The Best Places to Ski in Western Canada Other Than Whistler

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Whistler is a popular winter destination in British Columbia, as the small ski town has two mountains within walking distance from the village. However, there are many excellent ski mountains and resorts in Western Canada that can offer skiers an entirely different experience. Here’s our pick of where to go and where to stay – bookable on Culture Trip.

Lake Louise

1. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise


The castle-like Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise seen with the frozen lake behind it and surrounded by tree-covered mountains.
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Flanking the northern shores of Lake Louise, Fairmont Chateau makes for a magical sight come winter, when it’s surrounded by snow-capped trees and mountains. The nearby ski resort boasts 4,200 skiable acres (1,700ha) – and guests of the Fairmont Chateau receive priority reservations (ski gear is also able to rent from the hotel lobby, so don’t fret about lugging any there with you). When you’re pisted out, there’s a lavish spa and spectacular dining options to sample.

2. Lake Louise Inn

Inn, Lodge

A lounge with sofa bed and fireplace in a suite at Lake Louise Inn
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With the Canadian Rockies as its backdrop, the aptly named Lake Louise Inn is a homely and modern spot for your next ski break. Opt for one of the apartments if you’re looking at a longer stay (the loft-style condo is particularly recommended) and be sure to sample the delights at the in-house Legends Restaurant, too. When you’re ready to hit the slopes, there are free shuttles to the Lake Louise ski area, as well as complimentary snowshoe rentals.

Sun Peaks

3. Coast Sundance Lodge

Ski Chalet

A double twin room at Coast Sundance Lodge
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Whether you’re a ski enthusiast or appreciate more of an après-ski-style holiday, you can’t go wrong with Coast Sundance Lodge. A stellar ski-in, ski-out option in British Columbia’s Sun Peaks Resort, the lodge also boasts an oversized outdoor hot tub (best at night for stargazing) and the in-house bar serves local microbrews from nearby Okanagan. Room-wise, opt for one of the mountain view suites for ‘gram-worthy vistas.

4. Peaks Bed and Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast

A hotel room with garden access and private deck at Peaks Bed and Breakfast
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Set among a canopy of towering trees, Peaks Bed and Breakfast is a lush option for those visiting the Sun Peaks Resort area. Rooms here are large and light-filled, many with private wrap-around balconies. The hosts are extremely knowledgeable about the area and will give you lots of tips for what to do during your stay – other than ski, of course. Breakfast is a must as well – it’s home-made using locally sourced products.

Sunshine Village

5. Hidden Ridge Resort


The outdoor hot tubs and chalet-style exterior of the Hidden Ridge Resort
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Boasting a set of traditional stone-clad chalets in Downtown Banff, Hidden Ridge Resort is ideal for travelers opting for longer stays. Most rooms offer wood-burning fireplaces (so be sure to pack everything you need to make s’mores), fully equipped kitchens and hot tubs – if you don’t have the latter, there are hot pools in the hotel grounds for all guests to enjoy. When skiing is on the agenda, Mount Norquay Ski Resort is a short drive away.

6. Charlton’s Banff

Budget Hotel, Hotel

A modern double twin room wit forest views at Charlton’s Banff
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A stalwart hotel in Downtown Banff for over half a century, Charltons Banff is a traditional, yet contemporary option for your next ski break. After a day skiing the slopes of nearby Mount Norquay ski resort, dine on Alberta beef and tuna loin at the Evergreen Restaurant & Lounge. Make sure you have a reservation, though. When you’re ready for bed, marvel at the room and its lovely high ceilings and cedar accents.

Kicking Horse

7. Winston Lodge


A bedroom with private deck at Winston Lodge
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A mere five-minute stroll to the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort gondola, the ski-in, ski-out Winston Lodge is a superb spot for serious skiers. Post-piste, you’ll be eager to return to your rooms – there are just 11 luxury suites here, all with hand-crafted solid-wood furniture, feather down beds and private balconies providing magnificent mountain views. Come nightfall, it’s best to congregate in the Bar & Bistro for beer and pizza.

