Lake Louise....click on image to go there now
Lake Louise....click on image to go there now
Whistler Blackcomb BC.....click image to go there now
Whistler Blackcomb BC.....click image to go there now
Banff Canada....click on image to go there now
Banff Canada....click on image to go there now
Superb Canadian Rocky Mountain Vistas
Superb Canadian Rocky Mountain Vistas
Canada Heli Skiing
Canada Heli Skiing
Selkirk-Tangiers Helicopter Skiing
Selkirk-Tangiers Helicopter Skiing
Cat Skiing in Canada...where it all began!
Cat Skiing in Canada...where it all began!
Selkirk Wilderness Cat Skiing
Selkirk Wilderness Cat Skiing
Big Red Cats (Red Mountain Resort)
Big Red Cats (Red Mountain Resort)
Sun Peaks...a great family resort
Sun Peaks...a great family resort
Big White BC.....click image to go there now
Big White BC.....click image to go there now
Fernie Resort - great experts terrain
Fernie Resort - great experts terrain
Snowmobiling is very popular at most Canada ski resorts
Snowmobiling is very popular at most Canada ski resorts
Revelstoke Mountain Resort - biggest vertical in Nth America!
Revelstoke Mountain Resort - biggest vertical in Nth America!
Silver Star Ski Resort BC - Family Friendly
Silver Star Ski Resort BC - Family Friendly
Dog sledding is also popular at some Canada ski resorts
Dog sledding is also popular at some Canada ski resorts
Beautiful Rossland (Red Mountain)
Beautiful Rossland (Red Mountain)
Red Mountain - Some of the Best Resort Tree Skiing in Canada
Red Mountain - Some of the Best Resort Tree Skiing in Canada
Kicking Horse - some scary steeps
Kicking Horse - some scary steeps
Panorama - great family destination
Panorama - great family destination

Canada

Skiing in Canada

Snowboarding and skiing in Canada is considered an institution and for good reason. Canada is very well known for having legendary ski resorts. There is no shortage of great snow in Canada, and the mountains are big and naturally beautiful. Lift infrastructure and facilities are impressive at the Canada ski resorts without being overly grandiose, and the laidback atmosphere and friendly locals are a major drawcard for skiing in Canada.

With the exception of Whistler and Banff, the Canada ski resorts feel almost deserted. The lack of crowds keeps powderhounds very happy with plenty of opportunities for fresh tracks. And if the Canadian ski resorts aren’t enough to satisfy every whim, powderhounds can spread their wings and go heli-skiing. Heli skiing Canada is world renowned!  Alternatively powder hounds can become powder cats and partake in some BC cat skiing.

BC Ski Resorts

There are many BC ski resorts (British Columbia ski resorts). Check out the Canada ski resorts map in the right hand column of this page for their location.

Whistler Blackcomb is located out west near Vancouver. Whistler has mega terrain that ranges from mild to wild, an abundance of non-skiing activities, and plentiful accommodation from budget to opulent.

Sun Peaks, Silver Star and Big White Ski Resort are a little further inland and have some similarities to each other. These three BC ski resorts have decent sized terrain and are incredibly family friendly. The have ski terrain for beginners, intermediates and advanced riders, but have minimal on offer for those who love super steep, white knuckle terrain.

A little further into the BC Interior in the south-eastern corner of British Columbia is the infamous powder triangle (aka the powder highway), but there’s a bit of debate as to how far the triangle extends.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort is east of Silver Star near the town of Revelstoke. The ski resort is reasonably new and it has a very firm foothold in the advanced riding market. Revelstoke is also a cat skiing and heli skiing Mecca.

Kicking Horse is a fraction further east again near the town of Golden. Kicking Horse has some similarities to Revelstoke except that it caters to expert skiers and snowboarders even better than Revelstoke.

Panorama Ski Resort is a good all-rounder and provides an affordable family skiing option.

Fernie Alpine Resort is another all-rounder that is family friendly. It’s also popular for powder skiing, which can be supplemented with nearby cat skiing.

Red Mountain is a BC ski resort located near the US border. Red Resort is popular with families, hard core ski bums, and others looking for an inexpensive Canada ski holiday.

An hour north near Nelson BC is Whitewater, a back to basics ski resort with the biggest and best powder in Canada.

Alberta Ski Resorts Canada

In the neighbouring province of Alberta there are various ski areas. The highest profile resorts are those located near the gorgeous town of Banff.

Sunshine Village (which also partially sits in BC) is a large Banff ski resort and a very popular powder skiing destination.

