Canada Ski Holidays
Forget the Alps!
The snow in Canada is amazing. They get so much fresh powder! The mountain views are just spectacular and the après in places like Whistler is the best. There are so many bars, restaurants and spas. Plus, Canadian ski school instructors are so friendly and make everyone feel welcome.
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Dreaming of skiing in the Rockies? Or do you fancy visiting Whistler, the largest ski resort in North America? Wherever you'd like to ski, we've got you covered. Just give our experts a call and we can advise on everything from lift passes and equipment hire to the best hotels and restaurants, so you experience the best that Canada ski holidays offer. We'll package it all up for you with flights included for a fuss-free holiday. You can also send us an enquiry online using our contact form. Call today on 0207 616 9184
From Whistler to Banff
Ski the Rockies
If you love skiing or snowboarding with unbeatable views, then pick one of the ski destinations in a Rocky Mountains national park. In Banff National Park, you'll find three stunning resorts which are all easily accessible from the same lift pass. Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise and Mt. Norquay make up the SkiBig3. In Jasper National Park, you'll find Marmot Basin. All have the most gorgeous views - and great powder, of course.
Ski Banff & Lake Louise
These two exciting mountain towns in the Canadian Rockies have some of the best skiing anywhere in the world. The dry climate makes for perfect powder snow, while the après in Banff is second-to-none. You can easily ski three world-class ski resorts from the two towns - Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise and Mt Norquay, which are all popular resorts. Buy a SkiBig3 pass to ski all three resorts on one lift pass.
Marmot Basin is one of the most picturesque ski resorts located in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. It is located in the namesake town of stunning Jasper National Park in Alberta and can be accessed from both Calgary and Edmonton international airports. There's a reason why USA Today ranked Jasper as the Top Ski Town of 2018 thanks to its quiet, friendly centre.
There are plenty of places to find soft, fluffy powder snow in Canada. Many resorts have a long ski season - from November to May - and can enjoy more than 11 metres of annual snowfall. But our pick of the best for those powder hounds among you is Whistler and Sun Peaks. These two British Columbia resorts are the two biggest in Canada. They both have more than 20 lifts servicing over 100 trails each.
Ski Sun Peaks
Sun Peaks is Canada's biggest ski resort after Whistler, but the British Columbia town feels small and friendly. The slopes are so quiet and have great terrain if you're an intermediate skier. Plus, it's a lot less chilly than the Canadian Rockies resorts but you still get the fine, fluffy powder!
Another fantastic East Coast ski resort is Tremblant in Québec. The resort boasts a superb location in the Laurentian mountains with views towards the St. Lawrence River. There is fantastic skiing and snowboarding to be found among the 4 slopes and 96 trails and a gorgeous pedestrian village for shopping and dining. More than this, Mont Tremblant offers an interesting blend of French and Canadian food and culture.
Lift passes & equipment hire
Before you get on the slopes, you'll need to purchase your lift pass. With this, you will gain full access to the mountain and ski runs. The number of days you want to ski will decide which pass you want. For example, a '6 out of 7' pass lets you ski on 6 days of your 7 day holiday. Pick the option that matches your requirements and use any rest days to book a winter activity! Our prices represent savings on in-resort rates.
Book your equipment in advance and you can not only save money on in-resort prices, but you can also pick it up without any hassle when you arrive. We have skis, snowboards, poles, and boots all available to get you completely kitted out for your holiday. All you'll need to source separately are your clothes. We have three levels of equipment to suit all ability levels, from reliable entry-level gear for beginners, to this season's latest skis for experts.
If you've never skied before or are a little rusty, lessons are a great way to get your legs in. It's universally agreed that Canadian instructors are super-friendly and helpful, so your confidence will quickly soar no matter your experience level. Choose from ski or snowboard lessons for children or adults, whether it's just for half a day or several days of tuition.
Snow beyond ski
Snow beyond the skis
There are so many ways to enjoy Canada's incredible snow during your holiday without strapping on skis or a board. From the Laurentian Mountains in the East to the Rockies and the Coast Mountains in the West, you can find a hoard of snow activities to jump into. Snowmobiling provides a unique way to explore the snowy landscape which is both fun and fast. Snowshoeing and ice fishing are more sedate ways to get out and about.
There is nothing like the silent swish of a sled through alpine forests, the crisp air misted by the breath of half a dozen eager huskies. Choose your dog sledding experience, from an hour to a full day. Curl up in the rug-lined sled and watch the mountain peaks slide by, or take control and mush your own dog team. With breaks for hot chocolate and cuddles with the pups at the end, it'll be an unforgettable adventure.
Heli-skiing is an option in Canada. But, for the less experienced or for those who simply appreciate scenic splendour, a helicopter flightseeing tour is one of the most brilliant activities you can enjoy in Canada's mountains. The thrill as the blades whir faster and you first lift off the ground is like no other. From up high, the views of Canada's innumerable peaks, lakes and glaciers are just mind-blowing.
