A bumper season is forecast for Canada this winter with several iconic resorts in British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec and Ontario offering new experiences and expanded terrain.
Panorama Mountain Village, British Columbia
Located 308 kilometres west of Calgary in British Columbia’s Purcell Mountains, Panorama Mountain Village welcomes a 128-acre expansion to Taynton Bowl this winter, the resort’s off-piste backcountry-style terrain.
This is the first phase in the resort’s Mt. Goldie Plateau multi-stage expansion, opening up a new alpine zone to skiers and riders. The expansion includes four brand new double black diamond trails, an additional 75 metres of vertical and a new longest run on the mountain at 6.5 km.
Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
Experience the summit of Whistler Mountain from a unique perspective from the new Peak Suspension Bridge and West Ridge Viewpoint. Suspended over Whistler Bowl at an elevation of 2,182 metres, the new suspension bridge is the tallest in North America, offer expansive views of Whistler Village and the surrounding Garibaldi Provincial Park.
Big White, British Columbia
Big White in British Columbia is maintaining its reputation as one of Canada’s most family-friendly destinations with the expansion of its award-winning Kids Centre, with separate spaces for skiers aged 3-4 and 5-7. All kids will continue to be equipped with complimentary helmets and GPS systems to track their lesson and results.
Masters’ Week at Big White is a specially designed program for passionate skiers and snowboarders aged 50+. The program combines the best skiing and riding Big White has to offer with a series of exclusive après events including wine tastings, dining at Big White’s best local restaurants, evening sleigh rides, and more. This season will offer two sessions: January 29 to February 2, and February 26 to March 3, 2018.
Silver Star, British Columbia
Silver Star Mountain Resort, in Shuswap Highland of the Monashee Mountains, British Columbia, celebrates its 60th anniversary this winter (1958-2018). The resort’s popular Tube Town has been expanded for the upcoming season to allow for more family fun in the four tubing lanes. The resort opens on 23 November 2017.
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, British Columbia
A two-day clinic led by women, for women, will launch at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in the upcoming season. Rippin’ Betties Women’s Clinic is an affordable clinic led by a Golden local to give tips and tricks to female skiers looking to improve their skills and boost their confidence on off-piste terrain.
Getting to Kicking Horse, British Columbia, will be easier than ever. A shuttle service connecting Calgary International Airport to the resort will run twice a week, via the Banff Brewster Airport Express. Service runs Wednesday and Saturday from December to March.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort, British Columbia
Revelstoke Mountain Resort in British Columbia has added 50 acres of additional glading to its terrain. The resort’s guided side-country touring programs have also been expanded for those who wish to explore the untouched terrain just outside the resort’s boundary.
Revelstoke is one of the only resorts anywhere to offer tandem paragliding flights on skis right from the mountain. Take flight with the crew from Revelstoke Paragliding for some of the most spectacular views around. www.revelstokemountainresort.com
Fernie Alpine Resort, British Columbia
Fernie Alpine Resort in British Columbia is introducing a new sub-zero Ice Bar at Lizard Creek Lodge, with expert staff to guides visitors through a tasting of vodka and champagne.
Fernie’s two-day Backcountry Basics course will offer skiers an introduction to ski touring by professional guides. Guests can choose to stay overnight at Lizard Creek Lodge, where they can reminisce about the day with new friends while enjoying fireside après at the new Cirque Bar.
SkiBig3 encompasses three iconic resorts in the province of Alberta: Banff Sunshine, Mt Norquay and Lake Louise Ski Resort. The SkiBig3 lift pass now includes a complimentary Banff Hot Springs Pass and free ski shuttles from Banff and Lake Louise hotels when you purchase 3+ days of skiing.
Sightseeing tours at Lake Louise Ski Resort will escort guests to some of the most breathtaking scenic vantage points in the Canadian Rockies by snowshoe. Snowshoe excursions can be booked daily, with moon-light options also available.
Mont Tremblant, Quebec
Mont Tremblant, in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec, 130 kilometres northwest of Montreal, has expanded its Adrénaline Park, with a creative assortment of modules for freestyle skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels. Five Rockstar features have been added to the Promenade and lower Curé-Deslauriers slopes.
Visitors can experience Alpine Touring at Mont Tremblant. Climb the designated trails up the highest peak in the Laurentians ski down one of 96 marked ski runs.
Blue Mountain, Ontario
Blue Mountain, Ontario’s largest mountain village resort, spans the beautiful Niagara Escarpment. This top family-friendly resort celebrates 75 years in 2017. Blue Mountain Snow School offers private and group lessons in the Kid Zone for little snow bunnies, as well as lessons tailored for Junior and Teenage Ski & Snowboard, Adult Ski & Snowboard, Advanced Ski, and Senior Ski.