Canadian condo’s are some of the coolest ski apartments around – sometimes appearing as self-contained buildings, and other times as part of an apartment block or hotel. They tend to be roomier than the apartments you get in Europe, often with full sized kitchens and lounges where you can really make yourself at home. Whistler has some cracking apartments at the base of the Blackcomb Mountain where doorstep skiing makes life easy, or for a flat with a view, Banff’s properties look out over the spectacular National Park.
The first class ski apartments here are nearly all connected to big hotels, giving guests access to luxuries like spas and shuttle services. And the flexibility of self-catering gives you lots of opportunity to enjoy the good life, eating out in a different gourmet restaurant every evening, making the most of mobile massage services or hiring a private chef to do the hard work for you. A luxurious lifestyle is easy to come by in Canada’s finest ski resorts – Whistler wins the title of ‘world’s best ski resort’ more often than not, and the scenery in Lake Louise rivals anywhere else on earth. And at the end of the day, you have your own place to relax in – often complete with one of the ultimate ski holiday luxuries, a crackling log fire.
Choosing one of the year-round mountain towns over a specific ski station means you’ll be able to find bigger grocery stores, often with lower prices. Look out for big name stores like Safeway and Nesters as well as locally owned businesses like The Grocery Store and the Creekside Market in Whistler (last time we checked, the latter did a handy food delivery service). The good thing about Canadian ski apartments is that they tend to have more by way of kitchen and storage facilities, making life a lot easier when you’re cooking your own meals.
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Apartment units (condos) are bigger than hotel rooms, sleeping larger groups usually in interconnecting rooms. They’ll include kitchen and dining space for self-catering and also a lounge area for relaxing.
Once you’ve spotted a Canada condo package that ticks your boxes, get in touch by phone or online enquiry. We’ll need to take a few details, like the group’s names and contact details. You’ll need to pay a deposit to fix your booking (or if booking nearer the departure date, the full balance).
The Tantalus Lodge Condos in Whistler are part of an enormous complex made with units sleeping up to 8 guests. There are all kinds of facilities to enjoy on-site, and the connections to the village and ski areas are excellent.
No meals are covered with your stay, so you can cook your own food in your apartment kitchen, or explore the town’s restaurants - meaning maximum flexibility. Some places offer an upgrade to a bed and breakfast package if you want a slap-up Canadian breakfast served each day.
There will usually be staff including reception, housekeeping and catering staff if there’s a bar or restaurant. Sometimes a room cleaning service is available on request, but usually staff won’t service your room during your stay.
The Moose Hotel & Suites in Banff are modern and stylish town-centre nests full of touches like arty décor and swish fixtures. There are awesome facilities for guests to share when you’re not out roaming the Rockies (check out the rooftop…).
Some properties provide a babysitting service for an extra charge. As most of our apartments are located in convenient central locations, they’ll be close to the resort’s crèche / kids club, or the ski school for sprogs old enough to ski.
Apartment package prices tend to be on a par with those for Canadian ski hotels on a room-only basis. There might not be much difference in price for solo travellers and couples, but if you’re travelling as a family or group, condos are often cheaper as they can sleep more guests than a hotel room.