Canada is home to some of the best ski resorts in the whole World, not just North America. The one that every ski fan will know is Whistler in British Columbia. But there are many more, so we’re going to guide you through the best ski resorts in Canada.
As we said, you’ve probably already heard of the ski resort Whistler-Blackcomb in Canada. It’s the largest ski resort in all of North America, not just in Canada.
If you’re a beginner don’t be put off by this large resort as there’s enough space for the professionals and first-timers. The entire Whistler resort has approximately 240.4 km² of skiable terrain, this includes over 200 different runs.
The fact that it’s one of the largest ski resorts in the World, means that it brings tourists from all over. During the peak ski months, you’ll find many Americans, Brits, and of course Canadians. You shouldn’t assume that it’s going to be the most expensive resort as there are lots of different types of accommodation on offer.
It’s hard to go wrong with a ski trip to Whistler. For the hardcore skiers out there, at least one trip to this resort is a necessity.
Next on the list is another resort from British Columbia, the Red Mountain ski resort. Red Mountain has 119 runs available, and 16% of these are for beginners. This shows that it’s good for the more experienced skiers out there. But, there are of course many ski lessons on offer with professional instructors.
Sometimes referred to as “RED” this ski resort has over 3,850 skiable acres! This makes it one of the largest in Canada and sometimes overlooked due to Whistler-Blackcomb. This resort is great for the whole family as there are many other activities on offer.
The Big White ski resort is also from British Columbia. Big White has 16 lifts that cover the entire resort that has 7,355 acres. Funnily enough, Big White has the same number of runs as Red Mountain (119). Out of these 18% are for beginners, 54% intermediate, 22% expert, and 6% extreme!
When it comes to the best month for the largest amount of snowfall, you’re looking at December followed by March. There’s plenty of accommodation for all skiers, including:
- Over 240 vacation home and cabins
- 3 large village hotels
- Over 20 home complexes
There’s also a youth hostel within the Big White resort, this great for young people looking for cheap accommodation.
With a renowned ski and board school, this resort is a great place to go as a beginner or to take children. It also offers a wide range of restaurants, coffee houses, and apres-ski bars.
Time for the first ski resort in Canada that isn’t in British Columbia! We bring you Mont Tremblant, which is situated in the province of Quebec on the Laurentian Mountains. This ski resort has a warm, French feel to it, and is situated just over 1 hour away from Montreal, and nearly two hours from Ottawa.
Mont Tremblant is great for both experienced skiers, and families looking to bring kids. There are ski schools, walking trails, cross-country skiing, many more non-skiing options.
Some of the other activities include snow fishing, ice skating, and wildlife observation. But, that’s not all. You can relax in the spa, or even gamble at the casino in the evening. How about paintballing in the snow? Mont Tremblant offers that too! Make sure that you remember your gloves, getting shot in the cold wouldn’t be very nice, and that’s putting it lightly.
The final Canadian ski resort that we’re going to include is the Sun Peaks resort. To be honest, this resort is as breathtaking in the summer as it is in the winter. Sun Peaks includes three different mountains, these are, Morrisey, Sundance, and Tod. This means that the total skiable terrain consists of over 4,200 acres.
Sun Peaks has a great ski school on-site, with there being a large number of runs aimed at beginners and intermediates. Don’t be turned off if you’re more experienced though as 32% of the runs are black diamond or double black diamond.
With a total of 13 lifts, you won’t have a problem getting around each mountain. Plus in the village, you won’t need a car as it’s small enough to walk everywhere. This can be seen as a pro or a con, it depends if you prefer a bigger or smaller ski resort.