In the world of winter sports in North America, ski resorts in the United States often steal the show, but we’ll let you into a secret, Canadian Ski Resorts are just as good, if not better. Canada gets its fair share of snow and is packed with excellent ski resorts where you can enjoy the country’s incredible natural scenery, as well as have a great time enjoying winter sports activities in resorts that aren’t too busy. Here are our top recommendations:
1. Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
Whistler Blackcomb is not just one of the best resorts in Canada, it’s also one of the best in all of North America. The epic ski resort is spread over 3,200 hectares of beautiful terrain and offers over 200 runs. Lying over the two twin peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb, the acres of slopes are covered in fluffy white powder. Experts love to ski in the steep powder runs of Whistler Bowl, which is one of the world’s longest blue runs. Elsewhere, there are plenty of great beginner and intermediate trails for all the family to enjoy. The resort also has everything from dog-sledding through to snow tubing — plus there are ski lessons catering to all levels and ages. When it’s time to relax, the resort has a quaint village with delicious restaurants, great shops, and comfortable accommodation.
2. Big White, British Columbia
Another British Columbia favorite is the Big White ski resort, thanks to its stunning location in a dense forest. The resort offers a series of beautiful, rolling pistes, with ski-runs for all levels. It’s known for its particularly great beginner slopes, while the village offers comfortable ski-in, ski-out accommodation. There’s also a daycare center to keep the kids entertained while you’re out on the mountain.
3. Sun Peaks, British Columbia
Sun Peaks is known to be the second biggest ski area in Canada, beaten only by Whistler, which takes the top spot. Sun Peaks has a perfectly varied terrain that passes through beautiful glades. It’s spread out across three mountains (the Tod, Sundance and Morrisey mountains) and its slopes have plenty of light, fluffy snow. The resort village is small, quaint and family-friendly. While the village isn’t as big as those in other resorts, it has all the essentials you could need in a charming and relaxing atmosphere — plus, it’s car-free.
4. Lake Louise Mountain Resort, Alberta
Located in the stunning Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll find Lake Louise Mountain Resort. The resort is located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, offering 4,200 skiable acres of world-class terrain. There are beginner, intermediate and expert runs, making the resort a great place to bring the family — the beginners’ learning zone is a dedicated children’s area and is especially great for leaving the little ones in safe hands. Lake Louise Mountain Resort is also known to have some of the most challenging terrains in the Rockies, so it’s suitable for expert skiers looking for a challenge. With the combination of its stunning location by Lake Louise and excellent ski opportunities, it’s definitely one of the best ski resorts in Canada.
Panorama is an excellent ski area with stunning pistes, off-piste runs through the trees, and a great ski village. There’s a mix of trails for all levels, including the adventurous, who can ski down Taynton Bowl, an off-piste trail with steep descents that are not for the faint-hearted. Additionally, there are tons of great things for the kids to do, with beginner trails and kid-friendly programs, including pizza-making, treasure hunts, and swimming in hot springs.