Where to Ski in Canada

Lots of fantastic Canada ski resorts to choose from
Silver Star Ski Resort Canada
Skeena Cat Skiing BC Canada
Northern Escape Heli Skiing BC Canada
Big White: great Canada ski resort for families
Whistler Blackcomb BC Canada
Big Red Cat Skiing is based at Red Mountain
Jasper Alberta has the Marmot Basin Ski Resort nearby
Mt Washington Vancouver Island
Panorama Ski Resort Canada
Chateau Lake Louise near Banff
Red Resort is near the great ski town of Rossland BC
Keefer Lake Cat Skiing BC
Rossland: a great Canada ski town
Sun Peaks: fabulous for families
Banff: home to 3 Canada ski resorts
Town of Revelstoke near the Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Northern Escape Heli Skiing BC Canada
Great Northern Snowcat Skiing Near Revelstoke
Kicking Horse: one of the best Canada ski resorts

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 Accommodation

Sometimes 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.

Sun PeaksLake 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
 11.7  1,609  3,307
 Revelstoke 10.5
 1,713  1,263
 Kicking Horse
 7.5  1,260  1,113
 Whitewater 12.2 
 623  479
 Red Mountain
 7.6  890  1,558
 Sunshine  8  1,070  1,359
 Lake Louise
 3.6  991  1,700
 Panorama  5.2  1,300  1,204
 Fernie  9.1  1,082  1,102
 Big White
 7.5  811  1,147
 Silver Star  7  760  1,328
 Norquay  3  503  77


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 Highway 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.