Canada’s Alberta province offers some of the best skiing and boarding in the world across three different resorts. Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper are all very different, each with its own unique character and flavour, and yet they share a few factors that make them some of the best North America has to offer.
Stellar snow records
When Europe has a snow-shaped hole to fill, Alberta’s drenched in the stuff with Banff regularly pushing 9.5m. The record really is faultless. Need we say more?
Fed up with over-crowded buses, bottle-neck queues and trails that resemble the M1 on a Friday night? Over in Canada it’s a different story. Our pick for a week away from the crowds is the small but perfectly formed Jasper: 1675 acres of groomed skiing and no-one but the occasional bear to share it with (okay, not quite, but you get our drift).
We at Crystal Ski Holidays begin our trips to Canada in the second week of December and by that time, Alberta’s always in full swing. Lake Louise is an early fixture on the World Cup circuit, with the resort opening in early November. Plus it has back bowls to rival Vail.
Canadian resorts are BIG. The Banff ski area is comprised of Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise. These three resorts are not only worthy destinations in themselves, but are close enough to one another to flit between the three over the course of a week, adding up to a whopping 7,500 acres and huge variety. All the big Canadian resorts are suited to anyone from beginners through to cliff-hucking experts, too.
Like the US, the Canadians do everything with a bit of North American panache. Smiling service, good value mountain eats, fast lifts and unrivalled resort infrastructure await you. Plus there are the added extras such as heli- and cat-skiing that are unique to Western Canada. All-in-all, Canada knows how to make a first class ski trip, and once you’ve been there, you WILL want to go back.