Ski season is here! It’s time to drag your downhill skis out of the closet. Make this winter exciting with a trip to one of these top alpine destinations for some of the best skiing in Canada.
Here are the best spots for a memorable Canadian ski vacation. Ready to explore?
Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
The Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort doesn’t just have some of the best skiing in the west, the Olympic ski resort offers some of the best skiing in Canada!
With more than 200 runs to tackle, 16 alpine bowls, five terrain parks and even a handful of glaciers, this is a great destination for advanced skiers and families alike. The resort also offers lessons and activities for all ages. The Blackcomb resort’s Kids Club lesson programs are a great way for children as young as 3 to learn the skiing basics from experts.
Sun Peaks, British Columbia
Sun Peaks is one of the biggest ski regions in British Columbia and one of the largest in all of Canada. You can enjoy great alpine and Nordic skiing here on 4,270 acres of gorgeous terrain in the heart of a beautiful mountain range. Adrenaline junkies and seasoned ski pros take note: Sun Peaks also has an internationally renowned race centre!
When you’re not skiing, explore the trails by snowshoe, go tubing, or try snowmobiling. You can also head into, or stay in the nearby town of Kamloops, for a taste of some of the best ski town charm in Canada.
The Banff and Lake Louise regions compose a beautiful Canadian Rockies ski destination that you don’t want to miss!
There are three major ski resorts here: Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise Ski Resort, and Mt. Norquay. Together, these resorts have over 7,748 acres of skiable terrain and an average of over 30 feet of snowfall during Canada’s ski season. Bring your whole family here for fun both on and off the slopes.
The region has plenty of vacation cottages that you can rent to skip the crowds and cut your costs. In addition, the Banff area is known for its active, uniquely Canadian bar scene — check out the Mad Trapper’s Smokehouse and experience one of the best après-ski parties in Canada!
Le Massif, Québec
Head to Charlevoix at Baie-Saint-Paul for some of Canada’s most stunning outdoor scenery and breathtaking Quebec skiing! 52 trails on over 406 acres of terrain make up the highest vertical east of the Canadian Rockies for some of the best skiing in Canada.
Get your thrills by skiing or snowboarding, and give ice climbing a try off the slopes. If you love sledding, Le Massif should be your ski resort of choice — the hill has a 7.5 km long sled run that offers thrills for the whole family.
Be sure to take the train along the St. Lawrence River while you’re there!
Big White, British Columbia
Located in the Okanagan Highlands, Big White is the third biggest ski resort in Canada. Easily accessible from Kelowna, it offers 2,765 acres of spectacular white slopes with 118 groomed runs. With almost 75 per cent of the trails designated for beginner and intermediate skiers, it’s no surprise Big White is considered one of the best ski resorts in Canada for family skiing.
In addition to other activities including a terrain park and nordic trails, Big White is also the largest western resort that offers night skiing, making it an attractive destination for those who enjoy longer days on the slopes.
For the best east coast skiing, head to Mont-Tremblant. The popular ski destination is located only a short distance from Montréal. Here you’ll find 102 ski trails spread out over 755 acres on 4 stunning, distinct slopes. If you’re new to downhill skiing, the Tremblant Snow School offers personalized, semi-private, and group lessons for kids and adults.
The Laurentian Mountains are beautiful in the winter and there’s so much to do here when you’re done on the slopes. Mont-Tremblant’s pedestrian village is one of the best ski towns in Canada, with cozy shops, local eats, and a full event schedule throughout the winter. Don’t forget to have some freshly tapped maple taffy!
Fernie, British Columbia
Fernie’s Lizard Range offers one of the highest ski areas in the Canadian Rockies. Test your strength and skill at this exciting ski destination! There are about 150 runs in addition to five alpine bowls - Fernie’s signature attraction. You won’t find anything quite like them on a ski trip anywhere else in Canada.
The thick, white snow makes for amazing skiing – this is a great destination for adrenaline junkies! If you are craving mountain views and ski thrills beyond even what the Fernie Alpine Resort offers, Fernie is one of the most popular destinations for cat skiing and heli skiing in Canada.
Blue Mountain, Ontario
Looking for a ski resort near Toronto? Drive two hours north and you’ll be at Blue Mountain - the best ski destination in Ontario. It’s also the most popular ski resort in Eastern Canada. Looking for a hot spot for snowboarding on the east coast? Blue Mountain boasts not just one or two terrain parks — they have three!
Once you’re done on the slopes, head into Collingwood — there’s lots to do! From Nordic spa experiences to wine tastings in snowshoes, Blue Mountain is a ski trip you don’t want to miss.
Martock, Nova Scotia
Martock is the top ski destination in Canada’s Atlantic region and is a great option for Canadians in the east of the country who want to get a taste of alpine fun without travelling long distances.
With four lifts and three freestyle terrain locations, it offers great runs for downhill skiers and snowboarders alike. If you’re looking to ski all of Canada from coast to coast, you can’t miss this Atlantic gem.
Martock’s most unique attraction? Night school! The Night Discover program offers ski and snowboard lessons for beginners of all ages. If you’ve never gone night skiing, this is where to start.
Where will you go for the best skiing in Canada?
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