm per year but be sure to get your skiing done before April as the base of Le Massif is near sea level and the snow can disappear by spring.