Canada’s Top 5 Ski Destinations

by admin on January 10, 2013

Whistler BC

We may be more than halfway through winter in the northern hemisphere, but many ski resorts still have several months left to their 2012/2013 season, and Canada offers resorts that are not only among the most snow-sure in the world, but which offer seasons that keep going until as late as early May. Here are five of our favourites!

1) Whistler, British Columbia

Regularly named the best ski resort in the whole of North America, Whistler benefits from having a great location (it’s nestled between two dramatic mountains) and more than its fair share of excellent hotels and restaurants. It’s a short and scenic two hour transfer from Vancouver, ideal for those flying in from overseas, and the après ski and nightlife are second to none, making it the number one choice for younger skiers and snowboarders.

2) Mont Tremblant, Quebec

Though it’s been a destination for skiers since as far back as 1938, it’s only since the early 1990s, following a $600million investment from developers Intrawest, that Mont Tremblant has secured a global reputation. This is the ultimate choice for intermediate and more experienced skiers and snowboarders looking for a challenge. The nightlife there may still be a work in progress, and if you’re a beginner you may want to think about going elsewhere, but Mont Tremblant boasts first class facilities and guarantees adventure!

3) Banff/Lake Louise, Alberta

Lake Louise is generally a more popular summer destination, with winter deemed the “low season”, but this makes it an excellent value choice for skiers and snowboarders. What’s more, the terrain here is amazing, with five bowls offering a vertical drop of over 3,000 feet for the more experienced among you, while the sprawling plains around Sunshine Village give beginners a chance to practise in less white-knuckle surroundings!

4) Panorama, British Columbia

If you think our choices so far don’t sound exciting enough, perhaps British Columbia’s Panorama Mountain Village Resort is the place for you! The slopes here are incredible, and the powdery snow caters excellently to the increasing popularity of heli-skiing. For the uninitiated, this involves accessing peaks not by chairlift but by helicopter. Yes, it is like being in your own James Bond movie, and no it isn’t for the fainthearted! The nightlife and après ski may not rival some other destinations, but if you’re only there for the snow it takes some beating!

5) Red Mountain, British Columbia

This is one for those who want to get away from the tourist trails and mingle with the locals. Popular with Canadians but virtually unheard of in the US and Europe, Red Mountain is a small resort (it has only four lifts) but as those in the know will testify it boasts some of the best, powdery expert terrain around. It’s definitely not a beginners’ resort, but we’re guessing that if you come to Red Mountain you’ll have tried most other places and will be looking for something different and new!

Author bio
David Llewellyn is a keen skiing and snowboarding enthusiast, and writes for Ski Ici

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