Canada Ski Holidays!
Powder Triangle. Just mention these two words to any serious snowboarder or skier and watch them froth. To powder junkies, this triangle of awesomeness in British Columbia is home to some of the best places to ski Canada as well as one of the best places to take a snow holiday in the world – thanks to its legendary snowfall.
There's a bit of debate to how far the Powder Triangle extends, but it includes the areas near Nelson, Rossland, Fernie, Meadow Creek, Revelstoke and Golden. So if powder is your thing, head to Red Mountain (if you’re looking for an inexpensive trip); Revelstoke Mountain Resort (if you're in to heli-skiing or cat-skiing – more on that later); or Whitewater (if you don't want to share your fresh, delicious powder with crowds).
And of course, who could forget the famous Whistler? It's one of the most popular ski destinations in the world. This resort is massive. In fact it's the largest ski resort in North America and the biggest in the world outside of Europe. Whistler Blackcomb ski resort has an incredible 3,307 hectares of terrain, over 200 marked trails and a huge vertical drop of 1,609 metres. Hello, never ending runs.
Its amazing terrain isn't just the only reason why Whistler is a great place to ski Canada; it's also a sweet pedestrian friendly alpine village with stacks of off slope activities, restaurants, bars and shops. Here you can try dog-sledding, zip-lining or even enjoy a fondue dinner.
If you're a landscape lover, head to Lake Louise. The scenery here is simply breathtaking. It's also the second largest resort where you can go skiing in Canada. You can also ski Canada in Ontario and Quebec, but the word on the street is that these are adequate for the locals, but not worthy of an overseas ski holiday considering there’s so much on offer in western Canada.
If you're a pro, Canada is arguably one of the best places in the world to go heli-skiing – with British Columbia as the capital of the heli-skiing world. The Purcell Mountains, Selkirk, Monashee and Cariboo Mountains are heli-skiing havens complete with incredible annual snowfalls of up to 15 metres.
An alternative to heli-skiing that's cheaper and can be done in all weather conditions is cat-skiing, a form of guided backcountry skiing and snowboarding. Cats or snowcats are large grooming style machines that transport riders up to backcountry areas in a purpose built cabin. Riders make their way down fresh powder runs and the cat makes its way back down to the bottom to pick them up and take them to the next run. It’ll be a day of never ending fresh powder runs and no lift queues!
Canada is truly an institution for snowboarders and skiers. Canada skiing is known for its epic ski terrain with incredibly long runs, some of them hair-raising – the double black diamond runs. And it's also famous for its sweet ski in-ski out accommodation. Imagine riding right to your front door? Get on a plane and ski Canada stat!