- Ski in a national park
Breathtaking scenery and wildlife wandering through town in Banff, Fernie, Lake Louise and Jasper.
- Fire and Ice Show
Know your grabs from your flips? Brush up and watch the pros at this annual event in Whistler.
For an interesting blend of French and Canadian culture, food and language, try Tremblant.
- It takes two
Ski and sightsee in one epic holiday – you can explore both Whistler and Vancouver on our twin centre options.
- Powder hound
You’ll find soft, crisp powder snow in abundance in Sun Peaks, Whistler and Panorama.
So what's it like?
Canada is a bucket-list destination for skiers and boarders alike. It’s famed for its knee-deep powder, immaculately groomed slopes and wide, tree-lined runs. Add in the awesome national park scenery and warm Canadian hospitality, and it’s easy to see why it’s coveted as that once-in-a-lifetime ski holiday.
The thing is, once you’ve experienced the best, it might be hard to settle for anything less.
Linked ski areas
Given the scale of the country and the spread of the mountain ranges, there are far fewer resorts linked by lifts in the way that has become commonplace in Europe.
However, if you stay in Banff or Lake Louise, your ski pass will let you – via regular shuttle buses – ‘Ski the Big Three’ of Sunshine Village, Mt Norquay and Lake Louise, which between them have 7,748 acres of skiable terrain and an average snowfall of over 30ft per season.
It’s also worth noting that Whistler is only the biggest resort in Canada by being bought up and officially combined with Blackcomb in the late 90s, with the Peak 2 Peak gondola properly linking the two during the 2008/9 season.
Best for families – Tremblant has much of the size and snowfall of western resorts, but benefits from far shorter flight times – plus it’s got a pedestrianised village and loads of off-slope activities.
Best for après – Whistler’s après options almost rival its amount of ski runs – from dancing on the bar at the legendary Garibaldi Lift Co. to sipping classy cocktails at the Fairmont’s Mallard Lounge.
Best for beginners – Vying for second place in the Canada’s biggest resort list, Sun Peaks and Lake Louise both offer plenty of easier slopes, with the latter claiming a green run from even the very top.
Best for intermediates – Jasper is one of the smaller resorts we service, but it still has great snow and more than enough varied terrain to keep progressing skiers and boarders entertained.
Best for experts – All the Alberta and British Columbia resorts can lay claim to some gnarly terrain, but the steep and deep of Fernie and the in-bounds off-piste areas at Panorama probably win out.
Whether you’re staying in an authentic old railway town like Banff, Jasper and Fernie, or choosing the convenience of a purpose-built ski village like Sun Peaks, Panorama or Tremblant, you’ll find a warm welcome at every hotel, bar and restaurant you visit.
Many of our accommodation options are ski-in, ski-out and most also feature luxury touches like roaring log fires and hot tubs with views of the mountains.
Winter holidays to Canada aren’t just about the skiing. Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper and Fernie all sit within national parks, so you’re surrounded by pristine protected scenery and the sort of mountain wildlife you could only read about at home. You’ll usually spot some elk, deer and coyotes on the transfer alone, with bighorn sheep and mountain goats on your way to the slopes – even a moose if you’re lucky.
The locals have come up with so many great ways to see their beautiful scenery and wildlife, with awesome activities like zip-treks through huge mountain valleys and husky rides through snowy forests. Plus canyon walks, helicopter tours and ice skating across frozen lakes – it’s Canada as you’ve always imagined it.
Food and drink
Much like their noisy neighbours to the south, Canadians have embraced all cultures and cuisines, meaning in most of our resorts you’ll be able to find restaurants serving everything from Italian to Mexican, Chinese to Indian food.
Of course, with Tremblant being in Quebec, there’s a delicious French influence to much of what’s on offer there, while Alberta benefits from some of the best beef in North America and in coastal British Columbia you can find fresh sushi and shellfish.
One thing that unites all territories is the generous portion sizes and superb service. Make sure to pour some maple syrup on your pancakes and bacon too.
Please note: If you're travelling to Canada you'll need to complete an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) - at a cost of $7 - as early as possible after booking, as they can take longer than 72 hours to process. You can apply online now at: www.Canada.ca/eta
Free ski carriage to Canada
Book a Canada ski holiday and pay nothing for your ski carriage.
Available on all Air Canada flights for Winter 15-16.