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Nov 13, 2019

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There are lots of ways to enjoy winter weather, from outdoor spas to more active pursuits like skiing and snowboarding. Luckily for us, Canada has lots of great ski towns that deliver fresh powder, off-hill activities and a fun atmosphere.

Le Massif de Charlevoix, Quebec

A person on skis on a snowy slope.

This upside-down resort, located in Quebec’s epicurean region of Charlevoix, has its base at the top of Mount Liguori, with all trails ending 770 metres below at the St. Lawrence River.

Le Massif boasts the highest vertical drop east of the Canadian Rockies, including one five-kilometre-long run, and is best known for high snowfall and great glade skiing. There’s plenty for non-skiers too, such as snowshoeing adventures, scenic sled runs and dogsledding.

Mont Tremblant, Quebec

Two women in ski gear walking down a snowy street.

With breathtaking views from the summit and slopes for all levels, Mont Tremblant in the Laurentians is the perfect spot for those craving a new experience with every run. The resort is nestled among picturesque Quebecois towns known for maple products and fondue, and has lots to offer beyond skiing, from fat biking and the new Brind’O Aquaclub water park to shopping and dining in the pedestrian village at the base of the mountain.

Horseshoe Resort, Ontario

Two people riding bikes in the snow.

There are a handful of ski resorts not too far from the GTA, including Horseshoe Resort, which has one of the hills closest to the city. The 28-run resort introduces a new quad chair this season and has invested heavily in its snow-making equipment during the past two years. Looking for après-ski activities? There’s skating and snowmobiling, or try a run on the longest snow-tubing hill in Ontario.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort, British Columbia

A skier is skiing down a snow covered mountain.

Boasting North America’s biggest vertical drop, tons of powder, 75 runs, and access to cat, heli and backcountry skiing, Revelstoke just about has it all. The only drawback (which many skiers actually see as an advantage) is its remoteness: it’s located 200 kilometres north of the Kelowna airport, or almost five hours west of Calgary by car. Visitors will be stoked by the addition of a new quad chair this season, which opens additional terrain for beginner and intermediate skiers.

Big White, British Columbia

A cable car is flying over a snowy mountain.

For sunny skies, mild temperatures and fluffy, dry powder, look no further than Big White in the Okanagan Valley. The resort features a 777-metre vertical drop, 119 marked runs, 16 lifts and a gondola that’s getting a 50-per-cent capacity boost this season. This ski-in, ski-out resort has an award-winning terrain park and, for those who can’t get enough, the largest night-skiing area in all of western Canada.

Get more ideas for winter fun in Canada

Fernie, B.C., is more than just a ski town. Read all about it in the winter 2019 issue of CAA Magazine.

Plus, find out why winter is the best time to spend a weekend in Whitehorse and take our quiz to see how much you know about Canadian winters.

Image credit: iStock.com/stockstudioX, iStock.com/Onfokus, copyright Tremblant, iStock.com/Silvrshootr, J.J. Vinet and iStock.com/georgeclerk

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