Where to Ski in Canada

Red Mountain Ski Resort Canada
Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Silver Star is very family friendly
Revelstoke ski resort is fantastic for advanced riders
Ski Canada
Kicking Horse is great for advanced and expert riders
Whistler is a huge resort with something for everyone
Some of the big Canadian ski resorts have fabulous facilities
Dog sledding near Nelson and Red Mountain
Canada has some great ski towns
Revelstoke cat skiing - lots of powder!
Heli Skiing Canada - the ultimate way to go skiing!
RK Heliski near Panorama
The Silver Star village is very cute
Sunshine Village - Banff Ski Resort
Powder Mountain Cat Skiing Near Whistler
Canada Cat Skiing
Many of the Canadian ski resorts have well developed amenities
Whitewater - pure and simple
Big Red Cats - a fantastic way to go powder skiing

Where to Ski in Canada

Where to Go Skiing in Canada?
Which Canada Ski Resorts to Visit?
Know that you want to ski Canada, but can’t decide which ski resort to go to for your next Canada ski holiday? Everyone has different factors that are important when deciding on the best Canada ski resorts. To aid in your decision making:
  • See our “best skiing in Canada” awards for ideas on which resort may suit your needs. 
  • Check out our Canada ski resort ratings which are broken down into many aspects such as: terrain for different abilities; the powder; lift infrastructure; family-friendliness; cost; nightlife; and the likelihood of finding “freshies”.
  • See our Canada ski resort statistics which includes the proportion of beginner, intermediate and advanced runs, resort size and snowfall. Or see the summary table below. 
  • See the information below regarding snow quantity and quality, and Canada ski resort size. 
Canada Ski Resort AccommodationSometimes the first decision when choosing a ski resort is related to the type of accommodation available.

 
On-mountain
accom
Ski in ski out accom Luxury
accom 
Backpacker accom Nearby town
Big White  
       
Fernie  
~

Kicking Horse




Kimberley




Lake Louise




Nakiska




Norquay
   
 
Panorama     ~   
 
Red Mountain      
 
Revelstoke  
     
Sunshine

   
 
Silver Star          
Sun Peaks          
Whistler          
Whitewater          
~ = partially or somewhat
A town nearby is considered to be less than 20km away. The luxury or backpacker accommodation may be located in the town, not on mountain. e.g. Sunshine


Size of the Canada Ski Resorts
Many Canada ski resorts are huge and offer significant vertical and skiable terrain. The table below provides a comparison of snowfall, vertical rise (lifted terrain) and skiable terrain (official resort area).

Whistler Blackcomb is the largest ski resort in North America. The massive terrain also provides huge diversity for all ability levels including lots of gnarly steeps, and a range of alpine and below tree-line terrain.

Lake Louise, Sunshine Village, Revelstoke Mountain and Silver Star are also very big ski resorts, and are larger than most Colorado ski resorts

 Resort  Annual
Average
Snowfall (m)

 Vertical
Rise
(m)

Skiable
Terrain
(Hectares)

 Whistler Blackcomb
 11.2  1,609  3,307
 Revelstoke 10*
 1,713  1,214
 Kicking Horse
 7  1,260  1,113
 Whitewater 13.5
 396  478
 Red Mountain
 7.5  880  862
 Sunshine  8  1,070  1,359
 Lake Louise
 3.6  991  1,700
 Panorama  4.8  1,220  1,152
 Fernie  8.8  857  1,103
 Big White
 7.5  811  1,147
 Silver Star  7+  760  1,240
 Norquay  3  503  77
 Nakiska  2.5  735  132

* source not reliable

Canada Snow and Powder The quality and quantity of snow varies across Canada. The Canada resort statistics compares the average annual snowfall at each resort. The annual snowfall in the coastal regions such as Whistler is very high, and as to be expected the powder is generally wetter near the coast and the temperatures slightly warmer. Many Canadian ski resorts further east in Alberta have lower annual snowfalls (e.g. Lake Louise ski resort), but the powder is often drier and the snow quality is well maintained due to the altitude and low temperatures.

The Powder Triangle in the BC interior has quantity and quality when it comes to snowfall. This region is renowned for large quantities of light dry powder with a whopping 12-18 metres of snowfall per season on average. This area is home to many BC cat skiing and Canada heli skiing operators who make the most of all this powder.