If you love skiing, but are looking for something other than the Alps, then stick Canada on your snow radar for the winter season. You’ll find some top-class locations, which take on the traditional spots in Europe. Mountain retreats also offer some great entertainment and a big choice of places to eat and drink. Here are a couple of ideas to get your snow juices flowing.
The Laurentian mountains, straddling Quebec, pull in thousands of skiers and outdoor sports enthusiasts every year. Mont Tremblant is a pretty area, nestled on the highest peak.
From humble beginnings, with a first chairlift swinging into action in 1939, Mont Tremblant has become a popular choice.
You won’t get bored on the slopes here, even if you’re the most advanced skier or snowboarder. There are lots of different types of terrain, including some steep challenges on Soleil and Versants Edge. If you’re only just finding your feet as a beginner, you might want to head for Bob Vivant and Nansen.
Mont Tremblant: the facts
- Mont Tremblant’s skiing and snowboarding area covers 269 hectares
- There are 96 trails on four slopes
- Around a fifth of the trails are classed as ‘easy,’ around a third ‘difficult’ and the remaining ones ‘very difficult and extreme’
- Nansen is the longest trail
- More than 1000 snow guns are in used to keep the white stuff in top condition, with artificial snow covering around 188 hectares
But it’s not all about skiing and snowboarding. The Laurentians are also home to the massive Mont Tremblant National Park. Head into here, and you’ll also be able to get the adrenaline pumping on a snow mobile, or maybe you might fancy a touch of ice-climbing?
There are loads of activities for both the winter and summer. And, after all that fresh air and activity, you’ll need somewhere to stay. There are so many options in the Laurentians, including some great condos to choose from – offering high standards of accommodation.
You’ll get a taste of what’s to come in the Canadian Rockies as you make your way from Calgary airport, if that’s where you’re touching down and travelling from. The scenery is awesome en-route. The Rockies are in Alberta, in western Canada – and are a popular winter sports choice for skiers and snowboarders alike.
When you get to Banff, you’ll be surrounded by an abundance of awesome sights, the ingredients for great skiing and snowboarding. Mount Rundle to one side of you, with Cascade Mountain on the other. There are also loads of other great areas to check out, including Lake Louise and Marmot Basin. You’ll come across rocky eye-catchers, frozen lakes and glaciers.
The ski resorts in Alberta give you a choice of all types of terrain – there are hundreds of runs, and you should have no problem finding some snow. There’s normally loads of it. Sunshine Village resort is one of the whitest you’ll come across in Canada – said to get around 30 feet of fresh snow every year.
The Marmot Basin, in Jasper National Park, doesn’t get as much as that – but it keeps hold it, being the highest base elevation when it comes to ski areas in the country.