Why You Should Ski in Canada This Season
In the words of Ned Stark, winter is coming … and so is ski season. And good news for those who have always dismissed a Canadian ski vacation as too expensive, the whole country is nearly 40% off.
Well, really the exchange rate is heavily in favor of the American dollar, 37 cents to be exact as of Dec. 16, so, eager skiers will find more bang for their buck on slopes in the Great White North.
Condo rentals in Stowe, Vt., start at more than $300 per night, and one-day lift tickets for adults are a steep $115 per person. At Mont Tremblant, just 3.5-hour drive away, one-day lift tickets for adults price as low as $47. Combined with our Top 20 deal for $78 per night at Cap Tremblant, the savings, especially when factoring in the CAD, is more than enough to cover the cost of gas for three hours of scenic driving.
For those who are devoted to Vail, consider Banff National Park in Alberta, home to The Big Three: Norquay, Lake Louise and Sunshine Village. Here the snow is referred to as “Champagne powder” and UNESCO designated it a World Heritage site (read: super beautiful).
Compared with the $200+ price tags on Vail lodging, our deal for $165 at the only ski-in, ski-out hotel in Sunshine Village includes an overnight stay and lift tickets for two. Travelzoo Tip: Fly into Calgary to ski Banff. The Banff Airporter shuttles guests from the airport to the resorts for CA$60 one way.
Gracing the superlative lists of nearly every major ski magazine, Whistler Blackcomb is a force to be reckoned with, and for good reason. According to National Geographic, “It gets the most snow, has some of the longest vertical drops, the largest terrain parks, the steepest steeps, the most runs, and the greatest acreage of any ski area on the continent.”
Skiing the best trails in North America comes with a price, so expect to pay more than the majority of Canadian ski areas. However, when booking lift tickets in advance, skiers can save up to 28% at Whistler Blackcomb, and coupling that with the CAD exchange rate and our one-bedroom suite deal at Nita Lodge, you are still saving a pretty penny compared with top U.S. ski resorts.
For those looking for a one-size-fits-all type of ski resort, Revelstoke, in British Columbia, is the only resort worldwide to offer skiing, heli-skiing, cat-skiing and backcountry skiing all from one base. It also boasts America’s longest lift-served vertical at more than 1,700m. Keeping with the mountain’s theme of exclusivity, The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort is the only ski-in/ski-out resort in the area, making it an obvious choice for ski lodging.
In addition to thrilling drop-ins and discounts, Canada has extraordinarily long ski seasons. Many Alberta resorts operate lifts well into May. For the non-skiers, Lake Louise, notorious for its turquoise water, turns into a 2.5 km-long skating rink. And best of all, Canadian resorts have poutine, sugar shacks, and that notorious Northern hospitality.
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