Welcome to Go Ski Canada
We think there is one type of holiday you need to experience during your lifetime and that is, a skiing or snowboarding holiday in Canada. Canadian Ski resorts are extremely popular and it's not difficult to see why. Canada is home to spectacular scenery, large expansive ski areas and perfect snow quality and quantity. When you add to this the friendliness and hospitality of the people of Canada your skiing holiday not only becomes unforgettable but also unbeatable.
Canada offers some of the most challenging skiing in the world, with perfect slopes for the expert skiers and snowboarders amongst us. Don't worry if you are not an expert yet, as all of the resorts also provide gentle slopes and beginners areas, making Canada the perfect ski or snowboard holiday location for everyone, from families with or without children, couples, groups, beginners and experts alike.
Skiing holidays in Canada
Choosing a skiing or snowboarding holiday in Canada is now even easier with Go Ski Canada! Simply select your ski resort from the options below and then decide which ski holiday company you wish to book with.
Once you have found your perfect resort, you can then choose any extras you wish to add to save you time and money, ensuring your skiing holiday is the best it can be. Available extras at time of booking can include, ski and snowboard equipment hire, lessons for all ages and abilities including children's lessons, ski passes and more.
Ski Run Classification
Different countries around the globe have different signs, colours and symbols for identifying a ski slopes/runs difficulty rating. In North America including Canada each ski resort and region may have slight variations on their own trails but the following should hopefully give you some idea as to the differences in each ski slope/run. Please ensure that you check the ski resorts information when you arrive to ensure you know which slopes and runs are most suitable for your ability.
As a rule:
Green slopes/runs are the easiest on the mountain and are normally wide open groomed slopes with a fairly gentle gradient.
Blue slopes/runs tend to be more intermediate which make up the vast majority of runs at each resort. The slopes are generally more steeper than green runs.
Black Diamond slopes/runs are for the more advanced and are amongst the most difficult slopes/runs on the mountain which tend to be steeper and more technical.
Double Black Diamond are usually for experts only. These are more dangerous than Black Diamond and should be treated with extreme caution.
Ski and Snowboard Travel Insurance
If you're going skiing or snowboarding make sure you're fully covered in case the worse happens and take out suitable winter ski or snowboard insurance. Regularly known as winter sports travel insurance, the majority of policies are designed to cover your ski holiday allowing you to enjoy yourself safe in the knowledge that you have suitable cover in place in any eventuality.
Winter sports travel insurance covers you whilst on the slopes and also your holiday as a whole. The majority of policies cover your ski and snowboard equipment, equipment hire, cover against piste closure, medical emergency cover and even in case of avalanche closures. Some policies will also cover you in cases where you are unable to travel on your holiday, covering supplementary items such as the refund of your ski passes.
You must ensure when purchasing ski and snowboard travel insurance that your policy fully meets your needs. Read the policy documents in full prior to purchase and make sure that the policy will cover you for everything you require.
Hiring a car when on holiday adds a vast amount of flexibility to your time abroad. Canada has many ski resorts to choose from and there are many smaller ones not always mentioned in the brochures which can be accessed with the help of transport. Although the larger resorts can have bus links between them there are many others which don't.
Having a hire car from Alamo not only allows you to get to your chosen resort from the airport but also gives you independence allowing you to visit other ski resorts, tourist attractions and other areas of interest you would be unable to visit, without a vehicle.
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Alamo have airport locations in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Winsor with other locations at various cities and ski resorts throughout the various provinces and territories of Canada. Don't limit yourself to what can be found just in the resort you visit, hire a car and see all that Canada has to offer with Alamo Rent A Car.
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Canada's Banff ski resort lies in a National Park in the centre of the wonderful Canadian Rockies. Banff is close to three of the worlds best ski resorts, Sunshine Village around 10 miles from Banff, Mount Norquay around 4 miles from Banff and Lake Louise which is around 35 miles from Banff. All three ski areas are easily accessible with regular shuttle buses running between them and offer around 8000 acres of skiing and snowboarding via one tri-area ski lift ticket.
Both Sunshine Village and Lake Louise offer the largest skiable areas, with a vast numbers of runs for all ages and abilities.
Skiing or snowboarding may be your initial reason for taking your holiday in Banff but away from the slopes there are many other things to do. Whether you have travelled alone, with children, friends or as a group, why not try your hand at some of the other wonderful activities on offer. You can try dogsledding, ice canyon walking and snowshoeing to take in the true beauty of the Canadian Rockies. For those looking for something different, why not try ice fishing or cross country skiing, heli-skiing or ice climbing for the adrenaline seekers amongst you or just relax those aching bones after a day skiing by jumping into the hot springs.
