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The 13 Best Ski Resorts In Canada for All Levels

Whistler Blackcomb | © Tim Gillin / Flickr
Whistler Blackcomb | © Tim Gillin / Flickr
Canada is filled with impressive ski resorts. From British Columbia to Quebec, there’s a ski mountain to suit everyone. Some resorts are targeted towards families, while others have insane vertical drops that are for advanced skiers only. These 13 ski resorts in Canada are the best all-rounders. No matter your skill level, there’s a resort for you.

For Families

Mont Tremblant Resort

Located just an hour from Montreal, Mont Tremblant Resort is one of Canada’s most accessible ski destinations. Its trails were expertly created for all levels. With 22 beginner, 28 intermediate, 32 difficult, and 14 expert trails, it’s the perfect all-rounder resort in Quebec. Similar to Whistler, Mont Tremblant’s pedestrian village is also known for its excellent après-ski spots.

Mont Tremblant, 1000 Chemin des Voyageurs, Mont Tremblant, QC, Canada, +1 819 681 2000

Silver Star Mountain Resort

Ski Resort, Skate Park
Silverstar Village offers a variety of activities
Silverstar Village offers a variety of activities | © Chris Davies / Flickr
Silver Star’s village is full of charm and resembles a 19th-century mining village. Over 80 percent of the accommodation offers ski in/out convenience, and the beginner slopes are located right next to the village. Silver Star has great intermediate runs and top-class advanced slopes to progress to. Its ski school has a great reputation, too, so it’s a prime resort for families.
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Big White Ski Resort

Big White Ski Resort

Big White is the resort for ski in/out convenience as even the village’s main street is a designated ski run. Ski Canada magazine named it the Best Family Resort in 2016, and it has something to offer everyone. There’s over 15 miles (25km) of cross-country skiing trails, 118 runs, and the Mega Snow Coaster tube park. Big White is located near Kelowna in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.

Big White Ski Resort, 5315 Big White Rd, Kelowna, BC, Canada, +1 250 765 3101

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Panorama Mountain Resort

Resort, Hotel
Located in southeastern British Columbia, Panorama is a great Canadian ski resort for families thanks to its excellent village. From the upper village, visitors can step out and onto the slopes or enjoy the skating rink and hot pools complex. Panorama has terrain to suit all levels, and RK Heliski even specializes in catering to first-time skiers: they provide fat skis and powder snowboards for a heli skiing introduction you’re unlikely to forget.
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For Beginners

Le Massif

Le Massif is located about one hour east of Quebec City in the Charlevoix Region. This record-breaking mountain resort is known for its views of the St. Lawrence River and combination of trails. It’s the highest point – which equals the greatest vertical drop (2,526 feet or 770 meters) – east of the Canadian Rockies. It also has the highest annual snowfall in eastern Canada. With 45 percent beginner and intermediate runs, there’s plenty to try for those just starting out.

Le Massif,

Blue Mountain Resort

Resort, Hotel
The only Ontario mountain to make the list, Blue Mountain is the third-busiest ski resort in Canada. It has glades, night skiing, terrain parks, and the best beginner runs in Ontario. Its village offers excellent lodging options, several dining choices, and retail stores. Blue Mountain Resort is the place to ski and snowboard in Ontario.
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Fernie Alpine Resort

Ski Resort
The small town of Fernie was named the 'Coolest Town in North America' by Rolling Stone
The small town of Fernie was named the 'Coolest Town in North America' by Rolling Stone | © John Johnston / Flickr
With the tagline, “legendary powder,” Fernie Alpine Resort might not seem like it caters to everyone, but it does. This resort has 140 runs and 2,504 acres of skiing terrain, and one-third of the slopes are rated easy. Fernie is a world-renowned ski destination located in British Columbia, and it averages 39 feet (12 meters) of annual snowfall. Fernie has also been named the Coolest Town in North America by Rolling Stone,so don’t miss out.
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For Intermediates

Mont-Sainte-Anne

Conveniently located just 30 minutes from Quebec City, Mont-Sainte-Anne is a great resort for all levels. It has three snow parks and 66 trails, with nearly half of the runs designated for intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Mont-Sainte-Anne has a village with many accommodation options, too, as well as restaurants and retail shops.

Mont-Sainte-Anne, 2000 Boulevard du Beau Pré, Beaupré, QC, Canada, +1 418 827 4561

Nakiska Ski Resort

Ski Resort
Breathtaking views at Nakiska Ski Resort
Breathtaking views at Nakiska Ski Resort | © Jock Rutherford / Flickr
Nakiska is a smaller resort in the Canadian Rockies specifically built for the 1988 Winter Olympics. It’s located in the Kananaskis Mountain Range, just south of Canmore and 45 minutes from Calgary. Nakiska’s terrain was created to suit families, with 60 percent of runs classified as intermediate, 28 percent advanced, and 13 percent for beginners. Ski in the Rockies without the crowds.
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Sun Peaks Resort

This resort near Kamloops is the second largest in British Columbia and third largest in Canada. Its size means there’s a run for everyone, and it’s known for being an all-rounder resort. Sun Peaks Resort consists of three peaks: Mount Tod, Mount Morrisey, and Sundance. It has perfect nursery slopes to practice on before progressing to one of many intermediate runs.

Sun Peaks Resort, 1280 Alpine Rd, Sun Peaks, BC, Canada, +1 250 578 7222

For Experts

Lake Louise Ski Resort

Ski Resort
A frozen Lake Louise and its resort
A frozen Lake Louise and its resort | © Wilson Hui / Flickrc
Ski among the Canadian Rockies, UNESCO World Heritage Site, at Lake Louise in Banff National Park. This resort is a must-visit purely to see the beautiful scenery from the 145 runs. It’s one of the largest ski resorts in North America and is home to the Showtime Terrain Park. The park has jumps, rails, and lines for all experience levels. After hitting the slopes, ice skate on Lake Louise itself.
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Whistler Blackcomb

Ski Resort
Being one of the largest ski resort in North America, with 8,171 acres of terrain, Whistler Blackcomb is a resort that truly caters to all, including experts. It held the 2010 Winter Olympics’ alpine skiing events and hosts some two million visitors every year. The two side-by-side mountains offer over 200 runs, 16 alpine bowls, and three glaciers. For when it’s time to relax after a long day, Whistler’s après-ski spots are also high class.
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8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Sunshine Village

Ski Resort
Sunshine Village, located near Banff, is known for its long ski season. People can come ski and snowboard from November to May, much longer than most Canadian ski resorts. It also has a great combination of beginner slopes and advanced mountain trails. Sunshine Village is a part of Banff’s SkiBig3, which also includes Lake Louise Ski Resort and Mount Norquay. Take advantage of the discounted tickets and shuttle services.
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