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Four Canadian Downhill Skiing Retreats You Don't Want to Miss

Here are four of the top downhill skiing destinations in Canada that will bring adventure to your winter getaway

Five people are sitting on a ski lift with snow-capped mountains behind them. The first person is wearing a black helmet with a teal coat and neon yellow snow pants. The second person next to them is wearing a red coat, black snow pants and a red helmet. The person in the middle is wearing a checkered powder blue coat with pink snow pants and a white helmet. The fourth person is wearing a neon green coat with black ski pants and a black helmet. The last person is wearing a multi-coloured coat of neon yellow, teal and black with a matching helmet, and orange snow pants.

Canada’s mountainous landscape and snowy winters make it a world-class destination for downhill skiing and snowboarding. From the Rocky Mountains to the Laurentians, these four top ski resorts across the country offer diverse and challenging terrain, convenient slope-side accommodations and fun activities for all ages.

Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.

A person wearing a burnt orange ski jacket and black snow pants standing on top of a snowy hill, looking out at the snowcapped mountains around them. They are wearing a black helmet with goggles on top of the helmet and standing on a snowboard.

British Columbia’s sprawling 8,171-acre winter playground Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort wows outdoor enthusiasts with more than 200 marked trails across two towering mountains.

The mountains are connected by the record-breaking Peak 2 Peak gondola, the world’s highest above-ground cable car with the longest distance between access points. The 360-degree views of Whistler Village, mountain peaks, lakes, glaciers and forests are sure to impress.

Advanced skiers can book a thrilling heli-skiing experience to explore backcountry terrain and deep powder conditions. These off-trail mountain slopes are accessible only by helicopter, so make sure to book your spot in advance to avoid disappointment.

After an epic day of big-mountain skiing, unwind in the pedestrian village and enjoy the resort’s wellness facilities, gourmet dining, boutiques and lively nightlife options.

Le Massif de Charlevoix, Que.

A person wearing a red ski jacket ad black snow pants is midway down a hill on their skis. Behind them is water with ice caps in it.

With the highest vertical drop east of the Rockies and an average annual snowfall of nearly 6.5 metres, Le Massif in Québec’s Charlevoix region is where seasoned skiers flock.

Descend from summit to base along smooth trails or navigate steeper inclines while taking in majestic views of the St. Lawrence River below. On-site accommodations range from rustic, mountaintop forest chalets to luxurious all-inclusive suites at the newly opened Club Med Charlevoix Resort.

Lake Louise Ski Resort, Alta.

A person wearing a teal ski jacket and black snow pants is standing behind a child who is wearing a teal and neon yellow ski jacket and ski pants. The child has ski goggles on over their forehead. Both people are on skis but do not have poles. The child is holding their arms out for balance.

Located in Banff National Park, Lake Louise Ski Resort boasts 4,200 acres of skiable terrain surrounded by breathtaking alpine scenery.

Snowy mountain peaks and an easy-to-navigate layout make this family-friendly resort a great choice for new and experienced skiers alike. Beginner, intermediate and expert trails are accessible from most chairlifts. Visitors can check-in to the upscale Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise or book a room at one of the many charming inns and lodges located within the park.

Blue Mountain, Ont.

Two Muskoka chairs, one red and one blue, are sitting on a dock. There is a pathway of snow behind it. Even further behind it is a cluster of buildings on a hill that are brightly lit up. Behind the buildings are downhill ski slopes that are well-lit for night skiing.

Spanning 365 acres along the shores of Georgian Bay, Ontario’s only year-round mountain resort is the province’s go-to spot for winter fun.

Carved into the Niagara Escarpment’s steep cliffs, Blue Mountain Resort offers beginner hills, lessons and 30 well-lit trails for night skiing. Though the area may not have the dramatic elevation and snowfall of the west, the resort makes up for it with fun activities and amenities like the mountaintop skating loop, snowshoe trails and dozens of dining and shopping options in the slope-side village.

Plan your next ski trip

To plan your own downhill skiing adventure, speak with an experienced CAA Travel Consultant by calling 1-800-992-8143 or visiting caasco.com/plantravel. They can also advise you on travel insurance to cover unexpected medical expenses or recoup costs if you need to cancel. Visit caasco.com/insurance/travel for details.

Image credit: Lake Louise Ski Resort/Chris Moseley, @miraecampbell/Destination BC, Datch78/Wikipedia Commons, Noel Hendrickson/Travel Alberta, ByMPhotos/iStock