Much of Canada is close to Arctic Circle and under the auroral oval, making it one of the best countries in the world to see the Northern Lights. It's possible to spot the lights in the Rockies, so if you're skiing in Banff or Jasper National Parks, make time for the aurora. Join a tour or drive yourself somewhere without light pollution between 11pm and 3am. Apps can give you a notification when activity is likely.
A resort to suit you
Best for families
Tremblant is our favourite resort for families looking to go skiing in Canada. In terms of size and snowfall, it's comparable to western resorts in the Rocky Mountains but benefits from far shorter flight times. Plus it’s got a pedestrianised village which is warm, welcoming and easy to get around. There are also loads of off-slope activities, which is great for younger kids or if your family has non-skiers. Kids will love activities like snow tubing!
Best for après
At the other end of the spectrum, Canada has some great resorts if you fancy lively nightlife. Whistler’s après options almost rival its number of ski runs. You'll find plenty to keep you entertained in the village, from dancing on the bar at the legendary Garibaldi Lift Co. to sipping classy cocktails at the Fairmont’s Mallard Lounge. Beyond the booze, Whistler's dining options are many, from casual burgers to high-end seafood.
Best for beginners
Vying for second place as Canada’s biggest resort, Sun Peaks and Lake Louise both offer plenty of easier slopes, with the latter claiming a green run from even the very top. 10% of the runs in Sun Peaks are beginner level, while that figure rises to 25% in Lake Louise. Lake Louise also has the benefit of being in the SkiBig3, which gives you access to three resorts on one lift pass - a good option for mixed ability groups.
Best for intermediates
Jasper is one of the smaller resorts we offer holidays to, but it still has great snow and more than enough varied terrain to keep progressing skiers and boarders entertained. Of its 91 runs, 30% are classed as intermediate and it has also opened a new terrain park, Tres Hombres. As an added bonus, Jasper is one of the most scenic resorts.
Best for experts
All the Alberta and British Columbia resorts can lay claim to some gnarly terrain, but the steep and deep powder of Fernie and the 'in-bounds' off-piste ski areas at Panorama probably win out. Revelstoke and Kicking Horse also come highly rated for advanced skiers. If you're travelling with a group that have mixed abilities, the sheer size of Whistler guarantees there will be plenty of runs at every level.
Canada's ski resorts
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See the snow yourself
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Your ski holiday in Canada
Think Canada, think snow. There’s nowhere else quite like it, with some of the best powder, liveliest après, and friendliest tutors on Earth. On a skiing holiday in Canada, you enjoy the best of many worlds. Lively bars and restaurants mingle with Scandinavian-style spas. Stunning scenery and mountain views meet a range of snowy outdoor activities, from skiing and snowboarding to tubing, snow-shoeing and sledding. World-class Canada ski resorts like Whistler set the bar high. In all our Canadian ski resorts, there is a huge range of runs from novice to expert, friendly ski villages to relax in and countless lifts and gondolas to help you access that world-renowned terrain.
We create incredible ski packages with beautiful backdrops of the Rocky and Coast Mountains in the west or Laurentian Mountains in the east. Stay at the best lodges, chalets, hotels and resorts that will suit you perfectly. Whether it’s a ski-in-ski-out hotel or a log cabin, if you’d like a private hot tub or a luxury spa, we’ll tailor the experience to you. On our ski holidays, beginners will become powder hounds, experts will discover new challenges, couples will love a romantic break and families will find something everyone can enjoy. That’s the magic of Canada’s winter landscape. And the best part? The long ski season lasts from November right through to May.
Turn your ski trip into a holiday
Our tips for the best meals, excursions & après
Wind down after a long day skiing or snowboarding with some incredibly indulgent world-class spas. Scandinave Spa, found in Whistler and Tremblant, is a favourite for its scenic outdoor hot pools. Many hotels have incredible pools, hot tubs and steam rooms such as the Four Seasons, Pan Pacific and Westin.
Après in Whistler
Dusty’s is legendary, the Cinnamon Bear Bar & Grille is laidback and the Crystal Lounge is cosy. Garibaldi Lift Co. Bar & Grill is the most convenient.
Dining in Whistler
For fine dining try Araxi, with its focus on seafood and oysters. The Rim Rock Café provides a gastro experience, while The Sushi Village and 21 Steps offer casual eats.
Après in Banff
If you’re skiing the Big 3, you’ll be spoiled for choice in Banff. The Bear’s Den Pub serves craft beers while Wild Bill’s is a lively saloon.
Dining in Banff
The Maple Leaf Grille on Banff Avenue serves beef, bison and elk, while the Creekside Bar and Grill and The Chimney Corner are good choices on the mountain.
Got a member of the group who doesn’t ski? Or fancy something different for a day or two? Most Canada ski resorts have a range of other snowy activities on offer, from tubing to tobogganing, snowshoeing to ziplining. You can also find activities like helicopter tours, dog sledding, ice fishing and ice skating in Whistler, Banff and Tremblant.