Skiing and Snowboarding in Canada
When the cold winds of winter freeze the Canadian landscapes, two hot sports come alive. Skiing and Snowboarding will warm up the most frosted heart in this snow-play paradise. Whether it’s backcountry skiing alone, snowboarding over the pipes and rails of a great park, or whizzing down the mountain on fresh powder- Canada has it for you.
Here are 5 of the most popular Skiing and Snowboarding destinations in Canada :
Rated among one of the best ski resorts, Whistler Blackcomb located 125 km north of Vancouver, in British Columbia, Canada was made for powder lovers…literally. This village between two mountains was created for skiing and snowboarding. This playground has over 8,000 acres of different terrains for any skill level. Enjoy steep drops, dodge trees, or make your own paths in the back country. Whistler offers great tree runs like the Million Dollar Ridge or West Bowl. Blackcomb Glacier has the Showcase T-Bar with its wind lip and Seventh Heaven with its cliffs and bowls of diamonds, ruby, sapphire and garnet.
Experience the advanced course (with a helmet, of course!) with its booter blaring music as you shoot 40-60 ft to the Catskinner Chair. If you feel really brave, continue through the super pipe known as the Solar Coaster. With gap jumps, rails and boarder cross courses, there is no way to get bored. Loads of famous boarders call Whistler home. You may see some famous faces and even film crews as you ride the spine jumps and rails.
When you visit Whistler Blackcomb resort on the Christmas or President’s Week holidays, be prepared for lots of crowds. Australians also love this area and the resort village goes from 10,000 residents to 50,000 residents during these holidays. If you have some wiggle-room with your dates, try to go during the first week of December or January when the crowds are smaller and the resort is yours for the taking. The bars and restaurants are waiting to fill empty seats with great customer service and short lines.
Big White Ski Resort
Want something a bit less crowded? Well, try the Canadian secret called Big White, located 56 km (35 mi) southeast of Kelowna in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. Here, snowboarders can find a powdery paradise of piste with great air-time jumps all around. Located in the Okanagan Valley, this resort has not received the recognition it deserves, but that is quickly changing. The lift system allows boarders to find their own piste, dispersing crowds so that the resort is never crowded. Bring a group of friends for maximum fun. All skill levels will find the mountain an exciting way to spend the day. Advanced riders can test their abilities on one of the double black diamond runs on ‘The Cliff’. The Blue Ribbon on the west ridge is for those who want some great fun without the heart-palpitations of ‘The Cliff’.
The Canadian Rockies, with their majestic heights and gorgeous scenery, are home to loads of skiing and snowboarding sites. You really can’t go wrong if you head to these mountains for some backcountry fun. With the pristine, un-groomed terrain of four mountains, Lake Louise is a haven for those wanting to practice their freeriding skills. Long runs lined with trees and curves challenge intermediate boarders. The sheer cliffs and beautiful scenery will take your breath away. Trek up in the snow for access to the Elevator Shaft. Here you will find cornices and rocks to challenge your skills. For the highly experienced thrill seeker, Eagle Ridge and Whitehorn await. Adrenaline-seekers and those with a death wish can head off to the aptly named ‘Tombstone’ for some electric energy. This massive rock is for those highly advanced individuals who want to soar at their own risk!
Light and dry powder makes for great snowboarding. If you decide to experience all that Lake Louise has to offer, then purchase the Tri-Area-Lift ticket. You can enjoy Sunshine Village, Mount Norquay and Lake Louise with free transportation between the three.
Fernie Alpine Resort
For those who are just beginning to enjoy the snow sports, Fernie Alpine Resort located on Lizard Range, near the town of Fernie, British Columbia, is waiting with open bowl free riding. However, it is not just a resort for beginners. With five bowls including the Siberian, Timber and Currie, great challenging terrain and a new Polar Peak lift, this place is ready for any skill level. Don’t feel like boarding today? No problem. Dog sledding and snowmobiling along with other activities will keep you busy in the beautiful great outdoors. This resort was recently taken over by the resorts of the Canadian Rockies and has since doubled in size. For a ‘Wild West’ feeling, head down to the old town of Fernie for your eats and accommodations. The Raging Elk and SameSun are two hostels available in town for the budget minded. There are a few bars with pool tables and football but no real nightlife, per se. The Currie Bowl is one of the best places to eat in the town, but there are plenty of offerings to choose from. Six dollars will get you a shuttle-bus trip to or from the mountain to your hotel or lodging.
Kimberley Alpine Resort
Kimberley Alpine Resort, located in the Purcell Mountains, on the east face of North Star Hill, British Columbia, has a lot of skier-friendly easy and intermediate runs. Snowboarders can still feel the challenge of a good double black diamond run, though. Thick spruce trees mean you need to pay attention while doing tree riding. Being the fourth largest resort in British Columbia, Kimberley is a place to watch. A multi-million dollar expansion means this resort is now on the ‘places to watch’ list. There are plenty of accommodations from B&B’s to hotels to condos that will hold up to 14 people. The Rocky Mountain Condo is a few steps from the North Star chair lift. Talk about convenient! The only drawback is that there is hardly any nightlife in town.
New facilities and a new slope-side village in Kimberley means that growth and popularity are going to soar. From family friendly green runs to the black diamonds and even to summer recreational activities, this will be a year-round destination hot spot in the not-to-distant future. Come and check it out now, before the crowds arrive.
Come and check out Canada today!