If you are after the best and liveliest in après ski with a huge selection of shops, restaurants and bars then Banff is an ideal place to stay. For those looking for the slower and quieter pace of life following a day on the slopes, Lake Louise will probably be more appealing.
Banff Ski Information
Easy ski runs - 62
Intermediate ski runs - 132
Advanced ski runs - 80
All three ski areas, Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and Mount Norquay offer a large variety of ski runs and nursery slopes for beginners and more inexperienced skiers and snowboarders. There are plenty of gentle slopes and many of the green runs throughout these areas have been designated as ‘slow-zone’ areas, so that those who are inexperienced can learn and progress with safety. If you feel in need of lessons there is a ski school and snowboard school where children, families, individuals and even groups can learn how to ski and snowboard with confidence.
A large proportion of the skiable areas within Banff have been classified as fit for intermediate skiers and snowboarders. No matter what type of skiing you are looking for you are sure to find it here with wide open slopes, narrow areas, winding runs and even gentle bowls for the more adventurous.
If you're an advanced or more experienced skier or snowboarder then you won't be disappointed with Banff. The mountains have some wonderful double-black runs to test you along with various other steep runs across Lake Louise.
Not forgetting the snowboarders out there, Banff is perfect for snowboarders with plenty of runs and slopes to suit all levels and abilities.To add to the excitement all 3 ski areas have various terrain parks, half pipes and even a super pipe to keep even the most experienced boarder entertained.
Canada's Fernie ski resort is located in the Rocky mountains in the province of British Columbia. Famous for it's superb snow falls, Fernie enjoys some of the best powder in the Canadian Rockies making it both popular and perfect for skiing and snowboarding.
The snow falls are often of record levels, with Fernie receiving up to 37 feet of natural snow per season. This coupled with the 2500 acres of skiable terrain, means that Fernie attracts people from around the world looking for a perfect ski or snowboard holiday.
Fernie ski resort is popular with all types of ski and snowboard holiday makers. Whether you're travelling alone, with your partner, with your family or in a group, there's something for everyone. The wide open and often uncrowded slopes and trails, are perfect for families and children and can be very forgiving for those less experienced skiers or snowboarders looking to improve their skills and abilities.
Like many other Canadian resorts, Fernie is an extremely friendly place and this adds to the overall atmosphere of the resort and town. Après ski is not as lively as some of Canada's other resorts but it still provides a wide selection of restaurants, bars and shops, with the town of Fernie itself being a short distance away, serviced by a regular and reliable bus service.
Fernie Ski Information
Easy ski runs - 32
Intermediate ski runs - 46
Advanced ski runs - 35
Fernie ski resort is ideal for first time skiers and snowboarders with nearly one third of the skiable area being deemed fit for beginners. The lower parts of the mountain offer some wonderfully wide open slopes which are great areas for those wishing to learn or improve their skiing or snowboarding skills. There is also a ski school and snowboard school where everyone can learn to ski or snowboard including children, families, individuals and groups.
Nearly every ski lift at Fernie accesses an intermediate ski trail, allowing those intermediate skiers to cover the majority of the resort on lovely groomed trails with ease. One of the longest ski trails at Fernie is the Falling Star. At around 3 miles long the trail winds it's way from it's start, at the top of the White Pass chairlift all the way back down to the base area. With many other winding trails interlinking across the mountain, Fernie is a superb resort for intermediate skiers and snowboarders to improve their skills.
The Fernie ski resort provides a large variety of skiable terrain and is most famous for it's deep powder and backcountry skiing and snowboarding. There are some wonderful double black diamond trails to test your skiing and snowboarding skills, with various chutes and ridges to jump off. Many of the runs for advanced skiers and snowboarders are between the Currie and Lizard Bowls with steep chutes leading you down into deep powder bowls. Believe us when we say that advanced skiers and snowboards will not be disappointed at Fernie and you will be spoilt for choice.
Fernie ski resort is also perfect for those who prefer snowboarding. The resort provides a terrain park and the natural gullies and ridges provide the perfect arena for snowboarders of all abilities.
The Jasper ski resort in Canada is set within the Jasper National Park on the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains. Jasper is an unspoilt ski resort and boasts some truly wonderful scenery including glaciers, forests, waterfalls and lakes and is a haven for wildlife lovers during summer and also during the ski season, with local wildlife even known to walk down the main street.
Ski and snowboard holidays in Jasper involve a short commute to the slopes as you stay in Jasper but ski and snowboard at nearby Marmot Basin.The reason for this is because there is no accommodation on the mountain itself and it's therefore not a ski-in ski-out resort.
