Canada has huge attractions for all types of skiers and snowboarders. It features frequent dumps of snow, generally quiet pistes and a warm welcome. It’s safe to say that Canada has resorts to suit everyone. So we have compiled a list together of the best Canadian ski resorts for to suit every type of person.
Best Canadian Resorts For Experts
Fernie has long held cult status among locals in the western Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia because of its abundant snowfalls and the adventurous nature of its steep, ungroomed terrain, largely in the shelter of trees. This makes it a superb mountain for experts, so long as you know where you’re going as a lot of the runs are difficult to find and involve long traverses.
To get the most out of the terrain it’s best to get shown around early in your holiday. The resort village is convenient but small, with few eating and drinking options. If you want to head out in your designer thermals for a drink then we would suggest Fernie town as its only a couple of miles away and has a much better selection of bars and restaurants.
Where to stay
Situated just a few steps from the village plaza at the base of the slopes, Fernie Slopeside Lodge is a conveniently located ski-in/ski-out hotel with two indoor hot tubs.
Best Canadian Ski Resorts For Beginners
Canada is a long way to go to learn to ski or snowboard, but if you’re going that far Sun Peaks is a great place to start. It has a friendly, attractive, small village made up of low-rise pastel-coloured buildings with a vaguely Tirolean feeling to them, and a short traffic-free main street.
The ski area is made up of three peaks: Mount Morrisey, Sundance and the main one, Mount Tod. You will see all the female beginners in their ladies thermals on the nursery slopes. These are located next to the village centre at Sun Peaks. Sun Peaks’ three mountains now claim 135 runs and more than 4,200 acres, which is the same as Lake Louise.
Where To Stay
Explore Vancouver with an overnight stay in the city at the Sandman Signature hotel at the start of your holiday before flying to Kamloops to stay seven nights at the ski-in/ski-out Sun Peaks Lodge in the heart of the village. It has a restaurant and bar, hot tub, sauna, steam room. It also has it’s very own gym meaning for those of you that want to keep fit during your holiday you can put on your vip thermals and visit here.
Best Canadian Ski Resorts For Value
Banff does not offer the lowest on-the-spot prices, but it has one key advantage over other Canadian resorts as tour operators offer great-value package holidays here. The town sits at one end of a fabulously scenic drive through mountainous national parks, and there are a lot of lodgings here to meet summer demand in winter these lodgings are relatively cheap.
Banff itself is a jolly little tourist town with more than 100 bars and restaurants, and countless souvenir shops. It has three ski areas, each a free bus ride from town. Norquay is only a few minutes away, but tiny, with just 190 acres of terrain including a good nursery area. Sunshine Village, 20 minutes away, is a fair size and is known for its steep terrain and plenty of snow. Lake Louise is also only 45 minutes away which is the largest area, with 4,200 acres of terrain best suited to intermediates and experts, served by 10 lifts.
Where to stay
Four-star Banff Caribou Lodge on the main street is affordably priced, warm and welcoming. As well as a homely atmosphere, it has a steak restaurant and fully equipped spa.
Best For Charm
The core of this cute village was built in the Eighties to resemble a 19th-century mining village. Silver Star is based around a tiny traffic-free square lined with brightly painted Victorian-era style buildings, wooden sidewalks and faux gas lights. One side of the village opens right onto the slopes. Equally brightly painted individual houses built in the same style are dotted around the slopes above. Nearby, there’s a natural ice rink on a lake and a tubing hill. Nearly all accommodation is either ski-in/ski-out or less than 30 seconds walk to the snow.
The slopes suit all standards, with a mixture of easy green runs, intermediate cruising on well-groomed trails plus a dense network of single- and double-black diamond runs plunging through the trees, many of them top-to-bottom mogul fields. Recently the resort developed an additional 130 acres of challenging new terrain, including new gladed terrain in both Putnam Creek and Silver Woods and a new Race Centre was built on Cloud 9. The ski school has an excellent reputation.
Where To Stay
The upmarket Snowbird Lodge condos are the ultimate luxury ski-in/ski-out accommodation in the village. Just a few steps down to the village centre, all except studios have private hot tubs on the balconies, plus there’s a fitness room and 24-seat theatre.
Best Canadian Ski Resorts For Families
The largely car-free resort village is on two levels, linked by a free gondola. The upper village has lots of accommodation from which you step out straight onto the snow, with no traffic in sight. It’s based around a skating rink and outdoor hot pool complex, with swimming pools, water slides, hot tubs and a sauna – all free if you are staying at one of the six residences that are collectively known as the Upper Village Condos. There is a good range of childcare options available here.
The mountain has a 1,220m vertical, one of the biggest in North America, and there is terrain to suit beginners, adventurous intermediates and experts. RK Heliski is based in the village, with a big lodge and heli-pad; it specialises in taking out first-timers and provides special fat skis or snowboards to make powder easier.
Where To Stay
Located a short walk from all Upper Village amenities, the Upper Village Condos are a great choice – not only are they comfortable and spacious, your room key also gives you access to the outdoor pools and sauna.
Best Canadian Ski Resort For Scenery
Lake Louise is spectacularly set in Banff National Park, with great views from the ski area of peaks and glaciers including Canada’s Matterhorn lookalike, Mount Assiniboine. The view from the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel of the Victoria Glacier above the frozen Lake Louise itself, is simply stunning. The Lake Louise ski area offers runs to suit all standards, including lots of ideal intermediate terrain. There is no accommodation at the ski area, but it’s only a couple of miles drive or bus ride away from Lake Louise village.
There are two other ski areas nearer to Banff which are worth exploring too. Sunshine Village and Mount Norquay both have intermediate cruising and steep options too. The views of the glacier and lake from Lake Louise’s ski area are breathtaking. We advise you to hire a car if you are staying here.
Where To Stay
For the most spectacular views imaginable, book a room overlooking the lake at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. This beautifully proportioned, luxury hotel, in its iconic position on the edge of the water, offers extras such as a private concierge service to tend to your every need.
So if you are thinking about a visiting Canada for a ski trip soon then hopefully our guide can help you choose the best place for you. Don’t forget to check out our new S’No Queen thermals winter collection.