Welcome to Powder Paradise

  • 10 Metres of Snowfall
  • 02 Olympic Winter Games
  • 07 Months of Skiing

Sunshine starbursts over the horizon, illuminating a landscape blanketed in untracked snow. Breathe in the alpine air. Click into your bindings. Point your skis downhill. The mountain is yours to discover.

It is only fitting that Canada, the Great White North, holds the world’s finest skiing and snowboarding. Shall you choose the urban slopes of Vancouver’s North Shore mountains? The world-famous 2010 Winter Olympic Games site of Whistler? The scenic, high-altitude resorts of Banff/Lake Louise? The fluffy powder of Quebec’s culturally vibrant and secluded ski hills? Or will you explore the backcountry and create your own trails? Wherever you go, remember: Canada knows snow.

Alberta

  • Visit Banff/Lake Louise for a trio of scenic ski resorts huddled within a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Drive the scenic Icefields Parkway to Jasper’s powdery Marmot Basin.
  • Ski Nakiska, site of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games, located less than an hour’s drive from the city of Calgary.
  • Strap on your climbing skins and embark on a self-guided alpine ski tour of Jasper and Banff’s expansive backcountry.

British Columbia

  • Spend a weekend at Whistler—home to British Columbia’s largest ski resort and the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
  • Make turns while taking in panoramic ocean views on Vancouver Island’s Mount Washington.
  • Get waist-deep in pillows of Okanagan Valley powder at full-service resorts such as Big White, Silver Star, Sun Peaks and Apex Mountain Resort.
  • Whether you choose the snowboarder’s favourite Mount Seymour, family-oriented Grouse Mountain or the Olympic Games site of Cypress Mountain, you’ll find it within a 30-minute drive of downtown Vancouver.
  • Ascend into British Columbia’s untouched alpine with a high-energy heli-ski or cat-ski excursion.

Quebec

  • QuebecCarve-up the Quebec’s largest ski resort, Mont Tremblant — just a two-hour drive from Montréal.
  • Challenge the highest vertical drop east of the Rocky Mountains at Le Massif de Charlevoix.
  • Discover Stoneham Mountain Resort and Mont-Sainte-Anne, a 30-minute drive from Québec City’s vibrant après-ski delights.
  • Mountain-hop between four distinct, beginner-friendly alpine resorts in Quebec’s charming Eastern Townships.
  • Backcountry alpine ski touring meets five-star accommodation at Quebec’s Chic-Chocs Mountain Lodge.

Weather

When to go
  • Ski and snowboard seasons usually run from December until April.
  • Whistler/Blackcomb’s ski season often extends until June.
  • Peak season is mid-December until mid-January.
  • Beat the crowds by hitting the slopes in February and March.
  • Blackcomb (Whistler) re-opens for summer glacier skiing in late-June and July.
Need to know
  • Warm, waterproof apparel is always necessary.
  • Eye protection (goggles/sunglasses) and helmets are recommended.
  • Ski and snowboard equipment is available for rent at all full-service resorts.
  • Ski and snowboard lessons are available at all full-service resorts.
  • Intermediate-to-advanced ability is required for backcountry, heli- and cat-skiing.
Getting Here
  • Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain is accessible via public transit.
  • Bus service to-and-from the nearest city/town is available at all ski resorts.
  • Jasper and Le Massif de Charlevoix are accessible via train during ski season.
  • Backcountry tour operators can assist with transportation needs.