From the lofty Rocky Mountains in the west to the rounded Laurentian Mountains in the east, Canada’s topography gives rise to a wide range of ski terrain, combined with our cold winter months and an endless supply of snow, it is no surprise that Canada has some of the best ski resorts. We have rounded up the best resorts to go on your next ski trip!
Mount Washington Alpine Resort
Located 1.5 hours from Vancouver Island in Nanaimo, Mount Washington Alpine Resort receives more than 11 metres of snow each year making it the area with some of the biggest snowfalls in North America. With 1,700 acres of alpine terrain and cross-country, snowshoe, and fat biking trail networks, there are so many things to do.
Home to Canada’s highest base elevation at 1,698 metres, Marmot Basin is just half an hour away from Jasper. Bomb down chutes, cruise groomed lines, weave through trees and master moguls, all the while taking in surrounding breathtaking Jasper National Park vistas. On your way back to the town take a stroll past the waterfalls and ice caves on a Maligne Canyon Icewalk.
Blue Mountain Resort
The largest ski area – Blue Mountain Resort – is just a 1.5-hour drive from Toronto. This is the perfect spot for a family trip, with 363 acres of skiable terrain, ranging from the north section’s more technical– to the village and south sections’ vast mix of runs. Keep on skiing and riding well after sundown, when lights lead the way till 9 p.m. along with more than 30 of the trails.
Quebec is home to 10 different ski resorts across the province, making it hard to pick for your ski holiday. Wherever you go, count on witnessing lively French chatter, as well as Quebecois culture and cuisine. Home to North America’s first ski lift in 1931, Laurentian Mountains make for the perfect spot for your trip. Sprawled across the range’s highest summit, the 102-trail winter playground consistently ranks as the number one ski resort in the east. Travel leisurely down the easy 6-kilometre Nansen or dare to tackle double-black Dynamite – either way you’ll end up in Tremblant’s Euro-style cobblestone village lined with boutiques and bistros.
A trip to a ski resort is a wonderful winter vacation. Whether you are an avid skier, looking to go skating or you are wanting to get cozy and drink hot chocolate, these are the perfect destinations for your winter holiday!
Published by HOLR Magazine.