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Dec 29, 2021

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Canada’s mountainous landscape and snowy winters make it a world-class destination for downhill skiing and snowboarding. From the Rocky Mountains to the Laurentians, these four top ski resorts across the country offer diverse and challenging terrain, convenient slope-side accommodations and fun activities for all ages.

Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.

A snowboarder standing on a snow covered slope.

British Columbia’s sprawling 8,171-acre winter playground Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort wows outdoor enthusiasts with more than 200 marked trails across two towering mountains.

The mountains are connected by the record-breaking Peak 2 Peak gondola, the world’s highest above-ground cable car with the longest distance between access points. The 360-degree views of Whistler Village, mountain peaks, lakes, glaciers and forests are sure to impress.

Advanced skiers can book a thrilling heli-skiing experience to explore backcountry terrain and deep powder conditions. These off-trail mountain slopes are accessible only by helicopter, so make sure to book your spot in advance to avoid disappointment.

After an epic day of big-mountain skiing, unwind in the pedestrian village and enjoy the resort’s wellness facilities, gourmet dining, boutiques and lively nightlife options.

Le Massif de Charlevoix, Que.

A person skiing down a snowy slope with a ship in the background.

With the highest vertical drop east of the Rockies and an average annual snowfall of nearly 6.5 metres, Le Massif in Québec’s Charlevoix region is where seasoned skiers flock.

Descend from summit to base along smooth trails or navigate steeper inclines while taking in majestic views of the St. Lawrence River below. On-site accommodations range from rustic, mountaintop forest chalets to luxurious all-inclusive suites at the newly opened Club Med Charlevoix Resort.

Lake Louise Ski Resort, Alta.

A woman with a child on skis on a snowy slope.

Located in Banff National Park, Lake Louise Ski Resort boasts 4,200 acres of skiable terrain surrounded by breathtaking alpine scenery.

Snowy mountain peaks and an easy-to-navigate layout make this family-friendly resort a great choice for new and experienced skiers alike. Beginner, intermediate and expert trails are accessible from most chairlifts. Visitors can check-in to the upscale Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise or book a room at one of the many charming inns and lodges located within the park.

Blue Mountain, Ont.

Chairs on a dock with a lake and buildings in the background.

Spanning 365 acres along the shores of Georgian Bay, Ontario’s only year-round mountain resort is the province’s go-to spot for winter fun.

Carved into the Niagara Escarpment’s steep cliffs, Blue Mountain Resort offers beginner hills, lessons and 30 well-lit trails for night skiing. Though the area may not have the dramatic elevation and snowfall of the west, the resort makes up for it with fun activities and amenities like the mountaintop skating loop, snowshoe trails and dozens of dining and shopping options in the slope-side village.

Plan your next ski trip

To plan your own downhill skiing adventure, speak with an experienced CAA Travel Consultant by calling 1-800-992-8143 or visiting caasco.com/plantravel. They can also advise you on travel insurance to cover unexpected medical expenses or recoup costs if you need to cancel. Visit caasco.com/insurance/travel for details.

Image credit: Lake Louise Ski Resort/Chris Moseley, @miraecampbell/Destination BC, Datch78/Wikipedia Commons, Noel Hendrickson/Travel Alberta, ByMPhotos/iStock

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