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 famous 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 (such as Mont Tremblant), 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

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
Pure Powder Adventure DETAILS
FULLY HOSTED & GUIDED SAFARI
9 Days | 9 Nights | 7 Skiing | 4 Resorts
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Price p/p
USD 2,551
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
This tour checks out some of Canada's best powder skiing destinations including Sunshine & Lake Louise (Banff, Alberta) and Fernie, Castle Mountain and Kicking Horse in BC. Fixed tour date for mixed group or custom private group.
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West Kootenay Classic DETAILS
FULLY HOSTED & GUIDED SAFARI
9 Days | 9 Nights | 7 Skiing | 3 Resorts
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Price p/p
USD 2,570
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Pack your snorkel for this one! This tour visits probably what is the best selection of BC powder destinations including Revelstoke, Red Mountain & Whitewater.
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Heart & Soul Tour DETAILS
FULLY HOSTED & GUIDED SAFARI
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Skiing | 3 Resorts
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Price p/p
USD 2,122
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Check out Lake Louise & Sunshine in whilst staying in picturesque Banff, Alberta and then head to BC for the steep & deep at Kicking Horse resort.
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Ski & Snowboard Camp Tours
Progression Packages - Whistler DETAILS
PROGRESSION PROGRAM WHISTLER
With or Without Accommodation
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Price p/p
USD 1,443
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced
Take your skiing or boarding to a new level whether it be on or off-piste, on the bumps, in deep powder or in the terrain park. Based in Whistler/Blackcomb. All packages start on a Saturday and you can choose 7, 14 or 21 days (or more).
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Heli Skiing Tours
Selkirk Tangiers - Day Heli Skiing DETAILS
REVELSTOKE SINGLE-DAY HELI SKIING
Single Day Into to Heli | 3 Runs
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Price p/p
USD 679
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced
Selkirk Tangiers offer some of the best value heli skiing on the planet; how can you afford not to try it! The 3-run Powder Excursion package is the perfect introduction for heli virgins whilst the 5-run Powder Adventure package is perfect for those wanting a full-day experience. WARNING: this is very addictive!!
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Bell 2 Lodge Packages DETAILS
DELUXE MULTI-DAY HELI SKIING PACKAGE
From 4 Days / 3 Nights / 3 Days Heli Skiing
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USD 6,240
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Whether you are a solo traveler, a couple or group a few days of a week with Last Frontier will deliver memories that last a lifetime! The Bell 2 Lodge packages offer both mixed or private groups (4, 5 or 7 days). Lodging is in CABINS in the WILDERNESS & gourmet meals & great Canadian hospitality is all included.
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Ripley Creek Inn Packages DETAILS
MULTI-DAY HELI SKIING PACKAGE
From 4 Days / 3 Nights / 3 Days Heli Skiing
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Price p/p
USD 5,382
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Whether you are a solo traveler, a couple or group a few days of a week with Last Frontier will deliver memories that last a lifetime! The Ripley Creek Inn packages offer both mixed or private groups (4, 5 or 7 days). Packages include all meals & great Canadian hospitality.
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Cat Skiing Tours
Selkirk Snowcat Skiing DETAILS
SELKIRK SNOWCAT SKIING
6 Nights Lodging + 5 Full days cat skiing
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USD 3,604
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
The Selkirk Classic includes 6 nights of accommodation in the Selkirk Wilderness Lodge plus 5 days of cat skiing. The ultimate ski holiday starts on a Sunday afternoon and goes until the following Saturday morning.
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Skeena Cat Skiing - Day Cat Skiing DETAILS
DAY CATSKI PACKAGES
1 Day Skiing | 10 - 16 Runs
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USD 312
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Day skiing is offered on weekends, holidays and on a standby basis. You can either join a group or charter your own cat for a day. This is some of most inexpensive day cat skiing in the country! Join a group or rent an entire snowcat with up to 11 friends.
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Skeena Cat Skiing - Suskwa Lodge DETAILS
LODGE & CATSKI PACKAGES
Min 3 Days Skiing | 3 Nights in a Rustic Mountain Lodge
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USD 1,755
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
This package offers incredible snowcat accessed powder skiing staying in cozy mountain lodging. Ride powder all day and then soak in the hot tub, spoil yourself with a massage, or relax in front of the fire in the evenings.
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