Canada Ski Resorts
Why Ski Canada?
Canada is undoubtedly one of the world’s top ski holiday destinations. The excellent snow conditions, spacious pistes, perfectly groomed runs and superb powder are just a few of the many attractions that can be found skiing in Canada. Add to this unbeatable hospitality and service and you have the recipe for an outstanding, unforgettable ski holiday.
Escape the world as you know it, Canada is calling. Crouched in the soaring peaks of the Coast and Rocky Mountains, Canada’s ski resorts cover the gamut from the enormous expanses of Whistler Blackcomb to the quaint resort towns of Silver Star and Revelstoke.
Western Canada is the Mecca for most snow sports addicts. The closest resort is just two hours form the major international airport of Vancouver. Vancouver now offers non stop flights to Sydney. People who have lived there for years still say they haven’t skied everything these mountains have to offer.
In addition to fantastic scenery, Canada’s people will make you feel most welcome; Canadians are exceptionally friendly and are often compared to Aussies for their laid back approach and laconic sense of humour.
The options are endless when it comes to winter holidays in Canada. Even if you are a non ski or snowboarder there is plenty of activities to keep you busy. Most resorts offer activities such as; snowshoeing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, ice skating just to name a few. These activities help to create the full authentic Canadian experience.
The stunning town of Banff is where you can stay to ski at Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and the local mountain – Mt Norquay.
All three mountains are accessible on one lift ticket offering skiers and snowboarders of any ability offering countless challenges. Take the FREE shuttle from your hotel every morning to the ski area of your choice.
Stay in the beautiful town of Banff and enjoy some of the 100 bars and restaurants on offer.
Come to the place where the elk walk the snow covered streets as casually as the people!
Banff is truly a special place and winter is the low season which allows for great value in all accommodation styles. The snow at all three ski areas remains squeaky dry due to the colder inland temperatures. Another great benefit of staying in Banff is the endless list of activities other than skiing & snowboarding. Take a day off and enjoy all that the area has to offer including hot springs, ice climbing, canyon walks, shopping & leisure centres to name a few. The many bars and restaurants will keep you well fuelled as you take in the magnificent surrounds.
Sunshine Village’s seven-month season stretches from early November until late May – the longest non-glacial season in Canada.
At Big White, “It’s the Snow” is their motto, with over 750cm of light, dry, fluffy powder falling annually!
Come and ski or ride in the world-famous ‘snow ghosts’ – the frosty, snow-caked trees. Daytime temperatures average -5ºC – perfect for a wide range of winter activities!
With a moderate base elevation of 1,755 meters, the only thing that will take your breath away will be the views!It’s surprisingly easy to get here with non-stop flights from Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Whitehorse, LA and Seattle.
Take a regularly-scheduled Big White shuttle, and you’ll be on the slopes in an hour at Big White.
With 16 lifts and an uphill capacity of 28,000 skiers and riders per hour, you’ll never wait more than a few minutes – even at the busiest times.
It’s your holiday and you should be relaxing in style. Big White Ski Resort has two great day spas for you to enjoy while taking a break from the slopes. Both Spas offer a selection of the highest quality treatments including massages, facials, manicures, and pedicures- to name a few. Elevation Village Spa offers full hair services as well.
For decades, helicopter and cat skiers from around the world have flocked to Revelstoke, BC. Attracted by its perfect powder, varied alpine terrain and quaint mountain community. The fact is, although it has become a major winter destination, Revelstoke is not one of the run of the mill ski towns. For more than a hundred years, it has been a railroad town – the Canadian Pacific Railway is still the town’s second largest employer, and the place resonates with down-to-earth authenticity and friendliness.
Since 2007, Revelstoke Mountain Resort has offered the most vertical in North America. With 1,713 metres (5,620 ft) of lift-accessed terrain, 3,121 acres of fall line skiing, 2 high alpine bowls including legendary glades and phenomenal groomers, it is easy to fall in love with the place.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort is also the only resort world-wide to offer lift, cat, heli and backcountry skiing from one village base. Due to the heavy snowfall in the area, Revelstoke is home to four heli-skiing and two cat-skiing operations. There are numerous backcountry skiing lodges in the area. Revelstoke is also a major snowmobiling destination.
Across our group of companies, that include Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Revelstoke Cat Skiing and Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing, skiers and snowboarders have access to a total of 515,000 acres of terrain.
In January, the Swatch Freeride World Tour is hosted at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, and for the entire month of February, the Winter Spirit Festival celebrates all things snow.
You can easily fall in love with Silver Star’s colourful fairy tale village, nestled mid mountain which offers convenient ski in/ski out access.
The Village will charm you with its colourful Victorian facades and traditional shops. Guests are attracted to the warmth and safety of the town where service and friendliness are as honored as the values of a time gone by.
It’s the size of your smile that counts at Silver Star. Blessed with dry Okanagan powder and legendary sunshine, Silver Star boasts a 30 year record of annual snowfalls of 6-7m with some of the most varied ski terrain in Western Canada.
Reliable snowfall, mild weather and excellent children’s programs make Silver Star a popular family destination. Silver Star has terrain to suit all ability levels from beginners to double diamond junkie
Three magnificent mountains covering 3600 acres and 3000 vertical feet with 121 runs and one award winning ski-in/ski-out village makes Sun Peaks a favourite destination of Australian snow lovers.Centrally located in the British Columbia Interior and only a 45 minute drive from Kamloops.
Sun Peaks is Canada’s third largest ski area and recognised for its abundant sunshine, dry and plentiful snow, superb grooming and an award winning trail and village design. Most trails lead right into the village which makes for a convenient meeting point with family and friends. Try the Tube Park and back country cat skiing so you can spend the day tackling Tod Mountain powder bowls and glades and to make it easier to access there is now a direct airport shuttle from Vancouver to Sunpeaks.
Nestled amid the spectacular Coast Mountains of BC, within an easy 2 hours drive from Vancouver, Whistler Blackcomb virtually defines the big-mountain resort scene with the longest winter, highest vertical, biggest acreage, most glaciers, best glades, and a renowned terrain park.
Continually ranked No.1 in North America the resort strives to be even better by continually improving its services and facilities. In 2014/15 you will discover:
Longest season, running November to July (glacier skiing for June and July.
More than 200 trails accessed by 38 lifts
Ski-in/ski-out convenience from 3 of 5 mountain bases
Coca Cola Tube park in base II zone on Blackcomb
Bigger Family zone – a better experience for families and beginners
In Whistler village there are apres activities to keep you busy well into the night incl 150 retails shops and over 90 bars and restaurants.
Photo Courtesy of Revelstoke Mountain Resort