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    October 05, 2021 6 min read

    Winter Wonderland Destinations in Canada


    1. Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
    2. Big White, British Columbia
    3. SilverStar Mountain Resort, British Columbia
    4. Mont Tremblant, Quebec

    Canada, Snowboarding, Snow Skiing, Winter, Ski Resorts

    IG | @whistlerblackcomb

    Written for Auski by Pink Lemonade Social

    If you want to visit the ultimate winter wonderlands, jump online and book your dream snow holiday in Canada. Canada is home to some of the most beautiful ski resorts globally, providing picturesque landscapes and a range of slopes meaning you will never run out of trails to uncover. Whether you're a beginner or have been on the slopes for decades, here are Canada's top destinations to snow ski and snowboard.

    Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia

     

    Whistler Blackcomb is one of the most popular snow ski and boarding destinations in the world. Known for international travellers flying far to experience the slopes Whistler Blackcomb has to offer. The resort comprises two gigantic mountains Whistler and Blackcomb, being the largest ski resort in North America. The two mountains are joined together by the famous Peak 2 Peak gondola, providing easy access with endless mountains to uncover.

    There are four main destinations where you can access the slopes, Creekside Village, Whistler Village, Upper Village, and Base II. Whistler Blackcomb further provides an excellent ski school for your kids to learn the ropes of the mountain and the correct technique before venturing on their own. Whistler Blackcomb is one to add to your bucket list, and we promise it will not disappoint.

    Features

    Vertical Drop - 1530 m

    Base Elevation - 652 m

    Summit Elevation - 2182 m

    Skiable Area - 8171 (Whistler 4757) acres

    Average Snowfall - 1192 cm

    Total Trails: 200+

    Terrain - 20% Beginner, 55% Intermediate, 25% Advanced terrain.

    Terrain Parks & Pipes - 2

    Total Lifts: 17 + Peak2Peak Gondola

    IG | @whistlerblackcomb

    Big White, British Columbia

    Big White in British Columbia is one of Canada's best family-friendly snow resorts, located in the Okanagan Valley. Big White's terrain spans from beginner to expert, with various runs catering to all ability levels. Whether it is your first-time skiing or you're a professional, you'll find Big White's slopes the ultimate place to be. The après scene at Big White is not to be missed. After a long day shredding up on the slopes, head to your nearby restaurant or pub and surround yourself with live music, and indulge in delicious food and beverages.

    Features

    Vertical Drop -777 m

    Base Elevation - 1541 m

    Summit Elevation - 2318 m

    Skiable Area - 2765 acres

    Average Snowfall - 750 cm

    Terrain Parks & Pipes - 3

    Total Lifts - 16

    Terrain - 18% Beginner - 54% Intermediate - 22% Expert - 6% Extreme

    Longest run – 7.2 miles

    There are three general areas to stay at Big White. Firstly, the Village centre – often the most expensive location. However, the Village Centre encompasses most restaurants, cafes, kids clubs, ski lessons, main lodges, ski and snowboard rental shops, and daycare. It's worth the price with ski-in and ski-out accommodation available.

    Happy Valley / Lower Area is the second popular accommodation location, located below the Village Centre. You will need to take Lara's Gondola to get up to the Village Centre. Happy Valley provides a skating rink, nordic trails, ice climbing, a tube park, horse sleigh rides, fireworks, multiple cafes, and restaurants with a magic carpet for beginners and a toddler snow play area. An excellent place for families with young children still learning.

    Snow Pine Estates is located further out than the other accommodation locations. However, it can still provide some incredible ski-in and ski-out options. To get to the Village Centre or the Happy Valley area, you will either have to drive or take the shuttle bus services if you are not skiing and or in the evening - there is also an option to walk on a path lit through the ski hill. Snow Pine Estates is slightly cheaper due to the distance but still provides dreamy accommodation and facilities in the area.

    IG | @skibigwhite

    SilverStar Mountain Resort, British Columbia

    SilverStar Mountain Resort is unique and unlike anything you've seen before. The village is covered in fairy lights and colourful exteriors of buildings - it looks like a movie set. The mountain's front side is perfect for beginners, with family-friendly slopes for those looking to have a fun time experiencing the snow. In contrast, the backside of the mountain is for intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders wanting to challenge themselves. The backside of the mountain is an uncrowded paradise with over 1,900 acres of steep and deep, black and double black diamond runs.

    The village is quieter than others, perfect if you're looking for an escape and a relaxing snow experience. Much of SilverStar’s accommodations are entirely self-sufficient, so you find many visitors don't eat out, however, they still offer a variety of pubs, cafes, and restaurants for you to enjoy. Kelowna International Airport is the main gateway airport for the Silver Star Resort, only 65km away. Big White Ski Resort is located 125km away if you want to make multiple visits to different ski resorts nearby and soak up the snow experience.

    Features

    Vertical Drop - 762 m

    Base Elevation - 1609 (Bottom 1153) m

    Summit Elevation - 1915 m

    Skiable Area - 3282 acres

    Average Snowfall - 700 cm

    Total Trails - 132

    Terrain - 15% beginner, 40% intermediate, 35% advanced, and 10% expert

    Terrain Parks & Pipes - 2

    Total Lifts - 11

    www.skisilverstar.com

    Mount Tremblant, Quebec

    Mont Tremblant, located in the Laurentian Mountains northwest of Montreal, is the leading ski resort in eastern Canada. The ski area is divided into four sections, the Versant Sud (South Side), the Versant Soleil (Sunny Side), the Versant Nord (North Side), and the Versant Edge (The Edge). Mount Tremblant is famously known for its core pedestrian village, designed and built in a beautiful Quebecois-French style. The village is visually appealing, with colourful low-rise buildings set out in a cluster of quaint streets. Mount Tremblant is known to get down to freezing temperatures due to its location in the region of eastern Canada, providing a long snow season. If you want a day off from skiing and boarding to rest the body, there is an abundance of activities to get involved in, including dog sledding, ice climbing, cross-country skiing, and even snowshoeing with fondue. The mountains are spread relatively evenly across all ability levels, making it the perfect destination to progress your skiing and boarding performance. Mount Tremblant is the ultimate destination for families and large groups with a vast range of areas to get involved in.

    Features

    Vertical Drop - 645 m

    Base Elevation - 230 m

    Summit Elevation - 875 m

    Skiable Area - 750 acres

    Average Snowfall - 396 cm

    Total Trails: 102

    Terrain - 19% beginner – 30% intermediate – 37% advanced – 13% expert

    Terrain Parks & Pipes - 3

    Total Lifts - 14

    www.tremblant.ca

    More Beautiful Destinations to Ski & Board in Canada:

     

    • Lake Louise Ski Resort
    • Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort
    • Revelstoke Mountain Resort
    • Sun Peaks Ski Resort
    • Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
    • Red Mountain Resort
    • Fernie Alpine Resort
    • Blue Mountain Resort

    Get out of your comfort zone and travel internationally to visit Canada's top ski resorts that will have you cancelling your return flight home. If you want the complete insider's guide to Whistler Blackcomb, check out our blog here for everything you need to know about the dreamy winter escape. Taking your gear to Canada is easy, and if you need advice on gear for international slopes or the best products to take with you, get in touch or pop in store and our expert staff can help with any and all questions.


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