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Skifahren auf dem Whistler Mountain in Kanada, Bild: Adam Melnyk / shutterstock

Winter holidays and ski holidays in Canada

Boundless slopes, picturesque mountain worlds and the finest powder snow: Every winter sports heart beats faster on a winter holiday in Canada . Whether it’s wide and wide slopes for long turns, steep black runs or blue slopes for beginners – Canada offers not only varied ski landscapes, but also very rustic cuisine and cozy hospitality.

Special features of a winter holiday in Canada

For hikers, cyclists or even winter sports enthusiasts, Canada is considered a dream destination. Nowhere in the world does one country seem to have such a rich and varied nature with all its seasons. The endless expanse – whether in the valley, by the sea or on the mountains – conveys a feeling of freedom and independence. A special feature in winter is the quality of the snow: Although the Canadian ski resorts also use snow-making systems, the rich snow mixes in much more easily and quickly than in the local low mountain ranges or the Alps.

The world-famous “Champagne Powder“, as Canadian snow is often called, attracts numerous visitors from all over the world to the ski resorts on the west coast of Canada. Characteristic of this snow is its light and, above all, dry shape, which is particularly suitable for snowboarding or skiing. And truly, this snow exists worldwide exclusively on the west coast of Canada.

In addition, the Canadian ski resorts are known for their wide and long slopes: with a varied freeride terrain, which is also part of the ski area and is also considered absolutely safe due to the special avalanche monitoring. This means that winter sports enthusiasts have an ideal and varied choice between deep snow slopes, freeride through forests and open slopes and freshly groomed slopes every day.

Another special feature is the American discipline of heli-skiing: separate and cordoned-off slopes were set up especially for this purpose just for the heli group. The start of the slope can only be reached by helicopter, so this pleasure actually offers a very exclusive adventure.

Which ski resorts are particularly attractive in Canada?

Although there are a variety of different ski resorts throughout Canada, the largest are found in the Rocky Mountains on the west coast of Canada. The provinces of British Columbia and Alberta are also home to the highest ski resorts in Canada with an altitude of over 3,000 meters.

One of the most famous ski resorts in Canada is undoubtedly Whistler. Just two hours north of Vancouver, this area is the most famous winter sports area in North America, which is home to two ski resorts: Blackcomb and Whistler Mountain. The eponymous Whistler and Blackcomb mountains not only stand out majestically in the panorama of this ski resort, but are also connected to the Peak-2-Peak gondola. Whistler was also the venue for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The resort is blessed with almost 10 meters of snow every season and is therefore considered absolutely snow-sure.

Due to the special length of the ski area with over 200 kilometres of slopes and a total area of 3,300 hectares and three glaciers, the slopes remain almost empty even when fully operational. This offers enough space for both professionals and beginners to test large and wide turns, race or even take a leisurely approach to new winter sports.

The largest ski resort in Canada is also known for its hospitality and exclusive hotels. Even in the summer months, holidaymakers get their money’s worth here. Numerous hiking trails, impressive national parks with bears and reindeer as well as picturesque lake districts round off the scenery of Whistler perfectly. In addition, numerous activities are also possible in this ski area in addition to winter sports. Holidaymakers can also go dog sledding, snowmobile tours, horse-drawn sleigh rides and much more.

The Blackcomb ski area, on the other hand, is characterized above all by its long season. Here, winter sports enthusiasts can ski or snowboard on the glacier until June. Even beyond that, snow is guaranteed, even if winter sports are then restricted in accordance with nature conservation requirements.

Other popular winter holiday destinations in Canada

Lake Louise, Canada
Lake Louise in Alberta, Image: Timothy Yue / shutterstock

Not far from Whistler in the Alberta region is the Lake Louise ski area. The winter sports resort is not only known for its Lake Louise, but also for its varied slopes. On a total of 145 different slopes, every winter sports enthusiast gets their money’s worth. While about half of the slopes are suitable for advanced skiers, the other 66% of the total area is shared by both black and blue slopes. The longest descent extends over eight kilometres.

Freeriders are not neglected here either. Over nine different freeride slopes and nine freestyle slopes, freeriders can get their money’s worth here. With 1,700 hectares, the ski resort is one of the largest winter sports areas in Canada and scores with its picturesque backdrop to the Banff National Park. While many grizzlies raise their offspring in Lake Louise in summer, almost every conceivable winter sport romps around in the resort in winter. With a total of seven huts and mountain restaurants, the Lake Louis ski resort is also a very well-developed ski area.

Jasper is another absolute skiing highlight in Canada: In addition to skiing and snowboarding, Canadians and all sports enthusiasts get out of breath here, especially with dog sledding and ice hockey. The rather smaller ski area is more suitable for families, beginners and advanced skiers due to the predominantly blue slopes. On the 91 slopes, holidaymakers will also find numerous mountain restaurants and varied opportunities for après-ski.