8 of the best ski resorts in the USA and Canada

02 October 2017

Famed for knee-deep powder, immaculate slopes and wide, tree lined runs, there’s nothing quite like the ski resorts of Canada and the United States of America.

Add spectacular national park scenery, superb service and a super-friendly vibe into the mix and you’ve got all of the ingredients for an unforgettable ski holiday.

Whether you’re a seasoned skier, fun-loving snowboarder or it’s your first time on the slopes, here are eight of the best destinations that the USA and Canada have to offer.

1 Whistler Blackcomb, Canada

Whistler is considered one of the hottest ski destinations in the world, and for good reason. This ski resort is massive, with over 200 marked trails, a diverse range of terrains and a superb lift system.

With skiing for all abilities and a huge range of off-slope activities, there’s something for everyone. And, the car-free Whistler Village with its host of restaurants, bars and shops is perfect for a spot of exploring or when you’re feeling peckish.

2 Telluride Ski Resort, Colorado, USA

Telluride is a great resort with an excellent lift infrastructure nestled in the spectacular setting of the Box Canyon, with its breathtaking scenery and steep mountain vistas. The town is full of historic charm and culture and is sophisticated yet delightfully welcoming. The terrain is designed to keep all abilities happy, from gentle slopes for the beginner to expert slopes guaranteed to test the limits of any ‘shredder’.

3 Sun Peaks Resort, British Columbia

Sun Peaks is a ski resort with something to suit everyone but it’s especially popular with families. The resort boasts well laid out slopes, excellent ski school facilities and is only a 45-minute drive from the pretty city of Kamloops.

The second largest ski area in Canada (after Whistler), Sun Peaks Resort tends to be crowd-free and is spread out over multiple mountains. There are over 130 runs, so there’s something to suit all abilities from beginner to pro.

4 Squaw Valley, California, USA

This impressive ski resort near Lake Tahoe offers 3,600 acres of terrain spread over multiple peaks. With treeless peaks, wide open spaces, sun dappled glades, groomed highways and steep chutes it is a must-visit for extreme skiers.

However, you don’t have to be a pro skier or snowboarder to enjoy this fabulous resort. There’s terrain here to suit all abilities, whether you’re looking for gnarly to nice or tough to tame. Added to this, the resort boasts one of the most advanced lift systems in the USA.

5 Big White Ski Resort, Canada

Big White Ski Resort in Canada

At the Big White Ski Resort, skiing and snowboarding are quite literally on your doorstep!

The mid mountain village is ski-in and -out, and it’s filled with a selection of welcoming bars, restaurants and shops. Ideal for families, Big White Ski Resort is easy to get around and there are lots of family-friendly activities, as well as an award-winning children’s centre.

With slopes to suit all abilities, Big White Ski Resort is a great choice for all levels of skier or boarder. While you’re there, keep an eye out for the the resort’s famous ‘snow ghosts’ - snow blasted trees which take on all sorts of fascinating shapes.

6 Powder Mountain, Utah, USA

Affectionately known as ‘Pow Mow,’ this hidden gem is where you can find your very own patch of fresh powder snow.

A little known resort with a huge distance of skiable terrain, Powder Mountain isn’t a gigantic resort, so it’s a must-visit for powder-lovers and those who like to get off the beaten track.

7 Sunshine Ski Resort, Banff

When it comes to awe-inspiring scenery, Banff is hard to beat. Sunshine Ski Resort is a paradise for skiers looking for superb snow conditions and the infectious après-ski buzz of the charming town of Banff.

There’s plenty of choice here for all abilities from novices and intermediates to the most extreme skiers who come to take on the challenge of some nerve-wracking backcountry terrain.

8 Alta Ski Resort, Utah

Considered one of the best ski resorts in the world, Alta Ski Resort is one of the oldest in the USA.

Alta Ski Resort has retained some of its old-fashioned traditions, the most controversial of which being the prohibition of snowboarders. That aside, this friendly resort welcomes all newcomers and boasts 116 trails catering for all skiing abilities. There’s a good spread of cruising slopes for beginners and intermediates whilst adrenaline seekers can get their kicks with some superbly challenging trails and fabulous powder.

Ready to hit the slopes in the USA or Canada? Get in touch with your Travel Counsellor to find your skiing or snowboarding paradise!

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