Skiing and snowboarding in the Canadian Rockies is truly amazing, with deep powder, uncrowded pistes and resorts ranging from small and charming to lively and world-renowned. There is terrain to suit all abilities, set against the backdrop of stunning scenery. Accommodation is high quality and Canadians are friendly and welcoming.
The mountain resorts of Alberta and British Columbia are truly magical in the winter and cater for both skiers and non-skiers alike. Listed below are a few of the main centres, contact us at Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tours for more information and to make a booking.
Canada’s number 1 winter resort, home to the downhill skiing of the 2010 Winter Olympics given its proximity to Vancouver, Whistler is a skier’s paradise. It has over 200 runs, the longest being 11km in length, 12 alpine bowls, 3 glaciers, 5 terrain parks and 2 half pipes, as well as over 130km of cross-country skiing.
For non-skiers there are a wealth of activities on offer and the range of restaurants, bars and shops cater for all tastes and budgets.
Banff & Lake Louise
Banff makes an ideal base from which to visit all 3 resorts as they each provide unique experiences. Additionally, it is worth taking time to explore the national park and some of the other wonderful activities on offer there, from ice walks to sleigh rides to relaxing in hot springs.
20 minutes from the town is Marmot Basin with 86 runs, catering in almost equal measure for beginners, intermediates and experts. The varied terrain ensures the mountain is suitable for the whole family, whilst off-piste activities include winter hiking, snowmobiling, and dog sledding to name just a few.
The lower slopes are perfect for beginners with wide, open runs on which to practice newly learnt skills.
A range of activities is available for non-skiers, and the après ski is relaxed but high quality.
Other resorts include Panorama, Kicking Horse, Revelstoke, Sun Peaks and Big White, and it is possible to tailor make a skiing holiday combining 2 or more of the above locations. Additionally a stay in Calgary or Vancouver can be added on to a winter holiday to combine the best of the outdoors with the attractions of the city.
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