Today is July 2nd, and yesterday was Canada day, and it partially inspired us to write this article. A belated “Happy Canada day” to all our readers.
Travellers searching for the most popular places for skiing in Canada do not have to venture far from most of the country’s biggest cities. For example Blue Mountain resort is just 2 hours outside Toronto, and the right side of the country for Irish skiers. Or you can go to Whistler which is under 2 hours outside Vancouver, or Banff which is an hour and a half from Calgary.
The resorts lay scattered among the many mountain peaks stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans. Skiers of all ages and skill levels will find numerous suitable places to test the slopes from the Rocky Mountains in British Columbia to the Laurentian Mountains in Quebec. Canada is a great option for skiers who’ve tried Europe and area ready for their next adventure.
With over 8,000 acres (32 square km) of terrain, Whistler Blackcomb is the biggest resort anywhere in North America. The resort has more than 100 marked runs serviced by 40 lifts and approximately the same number of runs accessible only by helicopter. Whistler is often referred to be the meca of heliskiers. It sits within 75 miles (120 km) of Vancouver and features a pedestrian village with all the amenities guests could need nestled between the two main mountains.
Banff National Park occupies more than 2,500 square miles of the Canadian Rockies and features lakes, rivers and glaciers. Banff and Lake Louise are within the park’s boundaries. The unique arrangement of ski runs at Lake Louise allows skiers of different skill levels to ski together as a group.
Marmot Basin is in Jasper National Park and boasts the highest base elevation of any Canadian ski resort. It has 86 trails covering more than 1,600 acres of terrain. The top elevation is 2,612m (8,570 feet) with a vertical drop of 920m (3,000 feet).
Ski Morin Heights, in the Laurentian Mountains, is a family friendly resort. It has a 656-foot vertical drop and is 1,500 feet at its highest elevation. Cross-country skiers have more than 90 miles of backcountry trails to explore.
Among the highest of the Laurentian Mountains’ peaks is Mont Tremblant, which tops out at nearly 3,000 feet. The pedestrian village occupies two levels connected by an open gondola. Skiers can access the lower level via the trail running through the village. Other popular winter activities include snowshoeing, snowmobiling, horseback riding and dog sledding. In fact Canada is home to the famous Canadian Challenge http://www.canadianchallenge.com/, which is probably the toughest dog sled race, which brings the toughest competitors and their dogs through 600 km of wild Canada terrain.
Skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels will find skiing in Canada to suit their abilities and interests. Downhill enthusiasts prefer resorts in the Canadian Rockies while cross-country skiers like the drier snow in the east. The peak winter season starts in December and ends in January but most resorts are open for ski season from November through April. We would recommend going to Canada in either January or February, when you can be sure that their is a good enough base to ski on, and there is also a high possibility of more fresh powder.