Ski Canada - skiing holidays in the great wilderness that is Canada.
Ski Canada for powder skiing, pioneer settlements, impressive ski holiday resorts and a great welcome in the far North.
The vast wilderness of Canada hosts numerous world class ski holiday destinations from the west coast, through the Rockies, to the East. The wooden buildings of the ski resort outposts, dotted across this massive country retain a real pioneer spirit about them. That said the ski resort of Whistler Blackcomb in the west and Mont Tremblant in the east are mega resorts with large and growing ski areas and sprawling ski resort villages. The ski holiday product is a vital resource in the Canadian economy and everything is done to provide the perfect holiday. Eating and drinking is very well priced, the welcome is warm and genuine and the skiing some of the best available. The huge powder resources are accessed via lift, snow cat (piste basher) or helicopter.
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The ski resorts west of the Rockies consistently deliver huge snow accumulations, whilst to the east of the Rockies the focus is on drier powder that competes with the larger depths of the west. The environment is a huge issue in Canada, but resorts are successful in continually expanding terrain and ski lift infrastructure in order to maintain the ski areas as some of the best available. Families are generally very well catered for, with the usual excellent standards of customer service that are common in North America, on offer in most ski resorts.
The one thing that you will notice about the resorts in Canada and North America in general is the lack of randomness that defines many ski resorts in Europe. In Canada, everything is planned into the ski resort to produce a holiday resort that functions; ski depots are next to ski lifts, sports massage is found near hotels and après ski bars are dotted around the base stations. The result is a planned, functional holiday resort that works, but lacks some of the intrigue and surprise of a European destination. Whilst (generally) heavily planned, the ski holiday resorts in Canada tend to have architecture that is sympathetic to the natural environment. Some of the ski resort hotels in Whistler and Lake Louise, for example are large by any resort standards, but are impressively designed and finished in wood. Après ski on the whole is lively. As well as skiing, Canadians love beer and ice hockey, a couple of reasons they stay in the bar long after the ski lifts have stopped.