Skiing in Canada

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Whitewater BC receives 13m snow annually & has low crowds & incredible terrain
Whitewater BC receives 13m snow annually & has low crowds & incredible terrain
Kicking Horse has some of the best steep skiing in BC and an abundance of dry powder
Kicking Horse has some of the best steep skiing in BC and an abundance of dry powder
Big White is an iconic family resort in Canada
Big White is an iconic family resort in Canada
Cat skiing in Canada is very popular
Cat skiing in Canada is very popular
BC cat skiing terrain can be steep, deep and exhilarating
BC cat skiing terrain can be steep, deep and exhilarating
Banff Alberta is home to some very high profile Canada ski resorts
Banff Alberta is home to some very high profile Canada ski resorts
Canada skiing at its finest at Red Mountain
Canada skiing at its finest at Red Mountain
Rossland (near Red Mountain) is one of the best ski towns in Canada
Rossland (near Red Mountain) is one of the best ski towns in Canada
There a a number of hot springs near various Canada ski resorts
There a a number of hot springs near various Canada ski resorts
Ski Canada at Revelstoke - renowned for its huge vertical, big snowfalls & steep terrain
Ski Canada at Revelstoke - renowned for its huge vertical, big snowfalls & steep terrain
Sun Peaks is one of the top ski resorts in Canada for families
Sun Peaks is one of the top ski resorts in Canada for families
Lake Louise in Alberta is one of the most iconic of the Canadian ski resorts
Lake Louise in Alberta is one of the most iconic of the Canadian ski resorts
Fernie BC is a great family ski area with fabulous terrain
Fernie BC is a great family ski area with fabulous terrain
Nelson BC is a fabulous base to visit Whitewater plus heli & cat skiing
Nelson BC is a fabulous base to visit Whitewater plus heli & cat skiing
Snowmobiling is popular at many of the ski areas in Canada
Snowmobiling is popular at many of the ski areas in Canada
Silverstar is one of the top ski resorts in Canada for families
Silverstar is one of the top ski resorts in Canada for families
Heli skiing in Canada is some of the best on the planet
Heli skiing in Canada is some of the best on the planet
Ski Canada - Whistler Blackcomb
Ski Canada - Whistler Blackcomb
Sunshine (near Banff) is one of the best Canada ski resorts for scenery
Sunshine (near Banff) is one of the best Canada ski resorts for scenery

Skiing in Canada

Skiing in Canada

Snowboarding and skiing in Canada is considered an institution and for good reason. Many powder hounds travel from afar to ski Canada for the big and beautiful mountains and legendary tree skiing, and there is no shortage of great snow in Canada. Lift infrastructure and facilities are impressive at most of the major 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 are not crowded relative to many of the US ski resorts, and the lack of skier traffic keeps powder hounds very happy with decent opportunities for fresh tracks.

BC Ski Resorts Canada

There are many fantastic BC ski resorts that offer some of the best skiing and snowboarding in Canada. Check out the Canada ski resorts map icon at the top of this page for a visual of their location.

The biggest name in Canada skiing and snowboarding is undoubtedly Whistler Blackcomb. Whistler has mega terrain that ranges from mild to wild, an abundance of non-skiing activities, and plentiful accommodations for a large range of budgets.

Sun Peaks, Silver Star and Big White Ski Resort are a little further inland and are particularly renowned for their family friendliness.

In the BC Interior in the south-eastern corner of British Columbia is the famous Powder Highway which as well as being the epicentre of snowcat and heli skiing in Canada, is also home to great BC ski hills such as Revelstoke, Kicking Horse, Red Mountain, Whitewater and Fernie.

Ski the ski resorts in BC page for more information.

Ski Alberta

In the neighbouring province of Alberta there are various ski areas. The highest profile resorts are those located near the gorgeous town of Banff which features the trio of Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and Norquay.

Another high profile Alberta ski resort is Marmot Basin in the very picturesque Jasper National Park.

See the Alberta ski resorts page for more information.

Skiing in Eastern Canada

There are also Canadian ski resorts in Ontario and Quebec (such as Mont Tremblant), but whilst these are adequate for the locals, they are not considered high on the priority list for international powder hounds, especially considering the goods on offer with skiing in Canada out west.

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. See the Canadian ski resorts ratings for an indication of which ski hills are best for experts as well as other ability levels.

Heli Ski Canada

And if the ski resorts aren’t enough to satisfy every whim, powder hounds can spread their wings and go heli skiing. British Columbia is the home of heli skiing because this is where it was pioneered, and heli skiing in Canada continues to be world renowned for the high snow volumes, great alpine terrain and tree skiing, and high safety standards. See the heli skiing Canada page for more information.

