If B.C.’s Revelstoke Mountain Resort is Canada’s ideal hub for heli-, cat- and lift-served skiing, then The Sutton Place Hotel is its ideal lodging. In the lobby, you’ll find a crackling fire and a bevy of on-the-ball bell captains offering tips on Revy’s secret powder stashes. Rooms are spacious, and many have balconies overlooking the Revelation Gondola or the Monashee Valley. Out front, there’s a heli-pad with choppers whisking heli-skiers into the mountains. Pre-flight, fuel up on a hearty breakfast at Sutton’s Rockford Wok Bar Grill, and later, après-ski on-site at The MacKenzie Common Tavern or head downtown, roughly a 10-minute drive (or shuttle) away. But first, soothe your muscles in the Sutton’s outdoor heated pool and hot tubs—with Revy’s 10-metre annual snowfall, you’ll be glad you did. Rates from $475.
Perched on the highest floors of this castle hotel in B.C.’s Coast Mountains, the new Alpine Suites at the slopeside Fairmont Chateau Whistler offer a bird’s-eye view of the surrounding slopes. Few roosts in Whistler reveal such action: skiers, riders and a whirring Wizard Express chairlift. Opened last year, these roomy, 600-square-foot suites help define modern mountain luxury with smooth lines, rustic textures, flat-screen TVs, contemporary fireplaces and, best of all, walls adorned with black-and-white photographs of Whistler’s past. Spend your time skiing past the Chateau’s steamy outdoor pools, channeling your inner calm at The Vida Spa and relaxing après-ski with a martini in the Mallard Lounge. Rates from $479.
Rewind the tape. Cue the classic snow setting. Sit back and savour scenes from a retro ski flick. That’s the cozy cabin feel coming your way with a stay at Sunshine Mountain Lodge. Situated high in the Canadian Rockies, this 84-room, mid-mountain boutique hotel at Banff Sunshine Village ski resort is surrounded by snow. Accessed by skis, snowboards, chairlifts and gondolas only (no cars), it’s one of Canada’s true ski-in/ski-out accommodations. Step outside and slap on your boards; you’ll be riding the Standish Express in seconds. Later, slip into the lodge’s outdoor hot pool—it’s steamy, slopeside and iconic among skiers. A west wing addition was added to the lodge’s clean-lined design in 2009 and features two-storey lofts with rosy wood tones, fireplaces and soaring windows. Rates from $540 (includes lift ticket).