As the first flakes of winter whisper across the majestic peaks of Canada, the 2023/24 season heralds an unprecedented transformation in the snowy havens of the country’s top ski resorts. From the Pacific-kissed slopes of British Columbia to the rugged alpine heart of Alberta, an evolution in frost-bound entertainment and luxury is about to unfold.
The Pinnacle of Slope Sophistication: British Columbia’s Elevated Experience.
Stretching from the cosmopolitan outskirts of Vancouver to the craggy summits of the Rocky Mountains, British Columbia’s 13 destination ski resorts are on the cusp of introducing a collection of upgrades that promise to enrich the ski enthusiast’s pilgrimage. Imagine carving through untouched powder with the silhouette of wide-open runs beckoning or meandering into a ‘ski-in ski-out’ village where convenience and charm seamlessly merge.
At Whistler Blackcomb, a beacon among ski destinations, the freshly inaugurated Fitzsimmons Express is set to revolutionize uplift. This high-speed, eight-person chairlift supersedes its predecessor with a staggering 73% increase in uphill capacity, ensuring the mountain’s slopes are more accessible than ever this winter.
Beyond the pistes, the Wedge Mountain Lodge & Spa, a mere stone’s throw from the heart of Whistler, invites groups to indulge in a sanctuary of serenity. Ten bespoke bedrooms, a spa complete with sauna, steam room, and gym, alongside hot tubs and invigorating pools, await those searching for alpine indulgence.
Adventurers yearning for a solitary retreat can ascend to the AlpX Yurt, perched in the Coast Mountain’s backcountry. Helicopter voyages from Whistler Heliport transport nature enthusiasts to an evening in seclusion, complemented by a novel guided backcountry skiing tour, crystallizing a truly Sky to Sea experience.
Sun Peaks, Canada’s second-largest ski terrain, boasts a European-style village that now opens its arms to a more inclusive winter sports season with Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks’ weekly lessons catering to individuals with disabilities.
Marking its 60th anniversary, Big White Ski Resort launches the Spa at Stonebridge Lodge this winter, promising post-ski rejuvenation. In contrast, Silver Star Mountain Resort has doubled its gondola capacity, enhancing access to its big mountain terrains.
Alberta’s Trio of Skiing Delights: A Triple Threat to Monotony.
The SkiBig3 pass in Alberta reshapes the ski escape, offering access to three iconic resorts with one ticket. Imagine plunging into the powdery terrains of Banff Sunshine Village or navigating the night slopes of Mt. Norquay.
Marmot Basin, nestled within Jasper National Park, introduces The Knob Quad Chairlift, which unlocks alpine regions ripe for discovery, including the new MARMOT CIRQUE.
Meanwhile, Banff Sunshine’s Selfie stations capture the joy of the slopes, and the after-dark Nightrise event, in collaboration with the Stoney Nakoda First Nation, transmutes Sulphur Mountain’s summit into a canvas of cultural luminescence.
Not forgetting the epicurean adventures, The Maple Leaf presents a 3-course menu by Chef Shane Chartrand, exploring the resurgence of Indigenous cuisine.
Mont Tremblant: Quebec’s Eastern Ski Gem.
For those enticed by the Eastern allure, Mont Tremblant in Quebec is a portrait of European elegance set against the canvas of the Laurentian Mountains. This family-friendly resort balances ski school excellence with an array of non-skiing pursuits.
Seamless Journeys to Snowy Bliss.
Air Canada and Qantas bridge the gap between continents, offering direct flights to Vancouver from vital Australian cities, with internal flights whisking travellers to their winter wonderland.
Written by: Christine Nguyen
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