Skiing in Canada: long ski seasons and stunning landscapes

Canada is a large country, a territory to the north that reaches two oceans and is the largest territorial border in the world. For these reasons, it doesn’t disappoint ski lovers in the quantity and quality of its resorts. It is worth highlighting the cordiality and receptivity of the Canadian people. With mountainous landscapes from east to west, Canada is one of the most sought after destinations in the world for those who love winter sports.

The varied locations guarantee plenty of options for those in search of different travel experiences: quiet or excitement, a family trip, groups of friends or a trip for two. In the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Whistler Blackcomb is the flagship of Canadian ski resorts: larger in size, larger slopes, a greater variety of shops, restaurants, entertainment, and is undoubtedly the busiest. Banff & Lake Louise, on the other hand, is charming with its natural beauty, where snow blends into the stunning landscape of lakes and wildlife. On the east coast, there’s Mont-Tremblant – a village with a French-Canadian touch that looks like a fairy tale – attracting skiers of all ages and levels.

Find out more about the main ski resorts in Canada and pick the destination that is the best fit for you.

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort

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During the season, tourists roam the streets in search of fun, shops and restaurants

Whistler Blackcomb has the largest skiable area in North America and welcomes its visitors with an equally impressive and modern village nestled between two mountains. The streets come alive during the ski season as tourists circulate the village in search of entertainment, stores and restaurants. 

In addition to skiing and snowboarding, there are activities such as ice skating, tubing and pond hockey – one of the Canadians’ favorite hobbies – if the lake is frozen. The Whistler Olympic Park, which hosted the Olympic Games in 2010, is home to cross-country, ski-jumping and biathlon.

The Peak 2 Peak gondola, which connects the mountains, is the longest and tallest in the world at more than 9,843 feet long and 1,063 feet high. It’s both a means of transportation and a beautiful ride.

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The Peak 2 Peak gondola is the longest and tallest of the world
Some of the gondolas have a glass bottom, allowing visitors to enjoy the scenery below


Skiers from all over the world venture on the resort’s more than 230 ski runs, which cater to beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers.  

How to arrive:
Vancouver Airport + transfer (2h)

Our suggestions for accommodation

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler

Amidst the Canadian exuberant nature, the Four Seasons offers the sophistication that defines the Four Seasons’ properties, providing comfort and a high level of service. The rooms are spacious and all of them have a fireplace and balcony.

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort

Located at the base of the Blackcomb mountain, this hotel has ski-in/ski-out access and plenty of great options to enjoy the après-ski: whether it’s relaxing at the spa, in the heated pool with views of the mountain or enjoying a fondue at The Chalet. 

For the most exclusive experience, stay in the hotel’s Gold Wing, which gives access to the lounge with a fireplace and meals prepared by the chef, which are available all day.

Mont-Tremblant

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Colorful houses add to the charming architecture in Mont Tremblant

Located in the French region of Quebec, Mont-Tremblant looks like a movie set: colorful houses inspired by the architecture of the European Alps near the Laurentians mountains. Eastern Canada’s iconic ski resort, the bilingual resort brings the best of Quebec’s culture and French gastronomy.

The village is super charming and full of shops, art galleries, luxury boutiques, restaurants and even a casino. You will want to get to know everything before settling to dine, enjoy the pub or a good hot chocolate.

The Cabriolet gondola is an attraction in itself: for about one minute and a half, it can take up to six passengers who will witness the village’s stunning landscape with its rivers and lakes of crystal clear waters. Mont-Tremblant receives a lot of snow and guarantees a long ski season from November to April. The four mountains offer a large skiable area with plenty of ski runs to be enjoyed by skiers and snowboarders alike: 102 runs for different levels – 22 for beginners, 31 for intermediate skiers, 34 for advanced and 15 for the experts.

The intermediate runs also offer snowparks for snowboarders with 13 lifts, which take skiers to the four faces of the mountain.

How to arrive:
– Montreal Airport + transfer (1h30)

– Mont-Tremblant Airport / La Macaza + transfer (40 min)

Our suggestions for accommodation

Quintessence Tremblant

It has one of the region’s best locations: on the shores of Lake Tremblant, amidst nature and at the same time close enough to the village that guests can walk there. All of the 30 suites offer views to the lake or gardens. 

Fairmont Tremblant

Located at the foot of the Mont-Tremblant, the hotel is the perfect combination of relaxation time and a way to enjoy adventures. It offers ski-in/ski-out access and ski valet service, in addition to a heated pool, the best way to regain energy at the end of the day. 

Banff & Lake Louise

Banff Lake Louise
When it’s frozen, the lake turns into an incredible ice skating rink

There are several advantages to skiing in Banff & Lake Louise, which has one of the longest ski seasons in the Northern Hemisphere. Located in Banff National Park, the Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise and Mt. Norquay resorts are connected and are home to some of Canada’s most beautiful ski runs. More than 280 runs are dedicated mainly to beginners and intermediate level skiers.

Banff is the ski resort with the highest altitude among the three resorts and is also the one that receives snow for the longest time and its ski season lasts seven months, from the beginning of November to the end of May. This means that it receives about nine meters of snow on average per winter season. Known for having the best snow in Canada, the resort has ski and snowboard runs for beginners, intermediate levels and experts. The Delirium Drive stands out as it was chosen as one of the top ten off-piste runs in the world.

Lake Louise is one of the largest ski areas in North America, providing long runs and a variety of terrains and difficulty levels. To top it off, skiers have incredible views of the region’s natural beauty as they descend the 139 runs.

Beloved by the locals, Norquay is closest to the village and is the only one of three resorts where it’s possible to ski at night on a fully lit slope.

How to arrive:
Calgary Airport + transfer (1h30)

Our suggestions for accommodation

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

This luxurious hotel, nestled in the mountains, was built more than 130 years ago. It was inspired by a castle with Scottish barons. With transfer service for ski runs, which are a few minutes away, as well as restaurants, a Fitness center, spa and bowling. 

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

With panoramic views of Lake Louise and Victoria Glacier, the resort is located in the Banff National Park and offers ski equipment rental, a luxurious spa and dining options for the most varied tastes.


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