Multigenerational Ski Holidays: Top Resorts In Canada For All Ages

Whistler offers a wide range of activities, varied accommodation options, lots of dining options, an accessible central core – Whistler Village and a long ski season with milder conditions that are perfect for younger skiers and seniors ©Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova

The crisp mountain air, the glistening slopes, and the promise of adventure – ski holidays are a cherished tradition for many families. But for those seeking a truly unforgettable experience, embracing the joy of a multigenerational week on the slopes can be even more memorable.

With accommodations designed to meet every need, from snug condos with plenty of play space to lavish suites perfect for larger gatherings, our handpicked family-friendly hotels and lodges offer a blend of convenience and luxury. Think movie theatres for evening entertainment, indulgent spas for rejuvenating moments, and more.

Join us here as we explore six of the best Canadian resorts for you and your extended family, each one offering a harmonious mix of adventure, relaxation, and plenty of quality bonding time.

Silver Star Mountain Resort

SilverStar has fabulous multi-generational offerings, the choices including sleigh rides and a skating pond, snow-cat rides to remote cabin dinners, tubing, fat tire biking and even a ski-in, ski-out ten-pin bowling alley!

Located in the heart of British Columbia’s Thompson Okanagan region, SilverStar Mountain Resort is a vibrant and colourful village reminiscent of a classic ski town. With over 3,282 acres of skiable terrain, you can expect the perfect blend of gentle slopes for beginners, challenging terrain for experts, and everything in between. All encompassing, the resort’s diverse accommodation options, ranging from cosy condos and townhouses to full-service hotels and vacation homes, ensure that every family finds a comfortable place to stay.

Perhaps its crowning glory when it comes to its attractiveness to groups travelling with extended family, especially grandparents, is its pedestrian-friendly village, which makes it easy for everyone to move around. The resort also features unique activities such as snowshoeing, tubing, ice skating, and night skiing, providing ample entertainment for non-skiers and younger children. And the icing on the cake, the resort has received several accolades that highlight its dedication to providing an inclusive experience for all ages.

What families won’t want to miss: Night skiing is a real family favourite here, with the floodlit Zone Magic Carpet offering up 4kms of beginner and intermediate terrain.

Big White

Big White has a wide range of terrain suited to all levels which makes it ideal for multi-generational family trips

Also situated in British Columbia, Big White Ski Resort is renowned for its massive snowfall and pristine powder conditions. Famous for its “snow ghosts”—snow-covered trees that create a magical winter landscape—the scenery is spellbinding. When it comes to accommodation, there is a wide variety of lodging options, from budget-friendly hotel rooms to luxurious ski-in/ski-out cabins, perfect for families of all sizes.

Ensuring every family member can find a suitable slope, Big White’s 119 marked runs include a mix of beginner, intermediate, and advanced trails, while TELUS Park offers terrain parks for freestyle enthusiasts of all levels. For more family action, the Happy Valley Adventure Park features activities such as ice climbing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and Canada’s highest outdoor skating rink, making it easy for non-skiers and younger children to enjoy their time at the resort. One resort that should be at the top of your list, Big White, is recognised as one of the top family ski holiday resorts in the world, and its Kids’ Centre is award-winning.

What families won’t want to miss: Why not rent a pair of snowshoes and traverse through the backcountry snowshoe trails on a guided family tour?

Whistler

Packed with over 200 runs over some 8,000 acres of terrain there’s something for everyone and with the Peak 2 Peak gondola connecting the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, you can ski the best of both mountains in one day! ©Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane

Whistler, located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, is one of the largest and most famous ski resorts in North America. Offering over 8,171 acres of skiable terrain, Whistler provides an unparalleled skiing experience, and its extensive range of accommodations includes everything from luxury hotels and spacious condos to cosy alpine suites catering to families.

Out on the slopes, everyone is welcome with a diverse range of runs, ensuring that skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels have the opportunity to shred the slopes. Looking to learn or take a refresher course? The resort’s family zones and ski schools are exceptional, providing top-notch instruction and safe areas for beginners. Beyond skiing, Whistler offers a variety of activities, such as the Coca-Cola Tube Park, snowshoeing, and indoor climbing, and the village itself is a bustling hub of shops, restaurants, and entertainment. Hard to beat, the resort consistently ranks among the top ski resorts in North America and has received numerous awards for its family-friendly facilities and services.

What families won’t want to miss: Whistler’s spectacular Fire & Ice Show, is free on Sunday evenings all winter long, the family-friendly après experience complete with athletic feats, music, cultural sharing and fireworks. Alternatively land yourself in a “narnia-esque” forest for a multimedia light show even the little ones will love!

