Canada is known worldwide for its ski resorts and every year thousands of faithful powder pilgrims make their way to Canada to sample the slopes and indulge in the lifestyle offered by the numerous destinations. Let’s have a look at some of the best and give you some recommendations.
Whistler in British Columbia is perhaps one of the best known areas for skiing in all of Canada. This is not without reason. The two mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, combine to make the biggest ski area in the whole of North America and Whistler caters for all levels from beginner to expert. Gentle beginner slopes allow you to ease yourself into the world of downhill skiing while those who are more experienced will be able to test themselves on the more demanding open bowls and terrain parks.
With the hard day’s skiing done, you can relax at the purpose built resort village. A lively selection of bars and restaurants awaits you when you come off the slopes and plenty of retail outlets for the shopaholics. Even if you aren’t an ardent skier, there is a range of activities available in Whistler, including tubing and snowmobiles available for rent.
If you are going with your family then Panorama resort in British Columbia might be the most suitable option. An element of danger is unavoidable on any skiing trip making ski holiday insurance a must, but the largely car-free, resort village is suitable for families with younger children and they have the slopes to match. There is also a skating rink and outdoor hot pool complex complete with hot tubs and a sauna.
There is also a range of childcare options should you decide to leave the darlings at home while you hit the slopes and some of the centers offer skiing lessons as part of the deal. So whether you are a hardcore slope junky or seeking a more sedate, family oriented holiday Canada can provide you with an experience to remember.
Not as well known as Whistler or Panorama and maybe not first on every skiers list of must visit resort, Banff is nonetheless an option for those looking for good slopes at a reasonable price. A lot of tour operators offer package holidays there at a very reasonable rate and the scenery alone is worth the visit even if you don’t touch a ski for the whole time you are there. There are three ski areas, all a short bus ride from the center of town and all catering for a variety of levels.
The town itself, a small, tourist driven town, offers more than 100 bars and restaurants and innumerable souvenir shops to pick something up for those at home. Definitely worth considering if you are planning a ski trip.
Well there are three options in case you are planning a trip to Canada anytime soon.
Photo Credit: the Whistler photo is a pixabay labeled photo; the Banff photo is thanks to Ski Banff-Lake Louise