During a Canadian winter, nothing is more exciting – other than Christmas – than dusting off your skis and snowboard, and getting out on the slopes. Ski and snowboard trips are families chance to leave their winter hibernation, breathe in the outdoor air and enjoy the snow.
But these trips are not cheap. When you add together lodgings, hill passes and equipment rentals, a trip to a ski resort can add up quite quickly. And, planning a ski or snowboard trip is not the same as planning a regular visit to a new city. You need to take into account how many beginner or expert runs there are, what family activities or nightlife the resort has to offer, and what weather to expect.
Everyone wants to go somewhere where they will get their money’s worth. Which is why we have provided you with some of Canada’s best winter resorts. Each of these resorts have loads of fun winter activities, creative snow parks, cozy pubs, and exciting slopes.
And once you’re done on the hills the fun isn’t over. Each resort also has shopping, dining and entertainment options for all of the family to enjoy. At these Canadian winter resorts, any kind of visitor – whether it’s a family bonding over the slopes, a couple looking for a getaway, or adventurists seeking an adrenaline rush – is guaranteed to get their money’s worth.
Location: Whistler, British Columbia
Season: November 17th – April 22nd (Whistler) & November 23rd – May 21st (Black Comb Mountain)
Whistler Blackcomb, holding the title of North America’s largest ski resort, has 8,100 acres of exhilarating and breathtaking snow-covered slopes. The resort resides at the base of two enormous mountains – Black Comb Mountain and Whistler Mountain.
These mountains contain 16 alpine bowls, 3 glaciers, world-class terrain parks and over 200 marked trails. Whistler Blackcomb’s shear size makes the possibilities for activities and adventures endless. Skiers and snowboarders come to Whistler Blackcomb from around the world to get a taste of the very same hills that held the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Location: Quebec City, Quebec
Season: November 23rd – April 15th
No matter the weather, due to the 1,000 snowguns producing lightly packed snow Mont-Tremblant never disappoints. This resort sits at 875 meters, offering a jaw-dropping view on the Laurentians. Mont-Tremblant’s ski area covers 269 hectares, and includes 96 ski trails on 4 distinct slopes for skiers and snowboarders of all levels.
A unique feature that visitors love is Mont-Tremblant’s abundance of chair lifts. The resort has implemented 14 different lifts to ensure skiers and snowboarders do not waste their time waiting in lines.
Mont-Tremblant’s entertainment, shopping and dining is just as good as it’s snowmaking systems. This mountain has a four-season pedestrian village, with small winding roads and many shops, restaurants and lodgings.
Location: Banff, Alberta
Season: November 8th – May 21st
Banff’s Sunshine Village, which is known as the heart of the Canadian Rockies, is a stunning site. The resort sits high on the Continental Divide in the midst of Banff National Park. Sunshine Village resides among three sprawling mountains that are uninterrupted by any signs of civilization beyond the resort’s leasehold.
Its mountain provides 3,300 acres of skiable terrain that ranges from beginner trails to extreme big mountain runs. Sunshine receives up to 9 meters of snow in one season and the village’s altitude of 7,200 feet allows its snow to stay light and dry.
Sunshine Village’s “Delirium Dive” run has been named one of the 10 top off-piste destinations in the world. The resort was also awarded “Best View from the Best Off-Piste Run” by Ski Canada Magazine.
Location: Collingwood, Ontario
Season: Opening day is TBA
Blue Mountain is a favourite summer and winter destination in Ontario. Its village nestles between the foot of the Niagara Escarpment’s scenic blue mountains and the shores and crystal-clear waters of Georgian Bay. Since Blue Mountain is loved widely around Ontario, lodgings within the village are often completely booked. But Blue Mountain offers shuttle buses year-round that pick up visitors from on-route locations that are as far as 20 minutes from the inner village.
Blue Mountain offers a wide variety of family accommodation, activities, events and attractions, including over 40 unique shops and restaurants throughout the village This season Blue Mountain will be opening a new feature to their mountain adventures. Blue Mountain has created a fun, new 1.1 km skating loop that provides skaters with breathtaking views along the Niagara Escarpment. This feature will open in January.