North America’s ski resorts cater to all levels of experience, and even non-skiers who are travelling in the group. Focused on families, intermediates, experts and travellers who won’t be hitting the slopes, our guide features the best places to go.
Best For Families: Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
While Whistler is on the list of many advanced and expert skiers, its 8,000 acres have much to offer families, and with one of the longest ski and ride seasons worldwide, parents have plenty of time to plan the perfect ski trip. The resort combines excellent learning zones on both mountains (so the kids will never get bored), with fabulous places for little ones to kick off their skis and let off steam. For example, the Tree Fort – the hideout in the woods located just off Bear Cub trail near the Big Red Express chairlift. There’s also the Magic Castle on Blackcomb in the children’s adventure park, with its giant slides, bridges and fun ski in and out trails.
Also home to the Peak to Peak Gondola, an outdoor skating rink, the Bubly tubing park, Nintendo gaming lounges, the Fire & Ice Show, a great choice of family friendly accommodation and some of the most beautiful beginner (green) runs in North America, it’s a must ski for those with kids in tow.
Boost Your Kid’s Ski Confidence: Whistler’s Ski School is next level, with instructors praised for their ability to connect with the kids, hone their skills (in a short time frame) and help them build confidence on the slopes. From techniques to terrain there’s always something new to learn at Whistler, with tuition on offer for learners, and even children who have progressed to black runs.
Best For Intermediates: Sun Peaks, British Columbia
Located in the scenic Thompson-Okanagan Valley, crowd free Sun Peaks is the third largest ski resort in Canada. Covered in light dry champagne powder, its horseshoe-shaped slopes surround a charming Tyrolean-inspired ski through village, with its runs split across three mountains: Mount Tod, Mount Morrisey and Sundance Mountain. Intermediates will find perfect groomers including Sundance and Sundowner on Sundance Mountain. Filled with numerous cruisey runs, 58% of the resort’s runs are blue; the Sundance Express, Morrissey Express and Sunburst Express chairs all taking you to perfect wide blue terrain.
Switch things up on Rambler, Lone Fir West and Lone Fir Centre – the perfect places to explore some gladed terrain, or for entry level single black diamond terrain, try Sting. With plenty of ground to ski, intermediates will feel right at home here, and allowing you to get one more run in for the day, there is also night skiing and a range of apres ski activities. For example, Alpine Fondue & Starlight Descent, the Sun Peaks signature experience including an exclusive twilight ride up to the mid-mountain Sunburst Bar + Eatery, a three course Swiss-style fondue dinner and dessert, and the chance to ski a freshly groomed five Mile run glittering in the moonlight (complete with headlamp and guide).
Where To Level-up: For intermediates who want to level up, the west-facing ‘Laundromat’ portion of Mount Morrisey offers up more challenging terrain. Morrisey also has some great groomers and being the underdog of all three mountains, it might well feel as though you have the slopes all to yourself.
Best For Extreme Skiers: Revelstoke, British Columbia
Powder hound central, Revelstoke has over 3,100 acres of trails and North America’s biggest lift-served vertical: nearly 48 percent of the terrain designated as expert. Pro skiers and snowboarders and pro athletes shred these slopes, the resort all about intense lines, dramatic drops, and steep and deep runs. Ski everything from wide-open alpine bowls to moguls and steep glades to groomers. And good advice, scope out the terrain before you drop in, as while there are two clear zones, at Revelstoke they don’t distinguish between black and double-black terrain.
For continuous powder opt for, Kill the Banker: a sustained pillow field of steep fall line skiing, running 3,839 feet under the Revelation Gondola. Extreme-seekers should head for The North Bowl, where they will find challenging cliffs and steeps. The only resort in the world to offer lift, cat, heli and backcountry skiing from one village base, the possibilities are endless, and so are the thrills.
Know The Slopes: Book a private a tour of the mountain with one of Revelstoke’s top pros. It’s insider knowledge that will help you navigate your way around the slopes, and you have the inside take on all of Revelstoke’s secret stashes.
Best For Skiers Travelling With Non-Skiers: Breckenridge, Colorado
With five peaks and varied terrain ranging from gladed trees to high alpine bowls and hike-to expert chutes, Breck (as its more affectionately known) offers something for all levels of skier – the resort a skiing and snowboarding mecca. That makes it the perfect place for skiers who are bringing partners who want to learn, and with an old American frontier town as its base rather than a mere a resort, it’s perfect for the non-skier too.
One of the largest historic districts in Colorado, Breckenridge is a great place to explore, its mainstreet filled with a variety of shops (craft beers, candles and coffee all pointing to the town’s creative artisan vibe) and restaurants, a local art gallery and more than 10 museums. Sledding, snow mobiling, fat biking and sleigh rides are just some of the additional activities on offer, so there are plenty of diverse ways to enjoy the resort should you prefer not to ski.
Off Slope Highlights: The apres ski scene at Breckenridge is also fairly lively with live music, world class dining and the theatre ensuring you will have a fabulous time off the slopes, too.
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