Friday, 6 January 2012 11:47 AM
If you're gathering up your ski gear and planning a holiday speeding down some of the world's top slopes, you won't beat a trip to Canada. Awash with fantastic resorts bursting with incredible runs, it's an ultimate skiing destination – but where is best to go?
There is a whole host of fabulous resorts that are worth considering, including destinations in Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec. Read our guide to discover some of the most spectacular.
Situated in British Columbia just north of Vancouver, Whistler Blackcomb is often regarded as the nation's premier skiing destination – particularly because it hosted the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2010.
It's certainly a location worthy of its reputation. Boasting some 8,100 acres of skiable terrain, it is home to approximately 100 trails on each of its peaks.
Eager skiers will find the destination a real skiing heaven, with fantastic on and off-piste experiences to be had. Indeed, practised skiers will delight in the challenges waiting to be faced, while intermediate sportspeople can strive to improve their skills on top-quality runs.
However, if this will be the first time you're donning a ski jacket and hitting the slopes, never fear, as there are also ski schools catering to people of different ages and abilities. Indeed, there are lessons designed for adults, teenagers and kids, so you can rest assure your personal needs will be met.
Plus, those who want to sprinkle some other activities into their holiday will not be disappointed, as there are ample opportunities to do so. Snowmobiling, sleigh rides and snowshoeing are just a handful of the exhilarating options on offer.
Quebec is another region that is great for skiing, and Le Massif is one of its finest resorts.
Indeed, the Le Massif de Charlevoix offers unparalleled views of the St Lawrence River – something that has helped it earn its reputation as one of Quebec's most visually-dazzling resorts.
However, there's more to Le Massif than scenery alone. Boasting runs suitable for people of all ski levels, it has a dedicated beginners' area to help ease novices into the sport – while there is plenty of off-piste terrain for daring skiers with more experience.
Meanwhile, there is a host of lessons available, from various beginner courses to group and private lessons, as well as those spanning a number of weeks.
With spa facilities located just 15 minutes away and a wide variety of other winter sports activities, Le Massif offers holidaymakers the chance to have a varied and exciting getaway.
Situated in Alberta, Banff National Park offers three fantastic ski resorts, all nestled within its famously-stunning landscapes.
Mount Norquay, Lake Louise Ski Area and Sunshine Village make up its various destinations, and each offers a mix of beginner, intermediate and expert runs.
Together, the resorts offer some 8,000 acres of skiable terrain in this magnificent world heritage site. Lake Louise Ski Area leads the way in terms of size with 4,200 acres, following by Sunshine Village with 3,358 acres and Mt Norquay's 190 acres.
What's more, whichever Banff resort you choose, you can enjoy a long ski season, typically running from the middle of November to May, as well as excellent powdery snow and a variety of other winter sports options, including ice walks and dogsledding.
Wherever you choose to go on your skiing getaway, make sure you stock up on essentials such as ski pants before jetting off.