The Best Ski Hills in Canada for Beginners, Families, Hard-Core Skiers and Viewfinders

Options for just about everyone in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec.
 

Whistler Blackcomb, photo by Mike Crane Photography

Whether you’re a wary beginner, a parent with youngsters, an active Instagrammer or a first-chair hard-charger hoping for heavy snowfall, we’ve got a match for you.

For Beginners

Best match: Blue Mountain Resort, Ont.

Blue Mountain’s wide-open, unintimidating terrain is ideal for those just learning to turn, and the two beginner areas featuring easy-to-ride surface lifts, a Kid Zone and a self-regulated Newbie Circuit help you progress at your own pace. Plus, equipment rentals include not only skis, boots and boards, but also mitts, helmets, goggles and even snow pants.

Or try: Sommet Saint-Sauveur, Que.

This gem just outside Montreal is legendary for ski innovation. Sauveur’s latest: a safe and secure Terrain Based Learning (TBL) area with specially shaped slopes that help beginners learn without fear of having to break or turn. C’est simple!

For Families

Best match: SilverStar Mountain Resort, B.C.

From steeps and bumps to cruisers and easy-riding ridges, this resort in B.C.’s Interior has multi-ability families covered. But what makes SilverStar a real standout for groups with kids are its off-slope options: cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skating, fat biking, snow tubing and even Adventure Weeks for youngsters.

Or try: Sunshine Village, Alta.

Ski resorts go to great expense building terrain parks, but Sunshine’s entire ski area is an all-natural terrain park filled with gullies, bowls and terrific jumps and glades. Plus, Sunshine Mountain Lodge’s ski-in lodging makes it easy for families to come and go.

Lake Louise, photo by Chris Moseley

For the Best Views

Best match: Lake Louise Ski Resort, Alta.

On Instagram, Snapchat or whatever social site you use, you’ll be sharing your views from “The Lake.” Panoramas from the ski resort’s Top of the World Express lift are highly valued: emerald trees, diamond-cut peaks, and lakes that turn turquoise during spring skiing. And vistas of alpine bowls and secluded glades will stop you in your tracks.

Or try: Panorama Mountain Resort, B.C.

Panorama’s chairlifts offer ringside seats to views of the Purcell Mountains and neighbouring Rockies. Pretty peaks are so close, you won’t even need a telephoto lens for your camera. Also, be sure to toast the view over lunch inside a cozy on-mountain cabin.

For Hard-Core Skiers

Best match: Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.

For the skier who can ride all day and rally all night, Whistler goes way beyond bountiful. Start with 8,171 acres of terrain and 200-plus trails. Add to that tree skiing off Whistler’s Peak, steep skiing on runs such as Spanky’s Ladder, and glacier skiing at certain times of year. At night: try microbrews at Whistler Brewing Co., cheap eats at La Cantina Urban Taco Bar, cocktails at Fairmont Chateau Whistler and the dance floor at Buffalo Bills. Sleep when you get home … until then, ski Whistler.

Or try: Revelstoke Mountain Resort, B.C.

For its 10th anniversary season, “Revy” is upgrading its Revelation Gondola to accommodate 9,700 skiers per hour. Muscular glades, two high-alpine bowls, and ready access to cat- and heli-skiing put this B.C. resort on every hard-core skier’s must-ski list.

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