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Top 3 Ski Resorts in Canada

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In my latest guest blog, Liz from Canadian Affair encourages us to explore her top 3 destinations for a Canadian ski holiday. In the past few years, Liz has taken many city breaks to Toronto and Vancouver where she went on a Whale Watching trip. Liz has also been on ski trips with her family to the Canadian Rockies and world-famous Whistler resort in British Columbia.

Canada’s Top 3 Ski Holidays

Canada has some of the world’s most reliable snowfall, so there’s always great skiing to be had in the mountains. With resorts perfect for both skiers and snowboarders of all levels, it’s clear why Canada is a favourite destination for so many. Ski Resorts in Canada offer the perfect combination of breath-taking scenery, amazing terrain, world-class après ski and fantastic powder snow, with regular flights to Vancouver and Calgary throughout the winter season. Here are my top recommended Canadian destinations for a great ski holiday…

Whistler Ski Resort, Canada

Apres Ski in Whistler Ski Resort, Canada

Whistler is consistently ranked North America’s number one mountain resort, and it’s easy to see why. There are two beautiful mountains with world-class skiing and snowboarding (over 200 ski trails, 3 glaciers and alpine bowls) to enjoy, as well as fantastic après, dining and nightlife. To top it all off, much of the accommodation is ski in ski out or just minutes from the slopes in the pedestrian resort town with a wealth of dining options to choose from as well an excellent choice of bars and nightclubs.

The two mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, are connected by the amazing Peak2Peak Gondola, which means you can ski both mountains easily in one day whilst enjoying breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Coastal Mountains at the same time. With the quick access to the slopes, you can easily enjoy breakfast at the top of the mountain before being one of the first to make tracks in the morning snow.

Top Tip: Use the free mountain hosts to get orientated on the first day. They meet each day at 11.15 am at the top of the Whistler Gondola or the Solar Coaster Express on Blackcomb.

Banff Ski Resort, Canada

Enjoying the skiing in Banff Ski Resort, Canada

Banff is one of Canada’s true highlights where you can enjoy skiing or snowboarding the ‘Big 3’ – Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise, with over 8,000 acres of beautiful terrain and a total of 274 ski runs.

Banff is one of the most popular ski mountain towns and is a resort perfect for couples, families, and groups of friends due to the buzzing town centre, and fabulous après ski, shopping, bars and restaurants. Whatever level you ski or board at, Banff is the perfect ski holiday choice for all as you can enjoy all three resorts on just one lift ticket opening up more terrain that you can even dream of.

Top Tip: Ride the Banff Gondola – the eight-minute ride to the top of 7,500-foot Sulphur Mountain provides panoramic views of Banff National Park.

Lake Louise Ski Resort, Canada

Powder day at Lake Louise Ski Resort, Canada

Lake Louise Ski Resort is one of the most stunning ski resorts in the world, with spectacular mountain ranges and breath-taking views.

As one of North America’s largest ski resorts, with more than 4 mountain faces, it’s no wonder so many visitors are keen to ski and snowboard here. For those less inclined to spend all day on the slopes, the tranquil atmosphere of the resort is perfect for enjoying a coffee or après drink, whilst admiring the surrounding scenery. For those ready to take on some incredible terrain, there is more here than you can ski in a week, no matter what level you ski or board at, you can enjoy endless long cruising runs or explore chutes, glades, remote bowls and gullies galore.

Top Tip: Head to Laggan’s Mountain Bakery for breakfast – open from 6am, it’s got a friendly atmosphere, and offers fresh pastries, breads, salads, soups, sandwiches, and house coffees.

Canadian Comfort

Canadian ski resorts are often thought of as some of the most comfortable there are. Each has a wide range of bars and restaurants that cater for every need, whether you’re travelling with friends or children. Many of the après-ski bars serve food and have outdoor terraces with live music, and eating out is both easy and delicious with a choice of international cuisine at the many different restaurants.

One of the best parts of skiing in Canada is the beauty of no lift queues and the breathless feeling you experience as you feel like the only person on the mountain, with wide open slopes to enjoy at your own pace. After a long day on the slopes and an evening of winding down, there’s plenty of warm and welcoming hotels for you to rest up – maybe with a dip in the bubbling hot tub – before you start it all again the next day.

About Canadian Affair

This blog post was written for Best Ski Resorts Blog by Liz at Canadian Affair. When it comes to planning ski holidays in Canada, Canadian Affair are the experts, with almost 20 years of experience in taking holiday makers on their dream trips and direct non-stop flights to Canada from London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow. Whether you’re new to the slopes or a skiing supremo, Canada has the perfect ski holiday for you… Talk to Canadian Affair today, the UK’s leading Canada Holiday Specialist, and get personal expert advice for the perfect adventure in Canada.

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