Offering a seamless experience, ski-in/ski-out resorts are located close to the lifts or sometimes directly on the slopes. Often the first to book up, their convenience is an advantage for anyone who wants to maximise their time on the snow, as you will find yourself at the nearest chairlift in the blink of an eye.
Stays in this type of accommodation are hassle-free and a bonus for everyone, including those of us who want to dedicate more of our time to locating those secret powder stashes, families who want to simplify the logistics of travel, first-time skiers who prefer to take frequent breaks and get on and off the mountain in a snap, and those looking for quick and easy access to après-ski facilities. For example, the slopeside hot-pools (Canada’s largest) at Panorama, the mountain resort home to the most complete ski-in/ski-out accommodation in Canada.
While not a ski-in resort, Banff is home to the Sunshine Mountain Lodge. A mere few steps away from the nearest chairlift, you have a choice of lodge suites, loft rooms and premiere rooms, and there is a large outdoor hot tub only a stone’s throw from the slopes.
Based On Our First-hand Experience, Here’s Where To Ski-in & Ski-out
Our expert knowledge of where to stay and passion for North America’s mountains are the perfect combination when it comes to tailoring your ideal ski holiday. Find the best places to eat, sleep, ski-in and ski-out, and more, with our latest guide covering the Big White, Whistler, Panorama, and Revelstoke resorts.
Big White Ski Resort
Located only 35 miles southeast of Kelowna in the interior of British Columbia and less than an hour’s shuttle ride from the Kelowna International Airport, Big White is easy to get to and even easier to ski. Award-winning, the mountain paradise is a hit with international skiers in search of reliable snowfall, as it usually receives tons of dry ‘champagne’ powder—the province’s second-largest resort village boasting the most ski-in, ski-out accommodation in Canada.
Across its 2,765 acres, you will find everything from deep powder bowls to wide-open groomers. One of the world’s top family ski resorts, the beginner terrain is spread out all over the mountain and runs all the way to the summit. Start out at the Bullet Express lift and move onto the Snow Ghost and Ridge Rocket chair lifts for more of a challenge, with more than half of the runs rated for intermediates. A hit with younger guests, we also recommend the mini-snowmobiles and ice-climbing on offer at the resort.
Stay at the luxury Stonebridge Lodge. Located on the quieter side of the village and right beside the Bullet Express chairlift, you will have a choice of one, two, and three-bedroom suites, some with private hot tubs and some with lofts.
The family-friendly Sundance Resort (rated number one on Tripadvisor under Ski-in/Ski-out Hotels) has direct access to the Black Forest and Bullet Chairlifts, and the hotel comes complete with a heated pool and hot tubs. Nightly entertainment for children, an in-house cinema, and free popcorn make this Big White property popular with parents.
Whistler Ski Resort
Only two hours north of Vancouver, Whistler is home to 8,100 acres of terrain. North America’s largest ski resort is world-renowned for its impressively fluffy, plentiful, and light snow, and its wide range of accommodations, especially on the luxury end of the spectrum.
Boasting plenty of awards for those with kids in tow, families love to take advantage of its longer season, running through mid-May, the glorious sun-kissed skies, quieter slopes, and warmer temperature—perfect for little ones. With two mountains connected by the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, lots of challenging single black diamond trails, extensive intermediate runs (55 percent of the 200-plus runs marked “blue”), a lively après-ski scene, and an impressive ski school—where there is the opportunity to learn to ski or snowboard or take speciality lessons—Whistler Blackcomb has your holiday covered.
Defining ski-in/ski-out luxury, Whistler’s Fairmont Chateau is perfectly appointed, the property sitting right by the slopes of Blackcomb (close to the Blackcomb chair lifts) at the ski school meeting point. Enjoy a Gold Floor upgrade for the ultimate five-star experience. The Gold Guest experience includes private check-in and check-out; a private concierge service; and exclusive access to the beautiful Fairmont Gold Lounge (with honour bar), which serves a daily complimentary deluxe continental breakfast and post-ski appetizers. Alternatively, choose to stay at the Blackcomb Spring Suites which boasts a stunning outdoor tree lined pool and lifts right outside your back door. A free bus ride makes the village easily accessible.
Panorama Mountain Resort
Quiet, uncrowded, and with next to zero lift lines (ranked #1 resort for most space per skier among the world’s 100 largest ski resorts in a recent European survey), British Columbia’s Panorama Mountain Resort is ideal for anyone seeking a more laidback and intimate vibe on their holiday.
Just a three and a half-hour drive from Calgary International Airport, the resort is blessed with spectacular views of the Purcell Mountains and Kootenay Rockies, and its 3,000 acres of skiable terrain includes spacious slopes that are perfect for the novice and those who are leveling up. There’s excitement for the advanced too, with bowl trails that wind through towering pines and access to some of Powder Highway’s steepest and deepest double blacks. The après-ski scene is chilled with a good selection of restaurants, cafes and bars. We recommend kicking back with a few craft beers and then heading to the famous Panorama Springs Hot Pools (Canada’s largest slopeside hot pools) and whirlpools, which are open to all guests of the resort.
Located in the Upper Village, at Panorama Springs, you are just steps from the lifts and main base area, with the hot pools literally on your back doorstep. Choose from self-catering condos ranging from studios up to two bedrooms.
Alternatively, book with us at Peaks Lodge, which is only a short stroll from the main base area by the ice rink. One of the newest accommodation complexes in Panorama, and one of our favorites, the condos range from studios to larger three-bedroom units that are ideal for families.
Revelstoke Ski Resort
A 3,100-acre ski playground that is a major draw for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders, Revelstoke packs some punch, and it’s only a two and a half-hour shuttle ride from Kelowna International Airport (YLW). Located on British Columbia’s celebrated Powder Highway and tucked into the Selkirk Mountain Range, the luxury resort offers steep, deep, adrenaline-pumping runs, untracked backcountry lines, and more Black Diamond trails than Whistler. It also offers the longest descent in North America, and it holds the Canadian record for snowfall at 24 metres.
From wide-open alpine bowls to perfectly spaced glades, the skiing here is legendary, with consistent, high-quality, light snow covering the big mountain terrain. Après ski begins on the mountain at Revelation Lodge with its sunny patio, and back in the village, we recommend the Rockford Wok Bar & Grill for its fabulous range of food, cocktails, wine, and beer. For live music, head to the upscale 112 Lounge Bar. Feeling nostalgic? Revelstoke’s heritage cinema showcases all the latest ski and snowboard flicks.
Offering unadulterated luxury and blessed with spectacular views of the Selkirk and Monashee Mountains, spoil yourself with a stay at the Sutton Place Hotel, the only ski-in, ski-out property at Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s base. Combine classy condo-style rooms with a pool and hot tub area in the courtyard and three on-site dining experiences. Don’t miss the nightly complimentary BC wine reception. Take it from us, this high-end pick is somewhere we’d love to head back to, next time we’re in Revy!
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