In February 2014, the Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia. Yet for many fans of the colder sports, the 2010 games will still be fresh in their minds. They were held in Canada, and the home nations national anthem was a common refrain as they led the gold medal haul. Anyone who has been to a snow-covered Canada would probably not be surprised by their success. With such a variety of wonderful ski resorts, it is very easy for the locals to fall in love with – and excel at – pastimes such as skiing and snowboarding. So if you fancy brushing up on your parallel turns in time for a late bid for Olympic glory, here are some of the best places to go skiing in Canada.

In February 2014, the Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia. Yet for many fans of the colder sports, the 2010 games will still be fresh in their minds. They were held in Canada, and the home nations national anthem was a common refrain as they led the gold medal haul. Anyone who has been to a snow-covered Canada would probably not be surprised by their success. With such a variety of wonderful ski resorts, it is very easy for the locals to fall in love with – and excel at – pastimes such as skiing and snowboarding. So if you fancy brushing up on your parallel turns in time for a late bid for Olympic glory, here are some of the best places to go skiing in Canada.

Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia

Whistler Blackcomb was improved even further when the Winter Olympic Games were brought here back in 2010, and it is snow sports lovers who are reaping the benefit of the Olympic legacy. The Peak 2 Peak cable car even allows you to ski down both of the mountains without wasting loads of time. It’s also well worth visiting in the summer months – a trip up the Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver followed by a few days mountain biking is hard to beat.

Big White, British Columbia

In summer time, British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley is a haven for food and drink connoisseurs keen to find out why the area has a growing reputation as a producer of fine wine. Yet the first snow falls changes the complexion of the region entirely. Big White resort has 118 Designated Trails with the longest run at about 4.5 miles. It also has Western Canada’s Largest Resort Night Skiing Area but what they they are perhaps most proud of its reputation as a family friendly resort.

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Revelstoke, British Columbia

It is believed that both cat-skiing and heli-skiing were pioneered in British Columbia’s Kootenay Rockies. Revelstoke resort is a great place to access these high adrenalin experiences, and when you have done so the boast of ‘Stoke offering the “best skiing on the planet” becomes eminently believable. The guides really know their stuff and help you fully appreciate the awesome landscape. Good news for snowboarders; you are welcome too.

Ski Big 3, Alberta

When it comes to skiing in Alberta, 3 is the magic number. The value and range of experiences offered by ‘Ski Big 3’ is dizzying. The concept consists of treating a trio of different but proximate resorts (Lake Louise, Mt Norquay, Sunshine Village) as one whole. It means that you can with one tri-area lift ticket you can take on almost 8,000 acres of skiable terrain with free travel laid on between Banff-Lake Louise and the resorts. Ski Big 3 has everything – apart from long queues.

Marmot Basin Ski Resort, Alberta

Part of the attraction of Canada is its raw, natural beauty. If you can taste this whilst slaloming down a mountain, then so much the better. This is the reality if you visit Marmot Basin Ski Resort, set in Alberta’s Jasper National Park. The wilderness and the wildlife are treated with huge respect here, and the resort works closely with the National Park to make sure that their way of life is not disturbed. It means that everybody benefits, and you get an unforgettable skiing experience.

Mt Tremblant, Quebec

Tremblant is one of the top-ranked ski resorts in eastern North America. It is the highest peak in the Laurentians and there is something for all ski and snowboarding enthusiasts. The mountain receives on average 380 cm (12.47 feet) of snow each year and even if that fails it has the most powerful snowmaking system in Eastern Canada.
But it is not just the downhill skiing that brings the crowds. There is 50-plus miles of cross-country and snowshoe trails – and as the experts say, if you can walk, you can snowshoe.

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