It’s that time of year again, Snow Bunnies! Strap on your skis and snowboards, and hit the slopes at the winter’s best destinations in Canada!
No one does skiing like Banff! With three premier locations including Mt. Norquay, Lake Louise Ski Area, and Sunshine Village, a combined area of 8,000 acres welcomes beginners with green and blue runs and experienced riders with some of the most challenging terrain in the world. Banff’s skiing season is the longest in North America lasting from mid-November to late May, and surrounded with stunning vistas of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll want to try all 274 runs and ride the Banff Gondola.
Huddle around the fire at world-class resorts with Fairmont Banff Springs, which is located in Banff National Park and is dubbed “Castle of the Rockies”; Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge, which is situated near the city of Banff and exciting attractions like the Banff Gondola; and Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, which is a historic hotel built more than a hundred years ago and provides direct access to the slopes.
Whistler is Canada’s winter playground with Whistler Blackcomb ski area. Start the day with a Fresh Tracks Mountain-Top Breakfast, presented by The Globe and Mail, which offers a bountiful breakfast buffet at the Roundhouse Lodge. Then hit more than 200 marked runs, 16 alpine bowls, and three glaciers. Heli-Skiing offers an extra shot of adrenaline with 173 glaciers and 475 runs. The Peak 2 Peak Gondola Sightseeing and the Coca-Cola® Tube Park foster fun for everyone, and don’t miss the free daredevil Fire & Ice Show every Saturday!
For extraordinary service and unbelievable luxury, the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler offers a Glacier Tee-off where a helicopter will fly guests up to 8,000 feet for an elevated 19th hole for “your longest drive ever” (with a biodegradable golf ball), or for unparalleled convenience and impeccable opulence, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler is a ski-in/ski-out hotel with direct access to Blackcomb Mountain and its trails.
For the East Coast skiers, Mont-Tremblant is only 90 miles outside of Montreal and offers a wide variety of winter activities. Of course, they start at the 95 marked trails with four mountain faces, 14 lifts, and the highest peak in the Laurentians, but Mont-Tremblant also offers 15 miles of cross-country skiing, dogsledding, ice climbing, ice fishing, ice skating—pretty much everything “ice”—guided mountain tours, sleigh rides, and Sliding Evenings Presented by Coca-Cola®. Avid snow bunnies will love the Snowshoe and Fondue Tour.
In the heart of a European-style village, Fairmont Tremblant is another ski-in ski-out hotel at the base of the Laurentian Mountains with the lift right next door. A ski valet welcomes back all guests at the Terrace level and is free to hotel guests. Also nearby is Le Westin Resort & Spa, Tremblant, which offers panoramic views of the mountain or Lac Tremblant, and spacious suites for optimum relaxation after a day on the slopes.