10 places for spring skiing at its best
Voilà les conditions parfaites pour faire du ski de printemps et en profiter jusqu’à la fin de la saison.
With splendid winter conditions and plenty of snow, Canada is a skier’s paradise … especially in spring.
Here is our list of the best ski destinations in Canada for a little fun and sun on the slopes.
Spring skiing in Quebec has a shorter run than out west. How long the season lasts depends a lot on how much snowfall there has been over the winter.
For ski enthusiasts that’s just one more reason to make the most of it!
Massif de Charlevoix
Skiing the slopes at the Massif de Charlevoix can feel like you’re skiing on a cloud with the breathtaking St. Lawrence River views waiting below.
This mountain is the highest peak east of the Rockies and is a dream come true for skiers who relish natural snow-covered slopes and stunning landscapes.
Top the day off with an exhilarating 7.5 kilometre sled run and you won’t want to leave!
March is a busy month at the Massif, which hosts the Fun brut event featuring lots of fun winter activities.
The Massif-du-Sud (French only) is a paradise for glade and powder skiing in a postcard perfect winter setting so magical that even the snow-sprinkled trees seem like something out of a fairy tale.
The Massif-du-Sud has something for everyone no matter what their skiing level is with 32 trails to choose from and a snowboard park for the brave hearts.
Mont Sainte-Anne is a snow-covered playground with 71 trails to choose from!
Friendly tip: start the day on the northern slope for the best winter conditions and then cross over to the south side in the afternoon to enjoy the sun’s rays and granular snow for a real workout.
If you feel competitive, sign up for the Finale de la Coupe Boutique Avalanche held next March 25, an event that puts the best skiers to the test.
Mont Tremblant definitely caters to spring skiing, making it the best time of the year to practice your favourite sport here.
Sunbathers are spoiled with numerous spots set up to enjoy the sun up to the first week of April.
If you have any energy left in the evening, you can stop by Place Saint-Bernard which features an open-air disco that gives Saturday night fever a whole new twist.
What skier has never dreamt of skiing in the Canadian Rockies?
With a ski season that can extend to June, this skier’s paradise has mountains galore and breathtaking landscapes.
As host to the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010, Blackcomb is famous in North America. While its proximity to the Pacific Ocean means that the weather can play tricks on the ski conditions, Whistler is nonetheless a class-act ski destination that should be on every skier’s bucket list.
If you plan to go in April, make sure to take in the World Ski and Snowboard Festival from April 10 to 15, 2018.
Lake Louise + Banff Sunshine + Mount Norquay
First to open and last to close, the Banff ski hills make the most of winter and abundant snowfall..
But what makes it even more worthwhile are the stunning views of Lake Louise from the summits of the Lake Louise, Banff Sunshine and Norquay mountains.
Blue Mountain (Ontario)
Skiers in Ontario are well served by Blue Mountain, situated in the Georgian Bay area.
With 36 trails and 3 snow parks, it should come as no surprize that Blue Mountain is the third busiest ski resort in Canada (after Whistler Blackcomb and Mont Tremblant).
Other activities are also on offer like a skating loop at the base of the mountain, the Ridge Runner Mountain coaster (summer activity), and the water slides at the Plunge Aquatic Centre.
Skiing in the Atlantic Provinces
Fifty kilometres from Fredericton is Crabbe Mountain, the highest mountain in New Brunswick with a 260-metre vertical drop.
There is a wide variety for skiers to choose from with 27 ski runs and bragworthy glade skiing that’ll get your pulse pumping.
For cross country skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts there are over 30 km of trails to enjoy.