10 Biggest and Best Ski Resorts in Canada

People often ask me why I do skiing during the winter season, why not? Winter in Canada is the longest season, it officially begins December 21st to March 21st. All this time, you will need to go outside, sometimes. Skiing or snowboarding is one of the best activities to do during the winter weekend or holiday. If you have never skied before and want to try this awesome sport, or you just need an excuse to put your ski boots this season, check out why you should give it a go!

1. It’s great fun out on the snow!
2. Skiing is a beneficial exercise
3. Bond with your family and friends
4. Travel to a fun destination
5. Awesome entertainment options
6. Meet new people
7. Explore new terrain
8. Make fresh tracks on the mountainside
9. Connect with nature
10. Learn something new

I love to connect with nature and be with friends when out skiing. There is nothing better than standing on the top of the mountain and taking in the amazing scenery before shooting down the trail to have some fun and feed your need to speed. Nothing compares to the feeling of crisp, pure mountain air on your face, it’s unlike anything you will ever experience in the city.

Sound like fun! Is it hard to learn? I don’t want to get hurt, you know..

I will be honest, skiing is not a sport for everyone, there are many who simply won’t enjoy it. The best advice I can give to first-time skiers is to take the 1-hour lessons with an instructor to learn the basics. This way you can expect to have the best possible skiing experience. This is one of the sports that is easy to learn, but hard to master. Compared to snowboarding, it’s harder to learn, easier to master. Yes, you will fall down, a lot! This can be embarrassing, there will be many six-year-olds skiers circles around you. Are you hurt, SIR?

The good news is that after the first day or two, most of these problems go away. And even on the first couple of days, you can still find a lot of space for enjoyment. For my part, I learned and mastered how to do the “Pizza” to slow down or stop when you go down the trail. It’s only taken me about 2 hours to master it and I could enjoy the rest of my day on more advanced trails. If a 3-years old can do it, you absolutely can!

Skiing in Canada remains some of the best in the world, and we’re proud to show off what makes us so special. There are many places to do ski in Canada, you can find decent hills locally or head to the best ski resorts. Before you head out to hit the slopes, find out which mountains have the best trails, lifts, lines and slopes. Here are the Top 10 Ski resorts in Canada!

1. Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia

Whistler Blackcomb is a major ski resort located north of Vancouver, in British Columbia, Canada. By many measures, it is the largest ski resort in North America.

The impressive 8,171 acres of accessible terrain is serviced by 37 lifts and the longest continuous lift system on the globe, PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, which connects skiers and riders from Whistler to Blackcomb Mountains.

These two colossal mountains offer more than 200 marked trails that include in-bounds backcountry, wide-open glaciers, powder-filled bowls, secluded glades and perfectly groomed trails. Freestylers will find six terrain parks that accommodate beginners to elite athletes, including a 22’ superpipe. Averaging 462 inches of snowfall each year, there’s something for everyone at Whistler Blackcomb.

For more information visit: whistlerblackcomb.com

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2. Sun Peaks, near Kamloops, British Columbia

Sun Peaks has the second largest ski area in Canada with 4,270 skiable acres of terrain. Sun Peaks ski resort has 130+ runs, 882 metres of vertical and considering the lack of crowds you can have many of the slopes all to yourself.

The terrain split for Sun Peaks is 10% beginner, 58% intermediate, and 32% advanced/expert, so Sun Peaks has terrain for all abilities, but intermediates in particular will love Sun Peaks and the abundance of fantastic groomed runs.

The ski and snowboard terrain is serviced by 11 lifts including 5 quad chairs, 1 triple chair, and 5 surface lifts.

For more information visit: sunpeaksresort.com

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3. Banff/Lake Louise, Alberta

Lake Louise Ski resort is known for its spectacular scenery and versatile terrain. With over 4,200 acres spread across four mountain faces, Lake Louise is also one of the largest ski resorts in North America.

