This guide contains information on alpine skiing choices in Canada. We have some of the best skiing on the planet - acres of deep, dry powder that provide thrills for all age groups.
The site can be used for trip planning, catching up on recent news on the Canadian ski scene or to check out the maps which contain terrain and satellite imagery. There are many options for alpine skiing in Canada - from family-oriented resorts to extreme cat and heli ski operations. If you’re planning a ski vacation in Canada or simply want some ideas on where to go for the best snow, click the Contact button to send us an email and we'll reply as soon as we can.
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Skiing is a confusing business. You strap some girders to your feet and slide at speed down a mountain - on the surface of it, it doesn't sound like the stuff dreams are made of. Yet skiers rave about it, health professionals enthusiastically point out that one can burn '3,000 calories during six hours of skiing ', and all your skiing friends return from their trips with huge grins on their faces and a lot of joyous tales to tell. Of course you want to try it out - but you're unsure of what to expect, and even more unsure of how to prepare yourself. With this in mind, here are a few preparational tips for first-timers.Don't Blow Your Budget
When it comes to buying ski equipment, first-timers are in something of a tricky situation. Ski equipment is very expensive, so you definitely don't want to miss anything out and have to fork out for it with your vacation money when you reach your destination. On the other hand, you won't really know exactly what you need in terms of technical equipment until you're better acquainted with your own personal skiing style and needs. Skis and snowboards tend to be bought with a view to the personal calibration of the person who is going to be using them - and until you have learned a bit more about skiing and your own personal needs in that regard, then you run the risk of buying the wrong equipment. For first-timers, although it's not an ideal situation, you're probably better off borrowing or renting things like skis, poles and so on until you have a better idea of what you need. This does, of course, mean that you'll have to pay less weight charges on the plane!Pack Right
Skiing is a curious combination of wrapping up warm and guarding against sunburn. Temperatures in the mountains can get very cold. It has been noted that 'Hypothermia and frostbite are very common' in incautious skiers. While your exertions will keep you warm to a degree, it's also very important to wrap up well. Pack plenty of layers (avoiding water-absorbing fabrics like denim and cotton). Be sure to pack a warm under-layer and a waterproof outer layer as well as some cozy layers in between. You'll also need appropriate socks, some good gloves, and many skiers swear by neck gaiters. A good quality ski jacket, and sturdy ski boots finish off the equation. It's expensive, yes, and takes up a lot of space in your suitcase - but you'll be glad of it on the slopes! It's also essential to be prepared for the sun. Skin cancer charities warn that skiers are at heightened risk from UV damage, as the sun's rays are reflected by the snow. The altitude doesn't help, either - 'UV radiation exposure increases 4 to 5 per cent with every 1000 feet above sea level'. 4 to 5 per cent may not sound like much, but, given the power of the sun and the height of Canada's slopes, it's actually a huge deal. Skiers frequently get sunburned on any exposed skin - the lips in particular are vulnerable, so pack a lip balm with a UV filter, as well as sun cream for your face.Listen To The Pros
If you're heading out with friends and family, you'll almost certainly find yourself bombarded with advice and helpful hints to get you started. They're probably well-meaning, and may even be perfectly correct - but, to be on the safe side, get your best skiing advice from professional instructors. Your friends might push you too fast, or hold you back through unnecessary fears for your safety. The pros are trained to observe you closely, get to know your skill level, and proceed at a pace which suits you. They'll also be better able to fill you in on what you need to know regarding the mountains - friends and family may forget that you do not know how to recognize varying kinds of slope, for example. So, to be on the safe side, and learn as best you can, book a few lessons with a professional instructor!
Great remote from Canada AM at Bento's Day Lodge at Sun Peaks Resort on the Sun Peaks Antiques. Very inspiring skiers.
