Canadian powder hounds need to ask themselves one important question: why do you think skiers from across the globe are lining up to check out the slopes in Whistler and Banff, Mount Tremblant and Calabogie Peaks?
The answer is simple: it’s because when it comes to hitting the slopes, the powder in our very own backyard is hard to beat.
Western Canada is awash with ski resorts that have a more than legendary reputation with skiers from around the world, so when it comes to sniffing out the best powder stashes and thigh-burning runs, there really is no need to look any further than the heavenly slopes at home.
Why? There’s no shortage of snow, the infrastructure is impressive and the laidback vibe trumps the more expensive, highbrow resorts in Europe or the U.S. every time.
Add to that the fact that there’s no need for a long, boring flight, and you’ll see that there really is something in chasing down some homegrown runs. After all, all of those French and German tourists can’t be wrong, eh?
It’s impossible to talk skiing in Canada without talking about the mother of all Canadian ski resorts, Whistler Blackcomb.
Located just a couple of hours north of Vancouver, this gorgeous little village has been a big hit with skiers since the 60s. The terrain ranges from mild to wild, there’s an abundance of accommodation options for all budgets and the après ski is not to be missed.
A little further inland, Sun Peaks, Silver Star and Big White are perfect for family-friendly ski trips. Whereas they boast decent-sized terrain that will keep beginners, intermediates and advanced riders happy, there is less on offer for those in search of super steep, white knuckle terrain.
In the neighbouring province of Alberta, powder hounds can find the coolest resort not far from the gorgeous town of Banff.
Sunshine Village, which sits partially within BC, is a large resort that’s big with powder skiers, while Lake Louise has some huge terrain and boasts some incredible views.
Just two hours north of Toronto, Blue Mountain is Ontario’s largest mountain resort. Skiers adore its 219-metre vertical and 36 trails and three freestyle zones.
Alternately, check out Horseshoe Resort, which is a favourite with Toronto’s skiers, as it’s located just one hour north of the big smoke. There skiers find a strong arsenal of activities and adventures to expose them to the beauty of the great outdoors during all seasons. The resort itself features newly renovated accommodation, indoor and seasonal pools, a hot tub, sauna and wading pool, two championship golf courses and a full service spa.
Located in the Laurentian Mountains, Mount Tremblant is a world-class, four-season destination that boasts some 252 hectares of skiable terrain. Some of the best powder in eastern Canada can be found at Mont Sainte-Anne. The mountain has a summit elevation of 800 metres and some spectacular views of the St Lawrence River.