Nobody does winter like we do! Join us as we explore Canada’s Beautiful Winter Resorts
By Cindy McGlynn
There’s nothing more Canadian than hitting the slopes—or the apres ski scene—and making the most of the white season. Our country is home to some of the best winter resorts in the world: international award-winners that reward visitors with steep slopes, perfect powder, and luxurious accommodations. With that in mind, we’ve gathered up an inspired collection of the finest winter resorts in Canada. The secret is out. Nobody does winter like Canadians do!
With the largest ski area and the highest vertical on the continent, Whistler Blackcomb is hands down one of the best ski resorts on the planet. You’ll want to take your time checking out over 200 ski runs, the longest clocking in at 11km from top to tail. But Whistler’s charming village with its 100 restaurants and high-end shopping makes for a relaxing stay, too. The premier accommodation is Fairmont Chateau Whistler, tucked at the base of Blackcomb mountain, a five-star luxury accommodation. Expect legendary Fairmont elegance, excellent customer service and luxury appointments in a breathtaking alpine setting. This award-winning hotel offers excellent dining, full resort amenities and ski-in, ski-out convenience.
Dog-sledding, ice-fishing, horse-drawn sleigh rides are among the many winter activities to enjoy in Banff, the jewel of the Canadian Rockies. For most folks, though, it’s all about the skiing. With three massive resort areas—8,000 acres of skiable terrain available on one tri-area lift ticket encompassing Mt. Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise—a long ski season, and breathtaking scenery, Banff is one of the most popular ski resorts in Canada. Luxury properties abound, but none is finer than the Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff, a five-diamond property in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. The Rimrock is perched high above the town, offering exceptional views, fine dining, a luxury spa and unsurpassed customer service.
With 4,200 skiable acres, Lake Louise is one of the largest ski resorts on the continent. The breathtaking mountain runs are uniquely designed to allow families and groups of differing abilities to ski together— every chairlift offers beginner, intermediate and expert runs. Pristine wilderness in the heart of historic Banff National Park is the backdrop for this legendary outdoor playground with gentle slopes for beginners and endless chutes, remote bowls and challenging terrain for experts. Where to stay? Voted THE best resort hotel in Canada in 2013 by Travel + Leisure Magazine, and the best ski hotel in North America by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine, the Post Hotel & Spa in Lake Louise is an inspired choice. Part of the ultra-luxe Relais & Chateau hotel chain, the Post was originally built in 1942 by Swiss brothers and the storied property resonates European charm.
Blue Mountain Village
Ontario’s largest ski resort keeps getting bigger and better, with 364 skiable acres and 42 trails along with a new high-speed chairlift and sophisticated snowmaking system to make sure hills stay open in milder temperatures. Blue Mountain is rightly taking its place as a wildly popular local getaway for Ontarians. Nestled between the shores of Georgian Bay and the heights of the Niagara Escarpment, just two hours north of Toronto, rest up at the four-star Westin Trillium House resort hotel. This pet-friendly hotel was the only Ontario resort to win the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice: Top 20 Canadian Resorts award—an accolade the hotel won three years in a row in 2010, 2011 & 2012. With easy access to the best skiing in Ontario, Blue Mountain village’s dozens of shops and restaurants, it’s an easy weekend away for southern Ontario city-dwellers.
Mont Tremblant, Quebec
Eastern Canada’s largest ski resort, Mont Tremblant is located in Quebec’s rugged Laurentian mountain range. The resort has over 600 acres of ski terrain, with 19 novice, 30 intermediate runs and many miles of expert terrain. The area also features dogsledding, snowmobiling and ice-climbing within easy reach of the attractive and bustling village. Top accommodations include Hotel Quintessence, the winner of the 2013 TripAdvisor Traveller’s choice awards for luxury hotels. Quintessence is the resort’s preeminent boutique, luxury hotel, with 30 beautifully appointed suites inspired by old world architecture and located on picturesque Lake Tremblant. Expect exceptional customer service and breath-taking lake and mountain views.
Photo: Nelson Vigneault / Photo by: N.vignault, Copyright The Post Hotel.