Skiing in Canada – hit the mountains with the Mounties
While it’s almost a given that heading off to Europe is the quickest and easiest way to find a mountain to conquer, there are rewards for the S’No Queen searching further afield for her skiing fix.
While the airfares are unquestionable higher than its European counterparts, Canada has many worthwhile, welcoming and well looked after ski destinations. Arguably the off-piste areas in Canada are amongst the best place in the World for those cutting their teeth on the backcountry runs. Not because they’re any less challenging or rewarding than off-piste slopes elsewhere, but because in Canadian ski resorts, every part of the mountain is regularly patrolled, not just the groomed slopes, making backcountry skiing especially safe here.
Located in British Columbia and one of the rare resorts to have been purpose-built with ski-in-ski-out in mind, Big white caters well for the intermediate ski enthusiast. With a ski run right through the middle of the resort and lifts slightly downhill from the village, the whole place has been carefully designed for the convenience of skiers.
For the young and the young at heart, fun can be had in ‘Happy Valley’ at the base of the slope where winter and snow-related activities can be enjoyed by the whole family.
If you love a spectacular backdrop to your skiing, then Lake Louise in Alberta could be the resort you’ve been dreaming of. With the jaw-dropping scenery of the Banff National Park all around you and slopes to suit skiers of all abilities, you’ll want to spend all day taking selfies in your designer thermals amongst the picturesque backdrops of mountains, glaciers and lakes.
If you’re a fan of skiing in powder, but not of queuing for the lift, then Mt Baldy is well worthy of your attention. A slightly old-fashioned ski resort with few frills, but for the time being, it’s not a ‘mainstream’ resort, so all of its quirks can be forgiven due to the noticeable lack of crowds and friendly atmosphere. Whether on piste or off piste, there isn’t a bit of the mountain you can’t ski down, so Mt Baldy should definitely be on your list to try before it’s fully ‘discovered’.
From the ‘ski hipster’ charm of Mt Baldy to the most mainstream of mainstream resorts, Whistler is the biggest Ski area in North America, a former host of the Winter Olympics and justifiably considered one of the most attractive ski destinations in the World. No matter what aspect of a ski holiday you prefer, Whistler is set up to cater for you. Unless that is, you want to ski in solitude.
Already up and still coming, Revelstoke is a resort keen to steal Whistler’s crown. With enviable quantities of fresh powder dropped over the season and boasting the longest vertical in North America, it’s easy to see why this huge resort exceeding 3000 acres of skiable terrain is as popular as it is.
While having all the facilities of a fully fledged resort, the real beauty of Revelstoke is the amount of ski-able backcountry waiting to welcome the more intrepid powder hunters.
For S’No Queens heading across the pond for their ski breaks, Canada has much to offer. With mountains and resorts every bit the match of some of Europes finest. You’re sure of a warm welcome!
Can you recommend a Canadian resort to your fellow S’No Queens? We’d love to hear your Royal endorsements!