Canada is the great White North in winter, with some of the best skiing in the
world. The Canadian Rockies are known for stunning scenery, big mountains and
long descents, plus all the amenities of fine mountain lodging, great food -
caribou and elk anyone?, and après ski amusements like dog sledding, and
snowmobiling. British Columbia is also the world capital for heli skiing - and-
alpine adventure that should be on every skiers bucket list, and we have
reviewed Canada's best heli ski operators.
To the East, Quebec skiing is plentiful, with good snow, cold temps, and fun ski
resorts villages at Tremblant, or skiing towards the St Lawrence River at Mount
Sainte Anne and Le massif. Quebec's Laurentian Mountains have the added après
ski fun of French influence. No one does après ski lie the French - and that is
true here too. can you say Fondue? Igloo? Here are out Favorite Canadian ski
resorts in Quebec and Western Canada's BC and Alberta.
Lake Louise Lake Louise in Banff National Park is one of the
most beautiful ski resorts on the globe, and the largest in Alberta. Lake Louise
has extraordinary views at every turn on their 4,200-acres of ski terrain on
three sides, The Front Face, The Back Bowls and Larch. A Lake Louise ski trip
should include a visit to the world famous Chateau Lake Louise, or lodging at
the posh Post Hotel, and skiing at nearby Sunshine Village Ski Resort. See our
photos of Lake Louise's beautiful ski
slopes and surrounding Canadian Rocky Mountain scenery.
Ski Banff at Sunshine Sunshine Village Ski Resort is located
in the heart of Banff National Park, with tons of high elevation skiing, reached
by a gondola from the base. With 3,358 acres up to 8,954' you can imagine the
scenery is awesome. So is the skiing on several faces, you actually ski over the
Continental Divide into BC. Sunshine has some very steep runs off Goats Eye and
Delirium Dive, but lots of ego pleasers in the sun - hence the name Sunshine.
The on mountain Sunshine Mountain Lodge is the only ski lodge in the Park - a
perfect place to stay the night and wake to first tracks. See our
Sunshine Ski Resort photos.
Kicking Horse British Columbia Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is
relatively new, opened in 2000, and very bold and beautiful - surrounded by the
Rockies and the Purcell Mountain ranges. In a word, the terrain is "kick ass"
with a 4,133' vertical and a base to summit gondola, and 85 in bound chutes. At
Kicking Horse's base is a small village with nice condo style suites in the
Glacier Mountaineer Lodge, and you are a short drive to Golden and to the day
heli ski operation at Purcell Heli Skiing. Be sure to dine at 7,705’ Eagle’s Eye,
Canada’s highest restaurant with great food in addition to the obvious panoramic
Revelstoke Mountain Resort British Columbia Revelstoke Mountain Resort makes big waves in ski conversations - boasting the
biggest vertical in North America at 5,620’, and 3,121 acres of skiing, two high
alpine backcountry style bowls and 65 long trails. Revelstoke Mountain Resort is
also the only resort to offer lift and trail skiing as well as cat skiing and heli skiing all from one ski resort base. In fact, Revelstoke is the capital of
heli skiing in BC, Canada - so put Revelstoke on your must ski list when you are
ready for steep, deep, scenic and exciting. Lodging at Revelstoke includes the
very posh Sutton Place just a few ski boot steps from the Gondola. See our
Revelstoke ski photos to get stoked.
Big White Ski Resort Big White in BC lives up to its name, its
big, and white with typically lots of natural snow. Big White offers tons of ski terrain from tame to wilder on the snow ghosted summit, with a
beautiful central base village mid mountain. Big White is the best for a family
ski trip, with award winning kids programs and lots of big blue cruising runs, and
plenty to do in the evening from night skiing to tubing, fireworks and
carnivals. Big White is big fun, just an hour from Kelowna airport.
Panorama Mountain Resort British Columbia Panorama Mountain Resort is in BC is surrounded by big mountains, wildlife and
hot spring thermal activity. But your best activity here is skiing the 2,847
acres with a long 4,019' vertical. Resort trail skiing, great parks and powder
runs in Taynton Bowl and Founder's Ridge. Be sure to ski to lunch at Elkhorn
Lodge - the Swiss style mid mountain chalet for great views and stews. Lodging
at Panorama is in the Intrawest village- very well designed with condo suites in
the Panorama Springs Lodge with a huge outdoor hot tub and slope views.
Whistler/Blackcomb Whistler and Blackcomb Ski Resorts are the biggest and best known for their huge
terrain, and big party scene too. The Intrawest village at Whistler throbs with
lodging, dining and après ski parties, if you have the energy after skiing the
37 lifts covering 200 trails on 8,171 acres from a highest summit of 7,494'.
With over 2 million annual skier visits, Whistler Blackcomb does get busy, go
midweek and have a blast.
Quebec's Best Ski Resorts
Le Massif Le Massif is so unique. You star skiing at this Quebec ski resort from the
summit, plummeting a full 2,000' vertical towards the St Lawrence Seaway on
steep well snow covered terrain. The lifts are efficient, the views are
phenomenal, and the food at the spectacular base and Summit Lodge is delicious -
no typo there. le massif is owned by Cirque du Soleil genius Daniel Gauthier,
he's not afraid to spend money on his ski hill, and he's built a beautiful
eco-modern lodge nearby called Hotel La Ferme which is reached from the ski
slopes by Train. Cool. Ski le Massif, and try the crazy sledding run as well.
C'est la vie at Le Massif.
Mont Sainte Anne Quebec Mont Sainte Anne just a half hour from Quebec City is great ski mountain, with a
bas to 2,625’ summit gondola and great views as you ski towards the St Lawrence
Seaway River. Mont Sainte Anne is a three side mountain with classic boulevard
trails and even night skiing. Of course , we prefer to enjoy après ski at Mont
Sainte Anne's slope side village or back in the beautiful French city of
Tremblant Tremblant Ski Resort feels a bit like Disney World on snow, read: much colder.
The animated base village at Tremblant is so charming, as if it was plucked from
the Alps. The skiing on this very scenic mountain covers all three sides with
pleasant trails, glades, and splendid views of the surrounding Lake Tremblant
and the Laurentians. Save energy for après ski in Tremblant's alpine village -
which is full of lively pubs, boutique shopping, and charming French cafés, even
a slopeside casino. Vive la difference!