Ski-In, Ski-Out of the best
Canada is often overlooked in terms of North American ski resorts, but there are beautiful mountains just waiting to be discovered. This winter, skip the international travel, and book your ski vacation at top resorts in British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec.
—By Rebecca Kahn
Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.
This resort is by far the most well-known in Canada and for good reason. It is the biggest ski resort in North America, and hosted the alpine skiing events in the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The resort is part of Vail Inc., the mother company of ski resorts including their namesake Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and many others. Vail Inc. is not just well-known, it’s also making serious changes to the foundations of skiing. In recognition of their proactive approach towards sustainability and energy conservation, they were named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for nine years in a row, and committed to zero net emissions by the year 2030. Rob Katz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vail Resorts, notes, “The environment is our business, and we have a special obligation to protect it.” Apart from environmental consciousness, Whistler is incomparable in terms of what it offers to skiers. This winter, don’t miss their family days, film festival, or pride and ski festival. Whistler has 200 runs, 8,171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, and 1,170 cm of average snowfall annually, allowing for one of the longest ski seasons in North America, which reaches all the way to late July. Even after July hits, there are many year-round, non-skiing activities that bring Whistler fans to the mountain whatever the season.
Mont Tremblant Resort, Quebec
Mont-Tremblant has been awarded the title of #1 Ski Resort in Eastern North America for 19 years in a row.
Tremblant is 875 meters high and boasts 665 acres, including 96 ski trails on four different mountain slopes. There’s something for skiers at all levels, with easy, difficult, very difficult, and extreme trails.
Enterprise Owner: Tremblant Resort Association
The longest trail is 6 km long and the trails added together equal 78.9 km. To top it off, it has one of the best snowmaking systems in North America, with 1,000 snow guns that give unbeatable snow conditions. Not only does it have fantastic skiing and other seasonal activities, it is also host to 1,900 lodging units in 13 hotels, over 75 restaurants, numerous boutiques, and a casino nestled into the picturesque village overlooking the Laurentians. After you’re done skiing for the day or the season, there are always other events and activities to be discovered at this beautiful resort, from music festivals and New Year’s Eve parties to family-friendly festivals, events, and activities throughout the whole year. This is the type of resort that you can’t just take my word for – you’ll need to come experience the magic for yourself.
For more information and to plan your trip, visit: https://www.tremblant.ca/
Sun Peaks Resort, B.C.
Located in the interior of British Columbia, Sun Peaks is the second largest skiing area in Canada, with 4,270 acres and 2,080 meter elevation, and has consistently been one of the best-ranking ski resorts in North America. Sun Peaks is no doubt an accurate name, with a recorded average of 2,000 hours of sunshine hitting these slopes per year! Returning to the ground from 135 trails, you will find a European-style ski-in, ski-out pedestrian village filled with shops, restaurants, and lodging. Its top-notch grooming allows for skiing earlier in the year and with less snow than resorts at similar elevations.
This resort has won best awards for beginners, location, and atmosphere, among others. There’s more than meets the eye with this beautiful resort – it’s also recognized for its environmental management when it became the first resort in North America and the only in Canada to earn the ISO 14001 award. Come check out Sun Peaks Gil’s terrain, featuring powder and backcountry skiing, or enjoy their longest run of 8 km. Sun Peaks offers events, concerts, and activities throughout the year. This winter, look for their Après and Ales parties. On December 4th, you can get a lift ticket for just five dollars and a can of non-perishable food, benefitting the Kamloops Food Bank.
For more information and to plan your trip, visit: https://www.sunpeaksresort.com/
Blue Mountain Ski Resort, ON
Ontario’s most popular ski resort, Blue Mountain, boasts the province’s largest skiable terrain, which is complimented by the after-skiing village festivities. Come to Blue Mountain and you can ski well into the night on their groomed and well-maintained trails, thanks to the country’s most advanced snowmaking. At the base, discover the 40-acre pedestrian village, which is home to 45 restaurants, bars, and shops.
Blue Mountain has more than 1,000 accommodation units right at the base of the mountain, including outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces, and impeccable suites. Staying at one of these resorts also gets you discounts on lift tickets and on-site dining. A beginner skier? Take advantage of their rental and lessons options to make sure you get the most out of your time. And don’t miss out on their special events and weekly live music, right in the center of the pedestrian village. If skiing isn’t your thing, or you need to unwind after an exhausting day of hitting the slopes, be sure to check out one of their three on-site spas.
For more information and to plan your trip, visit: https://www.bluemountain.ca/