10 Canadian Ski resorts to visit this winter
Beat the winter blues and check out these 10 Canadian Ski resorts. Winter fun and excitement is practically guaranteed.
The New Year has finally brought cold weather across Canada. And you know what that means – time to find the perfect Canadian ski resorts for exciting outdoor adventures with your family. Due to the unusually warm weather at the beginning of the season many ski locations were not yet open. But if this past week proves anything, winter has definitely arrived.
It’s still best to check with each individual ski resort to ensure they have enough snow before you set out for your road trip, as the weather can change quickly. Also be sure your vehicle is stocked with emergency supplies just in case you get stuck in a snowstorm, or as we get in Ontario, ice storms!
Cypress Mountain is located in West Vancouver, British Columbia, and was the official freestyle skiing and snowboarding venue for the winter Olympic games back in 2010. It’s a 30-minute drive from downtown Vancouver with incredible views of the Gulf and Vancouver Islands. They have downhill and cross-country skiing plus other winter sports to enjoy. There are plenty of restaurants and accommodations to choose from on site plus a seasons pass for skiing. According to their website they have fresh snow topping the surface with more on the way so get ready for an exciting Vancouver ski adventure!
Montreal is great for cross-country skiing in winter and there are multiple locations throughout the city to choose from such as Mount Royal, Jean-Drapeau and Maisonneauve parks. Montreal also has nature parks with wooded trails that are great for cross-country skiing, just a few minutes drive from downtown. Mount Royal, the largest of the parks, has ski lessons and equipment rentals with numerous entry points into the park, check their website for more details.
Blue Mountain is in Ontario along the shores of Georgian Bay and there are multiple ways to drive there, depending on your starting location. It spans the Niagara Escarpment and boasts the largest mountain village resort in Ontario. There are tons of winter activities to choose from and for skiing they have a seasons pass, a stay and ski package, kids programs, camps, and even night trails for the daring skier. Blue Mountain is huge with 42 trails and has hills suitable for all skiing levels and has been called a “warrior’s playground”
There are so many great places to ski in Ontario and Mount St. Louis Moonstone is another great option. It’s one of the largest family owned ski resorts in Ontario. Detailed driving directions are listed on their website. They do not have accommodations on property however if you want to stay overnight there is nearby lodging. What they do have is 37 ski slopes, 13 lifts, base chalets with cafeterias, daily lessons, ski programs, a rental shop and according to their website, the most advanced snowmaking system in Canada!
Springhill Winter Park is about a 15-minute drive from downtown Winnipeg with a hill that stands at 40 metres and has three ski lifts. Their location also includes a terrain park, mogul run, and a great open area for beginners. You can rent skis and purchase lift tickets on site and they also offer season passes for those truly dedicated to this winter sport.
Mont Tremblant is world-renowned for it’s exceptional ski terrain and breathtaking view of the Laurentians. Whether your family visits for the day or purchases a season’s pass there is something for everyone. Tremblant even boasts an on-site day care for the little ones. There is a vertical drop of 645 metres, 96 marked ski runs, a kid’s zone and miles of trails spread over 662 acres. The resort offers many accommodations and restaurant options on site, so after you work up an appetite skiing on the slopes you can relax in the pedestrian village and warm up.
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Where: Corner Brook, Newfoundland
This majestic mountain has a 519 metre vertical drop, the highest in Atlantic Canada. It also boasts 39 runs, a beginner slope that is easy to navigate, four lifts, 230 acres of skiable terrain and long 4.5 km run. Marble Mountain is the ideal location for a family road trip as it’s located on the west coast of Newfoundland and Corner Brook happens to be the snowiest city in Canada! If you are driving from outside the province you need to make a reservation for the ferry crossing through Marine Atlantic for your vehicle. Their opening day is Friday January 8th.
Where: Gatineau, Quebec
Known for being Canada’s National Park, Gatineau Park is a short 20-minute drive from downtown Ottawa. Admission to the park is free throughout the year but to ski along some of the 50 cross-country trails a pass is required. The trails are great for families as they offer a variety of choices, some more difficult than others, that stretch over 200 KM in the wintery wilderness. There are also shelters, tables, and wood stoves if you are interested in having a feast after a day of skiing!
Where: North Battleford, Saskatchewan
In January Table Mountain is open Wednesday to Sunday and night skiing starts on Friday January 8th, as long as it’s not -20 degrees Celsius or below. They have a 360-foot vertical drop, 40 acres of snowy skiable areas, four lifts, 11 trails and provide ski rentals. They also have a seasons pass with a special family rate. Private lessons are available for beginners. They have a children’s camp, and a parent and tot ski program for the little skier in your family.
Mooney’s Bay Ski Centre is perfect for the whole family and located a short drive just outside of downtown Ottawa at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility. Features include lit trails for night skiing, 5 KM of groomed trails for classic and freestyle techniques. There are also lessons for all age groups and levels in cross-country and skate skiing. Free parking is available onsite.
Please check all ski locations across Canada to ensure they have snow before venturing out on your road trip to avoid disappointment. Ski and drive safely!