Take a trip across the pond for an unforgettable ski holiday. Complete with endless snow, quiet pistes and incredible potential for exploring off-piste, Canada is a great choice. We’ve picked out some of the best places to ski in Canada. All of these ski resorts offer something a little different from your average European ski holiday in the Alps. Well-suited to thrill-seekers who want an exhilarating heli-skiing experience, or those looking to enjoy the magnificent scenery and wildlife; Canada is a brilliant all-round ski destination. Here’s our top pick of the best ski resorts in Canada.
Whistler attracts skiers from all over the world and is a firm favourite amongst the team at Ski Solutions. We’re not the only ones who think so too. It has claimed many awards that grant its status as the number one ski resort in the USA and Canada. It won’t take long there to understand why it’s one of the best places to ski in Canada. With an epic 200km of pistes stretching out across two mountains, Whistler’s snowy slopes undoubtedly offer up a winter playground like no other. Cruise through the tree-lined runs on the Horstman Glacier and later, try the off-piste bowls and ridges dotted around Whistler mountain. Alternatively, see if you’ve got what it takes to descend the double-black diamond terrain that runs down the left-hand side of the Horstman Hut.
For a ski resort of such world-class status, you will be surprised to find that the wide choice of hotels come in at a more budget-friendly price tag in comparison to other popular North American destinations. Take your pick from a family-friendly choice of modern hotels, many of which also offer the option of a self-catered suite for those looking to get out and about in the bustling resort.
Why not combine your stay in Whistler with a city stop over in the vibrant city of Vancouver? Find out more about our city and ski packages here.
In the heart of the Canadian Rockies you will find the bustling town of Banff, which is connected to the scenic village of Lake Louise. Boasting one of the longest ski seasons in North America, Banff is one of the best ski resorts in Canada. This ski resort is perfect if you are looking for a mix of challenging terrain, complete with awe-inspiring scenery. Banff National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making its incredible vistas worthy of a visit of their own. Skiers will enjoy a remarkable backdrop of the hot springs, towering peaks and hanging glaciers as they cruise their way around the three ski areas.
Once you have had your fill on the mountain, we recommend relaxing in the slopeside hot spring pools. These magically scenic pools are a unique feature of the resort and will elevate après to a whole new level as you soak in the geothermal heated water, which can naturally reach a temperature of up to 47 degrees Celsius.
Stay at: Elk & Avenue for a modern hotel in downtown Banff, complete with spa facilities and a free ski shuttle service on your doorstep.
Panorama is one of the best ski resorts in Canada for families. It’s a laid-back town complete with easy access to the slopes and a brilliant range of non-skiing activities. The purpose-built village is designed to ensure that you are never more than five minutes from the mountain, the kids’ ski school or any other activity that you might like to try. We love going for a soak in the outdoor hot pools. If you’d like something more adventurous try your hand at snowmobiling or dogsledding whilst enjoying views of the Rocky Mountains.
Up on the mountain, over 50% of the terrain is perfect for intermediate skiers, offering up plenty of wide cruisy runs and space to explore and perfect your turns away from any crowds. Thrill-seekers might like to try out Canada’s highest heli-skiing operation which can be found up in the peaks of Panorama’s Purcell Mountains. Your guide can introduce you to 1,500 square kilometres of scenery from the skies, before you drop down into the glaciers to carve fresh tracks through the powder.
Stay at: Panorama Speciality Townhomes for a cosy self-catered base that is perfect for groups and families.
The global capital of heli-skiing and the recipient of around 14 metres of snow each year; Revelstoke is one of the best ski resorts in Canada. It really is a mountain paradise that should be on every skier’s bucket list. The tiny village has always been a firm favourite amongst locals, but now it is regarded as one of the hidden gems of North America. Beginners are well-catered for with the Turtle Creek learning area. Intermediates have miles of freshly groomed slopes to cruise around. If you are a more experienced skier you will find near endless terrain to explore. Enjoy four high-altitude powder bowls, technical lines through the off-piste territory and a terrain park filled with jumps and rails.
The village’s remote location only serves to enhance its beauty and magical atmosphere. You won’t be missing out when it comes the evening too. There’s an abundance of dining options available in the quaint village, serving up both classic Canadian cuisine and international fare.
Stay at: Chalet Bighorn for an incredible luxury experience, complete with a private helipad, world-class spa and private movie theatre.
Situated in British Columbia, Sun Peaks is the perfect location for those looking for a ski deal in Canada next season. This idyllic ski resort certainly lives up to its name. With sun-kissed peaks, and a traffic-free, picturesque village this is perfect place to spend your time away from the slopes.
The varied terrain makes this ski resort accessible for your whole group, with the area second only to Whistler in terms of size. Despite its vastness you are never far from the atmospheric village. For children there are the Sun Tots and Sun Kids schemes. There’s childcare along with lessons for the little ones throughout the day. While for more experienced skiers, Mount Todd supplies challenging red and black runs.
Those looking for a ski resort with a French-Canadian feel should head to Tremblant in Quebec. The 654 acres of pistes are serviced by 14 lifts and is one of the best places to ski in Canada. A great deal of this resort focuses on beginners, but the north side allows for the more competent to be truly tested should they wish.
The village is purpose built in a style similar to that of old Quebec. It has an array of pastel coloured buildings lining the traffic-free streets, making this the perfect setting for a quiet getaway. The ski schools are rated amongst Canada’s best, and away from the slopes the resort pool is sure to keep you relaxed.
To find out more about the best ski resorts in Canada, please contact our ski experts.