SKiiNG HOLiDAYS iN CANADA
If you embark on a skiing or snowboarding holiday in Canada you’ll be living the dream in one of the top ski destinations of the world. The impressive selection of resorts spreads right across the North American country. With its friendly locals, well groomed pistes, crisp cold conditions and first-class powder, Canada really lives up to its reputation as an absolute ‘must’ destination for any skier’s career.
The country has some 270 resorts offering an abundance of choice for your skiing or snowboarding holiday to Canada. Choose between major resorts Whistler in British Columbia and Banff in Alberta, or smaller interesting centres in French-speaking Quebec and Ontario. The country has many varied skiing areas, including world-renowned Whistler which is situated high in the Rocky Mountains with the largest ski area in North America. Whilst equally as good Banff has the longest ski season, it’s open for an incredible 7 months of the year; ideal for picking a time of year to suit everyone on a group ski holiday package. It has far reaching trails for you to ski on all day long as you take in the National Park scenery and excellent snow, Canadian ski packages are well worth the extra mileage over from Europe.
Dining out and skiing accommodation in Canada is also reasonably priced. As the British like to go skiing at a different time to the Canadian locals, skiing in Canada doesn’t have to break the bank. Try booking for January for the best ski deals. The snow conditions are excellent in Canada, plus there are plenty of snow canons, especially in Whistler. The snow is extremely reliable which makes planning your Canada ski trip all the more easier. Canada is great for family ski holidays as prices for children’s lift prices are good value for money.
The tuition here at the ski schools here is excellent. Being taught by native English speaking instructors gives Canada an advantage over its European counterparts. Accommodation in Canada consists of stunning grand old hotels and many contemporary buildings which have sprung up over the past two decades. Be careful with package prices, as often these can be based on 4 sharing a room with two double beds, so it’s always best to double check the room breakdown suits your holiday requirements. Picturesque scenery from your window can be easier to find in ski holiday accommodation in Canada than in Europe. Eclipse Ski’s hot tip for any first time ski trippers to Canada is that the country is known for getting cold, really cold, so we recommend investing in good quality thermals and gloves. Clothing tends to be more affordable out there, so maybe get the essentials at home and then treat yourself to a ski gear shopping trip to find your bearings in the resort.
Going the extra mile can be worth the pay off when you arrive at one of these world-class resorts. The Canadian powder is just a 9 hour flight away. Calgary International airport serves Banff, Lake Louise and Sunshine with 90 minute transfers and Kicking Horse and Fernie take 3-4 hours. Montreal serves Mount Tremblant with a 90 minute transfer and Whistler is a 2 hour transfer from Vancouver.
If you are planning to fly-drive, Calgary International Airport has up to 7 car rental companies. It has 1 hour 30 minute public transfers to Banff (daily) Lake Louise (Fri, Sat, Sun) and Sunshine (daily), with about 3-4 hours for the bus to Kicking Horse (Sun). You can fly-drive to Fernie, the journey is roughly 3 hours 30 minutes from the airport. Montreal airport is just 90 minutes from Mount Tremblant. Shuttle bus company Skyport offer daily regular transfers. Fly-drivers can choose from 9 different car rental companies at the airport. Vancouver International Airport serves world favourite Whistler Blackcomb resort. The 2 hour drive can be made by hire car, shuttle bus, limosine or even an exciting helicopter trip!
Resorts located within Canada
Banff is an old rail-road town set in the breathtaking National Park. The friendly Canadian town is an ideal ski holiday destination, loaded with a selection of restaurants, bars and shops to keep you entertained outside of hours on the mountain. A fantastic town for non-skiers, it has famous thermal springs and a Native American museum, all whilst being surrounded by spectacular high-mountain scenery.
Canadian ski resort Fernie is part of the Canadian Rockies super ski area. A powder haven, this resort is known for its steep gradient combined with magnificent jaw-dropping scenery. The town is split into two parts, the old historic mining area and the recently purpose-built skiing holiday accommodation sector. Fernie and its 'legendary powder' is a great all-rounder resort which is popular for group ski holidays and family skiing packages.
An old rustic historic working town of around 4,500 people year round, remote Jasper is off the beaten track 3 hours north of Banff. The sleepy ambience, old-fashioned architecture and free roaming elk, moose and deer mean that skiing holidays to Jasper feel like going skiing back in time. The top ski resort has world-class skiing with unbeatable champagne powdery conditions, dramatic scenery and varied mountain terrain.
The champagne powder base grants easy access to some adventurous intermediate and advanced terrain. Mid-way through a big development programme, Kicking Horse is on track to be the next super-resort of Canada. The village has quality skiing holiday accommodation to cater for all family skiing packages and group ski holidays.
Spectacularly scenic, 'Louise' as it's known to locals and regulars is part of the Banff National Park. The biggest ski area in the Banff region lends itself as four different mountain faces for you to explore and stages annual world-cup races annually in November. Lake Louise's ski season fits in with the Canadian tradition of long and reliable snow-sure seasons. 40 minutes from Banff, it was originally a railway siding where a luxury hotel, named Chateau Lake Louise, was built to capture day-trippers going to see the emerald waters of Lake Louise itself. As it resort it hasn't grown much more, there are roughly 4 hotels plus shops, and of course the skiing.
Popular ever-expanding Mount Tremblant is the largest skiing resort in Eastern Canada. The largely French-speaking resort is compact, vibrant and easily accessible. Believed to be one of the oldest mountain ranges on earth, the high-mountain scenery is spectacular. It benefits from long seasons with great snow conditions, ideal for early or late season skiing holidays. The mountain is well laid out with high-speed chairlifts to make sure you have maximum time on the pistes, check out our package skiing holiday deals for Mount Tremblant today! Skiing in Mount Tremblant
The cream of the crop of top skiing holiday destinations in Canada and even the world, coupled with Blackcomb, together they offer the biggest skiing area in North America. The iconic ski holiday resort has recently undergone massive investment to enhance its already world-class lift system and is now linked to Blackcomb with a peak-to-peak Gondola. The attractive modern village staged the 2010 Olympics with Vancouver, and makes a worthy choice for a post-Olympics ski holiday to Canada.