Canada is home to some of the most diverse terrain in the world, the high peaks of the Canadian Rockies and the beautiful vistas of the Maritimes make this country perfect for the skiers or snowboarders in any group! There are countless unique ski towns to be found from coast to coast making it so easy to enjoy those long winter months. So, we asked some hardcore locals all over Canada to help us compile a list of their favourite ski runs – it was hard to narrow it down to just 10 but consider it a great start for the season!
Whistler Blackcomb – Whistler, BC
1. Cloud Nine at 7th Heaven, Whistler Blackcomb - Whistler, British Columbia
“It has amazing views of Whistler’s Harmony Bowl and is nestled beside great backcountry runs.” – NLB. Of course, Whistler-Blackcomb isn’t just a mountain; it’s a village equipped with the complete experience considering its experience in hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics there’s never a shortage of things to discover! There’s a trail somewhere up there for everyone! New lifts and major investments make it the number 1 resort in North America, right here in Canada.
2. Link’s Line, RED Mountain Resort - Rossland, British Columbia
“I’ll let you search for it on a trail map and figure out why we love it.” – AMG Locals really don’t like to share their favourite spots and we understand why. It’s best untracked! Red Mountain is benefitting from new investors and 4200 acres of terrain including the addition of Grey Mountain. With over 300 inches of annual snowfall, a huge vertical, and a 360-degree drop this slope is not for the faint of heart.
3. Born To Run, Big White Ski Resort - Kelowna, British Columbia
Some locals can’t pick just one, like asking to pick a favourite child. “Best views, I would say Born To Run, best fall line is Pegasus, but for tree skiing, I would go for Corkscrew Glades.” – C.G. Big White is known for its crisp, dry Champagne-like snow, and is the second largest ski area in British Columbia with over 100 runs – and those are just the ones we know about!
Feuz Bowl was named after a legendary Swiss mountain guide. We wonder if he might be loosely related to top World Cup Swiss speed skier of the same name, Beat Feuz? This popular resort boasts the fourth-highest vertical drop in North America at 1,260 metres. “A great destination for all snow sports, including telemarking and heli-skiing.” – S.M.
Lake Louise Ski Resort – Banff National Park, AB
5. Lindsey Vonn’s Way (renamed Ladies Downhill), Lake Louise Ski Resort - Banff National Park, Alberta
Lake Louise is well known all over the globe for its speed pit stop every late November to early December by some of the best skiers in the world. Early season, not every run is open, but you will always enjoy the magnificent views on the front side overlooking the glorious peaks in the distance, as well as the famous lake. Also enjoy skiing or snowboarding at Sunshine Village and Norquay for every level known as Ski Big 3.
6. Apple Bowl, Blue Mountain Resort – Blue Mountain, Ontario
“A fun ski slope accessible for night skiing too and the terrain park for a challenge!” – J.K. On average, Blue Mountain sells more than 750,000 lift tickets per year, making it the third-busiest ski resort in Canada after Whistler-Blackcomb in British Columbia and Mont Tremblant in Quebec. It is among the largest resorts in Ontario with 42 runs and 3 freestyle terrains.
Mont Tremblant – Tremblant, QC
7. Laurentienne, Versant Soleil, Mont Tremblant - Tremblant, Québec
This trail has beautiful views and leads to the Refuge du Trappeur – a hidden warm up on mountain hut. Located on one of the tallest peaks in the Laurentians, Tremblant is well-known for producing top skiers and Olympic snowboarders with self-named runs, such as the Erik Guay and the Jasey-Jay Anderson. You can enjoy the south side, the north side, the Edge and the Versant Soleil. Best known for the wide selection of restaurants and bars, there is always a place to warm up and meet new people.
8. La Tremblay, Le Massif de Charlevoix - Petite-Rivière St-François, Québec
Le Massif boasts the highest vertical drop east of the Rockies and the view goes for miles into the St-Lawrence river. 401 acres of terrain still not overcrowded for those in the know. “Beginners and intermediate skiers will also enjoy the gentle hero snow.” – M.L.
Mont Ste-Anne – Beaupre, QC
9. La Crête, Mont Ste-Anne – Beaupré, Québec
“For the views, the fall line, the length!” – M.G. Mont Ste-Anne is a gem with terrain for all skiers and snowboarders, try any of the 71 trails covering a total of 73 km during the day or their 19 trails covering 15.5 km available at night. The longest run called La Familiale, flaunting an immaculate 4.5 km is great for friends and families alike just as the name suggests!
10. Blow Me Down (renamed OMJ), Marble Mountain – Steady Brook, Newfoundland
Marble Mountain, being the largest alpine ski resort in Atlantic Canada is known for the best skiing east of the Rockies. “They have a run that was called Blow Me Down after the mountain range, but it’s been renamed due to the green-blue run that leads to the very steep black groomed run (winch groomer). Now they call it O M J, for those who might yell ‘Oh My Jesus’ as they come to the unexpected terrain.” – N.R.
Honourable Mention: La Nord-Est, Mont Edouard, Québec
If you enjoy glades or tree skiing, a visit to Mont Edouard might be the best kept secret in Eastern Quebec. Mt Edouard will be first-time host to the Canadian alpine championships in 2019, with the Desjardins the only SuperG FIS homologated run in Quebec, which means approved by the very best skiers in Canada and beyond! They offer backcountry and top mogul ski runs as well.
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