Sun Peaks

Children can practice their first curves in the snow at the magic carpets in the base area and at the Village Platter

Located in British Columbia’s interior, Sun Peaks is Canada’s second-largest ski area. Known for its picturesque European-style ski-through village and friendly atmosphere, it’s an excellent choice for families looking for a quieter, more relaxed ski holiday. You will find a variety of accommodation on offer, from charming lodges and hotels to convenient ski-in/ski-out condos and vacation homes. Boasting 4,270 acres of diverse terrain, it’s also a winner with everyone on the ski front, with gentle slopes for beginners, plenty of scope to progress, and challenging runs for advanced skiers.

A major plus for families of varying abilities, each of the 14 chairlifts has a green, blue, and black run option from the top, so members of the family can choose their own adventure down before meeting at the bottom. And not forgetting the Sundance Kids Zone and dedicated learning areas for learning and levelling up. For non-skiers, there’s also a good selection of activities, including dog sledding, ice fishing, and sleigh rides, and the village’s compact layout ensures that all amenities are easily accessible, making it convenient for families to get around.

What families won’t want to miss: If your motto is the family who skis together stays together, try the Alpine Fondue and Starlight Descent. A night-time ski adventure, take the chairlift and enjoy a three-course dinner before skiing down the freshly groomed Five Mile run with a guide! Perfect for little one’s palettes, we also recommend skiing into Sneaky Scallywags which houses an entire wall of jellybeans.

Banff

Discover the magic of winter in Banff and Lake Louise with its snow capped peaks, picture perfect ski runs and frozen ice castles it’s a magical place ©Shannon Martin

Nestled in the heart of the majestic Canadian Rockies, Banff is a treasure trove of world-class ski resorts, including Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise, and Mount Norquay all of which operate under the SkiBig3 brand. Each resort offers its own unique skiing experience within the breathtaking Banff National Park and each resort is accessible on the same lift pass. Accommodations range from the opulent Fairmont Banff Springs to charming lodges and family-friendly condos, and Banff town itself is a delightful destination, brimming with dining and shopping options that add to its allure.

With over 8,000 acres of skiable terrain, the combined ski areas cater to every skill level. Lake Louise stands out with its award-winning, awe-inspiring scenery and expansive bowls, while Mount Norquay is a favourite for its moguls, night skiing and tubing. Beyond the slopes, Banff offers hot springs, tubing, fat biking, ice skating, and rides by either the scenic gondola or horse-drawn sleigh. Also home to Canada’s longest ski season, the mountain town is an ideal option for Easter half term ski getaways. Banff Sunshine is open from November through late May and the resort continually lives up to its name with plenty of bluebird days.

What families won’t want to miss: Ice walks in Banff National Park are a unique way to experience winter. Wander through canyon walls as you pass water that has been frozen in time. Be sure to drop by neighbouring Lake Louise for a visit to the fairytale Ice Castle.

Panorama Mountain Resort

Panorama might be one of BC’s lesser known resorts, but it almost seems made to order for families with its hassle free ski-in-ski-out accommodation and diverse terrain ©Panorama Mountain Resort

Tucked deep into Canada’s oldest mountains in British Columbia, near the lovely Canadian town of Invermere, Panorama Mountain Resort is celebrated for its breathtaking views and diverse terrain. Spanning 2,975 acres, it offers an intimate skiing experience that feels like a well-kept secret, as the size of the skiable area far exceeds what you might expect in comparison to the village. Everything is within easy reach at the ski-in-ski-out resort, and all of the accommodations are designed with families in mind, including condos, townhouses, and hotel rooms, all of which give you easy access to the slopes and the amenities.

When it comes to skiing, the terrain is varied, with ample beginner and intermediate runs as well as challenging options for more advanced skiers (Panorama ranks among the top three resorts in Canada for vertical), including isolated glades with hidden powder stashes. Complete with its own discounted lift pass, the Discovery Zone is perfect for novices, while the terrain park attracts more accomplished freestyle enthusiasts. And for those seeking yet more adventure, Panorama offers unique activities like heli-skiing and cat skiing. Want to pack away your skis? There’s always snowmobiling and tobogganing.

What families won’t want to miss: The large hot pools located at The Panorama Springs are open for use by any Panorama guest and they are a wonderful place to relax and rest those tired legs.

So, why wait? Gather your loved ones, from the youngest adventurers to the wisest trailblazers, and embark on an unforgettable winter through spring escape. Discover the magic of multi-generational ski holidays, where shared experiences and cherished memories are the greatest treasures of all. Where will your family’s alpine odyssey take you? Contact our specialists today on 020 8776 8709 or email ski@frontier-travel.co.uk.