Calling all skiers! Nowhere does winter, and skiing, better than the Great White North. Canada has a thriving ski culture that runs from November to April (and sometimes even May!). It goes without saying that the conditions and quality of the resorts are world class…. but beyond that, what makes Canada the perfect choice this winter?
1) Ease of access – Closer than you think!
Not only are Canada’s hills breathtaking, there are many just a short drive away from major urban centers; and for those flying in, they are just a short trip from the airport. Our favourites? Norquay, Lake Louise and Sunshine Village (a 90 minute drive from Calgary, AB), and Blue Mountain (less than 2 hours from Toronto, ON). Enjoy some urban resort fun pre/post your ski vacay in Calgary or Toronto.
2) Family Friendly – Bring the kids
Want to teach your kids to ski? Want your kids to teach YOU how to ski? If you’re looking for a family getaway, Canada has some incredible options. We recommend Sun Peaks (by Kamloops BC) and Big White (by Kelowna BC) for the Ski Schools and variety of family friendly activities; Dog Sledding, Ice Skating, Tubing and Sleigh Rides to name a few. The kids will actually thank you.
3) Après Ski – French Kiss
There’s something special about the French Canadian ‘après ski’ culture. The nightlife surrounding the Québec hills is unique in the world of skiing. Often the best stories from your ski vacation end up starting with a night out in the village. Wine and fondue - a powerful combination! The region is teaming with outstanding resorts, including Tremblant, Mont- Saint- Sauveur, Mont Blanc, Mont Sutton, Bromont, Owl’s Head, Mont Orford, Le Massif de Charlevoix, Mont-Saint-Anne and Stoneham.
4) Backcountry – Experts only!
If you prefer to carve your own trails, Canadian skiing is a mecca for backcountry skiing and riding. For the hardcore, Heli-Skiing outfitters are also available. Check out British Columbia for incredible options. If you want to see the Rocky Mountains, head over to Kicking Horse and Fernie; if you want to go all the way west, try Whistler. You can’t lose either way!
5) Value – Keep the change
No matter which resort you choose, you’re saving big by skiing Canadian resorts. The favorable exchange rate combined with the deals available represent incredible value, allowing you to stay longer and experience more.
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