Don't let the commute put you off, it's only around 20 minutes long and once there, you will understand why skiing and snowboarding in Jasper is so popular. The views from the uncrowded slopes are astounding and the powder snow makes Jasper ski resort a hit with everyone who visits. The skiable area at Jasper is around 1675 acres and is one of the least crowded resorts of it's size in Canada. The slopes of Jasper are varied with many different types of skiable terrain to chose from, including long gentle ski runs or high alpine bowls and chutes, so no matter what level of skill, ability or experience you are, there is plenty for all. Whether you are planning to ski or snowboard in Jasper you will not be disappointed.
You may be taking your holiday in Jasper to ski or snowboard but there are a host of non skiing activities on offer, to keep even the most active of person busy. Activities on offer at Jasper include dog sledding, ice canyon walks, cross country skiing, frozen lake ice skating, snowmobiling, train trips through the Rockies and even heli skiing and snowboarding.
Après ski in Jasper is on a par with many resorts in Canada with plenty of restaurants and bars, serving a wide variety of food and drink. For those wishing to party on into the night, there are even nightclubs in Jasper providing the full après ski lifestyle. As with all resorts in Canada, the people are helpful, pleasant and really go out of their way to ensure that your ski or snowboard holiday is memorable and enjoyable.
Jasper Ski Information
Easy ski runs - 26
Intermediate ski runs - 43
Advanced ski runs - 17
Skiing at Jasper is ideal for beginner or less experienced skiers with a dedicated ski school and snowboard school ideal for those individuals, families, children and groups wishing to learn. There are plenty of gentle slopes and runs at the base ski area and each ski lift at Jasper has at least one beginner trail leading from it. Once the beginner skier has learnt some basics they can access the upper reaches of the ski area, making Jasper perfect for families and mixed groups, allowing them to ski together and enjoy some of the trails, such as Home Run and Sleepy Hollow and to take the Caribou Ridge back to the lower slopes via the Basin Run.
Jasper's great mix of ski terrain makes it perfect for intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Every ski lift at Jasper provides an intermediate run and skiers and snowboarders alike will love the wide open bowls and runs spread throughout the 1675 acres of skiable terrain. Those who fancy some fantastic views should take a look at the Marmot or Paradise runs and those runs on the Chalet slope are also recommended.
For the more advanced skiers the higher mountain ranges provide the perfect skiing experience with large alpine bowls and long bump runs. At Jasper the higher up the mountain you go, the harder the skiing and snowboarding gets. With heli skiing available to those more experienced skiers among you, there's plenty on offer when skiing in Jasper.
Snowboarding at Jasper is just as exciting. No matter what your snowboarding level of skill or ability is, you will find plenty to keep you occupied at Jasper. There's a great variety of snowboarding terrain at Jasper, with lots of fresh powder snow and natural features and obstacles to enjoy. The terrain park is on the upper area of the mountain and features many man made features such as jumps, tabletops, spines and rails and this area has almost doubled in size in recent years.
The Canadian ski resort of Lake Louise is one of the most amazing places to ski or snowboard in the world. Set in the Banff National Park, Lake Louise benefits from some truly awe inspiring unspoilt views including the spectacular snowy peaks of the Rocky Mountains, glaciers and not forgetting the wonderful frozen lake below.
With around 4200 acres of skiable terrain, Lake Louise is one of the largest single ski resorts in Canada. If you feel the 4200 acres is just not enough for you to explore during your ski or snowboard holiday, don't fret as skiing at Lake Louise brings the added benefit of a tri-area ski lift pass. This very special ski lift pass gives you access to not only the ski slopes of Lake Louise but also the nearby ski resort slopes at Mount Norquay and Sunshine Village. With Mount Norquay boasting around 190 acres of skiable terrain and Sunshine Village around 3358 acres the tri-area pass certainly does allow you to choose from a large selection of ski slopes, bowls, jumps and more.
Lake Louise is well know for it's record levels of natural snow, however, Canada's largest snowmaking systems stand by just in case, to ensure that your ski or snowboard holiday is the best it could be.
The ski resort is perfect for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities, with the beginners runs right up to the double black diamond runs being perfectly groomed. Lake Louise ski resort has a policy to ensure that every ski lift has an easy way back down. This means that from every chair lift you will find at least one black, blue and green run, which is why Lake Louise is so popular with families and mixed ability groups. Their policy allows beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders to enjoy their time on the mountain and make the most of their holiday by spending time with those they choose to holiday with.
