Revelstoke Mountain Resort, British Columbia
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.
Whistler, British Columbia
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.
Banff National Park, Alberta
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.
[This story appears in the January 2018 issue of WestJet Magazine and has since been updated]
The Best Backcountry Lodges in British Columbia and Alberta
Whether you want to ski, spa, explore or simply unwind these getaways in the Canadian wilderness offer something for everyone. From Emerald Lake Lodge in British Columbia’s Yoho National Park to Mount Engadine Lodge in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, there’s no shortage of idyllic backcountry lodges in Canada’s Rocky Mountains. Here are a few of our favourite spots.