At this time of year, many families are looking forward to their annual ski trip which this year, like other things, has probably been put on hold, so now is the time to plan ahead and look to where the best places are in Canada to ski with the family in the 21/22 season, and beyond. Whichever ski resort you choose you will have a good time but below are our top 5 for families (in no particular order).
Eastern Canada’s number 1 resort and one that is often overlooked. A compact European style village with a shorter flight time makes this an ideal resort for families from the UK. Direct flights operate to Montreal daily and take approximately 7 ½ hours with a 90-minute transfer to resort.
The village looks like something out of a story book with the colourful buildings surrounded by gorgeous scenery. There are also lots of self-catering options making staying here with children very easy.
The village is compact with the accommodation in the lower part of the village linked by a cabriolet lift which whisks you to the main base in under two minutes. Tremblant has a great ski school and the pedestrian village makes it simple for families to get around. There are also lots of things to do if the little ones – or even the big ones – need to give their ski legs a rest from dog sledding to buggy tours along with the new Brind’O Aquaclub water games family complex with its 4 water slides and 35 interactive water games.
A resort that you might not have heard of but makes our list due to the ease of access and the genuinely family friendly atmosphere; direct flights into Calgary with a transfer direct into resort make it easily accessible.
The accommodation in Panorama is nearly all self-catering condos with our pick of the bunch for those travelling with children being Panorama Springs. It is right at the base and has the fantastic Panorama Hot Pools on site which the kids will never tire of playing in.
The resort base is compact and if you stay in the upper village you are never far from the lifts. There is also a lovely ice rink area on the edge of the village and lots of activities for children including glass bead making!
It also offers fantastic value (comparable to Europe on some dates) which makes it ideal when travel dates are limited to school holidays.
Located near Kelowna in the interior of British Columbia which while this means a short internal flight once you arrive into Vancouver/Calgary (depending on flight timings), the transfer once you have landed is under an hour to resort. Big White has tons for the kids to do, particularly at Happy Valley where you will find tubing, ice climbing and mini snowmobiles to name a few activities. Then there is the brilliant Tot Town day care, ideal if you want a day on the slopes without the children. There is also the Kids’ Adventure centre which runs activities into the evening for children from the age of five.
The resort layout is convenient with ski runs into and out of almost all accommodation. There is a wide range of self-catering options in resort with our pick for families being the Sundance Resort which has an amazing pool area, games room and even a cinema.
The terrain in Big White has enough to keep all the family going with plenty of long cruiser runs for the intermediates, plenty of greens for the less confident with some more tricky runs off the Gem Express and Cliff Chair.
This resort has a great local family feel to it; a compact village whereby you can ski through the village to the lifts with lots of great activities for all the family including tubing, bungee trampoline, tube park and dog sledding to name a few! They have a fantastic kids’ centre if you want to leave the kids for the day with a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities to keep the children entertained.
The small village has an immense feeling of safety as little ones will be able to find their way around easily; this teamed with an excellent ski school and a wide range of condos and town homes makes it a perfect resort for those travelling with kids. The terrain in Sun Peaks is varied with plenty to keep all ages and abilities occupied.
There is a short internal flight from Vancouver into Kamloops with a short transfer up to the resort where the fun can begin!
Is any list of ski resorts in Canada complete without Whistler being included? There is a reason it is so popular with clients; it really does tick most boxes for any ski holiday but particularly a family ski holiday. Whistler has a fantastic ski school, world class facilities and even an Olympic sliding centre where you can try your hand at the bob sleigh. The resort has its own cinema, childcare centre and tons of family activities from zip trekking to dog sledding, tubing to snowmobiling to name a few.
The village has a plethora of restaurants and dining options and the accommodation options are among the most varied in Canada, making it a perfect choice for families.
Which resort ticks all your boxes? It might be one of the above or even one of Canada’s other great resorts; take your pick and take your children as soon as you can!