If you fancy trying out some activities on your holiday other than skiing and snowboarding, then Lake Louise won't disappoint you. You can choose from a variety of activities including ice skating, heli skiing and snowboarding, cross country skiing, dog sledding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.
Although Lake Louise is one of the largest resorts in Canada, the same cannot be said for the après ski. Don't go to Lake Louise if you are a hard party goer, looking for the best in evening entertainment. It is a fairly small village and perfect for those wanting a quieter resort where they can relax and unwind. Saying that don't be put off as Lake Louise does have an array of shops, restaurants, bars and even a nightclub and is one of the favourite places for European skiers and snowboarders to travel to in Canada.
Lake Louise Ski Information
Easy ski runs - 35
Intermediate ski runs - 63
Advanced ski runs - 41
Skiing at Lake Louise is perfect for beginners. There are plenty of gentle runs and nursery slopes around the base allowing you to gain in confidence and experience, whilst remaining safe. Once you are at a stage you're happy with, you can venture higher up the mountain on any chair lift and still use a green run back down with some having "slow zones". The ski school and snowboard school at Lake Louise have programs for those beginners, children and groups wishing to learn to ski or snowboard, with the added option of a private lesson allowing you to venture up onto the slopes with the instructor, prior to the ski lifts opening.
A large proportion of the runs at Lake Louise are suitable for intermediate skiers and snowboarders and with all those runs to explore, intermediate skiers and snowboarders will have the time of their lives. There are a wide range of slopes, from narrow and winding to a huge area of large open bowls.
For advanced skiers and snowboarders Lake Louise has it all. From the powder and giant bumps, to endless amounts of cruising, you won't be disappointed. There are also numerous steep runs, runs through trees, open bowl skiing and even world cup downhill runs to enjoy.
Lake Louise has some wonderful snowboarding no matter what your level or ability. The snowboard school caters for those starting on their snowboarding journey, whilst the endless runs for all abilities allow you to enjoy everything Lake Louise has to offer. There's a variety of snowboard terrain on offer with powder, natural gullies and jumps along with the largest terrain park in Canada, which boasts a 2000ft vertical ride complete with bumps, rails and jumps.
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Panorama ski resort is in British Columbia and is one of the largest ski-in, ski-out resorts in Canada. The resort is made up of two parts, the upper and lower villages. The upper village is at the base of the slopes and offers ski-in and ski-out accommodation, whilst the lower village offers a larger range of accommodation but is linked to the upper village by a lift.
Boasting around 2847 acres of skiable terrain, Panorama is a wonderful resort set in the scenic Canadian Rockies. Panorama has a large variety of ski and snowboard terrain to explore, from perfectly groomed slopes to acres of powder filled bowls, steep powder slopes and deep powder areas perfect for powder skiing and snowboarding. A large proportion of Panoramas skiable terrain is in wooded areas making it an ideal area for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders, to explore.
Panorama ski resort not only offers a perfect ski or snowboard holiday but has many other activities on offer for you to try. Fancy relaxing at the end of a long day on the slopes skiing or snowboarding, then why not jump into one of the giant hot pools. Panorama is famous for these giant hot pools that overlook the base of the slopes and the ski companies we feature at Go Ski Canada offer free passes for you to enjoy them. There are other activities on offer at the resort including dog sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, heli skiing, ice fishing and even massage and beauty therapy.
Panorama is all about skiing, snowboarding and enjoying a relaxing ski holiday. The après ski at Panorama is also more about relaxing than partying hard. The resort offers a variety of shops, restaurants, ranging from fine dining to bistro type cafes and bars. There is often live music at one of the bars and there is also a pub selling draught beer.
Panorama Ski Information
Easy ski runs - 24
Intermediate ski runs - 66
Advanced ski runs - 30
Skiing and snowboarding at Panorama is ideal for beginners. There is a dedicated learning area, where the local ski school and snowboard school run lessons for anyone wishing to learn to ski or snowboard, improve or update their skills and even those wishing to become instructors. Ski and snowboard lessons at Panorama are open to individuals, children, families and groups.
Once you feel a little more confident you can venture up to the lower mountain, which has a variety of green runs suitable for beginners, with some long, wide and forgiving skiable terrain.
Panorama ski resort offers a large proportion of runs that are suitable for intermediate skiers and snowboarders, with many long and winding, groomed trails running throughout the mountain. Those more confident intermediate skiers and snowboarders can challenge themselves by taking on the "Get Me Down" trail. The trail is ungroomed and is the only intermediate ski and snowboard trail down from the summit chairlift.
