Our 5 Favorite Family-Friendly Ski Resorts in the Canadian Rockies

The Canadian Rockies are home to some great ski resorts. Due to the vast terrain in the country and the fact that there is snow for long periods of the year, Canada has developed a reputation for being the place to go to for a great skiing experience. Here are five of the best resorts in the Canadian Rockies:

1. Mt. Norquay, Banff
Norquay is one of the oldest ski resorts in this area. It began in 1926 and has been going strong since then. There are various types of slopes, ranging from the gentle beginner slopes to the double back diamond runs that will be a challenge even to the hardcore skiers.
Most people who go to Norquay go for the more advanced slopes, as they are renowned for being a huge challenge at the best of times. The Upper Lone Pine and Gun Run are their most difficult and most famous slopes, which many have tried yet failed to conquer successfully. However, this is a great resort for everyone, whether it may be a family looking for a vacation or for a group of ski enthusiasts looking for a challenge.

2. Marmot Basin, Jasper
Marmot Basin is another great ski resort in the Canadian Rockies. At Marmot, you can not only enjoy the great skiing facilities, but spend time in beautiful Jasper National Park. It is a great place for a family to go for a vacation just to get away from major cities. There are various ski and family packages available, particularly for those traveling from abroad. Many of these deals can be obtained at further discounts with airline packages.

3. Sunshine Village
Sunshine Village is another great ski resort, and has one of the longest ski seasons in the world. Their ski season lasts from mid-November until late May. It is a great location for ski enthusiasts who are looking for difficult and challenging slopes to test their skills.

4. Lake Louise
Lake Louise is one of the largest ski areas in Canada. There are unlimited possibilities for skiers, with 4200 acres of skiable areas, 113 trails and five quad chairs. This is the complete ski location for anyone who is looking to challenge themselves or learn the basics. There are gentle beginner slopes and extreme slopes for the more advanced skiers as well.

Lake Louise Ski Area

5. Kicking Horse
Kicking Horse is newly re-developed resort in the Canadian Rockies. Their slopes face the north-east, which means natural snow is retained for a long time and the resort stays open for a large part of the year. These slopes currently offer the fourth highest vertical drop North America and tend to be geared for intermediate or advanced skiers, rather than beginners.

Posted by Chris on April 24, 2012 in Travel

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