Cat Skiing Canada

Alternatively powder hounds can become powder cats and partake in some cat skiing. Canada has about 20 cat skiing operators, most of which are located in British Columbia, so Canada could also be considered the capital of snowcat skiing. See the cat skiing BC page 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 New Zealand or Australia.

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 lodging 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 a little off the beaten track at places such as Revelstoke, Whitewater and Red Mountain or in northern BC, the value for money is very good.

Why Snowboard or Ski Canada?

Ski Canada for the great combination of good snow and impressive terrain, relatively 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 & Snowboard Tours

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

11-Day British Columbia Ski Tour
HOSTED SKI SAFARI | POWDER HIGHWAY BC
10 Nights | 8 Days Skiing | 4 Resorts
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Travel BC's famous Powder Highway & experience the best skiing in Canada. This 11 day tour takes in some of BC's less visited resorts of Revelstoke, Kicking Horse, Whitewater & Red Mountain. Here you will find some of the most challenging terrain in Canada combined with the deepest & driest snow in BC.
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USD 2,761
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9-Day British Columbia Ski Tour
HOSTED SKI SAFARI | POWDER HIGHWAY BC
8 Nights | 6 Days Skiing | 3 Resorts
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Travel BC's famous Powder Highway & experience the best skiing in Canada. This 9 day tour takes in some of BC's less visited resorts of Revelstoke, Kicking Horse & Whitewater. Here you will find some of the most challenging terrain in Canada combined with the deepest & driest snow in BC.
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USD 2,445
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8-Day Powder Highway Epic Tour
THE ULTIMATE GUIDED WINTER ROAD TRIP
8 Nights | 5 Riding | 3 Free Days | 5 Resorts
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
You will visit 5 of the best resorts along this epic trail. 5 days of riding, unreal food and beer; with 3 days of freedom to choose your own adventures. Experience knee deep powder and face shots on this epic tour!
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USD 2,125
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Ski & Snowboard Camp Tours

Progression Packages - Whistler
PROGRESSION PROGRAM WHISTLER
With or Without Accommodation
Ability: Intermediate to 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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USD 1,699
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Heli Skiing Tours

Bella Coola Classic Vert Package
MULTI-DAY MIXED GROUP HELISKIING
From 4 - 7 Nights | 5 - 8 Days of Heli
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
The Classic Vert package with Bella Coola Heli Sports is ideal for all levels of heli skiers & boarders from first-timers to experts. Packages are 3, 4, 5 & 7 nights and include a guaranteed vertical. You can join a group as a solo, couple, small group or book an entire lodge with a larger group.
Price p/p From price based 4 nights twin/double-share lodging high season (2022) at Eagle Lodge, 4 possible ski days (2 half-days & 2 full days); includes 57,000 vertical feet of skiing.
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USD 9,148
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Selkirk Tangiers - Day Heli Skiing
REVELSTOKE DAY HELI SKIING
1 or 2 days, Bell 205 or A Star Heli
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Selkirk Tangiers offer some of the best value heli skiing on the planet! You can choose from a 1 or 2 day adventure in the Bell 205 heli, small group heli skiing in the A Star heli, or a 1 day private package.
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USD 1,157
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Northern Escape Classic Package
MIXED SMALL GROUP HELISKIING
North West BC | 2, 3, 4, 5 & 7 Day Packages
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
The Classic package is offered in 2, 3, 4, 5 or 7 day increments and you can join as a solo skier/boarder or small group. Twin/double lodging is provided at the Yellow Cedar Lodge with the option to upgrade to a single room. Option to upgrade to unlimited vertical.
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USD 4,976
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Cat Skiing Tours

Selkirk Snowcat Skiing
SELKIRK SNOWCAT SKIING (Canadians Only 2021/22)
6 Nights Lodging + 5 Full days cat skiing
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
The Selkirk Classic package includes 6 nights of lodging in the Selkirk Wilderness Lodge plus 5 days of cat skiing. The ultimate powder holiday starts on a Sunday afternoon and goes until Saturday morning. Shorter trips available during the fringes of the season.
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USD 5,210
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White Grizzly Lodge Packages
MULTI-DAY CAT SKIING PACKAGE
From 2 Nights Lodging & 2 Days Cat Skiing
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
A few days or a week long adventure with White Grizzly will have you grinning from ear to ear for months afterwards. Located in the Kootenays, where you will find epic powder combined with exceptional terrain. Packages include lodging (Canadian Log Cabin style), guided cat skiing, all meals and use of avo safety gear
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USD 3,200
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Great Northern Snowcat Packages
MULTI-DAY CAT SKIING PACKAGE
From 3 Nights & 3 Days Cat Skiing
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Great Northern Snowcat Skiing (GNSS) offers fabulous multi-day mixed-group packages for 3, 4 or 7 days/nights staying in the private lodge. All meals are included in the package.
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USD 3,081
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