Canada’s ski resorts offer great snow, uncrowded slopes, and fantastic facilities. If you want a ski holiday with guaranteed deep powder, lots of variety and an easygoing vibe, Canada might just be for you.
Canada’s long season means you can take a ski holiday there when Europe’ slopes are green. November to May isn’t unknown. You’re more likely to get good snow over Christmas and New Year in Canada than you are in the Alps: ideal if you want a snow-sure festive ski holiday.
Canadian resorts are as much about fun off the piste as on it. Heli-skiing was invented there, and offers the chance to make fresh tracks just about anywhere there’s snow. The big snowfalls and varied terrain mean enticing off-piste options for those without the deep pockets needed for helicopter rides.
Whistler Blackcomb, on the west coast, is the best-known name among Canada’s resorts, with its largest ski area and its biggest vertical drop at 1513m. Its facilities got a revamp for the 2010 Olympics.
But there is more to skiing in Canada than Whistler. Other west coast big names include Revelstoke, Kimberley and Big White. Lake Louise has gorgeous scenery and can be combined with nearby Banff. Kicking Horse is ideal for those up for a challenge, with over half its runs rated black or double black diamond. Fernie is a friendly resort with lots of variety, and no snow canons: it doesn’t need them
On the east coast, the star resort is Quebec’s Tremblant. You’ll get a little of that French Alpine feel, and a huge choice of runs. Also in Quebec, Le Massif is a fast-growing resort with plenty of steep runs and some big investment taking place. Other options include Stoneham and Mont Sainte Anne in Quebec, and White Hills in Newfoundland
Choose a Canada ski holiday and you’ll get friendly ski resorts with assured snow, a long season and plenty of challenge. What’s not to like about that?