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.
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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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