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Skiing In Canada

The Canadian Ski Guide

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Skiing in Canada

This guide contains information on alpine skiing choices in Canada. We have some of the best skiing on the planet - acres of deep, dry powder that provide thrills for all age groups.

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The site can be used for trip planning, catching up on recent news on the Canadian ski scene or to check out the maps which contain terrain and satellite imagery. There are many options for alpine skiing in Canada - from family-oriented resorts to extreme cat and heli ski operations. If you’re planning a ski vacation in Canada or simply want some ideas on where to go for the best snow, click the Contact button to send us an email and we'll reply as soon as we can.


The Powder Blog

Check out what's happening in the Canadian skiing scene.

Lake Louise World Cup Training Delayed

Posted on November 23, 2017
Wednesday's first training run was delayed and then cancelled because of heavy snowfall overnight and soft track conditions in temperatures just above freezing.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/more-sports/canadian-mens-ski-team-off-to-the-races-at-lake-louise/article37057807/

BC hills are a training ground for Canadian Olympians

Posted on November 21, 2017
Mountains like Big White, Sun Peaks, and, of course, Whistler and Blackcomb make B.C. something of an elite training ground for alpine sporting events. So with the 2018 Winter Olympic Games less than 100 days away, Canada's West Coast is crowded with many of the country's very best athletes.

https://www.straight.com/news/998331/bc-hills-are-training-ground-canadian-olympians

Transform your skiing experience with mindfulness

Posted on November 16, 2017
Clear the head, eradicate fears, control breathing, increase focus and maximize the physical and scenic experience - a new drug? No, it's mindful skiing, the latest instruction tool for winter sports. Before spreading to North America, the mindful momentum started in Europe with programs such as "Mastery Spirit" at Val d'Isère, ski therapy in Les Arcs and mindful skiing weekends at Grand Massif.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/travel/activities-and-interests/transform-your-skiing-experience-with-mindfulness/article37001055/

French downhill skier dies in Nakiska training run

Posted on November 13, 2017
French downhill skier David Poisson, a former medallist at the world championships, died on Monday following a training crash in Alberta. He was 35. The French ski federation said Poisson, who won the downhill bronze medal at the 2015 worlds, was training in the Alberta resort of Nakiska for World Cup races in North America.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/david-poisson-nakiska-fatal-training-crash-alberta-1.4400436

Supreme Court Rules on New Resort in Kootneys

Posted on November 02, 2017
Building a large ski resort on B.C. land considered sacred to a First Nation does not breach religious rights, the Supreme Court of Canada said in a decision released Thursday. The landmark decision could pave the way for development of the Jumbo Glacier resort in the Kootenays region of British Columbia, despite strong objections from the Ktunaxa Nation.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/indigenous-rights-ski-resort-1.4381902

Skiing the Powder Highway

Posted on February 09, 2017
They call it the Powder Highway but a better name might be the Road to Awesome. The southeastern flank of British Columbia, known as the Kootenay Rockies, is said to have the highest concentration of ski options in the world: downhill, backcountry, cross-country, cat, heli. You can even ski in the dark, as I discovered, and with a bellyful of grog.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidhochman/2017/02/06/heres-how-to-ski-canadas-legendary-powder-highway/#4281c2bf7211

Canadian skier Erik Guay makes history

Posted on February 09, 2017
At 35, Erik Guay was already the most decorated ski racer in Canadian history, with 24 World Cup podium finishes and the 2010 World Cup title in men's super G. But on Wednesday, Guay carved out a new piece of skiing history by becoming the oldest gold medalist ever at the world championships with a win in the super G race in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/more-sports/canadian-skier-erik-guay-wins-super-g-world-title/article33949392/

Skiers Excited by Winter Storm in Rockies

Posted on February 07, 2017
Skiers and snowboarders are revelling after a massive winter storm dumped more than a metre of new snow at some resorts in the Rocky Mountains and surrounding ranges.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/ski-report-powder-alberta-bc-kimberley-castle-mountain-1.3970214

How Twin-tips Saved Skiing

Posted on January 31, 2017
The idea to ski backward led to the future of skiing.snowboarding. So a small group of skiers in Whistler - Quebeckers JP Auclair, JF Cusson and Vincent Dorion - began to emulate the snowboarders. They devised cool new tricks on jumps and skied in the halfpipe - and reinvented skiing.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canada-150/how-canadians-at-whistler-invented-the-future-ofskiing/article33820021/

