Popular Ski Resorts in Canada Just In Time for Winter Break
If you are looking for some great powder with some great runs, then look no further than the most popular ski resorts in Canada. With Alberta, Quebec, and British Colombia touting some of the best skiing in the word, the breathtaking scenery is sometimes overshadowed by the long runs with thrilling drops of the runs. Most ski resorts in these areas also offer heliskiing, tubing, and glacier skiing along with snowboarding and more traditional winter skiing.
Home of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler/Blackcomb is undoubtedly the top ski resort in Canada. Nestled in the Coast Mountains in British Columbia, Whistler/Blackcomb combined has over 200 runs ranging from beginner to advanced levels. In fact, its longest run is over 7 miles long. The village itself is full of activities, for that non-skier and after hours crowd. So, ski all day and party all night, or curl up next to the fire while you wait for your ski bunny to return.
Looking for the best vertical in the Rockies? If so, you can give it a try at the Kicking Horse Resort also located in British Columbia. The Canadian ski resort also houses the Grizzly Bear Refuge, which currently only has one grizzly bear named Boo. With some of the best skiing terrain in the Canadian Rockies and access to some picturesque backcountry, you can’t go wrong choosing this ski resort for your next trip.
For one of the longest ski seasons in North America, head out to Banff/Lake Louise in Alberta. The season normally extends from November through May! What snow bunny wouldn’t love that? The total skiing for the area is spread out over three resorts, but a skier can purchase a single lift ticket and have access to all three including transportation between the resorts. With over 270 combined runs, there’s plenty of skiing for everyone.
For those who prefer a ski resort in Eastern Canada, Mont-Tremblant in Tremblant, Quebec, is just 75 miles from Montreal. Although it has an Olympic caliber superpipe, the highest one in Eastern North America, for those brave enough to try. The resort has over 92 trails and has all levels of skiing. Tremblant itself is a quaint and charming town in its own right and attracts the casual skiers because of the scenery and convenience of the nearby airport.
If you have an entire family who loves to ski, one of the more family friendly resorts is Big White Ski Resort in Kelowna, British Columbia. Located on the second largest mountain in British Columbia, the resort averages up to 24.5 feet of snow every year. In fact, in 2008, Ski Canada Magazine awarded the resort with “Best Powder” due to its legendary dry, champagne snow. Touted as a family resort, Big White Ski Resort takes pride in making it easy for beginners and marking even slightly treacherous spots for safety.
Happy skiing and good luck choosing the right ski resort in Canada for your next trip!