To some, the first snowfall of the season is a solemn reminder there are a lot of months until spring. That's not the case for skiers and snowboarders. In many parts of Canada, the ski season extends from late-November to mid-May, and those first chairlift rides and powder runs are rapidly approaching.
From Whistler, British Columbia, to Mont-Sainte-Anne Quebec, Canada is loaded with world-class ski resorts hoping to lure avid skiers and riders to their slopes this season. These four Canadian ski resorts are ones that should be on your must-visit list for the winter of 2016-17.
Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
Whistler Blackcomb is more than one of the best ski resorts in the country. The mega resort, found 121 kilometres north of Vancouver, is consistently ranked one of the best in the world. The adjacent mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, are home to more than 3,200 hectares of skiable terrain, 200 marked trails, three glaciers and 16 alpine bowls. Visitors can try everything from the family-friendly Coca Cola Tube Park and Ziptrek zipline tours to expert-level heli-skiing adventures. If you only have time to visit one Canadian ski resort this winter, Whistler Blackcomb should be it.
Lake Louise Ski Resort, Alberta
Lake Louise Ski Resort, nestled in the picturesque Banff National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most scenic ski resorts in the world. It can be difficult to keep your eyes on the trail with views of the Victoria Glacier, emerald Lake Louise and countless snow-capped mountain peaks sitting along the horizon. Although, Lake Louise Ski Resort prides itself on world-class terrain even more than the surrounding beauty. The resort boasts nearly 1,700 hectares of terrain, 10 lifts and a vertical drop of 990 metres. Combine a trip to Lake Louise with a visit to the other "Big 3," Mount Norquay and Sunshine Village, and you're in for an epic skiing or snowboarding experience.
Mont-Sainte-Anne may not be home to steepest trails or most acreage of skiable terrain in the country, but it's one of the best resorts for a low-key and more affordable winter escape. The resort's 221 hectares of skiable terrain and nine chairlifts may seem minute compared to Whistler-Blackcomb and Lake Louise. However, the shorter lift lines, picture-perfect views of the Saint Lawrence River, budget-friendly promotions and roughly 30-minute drive from Quebec City make Mont-Sainte-Anne resort an ideal winter escape for weary city dwellers.
Revelstoke, British Columbia
The Canadian Rocky Mountains create some of the most thrilling ski and snowboard terrain in the world, and Revelstoke Mountain Resort is in the heart of it all. The resort is home to the highest vertical in North America at 1,713 metres. In addition to hair-raising steeps, Revelstoke offers 1,263 hectares of skiable terrain, famous glades, high alpine bowls and plenty of groomers for everyday skiers and riders. However, adrenaline junkies love that Revelstoke is the only resort in the world to offer heli, cat, lift and backcountry skiing and snowboarding from one base. Taking your skiing or riding to the next level in 2016? Revelstoke Mountain Resort is the place to do it.
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Revelstoke Mountain Resort is the ultimate heli-skiing destination. They have more than 100 ski and snowboard runs and over 30 lifts. Go cat skiing, Nordic skiing,dogsledding, paragliding and even sign up for snow school. Stay at The Sutton Place Hotel for a luxurious experience. They have 205 guest rooms, a fitness room, day spa, outdoor heated pool and three outdoor hot tubs. Grab a bite to eat at La Baguette or Rockford Wok | Bar | Grill. Photo Credit: Revelstroke Mountain Resort / Facebook Click Here to See World's 50 Best Ski Resorts
Sun Valley is a historic resort. Locals are proud of it for being the first to offer a chairlift and the first “modern” ski destination in the country. The Bald Mountain, which has a lot of challenging bowls and glades off the peak, is where most visitors go. The Dollar Mountain has a 22-foot superpipe. It is more beginners-friendly because the trails have no trees. People love the fact that the resort has some very, very long runs. You get to enjoy the ride down for a while before you have to head back to the lift. There are a lot of opportunities for off-piste skiing, and the snow is always perfect. Photo Credit: Sun Valley, Idaho / Facebook
What people love about Vail is that even the newbies can go to the top of the mountain and ski down.The best snow is there and the resort has a lot of different green runs. This is a bit unusual because the learning areas of almost all mountains are at the base. The resort is huge. It is among the largest in the world with more than 5,200 acres of developed ski and snowboard terrain, including seven legendary Back Bowls. They are the best option to escape the crowds. The north facing Blue Sky Basin is also very quiet and has endless backcountry trails, in addition to its many advanced terrains. The resort leaves some of its land totally ungroomed for the most advanced skiers out there. Photo Credit: Vail/Facebook Click Here to See World's 50 Best Ski Resorts
Kitzbühel provides you with 170 km of incredible slopes, 54 cable cars and lifts. Try skiing, cross-country skiing, freeriding, ski touring and winter hiking. Stay at the Bruggerhof hotel in Kitzbühel year-round. They offer rooms with a bath, shower and telephone. Workout in their fitness center and take their free hotel bus to Kitzbühel’s sports and entertainment centers. When you finished your day of winter sports, try out a relaxing massage with one of Kitzbühel’s wellness programs. Photo Credit: Kitzbühel – Tirol / Facebook
The Niseko resorts includes, Niseko Hanazono Ski Resort, Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort, Niseko Village Ski Resort and Niseko Annupuri Ski Area. The Hanazono has perfect terrain for beginners. Grand Hirafu is the largest of the resorts; it has amazing snow powder and a lot of hotels and restaurants to choose from. Village ski resort is great for your off-piste powder skiing. It has some really long skiing and snowboarding trails. Annupuri is known for their flawlessly groomed runs. Check out the spectacular views from their slopes. Click Here to See World's 50 Best Ski Resorts Photo Credit: Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort / Facebook
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