Nancy Green Still Record Holder

Posted on January 31, 2017
Nicknamed "Tiger" for her reckless abandon on the way to Olympic and World Cup triumphs, Nancy Greene's style came to characterize a generation of male ski champions as the "Crazy Canucks" and the "Kamikaze Canadians." The four male originals are on Canada's Walk of Fame. So is the woman who paved the way - still the only female skier there.
http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/canada-150-nancy-greene-raines-13-world-cup-wins-remains-canadian-record

Mt. Seymour skiers get airlifted on New Year's Eve

Posted on January 04, 2017
Two skiers who got lost and spent the night on Mt. Seymour have been successfully airlifted out, says North Shore Rescue. The pair spent New Years Eve in the cold after getting lost on Mount Seymour Saturday afternoon.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/lost-skiers-nye-mt-seymour-1.3918097

Helicopter rollover injures skier

Posted on January 04, 2017
A guide from the Mike Wiegele Heliskiing Resort in Blue River is still recovering after a helicopter rollover on Christmas day. The pilot was attempting to land the craft when it happened.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/helicopter-crash-mike-wiegele-1.3920043

World-class skiing in Banff

Posted on December 20, 2016
More like the Alps than the Rockies, stunning scenery at every turn is one of big appeals of skiing in Banff National Park. This is Sunshine Village, Canada's fourth largest ski resort.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/larryolmsted/2016/12/17/canadas-banff-offers-world-class-skiing-stunning-scenery-luxury-lodging-great-value/#23edd48ccc77

Heli-skiing in the Canadian Rockies

Posted on December 20, 2016
In 1965, Canadian Mountain Holidays founder Hans Gmoser started using helicopters to transport skiers high into British Columbia's mountains. Half a century later, the adventure sport that Gmoser practically invented remains the ultimate downhill dream for many avid skiers and riders. Here's what to expect if you go heli-skiing in the Canadian Rockies-where it all began..
https://www.thegate.ca/spotlight/travel-destinations/022276/heli-skiing-canadian-rockies/

BC's south coast getting plenty of snow

Posted on December 13, 2016
Thanks to the uptick, resorts are only now getting back to levels unseen since before the 2008 financial meltdown. Christopher Nicholson of the Canada West Ski Association said the industry is hoping for up to 9 million ski visits in Western Canada. B ...
http://globalnews.ca/news/3128300/wintry-weather-on-b-c-s-south-coast-could-lead-to-banner-year-for-ski-hills/

Rescued skiers regret 'stupid' decision on BC mountain

Posted on December 13, 2016
Search manager Doug Pope told The Canadian Press that the men wrote, by text message Sunday night, that they were safe. Volunteers sent instructions on how to stay warm.
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/rescued-skiers-regret-stupid-decision-on-b-c-mountain-1.3201009

National Ski Day announced by Alpine Canada

Posted on December 12, 2016
Alpine Canada is pleased to announce that the third-annual CIBC National Ski Day will be held on Saturday January 14th, 2017. National Ski Day unites Canadians from coast-to-coast, celebrating the power of winter sport, ...
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/alpine-canada-launches-3rd-annual-cibc-national-ski-day-saturday-january-14-2017-606014436.html

Stranded skiers rescued after frigid night near Cypress Bowl

Posted on December 12, 2016
Two skiers who spent a night stranded in a treacherous gully near B.C.'s Cypress Mountain Resort admit they were "really stupid" for going out of bounds.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/stranded-skiers-rescued-after-frigid-night-near-cypress-bowl-1.3892497

Quebec ski hills always adapting

Posted on December 11, 2016
After the worst ski season in decades, ski hills in Quebec's Eastern Townships are hoping for better weather conditions this year - all while planning for more difficult winters ahead.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/ski-hills-quebec-warm-winter-1.3888253

Alberta ski hill employee flees wolf pack

Posted on December 11, 2016
Parks Canada has issued an aggressive wolf warning for Banff National Park after a ski-hill employee was approached by a pack of wolves and had to flee on a snowmobile.
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/alberta-ski-hill-employee-flees-wolf-pack-on-snowmobile-prompting-banff-to-issue-a-stern-warning

Marmot Basin opens ski-in classroom

Posted on December 07, 2016
Canada's first ski-in and ski-out classroom will officially open its doors at Marmot Basin this week. Located at mid-mountain, the Marmot Learning Centre has been around since 2008, but recently moved into the ski hill's old avalanche control building ..
http://www.fitzhugh.ca/marmot-opens-canadas-first-ski-in-ski-out-classroom/