This year we are heading to Finland, and I honestly cannot wait, but that doesn’t stop me thinking about future holidays. I love the thought of going on another winter holiday next year, somewhere cold with snow. Real white snow that we very rarely get at home. My daughter is now 4 years old and we haven’t managed to build a snowman as the very little snow we get disappears as it hits the ground.
Canada has for years been a place we would like to visit. My Hubby and I very nearly booked a flight to Canada to go skiing there a few years ago before finding out I was pregnant. So we decided to put a skiing trip on hold until we could take the children and enjoy it as a family.
As with Finland we really love the idea of staying in a lodge, so we can get the real winter feel to a trip. Hotels are fabulous, but sometimes we love to have the space to feel at home and enjoy evening in from of a fire while drinking a glass of wine or two.
I have been looking at ski lodges in Canada to see what type of options we would have. Staying in a lodge would be fabulous for us, having that freedom to step out of the door into the garden and enjoy the snow. Or a walk down into the nearest resort for food or a hot chocolate. Then after a day on the slopes enjoy a relaxing evening in. Knowing that a lodge would suit are needs the best, it was then down to choosing a resort to stay in. So I have put together a list of top ski resorts in Canada.
The ski resort of Jasper is a small one and perfect for wildlife lovers. You are able to ski in the Marmot Basin within the Jasper National Park. Jasper offers so much more than just skiing with its gorgeous frozen lakes, glaciers, waterfalls and forrest, that are home to lots of wildlife and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. Sledging, wildlife safaris and ice canyon walks plus many more. Although Jasper is a small resort there is still slopes for all abilities and lots of accommodation options. When you are not hitting the slops you can visits the restaurants and bars.
Banff is resort set in the Banff National Park. It is a lively area to stay, with a variety of restaurants, bars with live music all catering for a range of tastes and budgets. Banff is in easy reach of 3 different ski areas, each offering skiing for all levels of ability.
Lake Louise is hailed as one of the worlds most spectacular ski settings. Giving beautiful views of the magnificent peaks, glaciers and the stunning lake. The resort is quite small with only a few shops, restaurants and hotels, so its perfect for a more peaceful holiday.
The resort of Mont Tremblant is regularly voted by the Ski Magazine as the best resort in Eastern North America. Mont Tremblant is set in the Laurentians National Park. The village of Tremblant is a pedestrian area with all the ski lifts accessible from the hotels and everything within walking distance. They say that Mont Tremblant offers the best skiing in Eastern Canada. As Mont Tremblant is part of French speaking Quebec there is a fabulous selection of French restaurants to choose from.
Whistler has over 200 ski trails set out over two peaks and has become North America’s best ski resort. This resort has everything, hotels, lodges, apartments and condos. Whistler also offers a ranger of top restaurants, various bars and also nightclubs. Skiing and snowboarding in Whistler are world class, offering amazing ski schools. There are also slopes for every skier, whatever your level, Whistler has what you need.
The resort of Fernie is well known with skiers, as it offers ‘steep and deep’ slops. Perfect for the strongest skiers an snow boarders. Set in the British Columbian Rockies. Fernie has excellent snow records and has recently opened ski lifts to the Polar Peak the biggest vertical slope of 3550 feet within the Rockies. Fernie offers a range of accommodation types, restaurants and bars for the evenings.
Skiing in Canada
There are around 275 Canadian ski area, and it is thought that during each ski season more than 19 million people visit, to enjoy the fabulous skiing on offer here.
The snow in Canada is some of the best you will find. It is always in pristine condition, which is helped by the care put into the resorts by the staff. The grooming is fabulous with dry powder snow, perfect for skiing and boarding.
The Canadian ski resorts pride their selfs on offering something for everyone, with various different slopes for very one, brilliant ski schools and other activities make your trip to Canada skiing one you will never forget.
Having looked at some of the fabulous ski resorts in Canada finding that they all offer something slightly different, it isn’t something easy to decide on. Speaking with friends who have regularly visited different ski resorts across the world, they recommended either Whistler or Mont Tremblant both for different reasons. Mont Tremblant because it beautifully quaint village that offers everything within walking distant, plus there are some stunning properties to choose from. Whistler because it has the perfect condition for beginners, with really well groomed nursery slopes for the children.
Decisions, decisions, where would you recommend in Canada for the perfect skiing holiday?
*This post has been made in collaboration with Luxury Retreats. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*