Here is our second blog post from out new guest blogger Sammy Hallett. She has produced a great blog post on the best places to go for winter snowboarding in Canada.
With peaks and runs that some could only dream of reaching and then bombing down, it should come as no surprise that Canada is at the very top of the bucket list for ski and snowboarders all over the world. This is one country that doesn’t do things by halves and you only need to take a look through a ski holiday brochure to see that when you visit Canada you’re immersed in snow heaven, stunning scenery and an alpine escape that you’ll never forget.
Banff in Alberta
Situated in its own National Park, Banff is a haven for skiers and snowboarders of all levels due to the sheer volume and vast choice of runs across a number of resorts. Banff is not only home to one of the longest ski seasons in North America, but it’s also the perfect base for exploring world-class resorts. Within a 45 minute journey of world-renowned Sunshine Village, Mount Norquay and the spectacular Lake Louise, Banff really does have it all. Excellent facilities from nearby Banff town reflect just how happy the locals are to live in this beautiful area high up in the Rockies and when you’re here, you feel at home too. Banff stays lively into the later hours too as the Après Ski is certainly recognised as the best around these parts. With plenty of restaurants, bars and shopping it’s great for families and groups that enjoy their time off the mountain as much as their time on it. For a quieter life, Lake Louise is great for couples and lovers of beautiful scenery that want to spend their evening soaking up the atmosphere over a quiet meal. All in all, Banff and its surrounding resorts make sure you enjoy an unforgettable experience whether it’s your first time on the mountain or one of many.
Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia
Although Whistler has fallen victim to its own success over the years, this resort is a huge hit with skiers and snowboarders and is known worldwide as the best resort in North America. Everything in whistler is fast and efficient from the lift service to the runs themselves and with fantastic annual snowfall the quality is up there at the top too. Whistler Blackcomb has a lot of terrain to enjoy so if you find that one run is a bit crowded or you’ve got a wait at the lift then there are plenty of others to choose from. Whether you’re after the expanse of one of the mountains open bowls or the sheltered runs through lush snow-covered forest you’ll find a fair few dotted across the two mountains of Whistler and Blackcomb. For truly spectacular views head up to the Glacier and take in the very best of what nature has to offer and then head down for some fantastic Apres Ski. Bars, restaurants and clubs are in abundance one you’ve decided your snow day is over, head to the centre and enjoy some good food and a few beers after shredding hard – you deserve it.
Whitewater in British Columbia
Far from the hustle and bustle of the larger, overcrowded mega resorts, Whitewater is an undiscovered gem that most have never heard of, let alone visited. Hidden in the heart of British Columbia’s Selkirk Mountains, Whitewater has got the snow, the seclusion and the quality runs that you need in a good resort. But once you’ve arrived you could be mistaken for thinking you’re in the wrong place. After all, with the amount of snow and the lack of lift queues you’d think there’d be more of a buzz about Whitewater, but this is what helps this fantastic resort to it keep its charm. Après ski isn’t wild and vast like you’ll find elsewhere but if you’ve travelled to Canada for the snow and evening to reflect on your day and look forward to the next then Whitewater is just for you. Having said that, the resort isn’t short of bars and restaurants so you’ll not be left spending your evenings bored and waiting for the hour at which an early night is acceptable. Avoid the queues and overpriced extras and enjoy fun and exploring in your own winter playground.
Have you been to Canada Snowboarding or Skiing ? Please leave your comments below and let us know what you would recommend when visiting Canada for the winter ski season.
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Sammy is a big extreme sports fan, a blogger and content writer for Extremepie.com, the leading online retailer of ski and snowboard lifestyle apparel.