Advanced skiers and snowboards will have a lot of fun at the Panorama resort. Reached by the summit chairlift, "Taynton Bowl" has around 1000 acres of chutes, bumps, tree runs, bowls and moguls and many advanced skiers and snowboarders flock to the run. The longest trail at Panorama is around 5.5 km, starting at "Taynton Bowl", this double black diamond run leads you through a steep narrow gully before widening out into a fast groomed tree trail, finally ending up back at the village.
Panorama resort is suitable for snowboarders of all abilities. The snowboard school can teach beginners the basics on the nursery slopes and for those intermediate or advanced snowboarders there are some wonderful trails and runs offering a variety of natural gullies, tree lined runs, jumps, bumps and bowls to explore. Panorama resort also features a wonderful terrain park which is around a mile long and boasts many tabletops, large jumps, kickers, rails, boxes and a half pipe. Many professional snowboarders have stated that the terrain park is the best in the Rocky Mountains.
Tremblant ski resort is located in Quebec on the Eastern side of Canada and has been voted the best resort in the area for the past 12 years by Ski Magazine. It's not hard to see why, as with in excess of 600 acres of ski and snowboard terrain it's not just the biggest ski resort in Canada but also offers something for every level and ability of skier and snowboarder.
Tremblant is becoming more popular with visitors from the UK and the rest of Europe looking for a perfect ski or snowboard holiday. This is mainly due to convenience, as the majority of accommodation at Tremblant is either ski-in, ski-out or is very close to the lifts. The other reason is that Tremblant is the fastest and easiest resort to travel to, due to the short travel time to Montreal and short transfer time onto the resort.
Mont Tremblant gives its name to the resort and the 900m peak sits within the Laurentian mountains to provide some wonderful ski and snowboard terrain. Perfect for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities,Tremblant has some wonderful wide, long, tree lined runs to choose from and you can be sure that the ski runs will have been groomed to perfection to ensure your ski or snowboard holiday is one you will remember for years to come.
The resort is traffic free and purpose built so the range of activities on offer other than skiing and snowboarding are second to none. You can choose from activities such as cross country skiing, dog sledding, ice skating, tobogganing, snowtubing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, leisure pool, hot tubs and even a self timer slalom course.
As Tremblant ski resort is in Quebec the French Canadian culture and food certainly shines through. The après ski is fun and lively with a large variety of shops, bars and music to enjoy. The main square is even home to live music during high season. The range of cuisine is also varied with both traditional French and Canadian food being available through some of the wonderful restaurants, cafes and eateries. If après ski is high on your checklist for you to enjoy your ski or snowboard holiday, you won't be disappointed by Tremblant.
Tremblant Ski Information
Easy ski runs - 24
Intermediate ski runs - 35
Advanced ski runs - 36
Skiing and snowboarding at Tremblant is ideal for beginners. The south slope of the mountain boasts 2 acres dedicated to beginners to ensure those starting out do so with ease. As your skills and ability improve there's a variety of long and gentle green runs on both the northern and southern slopes to ensure your confidence builds.
The ski school and snowboard school at Tremblant are excellent providing ski and snowboard lessons for children, adults, families and groups, on the south slope of the mountain
The impressive lift network at Tremblant allows the intermediate skiers and snowboarders to choose from a variety of runs and slopes. With around a third of all the runs in Tremblant being designated as intermediate, you will be spoilt for choice. Pick your perfect scenic run from long groomed runs, tree lined slopes and steep mountain trails.
Advanced skiers and snowboarders will find plenty of variety and challenges at Tremblant. There are a variety of advanced runs on both sides of the mountain but many experts and advanced skiers and snowboarders head to the "Versant Soleil" area which provides lots of black runs and some very tough gladed areas for skiing and snowboarding.
Tremblant resort offers some of the best snowboarding in Canada. The dedicated snowboarding park extends to around 18 acres and those freeriding snowboarders will have plenty to keep them busy with powder, trees, various jumps, bumps and one of the biggest half pipes in Canada. No matter what your age, snowboarding ability or skill, there's something for everyone at Tremblant and for those beginners wishing to improve their ability there are lessons available at the snowboard school.
Whistler ski resort is located in British Columbia, just north of Vancouver in Canada. Skiing and snowboarding is taken to another level at Whistler; being one of the best ski and snowboard resorts in the world. Whistler ski resort is home to the wonderful Whistler and Blackcomb mountains and also hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics. The mountains between them have in access of 200 runs catering for all skills and abilities of skiers and snowboarders, on around 8171 acres of skiable terrain.
