Thanks to some recent March snowfall, there is plenty of white stuff to help holidaymakers enjoy a fantastic skiing holiday in Canada. With this fresh snowfall, local operators are optimistic for a great spring season.
In eastern Ontario and western Quebec, a snowstorm in early parts of the month has delivered exactly what was needed to boost the spring ski season – “perfect snow”. During the storm, areas to the north and west of Ottawa saw accumulations in excess of 20 centimetres.
“It’s perfect snow,” said Jean-Sébastien Saia to local media. Saia is the general manager of Ski Edelweiss in La Pêche, Quebec, north of Ottawa. “I can’t wait to get out.”
Not only is the additional snowfall a welcome bonus for keen skiers and snowboarders, but the quality of the snow is also excellent for the time of year. This new dusting of dry, powder snow should see the ski season into April.
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Skiing in Ontario and Quebec
The ski season in Ontario winds up at the end of March. If you haven’t heard of it already, Blue Mountain Ski Resort is considered by many as the place to go – it’s the largest mountain resort in Ontario and has plenty to offer in both the winter and summer months. On top of this, the resort has been majorly redeveloped in recent years and skiers can now make the most of more high-speed lifts and an upgraded Village area. Check out a POV video of the Blue Mountain Alpine Coaster below – it’s a must for thrill seekers.
In Quebec some of the resorts are in full swing until the beginning of May. That’s right – May! Mont-Tremblant is one of the most popular resorts and is known for its reliable snowfall. Plus, there is plenty to do besides skiing. Have a go at riding a Fat Bike (essentially mountain bikes designed for snow) and try a maple syrup pop. This is a maple syrup lollipop, which could be one of the most Canadian things we’ve ever heard of.
Skiing around Vancouver
At the western slopes in and around Vancouver, snowfall amounts have been strong and recent spring snows have operators feeling positive as well. So if you’re heading to Whistler for a ski holiday, you have plenty to look forward to!
In the local mountains, a major blast of winter helped boost snow levels up to as much as 50 centimetres of new snow at Cypress, Grouse, and Seymour mountains by early March. Already this season, it has received 1,031 centimetres of accumulated snow – just shy of its entire seasonal 1,163 centimetres average!
An amazing Canadian spring skiing holiday is a great way to enjoy the sport. For one, it’s cheaper. Many ski facilities will offer late season specials on lift passes and accommodation. There are usually fewer people on the slopes, and enthusiasts all agree there is something slightly magical about skiing in the warmer, spring sunshine!