Perhaps it is the mix of US-style resort infrastructure and a more European form of service culture that is so beguiling. Or it could be the rugged, intrepid resorts; far removed from the sanitized skiing environment you find in the American or big-name European resorts. Whatever the reasons, Canada takes the winter sports culture of Scandinavia, the service industry of America, the mountains of Western Europe, the snowfall of Japan and the friendliness of New Zealand, adds a healthy dose of Canuck flavour and combines the lot into one incredibly attractive package. If the thought of that long flight and tiresome transfer time is still putting you off, perhaps the terrain will change your mind. From the epic, billowing powder of Whistler to the fun, steep groomed pistes of Lake Louise. Canada can cater for all tastes. And, unlike in the States, you feel as though they actually want you to enjoy it as well, thanks to a relaxed off-piste policy and some of the politest people on the planet. Factor all this in, and it is easy to understand why Canadian skiing inspires such fierce loyalty. Perhaps its time you investigated it for yourself.

Facts & Figures
Currency Canadian Dollar (CAN$)
Time zone GMT -4 to GMT -8
Country code +1
Ambulance 911
Police 911
Fire 911

Pros

Very slickly run resorts

Powder! Lots of it.

Very beginner/family friendly, with good learner areas and well groomed pistes as standard.

Friendly and well mannered. Pushing in lift queues and people trampling on your skis is unheard of.

Cons

Restrictive out of bounds policy, which will be quite alien to most Europeans.

Resorts are quite spread out, making multi-resort road trips quite an undertaking. Though often that’s exactly the point.

It’s a trek to get there unless you’re North American.

Some resort areas and vertical drops are small when compared with the average European resort.

It can be cold. Viciously so.

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