Whistler is extremely popular with skiers and snowboarders from around the world and it's not difficult to see why. The Whistler resort is so popular that it's often voted the number one ski holiday resort in Canada.The scenery at Whistler is fantastic with views over the neighbouring mountains and the resort. The lift system is superbly efficient and fast and there's even a peak to peak gondola running from Whistler mountain to Blackcomb mountain. Snowfall at Whistler is in the region of 10 metres per season, however, don't worry if the snow isn't as heavy as Whistler has some superb snow canons to help out.
The mountains supply a variety of terrain that are suitable for any level of skier or snowboarder with beginners slopes, slow speed zone, tree lined runs, massive open bowls, mogul runs, long linking trails and much, much more. There is ample space at the base of the mountain for beginner skiers and snowboarders to hone their skills and it's quite easy as a novice skier or snowboarder to take one of the lifts to the very top of the mountain and then traverse back down to the base using a variety of runs.
Whistler ski resort truly does cater for all skiers and snowboarders but if you fancy a day off the slopes why not try one of the other activities on offer, such as sleigh rides, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and more.
If you're after après ski then Whistler ski resort is the place for your ski or snowboarding holiday. Some say that Whistler is the best après ski resort in Canada. With it's many shops, restaurants, bistros, cafes, bars and nightclubs, Whistler is certainly the place to be. Whether you're a young couple looking for somewhere to relax, a group after some lively night time entertainment or a family looking for a fun filled family ski holiday you won't be disappointed with Whistler.
Whistler Ski Information
Easy ski runs - 42
Intermediate ski runs - 116
Advanced ski runs - 58
Skiing and snowboarding at Whistler is perfect for beginners. The lower nursery slopes are perfect for learning the basics of skiing and snowboarding and the ski school and snowboard school cater for all levels and abilities with ski and snowboard lessons available for families, children, groups and individuals.
Once you've found your feet on the lower slopes, it's possible at Whistler, to take a lift to the upper slopes of the mountain and then ski or snowboard back down to the base again using green runs. The benefit of this is that the green runs cross over with the more difficult runs as you descend the mountain. This makes Whistler ideal for mixed ability groups or families allowing the whole group to venture to the upper slopes and then decent on their own trails meeting up at various points down the mountain ensuring that a group or family holiday is truly that.
Around half the runs at Whistler are dedicated to intermediate skiers and snowboarders. The variety and number of runs allow you to cruise down the mountain on perfectly groomed slopes, ride down through tree lined runs and even off piste in high alpine terrain exploring all that Whistler and Blackcomb have to offer.
Whistler comes into its own when you compare it to other resorts in Canada for advance skiers and snowboarders. From wide open bowls, tough steep runs, giant moguls and steep chutes the choices at Whistler for advanced skiers and snowboarder is limitless.
It doesn't matter what your level of skill or ability is when it comes to snowboarding holidays in Canada, Whistler is a snowboarders dream. There are both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains to explore and if that's not enough there are 4 terrain parks complete with bumps, jumps, rails and banks and 2 wonderful half pipes. Whether you're a beginner just starting out on your snowboarding journey or an experienced freerider, you won't find a better place to go on your snowboarding holiday in Canada.
Ski and Snowboard Holiday Companies
Our top four favourite ski and snowboard holiday companies include: Crystal Ski, Inghams, Thomson Ski and Virgin Ski.
Each company is well respected with years of experience in providing singles, couples, families and groups with ski and snowboard holidays throughout the world. Make your choice from our featured links and remember to stay in touch on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and sign up for our FREE newsletter, keeping you up-to-date on the latest offers as soon as they're available.
Ski and Snowboard Equipment Hire
If you're going on a ski or snowboard holiday to Canada you may not want to take expensive equipment with you.
When booking your holiday through Go Ski Canada you can pre book ski and snowboard equipment at the same time, allowing you to take advantage of some of the best equipment at superb prices.
You will find that the ski and snowboard equipment is of good quality and usually fairly new with a wide range to suit all genders, ages, sizes and abilities, ensuring that you have the right equipment to suit your needs. By booking your snowboard or ski's prior to arrival you can make sure that your holiday goes like clockwork and that you spend the most amount of time possible out on the slopes without any fuss.
Ski and Snowboard Lessons
Whether you're a beginner, intermediate or advanced skier or snowboarder all of the ski resorts featured on Go Ski Canada provide ski and snowboard lessons for all ages and abilities.
You may wish to learn the basics, gain confidence or improve your skiing techniques, whatever your ability you can rest assured that the ski school will be able to offer a lesson to suit. You can join those with a similar level of ability and develop your skills together or take private lessons with one on ones. If you have children that wish to learn to ski or snowboard, why not enrol them into one of the popular children's ski schools.
