Canada Ski Resort Guide
The choice for skiers heading to North America is either a skiing holiday to America or Canada. In many ways Canada is more appealing! Canadians are great hosts and while they share the American service culture, they somehow manage to deliver it in a more sincere way. Canadian hotels and condos generally offer a very good standard of accommodation. Add to this the fact that Canada gets huge dumps of snow (particularly so in Western Canada); and the wonderful piste grooming which keeps the slopes in tip top condition. Powder days are not uncommon in the ski resorts of Canada. The mountain scenery in the west is spectacular, far more so than in the USA. Finally, getting there is a lot less hassle with direct flights without the need to clear the often rude US customs midway through the journey!
Many of our clients choose to add on a city break to their skiing holiday, either at the beginning or end of the holiday, 10 days skiing in Whistler followed by a 4 day city break in Vancouver is a great idea as it’s a wonderful town.
Popular Canadian Ski Resorts
The Canadian resorts we feature all are spectacular ski resorts and their names probably feature on many skiers and snowboarders bucket lists. Resorts such as Whistler, Banff, Lake Louise, Fernie and Jasper have held a special place in the hearts of skiers who are lucky enough to have skied here. Other new comers include Big White, Silver Star and Sun Peaks, three resorts which make for a great 3 centre skiing holiday in Canada.
In Canada you can ski within patrolled areas that are checked for avalanche dangers, much of this skiing away from the pistes can be done between the trees, which in powder can be great fun. For even more powder runs, try heli-skiing or snowcat-skiing, all ski resorts in Canada offer it!
The problem for families is the travel distance and the time difference, families with young children often wait for the children to be a little older before booking a Canadian skiing holiday. However, if you can’t wait, the ski schools are excellent and accommodation is good for families. Many hotels will offer larger suites with interconnecting rooms and spacious condos which are perfect for family groups.
Canada is a very special skiing holiday destination. Due to the flight time and time difference it is probably advisable to wait until the children are a little older. Probably over the age of 6 is best.
We don’t offer any childcare in Canada, but many of the hotels here will provide this service. Please ask for details.
Canada has several ski resorts that will appeal to families, these include, Whistler, Lake Louise and Tremblant. Most of the accommodation offers the convenience of door step skiing.
We can offer a good range of hotels to suit most budgets and some excellent condo sleeping up to 8 persons.
Ski Hotels In Canada
Catered chalets are now a rare beast in Canada. At one time we had a good choice of excellent ski chalets run on European lines with a chalet host who cooked and cleaned, but these are now mainly a thing of the past. Most visitors to Canada stay in hotels and condos. Canadian service levels are every bit as high as in the USA although it’s delivered with more sincerity.
Ski Apartment Holidays Canada
In North America apartments are often referred to as condos. The quality and size are often very much better than can be found in Europe. Often our Canadian condos will have large living spaces, sometimes with additional sofa beds, large bathrooms and even open fires to give a warm welcome after a day on the slopes.
We offer a good choice of apartments in some of Canadas best ski resorts which include our most popular ski resort in Canada which is Whistler. We also have a more limited choice of condos in other Canadian ski resorts such as Banff, Fernie, Big White, Kicking Horse, Panorama, Silver Star, Tremblant and Kimberley. Most Canadian condos are built close to the ski runs and most of ours offer true ski in ski out options.
Après Ski in Canadian Ski Resorts
The lifts often close earlier in Canada, some close from 3pm therefore the après ski starts early in lots of ski resorts. To buy alcohol in British Columbia you must be over 19, in the rest of Canada its 18, these regulations are strictly enforced so carry ID at all times if you are under 30. The après ski in Canada varies from resort to resort, Whistler for example is very busy.