From B.C. to Quebec, six of the best place to ski in Canada.
Just what makes a ski and snowboarding destination popular?
Towering mountains, fresh powder and a vibrant après-ski scene, to name a few factors. Canadian resorts deliver on all three points — and are essentially on sale thanks to the weak Canadian dollar. Here are six north-of-the-border destinations you should hit this winter.
Whistler, British Columbia
Whistler, located north of Vancouver, is recognized as one of the world’s best destinations to hit the slopes. From November through late April, folks click into their skis for an adrenaline-pumping ride.
Whistler consists of two peaks (Whistler and Blackcomb), with a gondola connecting the two. With 8,171 acres of terrain, plus more than 200 runs, the two mountains form the largest ski area in North America.
Beyond the slopes, the village provides a perfect après-ski ambience. Those in the know post up at the base of the mountain at Longhorn Saloon & Grill or Garibaldi Lift Co. Bar & Grill for hot chocolate and hot toddies. Tired skiers can also relax their muscles at the outdoor Scandinavian spa nearby, or indulge in tasty fare at Araxi Restaurant + Oyster Bar.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort, British Columbia
Revelstoke, or Revy as it’s known to those who frequent the slopes, is located on the banks of the Columbia River near Glacier National Park. The resort is home to some of the best skiing in British Columbia.
Seasoned skiers and snowboarders will appreciate the 3,121 acres of terrain and 65 runs (about 45 percent are made for intermediate skiers and 47 percent are for advanced pros). Revelstoke also boasts the longest vertical drop — 5,620 feet — of any ski resort in North America.
And, although it’s a good 7–8 hours to get there from Seattle, the drive is absolutely stunning.
Lake Louise Ski Resort, Alberta
Known for its turquoise, glacier-fed lake and surrounding snowcapped mountains, Lake Louise is one of the most photographed destinations in Canada. Located in Banff National Park, the area is also great for alpine skiing.
The area’s resort, which boasts a long ski season from early November through mid-May, features 145 runs and 4,200 skiable acres for all skill levels. And, although Lake Louise is a skier’s dream come true, families will also enjoying tubing at Sunny Tube Park or snowshoeing through the gorgeous terrain.
Sunshine Village, Alberta
Located nine miles from the picturesque town of Banff, Sunshine Village lures in plenty of younger skiers thanks to the great nightlife nearby and fun winter festivals. Its strategic location on the Continental Divide in the Canadian Rockies also means that it receives more snow than the other resorts in the area.
To access the runs, visitors must take a high-speed, eight-person gondola from the parking lot. The ski season, which kicks off in early November and lasts into May, culminates with Slush Cup, a competition where skiers and snowboarders try their luck at gliding across an icy pool of water at the bottom of the hill.
Blue Mountain, Ontario
Named after the blue clay that can be found around the mountain, Blue Mountain is the largest ski resort in Ontario and a popular destination for the Toronto crowd. The mountain rises about 1,000 feet above the beautiful Georgian Bay and, on a clear day, visitors can view the bay from the top.
With 42 runs and 364 skiable acres, the resort offers something for skiers of all levels.
Off-the-hill activities include skating across Mill Pond. Families will also find fun on Hike N’ Tube, which sends folks down a hill on inner tubes.
Located in the magnificent Laurentian Mountains, about 80 miles northwest of Montreal, Mont-Tremblant is a popular pick for skiers.
Much of the skiing takes place in the area surrounding Mont Tremblant Ski Resort, which features 665 skiable acres and 96 ski trails on four distinct slopes. The resort’s powerful snowmaking system, with more than 1,000 guns, makes for impeccable ski conditions.
Snowshoeing, ice climbing, dog-sledding, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing are also popular activities here.
Read the original story Where to Ski in Canada, by Annie Kingston, on Oyster.com.