The lessons are well structured but fun, allowing your children to learn and improve on their skiing and snowboarding, whilst making new friends, getting exercise and most of all enjoying their holiday.
Ski and Lift Passes
In order to enjoy your ski or snowboard holiday to the full, you will need a "Ski Lift Pass" to access the full range of slopes.
Ensure your holiday goes as smoothly as possible by booking your lift passes before you go. You can pre book your ski lift pass on line with many ski resorts offering either local or full area lift passes. As an added benefit, when you pre book your lift pass, you can have them delivered direct to your accommodation or meet up with your resort rep, to ensure you're ready to go skiing or snowboarding as soon as possible with minimum fuss.
Booking your holiday!
At Go Ski Canada we make booking a ski or snowboard holiday easy. Experience all that Canada has to offer by booking with one of the reputable companies we feature on our website. Either click one of the buttons you'll find accompanying the information on each holiday company or use one of the following quick links:
Crystal Ski is part of the largest European holiday company, TUI Travel. They have in excess of 28 years of experience, providing customers with some of the best ski holidays, in the best resorts throughout the world.
Crystal Ski flexibility:
Crystal Ski offer a massive range of resorts and accommodation, so no matter what your group size, budget or taste in apres ski, you can rest assured that Crystal Ski have something to suit everyone. All of their packages include accommodation, all transfers and flights from any of the 17 UK airports they operate from. Crystal Ski have more airports available to travel from, than any other UK operator and even include the low cost carriers, ensuring that you can fly from as close to home as possible.
Crystal Ski affordability:
Crystal Ski always try to offer cheap specialist ski holidays, with offers running 365 days a year. As their prices include everything required such as transfers, flights and accommodation, they are able to supply you with one low cost, excellent value price for your holiday. As Crystal Ski help more people to travel than any other operator, they are able to secure for customers, special prices on those ski holiday essentials, such as ski lift passes, ski and snowboard lessons and ski and snowboard equipment hire.
Crystal Ski reliability:
Crystal Ski are ATOL protected so you know that you can book your ski or snowboard holiday with confidence, in the knowledge that your holiday is financially safe.
Crystal Ski expertise:
Crystal Ski experts have a massive amount of experience and knowledge when it comes to skiing. Find out more about the accommodation and resorts to help you choose your perfect skiing or snowboarding holiday. When you arrive at your chosen resort, Crystal's reps will take care of you, making sure your ski holiday is the best it can possibly be and certainly one to remember for all the right reasons.
Crystal Ski and disabilities:
Crystal Ski are committed to customers of all abilities. They are devoted to working with the charity DSUK (Disability Snowsport UK) and their instructors and volunteers help adults and children of all ages and all disabilities every year, to enjoy the slopes, whether it's in the UK or abroad. Each year, DSUK work with Crystal Ski to organise weeks abroad, ensuring those with disabilities never miss out.
Inghams was formed in 1934 and since then they have grown to be one of the foremost specialist tour operators in the UK. Inghams is part of the best and most established European travel groups with it's Swiss parent company being Hotelplan.
With such a long heritage in providing ski holidays, it's not hard to understand why many of their customers have booked previously with Inghams. Many customers have been booking with them for over 25 years, due to them striving year in year out to try and provide the best quality ski and snowboard holidays to the best resorts for the best prices.
Run by skiers and snowboarders for skiers and snowboarders, Inghams are passionate about providing you with the best holiday experience they possibly can. With so much experience under one roof their staff can share with you their knowledge and experiences of all the resorts that they feature, ensuring that any question you have can be answered quickly and correctly.
Quality and Reliability:
Inghams long time within the ski and snowboarding holiday arena has allowed them to build up solid, long lasting relationships with many of the resorts and accommodation providers. This relationship is built to work with you the customer to ensure that you are provided with the best experience through every step and stage of your ski or snowboard holiday.
When you ski or snowboard with Inghams you can guarantee you will receive the highest levels of service and quality which is the reason why many customers remain loyal to them after such a long time.
Thomson Ski is part of Europe's largest ski operator, TUI travel. TUI's ski division includes not only Thomson Ski but also First Choice Ski and Crystal Ski.
A Name you can trust:
We've all heard about Thomson holidays. When booking a holiday of any sort, customers like you expect the best. Thomson Ski are no different and strive to be one of the best operators in the UK. They are registered and affiliated with ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents), ATOL (Air Travel Organiser Licence) and the FTO (Federation of Tour Operators) and are committed to always improving, in any way they can.