Fascinating, high-definition footage provided by Banff Lake Louise Tourism. Internationally-acclaimed snow artist Simon Beck was captured over many, many hours as he made Banff National Park his latest winter canvas.http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/Calgary/ID/2658120572/
Video: Parks Canada gives us a close-up view of one of the most majestic ski destinations in Canadahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZT4IjrI4M98&feature=youtu.be
If you fancy dispensing with the old ski lift to be whisked by helicopter to acres of untouched skiing terrain, then heli-skiing in the Canadian Rockies...http://www.billionaire.com/canada/ski-holidays/1055/heliskiing-in-canada-peakpractice-
Video: Follow the Canadian Interski team as they build turn shapes for the demonstration slope in Argentina 2015.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y123ve6hna4#t=24
Video: Watch Flying Without Wings, featuring the amazing history of ski jumping in Mount Revelstoke National Park using archival footage spanning six decades.http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/bc/revelstoke/natcul/hist/ski.aspx
A great video of 12 of the most unique ski lifts across the world. And Canada is on the list too.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwhDTyCu3Qg&spfreload=10
Great story from Sun Peaks Resort's Cale Hill for Spin News Magazine:
At 85 years of age, skier Nick Maika is well on track to clocking in more days and more runs this winter than skiers a fraction of his age - and he's doing it all to raise awareness and some extra funding for Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks.> http://sunpeaksnews.com/85-days-for-85-years-19131.htm
If you are searching for snow at a Western Canada ski destination, then Jasper is where you should be.http://www.snowseekers.ca/alberta/jasper/articles/2254/marmot-setting-powder-precedent
Do you spend more time on your ski app than skiing - are you all gear no idea?
Or are you a powder hound and don't get out of bed if there isn't any fresh snow?
Which ski character are you and your friends most like?http://www.igluski.com/which-skier-are-you
Canada's Larisa Yurkiw reached the World Cup alpine podium for first time placing second in the downhill in Italy.
Powder skiing: Freedom as you float over pillows. Creativity, as you draw flowing lines through the trees. Vitality, as you breathe in cold air between face shots.
The Edmonton Ski Club has some big plans for the future. Including a major transportation advantage. "We will be the only ski hill in North America that has light rail transit. That's a pretty powerful statement when you think about it." stated club president Ken Saunders.
The Powder Highway in British Columbia boasts some of Canada's best ski terrain.
Great article on Al Raine and Nancy Greene and their history of Skiing in Canada.
Smartphone use on the slopes is becoming more common all the time. Here is a good list of apps that can be used to make your ski day more enjoyable. http://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-apps-for-skiers,review-2570.html
Check out Powderpig's latest video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0IT_JNUWWY. Early season conditions are looking good at Sun Peaks.
So far, in the west we got off to a pretty normal start in November with decent snowfall in the alpine, but the last few days the temperatures have risen to as high a +15 C in the valley bottoms and as warm as +6 C in the mountains! And, the coast is being hammered with record rainfall and flooding. Some may say this is caused or accentuated by El Niño's warming effects. If this is true, my season's pass just became a little more expensive.
On the eastern side of the country it's a different story. A powerful Nor'easter is rolling through, dumping massive amounts of snow in parts of Ontario and Quebec and causing significant rain and even flooding in the Maritimes. According to Wikipedia El Niño events were observed in 2002-03, 2004-05, 2006-07 and 2009-10. A strong El Niño has not occurred since 1997-98. I guess we are into another big one. Let's hope we get our snow back in the west...soon.
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Winter. Bring it on!
Winter in Canada signals the beginning of another season of ski adventure. Beautiful scenery and mountain fresh air, weather and snow reports, chairlifts, brown bag lunches, deep powder days, groomed glades, backcountry touring, tree skiing, mogul bashing, hammering the terrain park, apres ski camaraderie with your ski buddies and a never ending love of the great outdoors.
Welcome, to Skiing in Canada. This is the time of year that awakens the soul of a skier. While the rest of the country is bemoaning the onslaught of winter, skiers here are ready to embrace the cold, snowy climate change with infectious, unbridled, giddy energy. We feel the same way.
That's why we have re-designed our website. Skiing in Canada was one of the first skiing websites ever, and we are committed to continue our long-standing tradition of providing visitors with great information about skiing in Canada.
We want to help you plan your winter getaway with maps of major ski destinations from coast to coast. You'll experience world class ski photography from John Schwirtlich of Certain Images. A long time guide and staff photographer at Mike Wiegle Helicopter Skiing in Blue River, British Columbia. We'll feature news and stories on skiing from world-class writers who live to ski. Our social media section will provide links to news, views, deals, gear and anything else that relates to Skiing in Canada. We want to be the source for skiers in this great country.
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It's winter in Canada. Bring it on!