Alberta’s amazing – that’s no secret. It offers some of the best and most picturesque skiing and snowboarding terrain in Canada, a country known for its incredible skiing and snowboarding terrain. Rather than rant on about how great it is then, here’s a quick rundown of its individual resorts and what they can offer you. Make a decision and get out there – we can’t recommend it enough.
Banff is Alberta’s biggest draw – literally and figuratively – with its three mountains totaling a massive 7,748 acres of terrain. An authentic mountain town set in the middle of the breathtaking Banff National Park, not only is the resort a delight to look at and explore, but it’s going to stay that way, with laws in place to protect the national park and its wildlife.
That also means that Banff’s population is unlikely to outgrow its lift / slope capacity by too much, so queues should always be at a minimum.
If you need more convincing, here are 5 Reasons to Ski in Alberta this season.
Banff’s smaller sibling, Lake Louise benefits from all of its big brother’s National Park scenery and skiing, while taking a luxury, laid-back approach to off-piste activities. If you’re looking for top-notch après action then Lake Louise might not be for you. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for lavish living-space in a stunning setting though, then look no further.
If that’s not enough to persuade you, Lake Louise was also voted Canada’s Best Ski Resort at the World Ski Awards 2015 which – given the standard of Canadian ski resorts – is no mean feat.
Read more about what makes Lake Louise special here: Our Hidden Gems – Lake Louise, Canada
Jasper is arguably one of Canada’s most underrated ski areas. The Marmot Basin – in which Jasper is situated – is Canada’s highest base elevation at 1700m, and it’s Canada’s northernmost resort, maximising your chance of seeing everybody’s favourite atmospheric phenomenon; the Northern Lights. The small town has a fantastic snow record, incredible scenery – Jasper’s a certified UNESCO World Heritage site – and an amazing, friendly atmosphere. For a truly spectacular Canadian experience, give Jasper a go.
Read more about skiing in Jasper here: Jasper – Canada’s Most Underrated?
Skiing in Alberta
Now don’t get us wrong, all Canadian resorts have that authentic, bucket-list feel to them – the whole country’s full of small towns, friendly people and big ol’ mountains. Alberta though, has a certain something. From its natural beauty and attitude toward preservation to its snow record to its quiet, laid-back atmosphere, it’s got a distinctive and lovable feel about it.