As Thomson Ski, like Crystal Ski are part of the TUI Ski Division, they have joined forces in an attempt to provide the best service possible throughout your ski or snowboarding holiday. With over 1000 members of staff abroad and over 25 years experience, Crystal Ski staff will look after you whilst at your chosen resort, making sure your holiday goes smoothly.
A price to suit every budget:
Thomson Ski cater for any type of customer including groups, families, individuals and couples. Whether your looking for a cheap last minute deal, an affordable family holiday, a luxury holiday or even a honeymoon, Thomson have a ski or snowboarding holiday to suit every budget.
Virgin Ski Holidays are one of the worlds most successful travel companies and market leaders in travel to Canada and the USA. They have been arranging all types of holidays since 1985 and offer a world class service in getting you to and from your destination through Virgin Atlantic.
Virgin choose the best accommodation, in the best resorts, so that you don't have to. Whether you travelling alone, in a family, as a couple or as a group they have accommodation to suit all types of traveller with all types of budget.
Multi-centre ski holidays:
Do you want to spend all of your holiday in one place or would you rather see the sights and ski. Virgin Ski can supply spectacular multi centre ski holidays, where you spend several nights skiing or snowboarding and several nights in one of the major cities nearby. Save yourself the time and hassle involved in arranging your own multi centre holiday by allowing Virgin Ski to do all the hard work for you.
There are many to choose from but why not consider Tremblant and Montreal, Calgary and Banff or Vancouver and Whistler, all of which could make the perfect holiday, especially for those honeymooners looking for something different.
Virgin Ski are possibly one of the best known holiday companies and as such they offer some really wonderful guarantees. Virgin work in connection with ABTA and ATOL offering you a truly worry free guarantee, allowing you to sit back and relax knowing that should anything go wrong, Virgin Ski will take care of it for you.
Ski and Snowboard Equipment
Although you can hire ski and snowboard equipment at any resort you visit, if you go often enough it's worth investing in your own.
To help you in this matter we've put together a few of our favourite ski and snowboard equipment, clothing and accessory suppliers. All of the companies listed below have a wide range of products from the leading manufacturers for all sizes, shapes and abilities. Whether you're new to skiing and snowboarding or more experienced you will certainly be able to find everything you need or just fancy right here.
Snow and Rock - www.snowandrock.com
Snow and Rock are one of the UK's top Ski and Snowboard equipment and clothing retailers. They have a huge range of stock for every age, size and shape, all available to buy online. Choose from manufacturers such as The North Face, Salomon, Burton, Bonfire, Arc'teryx, Volcom, Roxy, Schoffel, Rossignol, K2 and many more. Click here to shop with Snow and Rock
Ellis Brigham - www.ellis-brigham.com
With over 75 years of outdoor sports experience Ellis Brigham is one of the premier ski and snowboard companies in the UK today. Still a family run company, Ellis Brigham have a large variety of equipment and clothing to buy online from companies like Eider, Roxy, The North Face, Burton, Quiksilver, Atomic, Head, Vans, ThirtyTwo, Black Diamond, K2 but to name a few. Click here to visit Ellis Brigham
Simply Piste - www.simplypiste.com
Simply Piste launched in 2006 and are part of the 'Simply Group' of companies. They focus on Ski and Snowboard clothing and accessories aiming to provide the best products at the best prices. Whether your buying new clothing for yourself, your partner or children, Simply Piste have it all from top manufacturers such as Berghaus, Dakine, O'Neill, Oakley, Scott, Salomon and Vans. Click here to visit Simply Piste
SS20 - www.ss20.com
SS20 aim to provide the best skate and snowboard equipment and advice possible! SS20's reputation in this field is now second to none with their large range of stock being available to buy online. Choose your new snowboard equipment and clothing from SS20's range including brands like Westbeach, Volcom, Vans, Ride, K2, Gnu, Dakine, Burton and Bonfire. Click here to go shopping at SS20
Surfdome - www.surfdome.com
Surfdome are a fast growing company who specialise in providing in excess of 700 quality fashion, lifestyle and outdoor sports brands including some of the major ski and snowboarding brands. Their online shop allows you to purchase both equipment and clothing from companies including Never Summer, Nitro, Gnu, Lib Tech, Forum, Blizzard, Billabong, Quiksilver and lots more. Click here to visit Surfdome
Ski and Snowboard Magazines
We're always on the look out for the best savings we can find on the magazines we read...some of our favourites include Whitelines Snowboard Magazine, Onboard Magazine, Cooler, Transworld Snowboarding, Powder Magazine, HUCK, Backcountry and Falline. Every month they're jam packed full of information, photos, tips and advice on the latest clothing, equipment and accessories...not to mention the best places to ski, snowboard and have fun!
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