8. Golden Acres Mountain Lodge


The lounge area with windows looking out to the deck in the log-built Golden Acres Mountain Lodge
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An alpine gem, flanked by a towering, snow-capped fir and pine forest, Golden Acres Mountain Lodge makes for an aesthetically pleasing sight. Rooms are spacious, some with jacuzzis and walk-in showers – and there’s also an al fresco hot tub, best used at night for undisturbed views of the stars. Come morning, home-made breakfasts are served to a view of the Rocky Mountains.


9. Cloudside Hotel

Hotel, Villa

A bedroom in a hotel suite at Cloudside Hotel
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A short drive from Whitewater Ski Resort, Cloudside Hotel sits in the pretty British Columbia city of Nelson. Set in a villa dating back to 1900, each of the individually designed, apartment-style rooms are named after trees (willow, maple, etc), but opt for the sycamore if you can – it has a private covered veranda and french doors leading out to the garden terrace.

10. Savoy Hotel

Boutique Hotel

The exterior of the Savoy Hotel with its metal tiled upper floor and dormer-style guest balconies.
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With 12 luxe rooms, most with exposed brick walls, large windows and minimalist decor, the Savoy Hotel is a lovely boutique option in the compact mountain town of Nelson. With the Whitewater Ski Resort just down the road, those who love the après-ski life will appreciate the rooftop hot tub overlooking Kootenay Lake, the cedar sauna and Bloom nightclub which sits just downstairs.


11. Lizard Creek Lodge


A patio with a swimming pool at Lizard Creek Lodge, with chairs and tables looking out over snowy ski runs
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Just 80m (262ft) from the Elk Quad ski lift at Fernie Alpine Resort, Lizard Creek Lodge offers a luxe ski-in, ski-out option for your next trip to the Canadian Rockies – there’s a gentle run that slopes just past the hotel. When you’re not soaking amid the snow at the hotel’s outdoor pool and hot tubs, there’s a spa, ice bar and a restaurant where you can dine on local specialties such as elk bolognese.

12. Alpine Lodge

Lodge, Ski Chalet

A simple hotel room at Alpine Lodge
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As its name suggests, Alpine Lodge Fernie sits within Fernie Alpine Resort. The chalet-style resort has ski-in, ski-out facilities and there’s a communal log fire primed for an end-of-day vino. Rooms are sleek, with high ceilings and mountain views and there’s a hot tub and steam room to help soothe your muscles after a long day on the slopes.

Revelstoke Mountain

13. Coast Hillcrest Hotel

Hotel, Chain Hotel

A large bed and two armchairs in a spacious hotel room at Coast Hillcrest Hotel
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With the Revelstoke Mountain Resort less than a 10-minute drive away, Coast Hillcrest Hotel makes an ideal base for serious skiers looking to tackle the biggest vertical in North America. The hotel offers a free seasonal shuttle to the slopes, it’s pet-friendly and close to local breweries and distilleries. Post-ski, sample locally sourced fare at the Begbie Room or cosy up with your favorite book under vaulted ceilings in the Valley View Reading Room.

14. Boulder Mountain Resort


A contemporary, wood-lined suite at Boulder Mountain Resort with lounge, fireplace and full kitchen.
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At Boulder Mountain Resort, guests can choose between luxe cabins, RV sites or glamping during their stay. For the homely winter experience, opt for one of the cabins for a storybook stay. Black diamond runs at the Revelstoke Mountain Resort are just a 15-minute drive away, or book in for one of the hotel’s Sled and Bed packages to experience the Boulder Mountain Trails on your doorstep.

Looking to spend more time in a winter wonderland? Check out our guides to the best winter mountain retreats in Canada and the top ski resorts across the Great White North – all bookable with Culture Trip.

Heading to Saskatoon? Discover our guide to the best pet-friendly hotels and book now on Culture Trip.

This is an updated version of an article originally written by Hayley Simpson.

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