Canada ski holidays & resorts

Ski Canada for exhilarating high altitude skiing, glacier skiing and snowboarding

Canada is the ultimate bucket-list ski destination. The Rockies pack a powder punch and the scenery lives up to the hype and is as spectacular as everyone says. The hotels are superb and spread across National Parks and world class Ski Resorts. What’s more, the ski season is long, the slopes are often quiet and the Canadian hospitality is unrivalled.

Perhaps surprisingly, skiing in Canada is possible in all 10 of Canada’s provinces. But of course the biggest and best known of Canadian ski resorts are in British Columbia, neighbouring Alberta, and Quebec in the east. Much of BC’s skiing is actually in sub-ranges of the Columbia Mountains like the Monashees, Cariboos, Purcells and Bugaboos. Whistler, Canada’s most famous resort, is in the Coast Range, while Quebec’s mountain’s, like Tremblant, are in the ancient Laurentian range. Some 90 minutes from Vancouver, BC, the Olympic resort of Whistler (including its close neighbour Blackcomb), likes to style itself the most popular resort in all of North America. Its biggest rival is Alberta’s Banff and Lake Louise, where the so-called ‘Big 3’ ski areas include Sunshine and Banff's local ‘hill’, Mt Norquay. 

They say comparisons are odious, but how do ski resorts in Canada differ from those in the USA? They don’t hugely, but there are a few differences. Canada’s mountains are in general much more dramatic and Alpine in appearance than those in the American Rockies (the awe-inspiring Bow Valley mountains you see from the upper slopes of Lake Louise are a good example). But this is odd because America’s mountains are generally higher. The reason for this phenomenon is that Canada’s mountains tend to start at a lower altitude, so the vertical drop is often bigger. And looks bigger. Because Denver is already perched almost exactly a mile high at 5,280 feet, many Colorado mountains don’t appear to be as high as their Canadian counterparts. And of course being further north than the USA, good snow conditions are pretty much assured, regardless of altitude.

Regions in Canada

Resorts in Canada

  • from£850pp
  • Area: 8171km
  • Altitude: up to 2284m
Whistler, Canada (20)

Rated again and again as North America’s best ski resort, Whistler has it all. Over 200 trails spread between two peaks (Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains) and linked by the famous Peak2Peak gondola, the resort has become the pride and joy of Canada’s Pacific North West.

  • from£814pp
  • Altitude: up to 2730m
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Banff is a lively town set in the spectacularly beautiful Banff National Park. Downtown Banff offers traditional Canadian hospitality with an excellent variety of bars, some with live music, and a wide choice of restaurants catering for all tastes and budgets. Most of the activity is centred around Banff Avenue, overlooked by the imposing Cascade Mountain.

  • from£991pp
  • Altitude: up to 2730m
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With almost 140 trails and extensive off-piste, Lake Louise has the biggest international cachet of Banff’s “Big 3” resorts (Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Mt Norquay). Forty minutes from Banff, Lake Louise offers peace and tranquillity in one of the world’s most spectacular ski settings, with unspoilt views of magnificent peaks, glaciers and the iconic lake.

  • from£881pp
  • Altitude: up to 914m
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Repeatedly voted the ‘Best Resort in Eastern North America’ by the Ski Magazine, Mont Tremblant combines extensive skiing with a wealth of winter sports activities, earning it the title ‘the Disneyland of winter ski’. The charming and colourful village of Tremblant also serves some of the tastiest food of any of our North American ski resorts.

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Winter is a great time to visit Vancouver, consistently rated among the world’s most beautiful cities. There is so much to see and do and all sites are easily accessible by public transport. A few nights in the city before or after your trip to Whistler is a must!

Currency: CAD

No. of airports: 3 – Calgary, Montreal & Vancouver.

Fly from: London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Manchester & most regional airports via Amsterdam or add ons with British Airways from Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh & Manchester on to Heathrow and then direct to Calgary.

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