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10 Best Ski Resorts in Canada


 

Canada is a country in North America with ten provinces and three territories. This country extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean.

It is the world’s second-largest country by total area. As one of the highly developed nations in the world, it comes in a shy 9th in an advanced economy.

Canada is covered by boreal forests and its northern region has a much cooler climate. Up north, one will find the arctic region as well as the Rocky Mountains.

Fresh-water glaciers are flowing from the Rockies and the Coast Mountains.

When it comes to Ski resorts, the northern provinces of the country are where to go. These regions have earned Canada the titles ‘Powder Highway’.

They receive heavy snowfalls and have untracked terrains. The mountains provide beautiful scenery with forested hills on the horizon.

This makes Canada the perfect location for your winter vacation. It is home to some of the best ski resorts in the world.

Let us now look at the 10 best ski resorts in Canada.

1. Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort – British Columbia

Whistler Blackcomb is among the largest ski resorts in North America thanks to the two mountains that make up the terrain. It also has the most sought after world-class ski village.

Each winter season, this resort receives on average 426 inches of snow. There is also a charming village, by the same name as the resort, at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.

200 runs are serviced by 37 lifts spread over 8,172 acres of land. It, therefore, offers adequate space for all types of skiers.

Unlike most resorts in the United States, this resort has a range of terrain from inbounds backcountry, bowls, glaciers, tree trails to 5 terrain parks.

There are several accommodation options and dining places too.

2. Lake Louise Ski Resort – Alberta

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Lake Louise resort has about a 4,000-acre ski area with varied terrain. There are scary slopes to remote bowls that are easy.

This is one of the best skiing resorts in Canada that has panoramic surroundings. As you ski, you will get enjoy magnificent views of glaciers, forests and some tall peaks.

It is at this resort too that you will find the new Summit chairlift. In addition, this is also the largest ski resort in Banff National Park.

The resort has 145 pistes and plenty of options for all skill levels.

3. Marmot Basin Ski Resort – Alberta

This resort in Alberta is found in Jasper National Park. It is also part of the UNESCO Canadian Rockies World Heritage site.

Due to its high altitude, 1,698 metres above sea level, the terrain receives impressive snow cover. This is the highest base elevation in the country.   

There are 86 runs here that are used by all levels of skiers. They can be accessed through a series of lifts making it an easy experience.

If you are planning a trip but want to be on a budget, then this is the resort for you. Snow coverage is great during off-peak periods.

There are several accommodation options nearby like Jasper which is loved by many.  

4. Mont Tremblant Ski Resort – Quebec

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This resort has been carved out of the Laurentian mountain range and has 102 ski trails, 14 lifts, and 4 separate slopes for skiers and snowboarders of all levels.

The resort was established in 1939 making it the 2nd oldest ski resort in North America. All these are evidenced by the little charming cobblestoned streets in the village nearby.

Furthermore, the village has European architecture and is filled with luxurious hotels, shopping and fine dining.

It is a family-friendly resort with a great ski school, play centres and non-skiing activities such as fat biking and cross-country skiing.

5. Revelstoke Mountain Resort – British Columbia

Revelstoke resort has a big mountain terrain with the biggest vertical in North America. This is also where the Freeskiing World Tour is hosted annually.

Beginners have a much smaller terrain while intermediates and the experienced ones enjoy long, groomed tracks that course right back to the base.

Within the resort, there are steep groomers, moguls and plenty of tree runs.

6. Fernie Ski Resort – British Columbia

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The long ski season in Canada is between December and April. This makes the Fernie resort a place to visit because of its high snowfall of about 444 inches every year.

Fernie’s diverse terrain has powder-filled bowls and twisting tree runs. 10 ski lifts serve the resort’s ski area.

They can be accessed by all skill levels. Few of the runs are best suited to beginners, while the rest best suit intermediates and advanced skiers.

It is one of the resorts that is best suited for families, a weekend with friends or a week-long getaway.

The resort receives an average of 360 inches of snow each year. This makes the terrains vary from open bowls to groomed runs and glades.

7. Red Mountain Ski Resort – British Columbia

This resort is located about 600km east of Vancouver. It embodies the greatest traits of its nearest town Rossland. The town used to be a mining town

Red Mountain is relaxed, untouched and delightfully underdeveloped. It serves both ends of the skiing and snowboarding range.

A visit here will assure you an epic experience of the 890 metre vertical, amazing tree runs as well as budget-friendly price tags.

Some terrains are best suited for intermediate skiers and the resort is never crowded.

8. Banff Sunshine – Alberta

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This is another best resort to visit in Canada. It offers the best vistas of its surroundings from the heart of the Canadian Rockies.

It is no wonder therefore that it is a skiers’ and snowboarders’ paradise. The snow condition here, about 354 inches, makes its terrains perfect.

In Canada, this is one of the resorts that offer the longest skiing season of seven months. The season starts in November to late May.

Established in 1928, the has been serving up endless mountain terrain in the heart of a pristine wilderness.

The slopes here are Wide and has abundant snowfall. The all-encompassing range of runs varies from family-friendly green to the world-famous double-black Delirium Dive.

9. Sun Peaks Ski Resort – British Columbia

This is Canada’s second-largest ski area, after Whistler. Despite this, it is not that well-known by outsiders.

On the flip side, it is one of the resorts that will not see mammoth crowds hence perfect for those seeking secluded areas.

Its terrains are spread over 3 mountains and have something for everyone. There are steeps, tree lines and cruisers.

While there is a wide variety of runs, this resort gives priority to beginner and intermediate skiers. It is therefore perfect for families.

One amazing thing about Sun Peaks is that its snowfall is consistent with about 216 inches annually.

There is 13 new crystal chairlift that was installed, making it easy to access the snow. 

10. Panorama Mountain Resort – British Columbia

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Panorama is one of the best resorts for beginners and intermediates. There are about 2,975 skiable acres and plenty of powder.

This resort is a small resort and perfect for anyone taking to the slopes for the first time.  Intermediates will find the best runs off the Champagne Express, Sunbird and Summit Quad lifts.

If you are planning a family vacation. This is one resort to consider because of its friendly runs. The terrains are always covered with a light powder.

There is also a skating rink and a pool complex that includes swimming pools, hot tubs, and water slides.