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Families keen to spend time skiing in Canada have many good reasons to give it a try, and are welcomed throughout. Kids are prioritised and look after pretty much every step of the way making Canada a wonderfully family friendly ski destination. Attentive piste patrols keeping tight control of skiers’ speeds and lift attendants ensuring safe use of lifts make the mountains a very safe place for parents with young children in tow. Ski schools have a good reputation and the terrain isn’t generally hugely steep, so there’s good scope for exploring in safety and comfort.
Canadian après ski is fantastic fun, with popular resorts such as Lake Louise, Whistler Backcombe and Fernie offering welcoming bars, live music and lively après ski. Food features more heavily in Canadian après ski than it does in Europe, and dishes such as nachos, tacos and chicken wings are regularly seen accompanying rounds of beers.
Up on the slopes, Canada offers a wealth of terrain suitable for all levels of skiers and snowboarder. Pistes are generally boulevarded and wide, with good signposting and excellent grooming to maintain the high piste quality. Swift lifts keep the queues to a minimum and myriad routes down the mountain mean the terrain is wonderfully varied.
Of course, with so much fresh snow falling it’s advanced skiers who are best placed to make the most of Canada’s spectacular back country skiing and aside from helicopter-assisted off piste, snow-cats are commonly used to transport free ride skiers to the best powder fields for a fraction of the cost. It’s also worth mentioning that Canada takes avalanche control extremely seriously and the country has an impressive safety record despite the obvious dangers.
Altitude (m): 1380
Highest ski lift (m): 2730
Total piste (km):
The world-famous resort town of Banff is located in the centre of Banff National Park, flanked on all sides by Alberta's Rocky Mountains. Wild elk still wander into town occasionally while bighorn sheep and the occasional moose can be seen in the foothills of the ski areas. The ‘Big 3’ ski...
Altitude (m): 1065
Highest ski lift (m): 1925
Total piste (km): 220
Fernie is renowned for being 'steep and deep' with its excellent natural snow conditions. It has plenty to offer for all levels of skier or boarder and the uncrowded slopes make it an ideal environment for families and first-time skiers. An Alpine resort at the base of the mountain provides a...
Altitude (m): 1230
Highest ski lift (m): 1982
Total piste (km):
Kimberley Ski Resort is: *Fantastic for Expert Skiers. *Excellent for Intermediate Skiers. *Good for Beginners. *Excellent for Snowboarding. The Canadian ski resort of Kimberley has direct access to 76km of downhill skiing, with 67 individual pistes, served by 7 ski lifts. Kimberley is part...
Altitude (m): 1380
Highest ski lift (m): 2637
Total piste (km): 100
A world-class ski resort in a World Heritage site is a rare combination and the result is a satisfying and effective blend of wilderness and comfort. Located in the heart of Banff National Park, the backdrop is essential to the superior skiing experience for which the resort is famous. Lake...
Altitude (m): 875
Highest ski lift (m): 915
Total piste (km): 79
Mont Tremblant is a slightly different North American ski experience with the French touch. The skiing is pretty good if a little limited in size, while it can be very cold early season. It is closer to Europe, though, and one of the highest-rated resorts in Eastern North America.