Lake Louise is also located near Banff, has huge terrain, and phenomenal views. The poor cousin of Norquay makes up the trio of Banff resorts.

Other Canada Ski Resorts

There are also Canadian ski resorts in Ontario and Quebec, but the word on the street is that these are adequate for the locals, but not worthy of an overseas ski holiday considering there’s so much on offer in western Canada.

For a further overview of the western Canadian ski resorts, see our Canada ski holidays page. 

Canada Skiing Terrain

The Canada ski resorts are renowned for having plenty of vertical and ski terrain. You'll definitely need a pre-season fitness program to cope with the thigh-burning ultra-long runs. Most Canadian ski resorts have something for everyone with runs for all ability levels. However Canada is famous for its steeps with some resorts providing hair-raising runs that are definitely worthy of their double black diamond status.

Canada Heli Skiing and Cat Skiing

British Columbia is the home of heli skiing. CMH pioneered heliskiing and the company now has 12 different locations. BC also has another 15 heli-ski operators, and with 20 BC cat skiing operators, Canada could also be considered the capital of snowcat skiing.

Cat skiing and heli skiing are absolute heaven for powderhounds and a highlight of any Canada ski holiday. See our overview of heli skiing Canada and cat skiing BC for more information.

Canada Ski Holidays - Cost

Canada provides a quality snow holiday at reasonable prices, and considering the currency exchange is commonly favourable for those from the US, UK and Europe, the costs are even better. Whilst lift tickets are not dirt cheap, they're certainly cheaper than in Australia, New Zealand or the US.

Ski towns and resorts have a range of accommodations that provide good value for money, and for those wanting to travel on a shoe-string, there are always good quality budget accommodation options.

The lift tickets, ski lessons, and activities at Whistler are relatively expensive. Banff can also be pricey, but there are a range of inexpensive accommodation options available. Silver Star ski resort and Big White offer better value for money, and when you get off the beaten track at places such as Revelstoke, Whitewater and Red Mountain, the value for money is fantastic.

Why Snowboard or Ski Canada?

Ski Canada for the great combination of good snow and impressive terrain, uncrowded slopes, and a very laid-back culture. The only problem with snowboarding or skiing in Canada is that once you’ve experienced it you’ll be forever addicted. Awesome eh?!

Canada Ski & Snowboarding Tours

Hosted & Guided Off-Piste Ski & Snowboard Safaris
Heart & Soul Tour | 9 Days | Alberta + BC
Check out Lake Louise & Sunshine whilst staying in picturesque Banff, Alberta & then head to BC for the steep & deep at Kicking Horse. For intermediate skiers & boarders & above.
Ski Tour to Banff, Fernie & Kicking Horse Pure Powder Adventure | 9 Days
Check out some of Canada's best powder skiing destinations including Sunshine & Lake Louise (Banff, Alberta) & Fernie, Castle Mountain & Kicking Horse in BC.
Powder Skiing Adventure Canada West Kootenay Classic | 9 Days | 3 Resorts
Pack your snorkel for this one! This tour visits probably what is the best selection of BC powder destinations including Revelstoke, Red Mountain & Whitewater.

Multi-Resort Skier Improvement Tours

Powder Triangle Tour BC Canada BC Powder Triangle Tour | 9 or 13 Days
Experience the some of BC's best powder skiing destinations including Fernie, Red Mountain & Whitewater (PLUS Kicking Horse for those on the 13 day tour) with qualified instructors.. 
Ski Canada Banff Long Weekender | 5 Days 
Ski 4 of the Canadian Rockies premier powder skiing zones including Lake Louise, Sunshine, Norquay & Kicking Horse whilst taking your skiing & snowboarding to a whole new level.

Canada Ski & Snowboard Improvement & Instructor Courses

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Yes Tours Whilstler Yes Improvement Program / Tour
Improve your skiing and boarding to instructor level and at the same time have the Canada ski holiday of a lifetime - Whistler / Blackcomb from 1 to 11 weeks in duration.
Whistler Instructor Courses Ski & Snowboard Instructor Courses
Earn your ski or snowboarding level 1 or level 2 instructor certification. Courses at Whistler Blackcomb, Lake Louise or Lake Tahoe. Duration 4 weeks or 11 weeks.

Canada Cat Ski Tours

Kootenay Explorer | Cat & Heli Ski Tour Canada Kootenay Sampler | 4 Days Heli + 3 Days Cat
This is the ultimate powderhound experience! Combine a day of resort skiing at Red Mountain with 2 days of cat skiing & 3 days of heli skiing.

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