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Canada

Canada has space, and lots of it. Like the US, the sheer expanse of skiing and boarding stretched out across the mountains is enough to make your mouth water, and the Canadians offer the same friendly welcome as enjoyed in the US. Everything that is wonderful about skiing and snowboarding exists here - and the scenery is something else althogether.

Canada's weather is born mainly in the Pacific, where storms brew but barely have chance to draw breath before hitting the majestic Coast Mountain range and the 2010 Olympic venue - Whistler Blackcomb, which has one of the greatest snow records in history. Getting 'snowed in' reaches a whole new level in this part of the world. Whistler's location, combined with its northerly latitude, means temperatures can plummet, inviting incredible snow conditions at very low altitudes.

The rest of Western Canada is also the recipient of heaps of fresh powder throughout the winter, time and time again. Such regular and rich snowfall makes Canada the king of heli-skiing, where you're dropped in the middle of a white, wonderful nowhere and left to play until pick-up.

It's not all about powder, though. Canada offers supreme groomed trails and superb tree-lined skiing with some of the most incredible back-drops you will ever witness; from the deep forest lined valleys of Jasper to the glittering spectacle of Lake Louise. Forget skiing and boarding: Canada is just devastatingly beautiful to sit back and look at.

You might be looking for a spot of French culture - if this is the case, head to Tremblant and include a stay in Quebec City. Luxury living can be found in Sun Peaks; whilst some say that Whistler, all round, is as good as it gets. Like the US, Canada is rich in variety and seems to have a magical feel about it. Coming home disappointed is not a possibility.