The Lake Louise Ski Resort in Canada is potentially one of the most beautiful places in the world to ski or snowboard. Ski Lake Louise Canada for the “wow” factor where the views are nothing short of spectacular! This is no Whistler Ski Resort, but it’s still huge!

For more information visit: banfflakelouise.com

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4. Mount Tremblant, Tremblant, Quebec

Mont Tremblant is called The Premier European Resort in North America. There are over 600 acres to ski and ride at Mont Tremblant with 121 acres of glades. The Duncan Express will take you to the top of the North Side in 9 minutes; the 8 passenger gondola operates on the South Side. From the opening celebrations at Gravity Park to the Ericsson World Cup Freestyle championships, from a BBQ on the mountain, to live bands in the pedestrian resort, there’s always something exciting going on at Mont Tremblant.

For more information visit: tremblant.ca

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5. Le Massif, Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec

Rising high above the mighty St. Lawrence River in the heart of Quebec’s Charlevoix is Le Massif, a sleeping giant of a mountain that’s home to some of the most spectacular skiing in Eastern Canada. Le Massif is about one hour east of Quebec City and its international airport and in the centre of the province’s picturesque Charlevoix region. It is known for its commanding views of the St. Lawrence, steep runs, state-of-the-art facilities, and tantalizing cuisine that’s some of the best you’ll find at any ski area’s base in Canada. It’s also the mountain with the greatest vertical drop 770 metres, 2,526 feet and the largest annual snowfall 650 cm, 21 feet east of the Canadian Rockies.

For more information visit: lemassif.com

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6. Fernie Alpine, British Columbia

Fernie Alpine Resort is 5km from the town of Fernie and offers lift access alpine skiing and snowboarding with 142 runs, an average of 30 feet of snow each season and ski-in ski-out accommodations.

It is known particularly for its high annual snowfall, reportedly the highest of any resort in the Canadian Rockies, and for its powder skiing. The resort also operates a mountain bike park, guided hikes, treetop aerial park, and zip line in the summer months.

The resort has 10 lifts servicing 142 named runs plus 5 alpine bowls and tree skiing with a vertical drop of 1,082 meters. The resort has over 10.1 square kilometres of skiable terrain.

For more information visit: skifernie.com

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7. Kicking Horse Resort, Golden, British Columbia

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is a great destination for skiers and riders looking for a diverse mix of challenging terrain and excellent snow conditions.

With spectacular scenery and limitless terrain to explore, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is a hidden gem in British Columbia. The snow that falls at Kicking Horse is consistently dry, light and a powder lover’s dream. There is less skier traffic compared to other resorts and lift lines are a rare sight.

Skiers and riders have access to 2,800 skiable acres, 120 runs, 85 inbound chutes and 1,260 feet of vertical.

For more information visit: kickinghorseresort.com

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8. Blue Mountain Resort, Collingwood, Ontario

Blue Mountain, Ontario’s largest mountain village resort, is nestled on the shores of Southern Georgian Bay and spans across the beautiful Niagara Escarpment. Blue Mountain has evolved into a true four-season destination, and continually ranks among the top family-friendly resorts in Canada.

All day and into night, skiers and riders can enjoy Blue’s 42 trails across 364 acres of skiable terrain.

For more information visit: bluemountain.ca

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9. Martock, Nova Scotia

Martock is Nova Scotia’s winter destination for skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, located just minutes from Halifax.

Alpine terrain consists of 9 trails and 2 terrain parks. The Learning Zone is designed and sculpted to create a fun and progressive learning environment for beginners. All alpine terrain is lit for night skiing, and our famous snowmaking and grooming guarantees great winter conditions. Slopes are accessed by a quad chairlift, a T-Bar and a magic carpet.

For more information visit: martock.com

10. Crabbe Mountain, New Brunswick

Crabbe Mountain boasts the Maritimes’ largest and highest vertical drop, and some of the best skiing and snowboarding terrain in Atlantic Canada. There are 27 alpine trails and glades with something for everyone. They also have over 30 km of classic Nordic-skiing and snowshoe trails.

For more information visit: crabbemountain.com

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