Canada’s ski hotels are spectacular, ranging from old-school institutions in Rocky Mountain towns to modern builds slap bang on the slopeside.
Rooms tend to be more spacious than you find in European resorts, and often come with basic kitchen facilities so you can knock up a light meal or snack with ease.
When you’re waking up to views of the Rockies and pristinely-groomed pistes, nothing beats being able to step out the door right into the midst of it. This is doable from a number of hotels in Mont Tremblant, Fernie, Sun Peaks and certain parts of Whistler. It’s a super option for keen skiers who want to make the most of every minute the lifts are open, as well as families keen to save kids from having to lug their equipment about. You can pop back easily for snacks and lunches, and let your legs focus on enjoying the white stuff.
As if this country’s champagne powder wasn’t enough of a treat, it’s high end hotels take luxury to another level. Fairmont’s establishments in Banff and Whistler look more like castles than ski lodges (inside as well as out), while their property in Lake Louise has an iconic position on the lakeside, and former guests like the Queen and Prince Rainier of Monaco. Fabulous facilities include heated outdoor pools, spas, ice-rinks and fine-dining restaurants, covering every aspect of your holiday to ensure it’s sensational.
While most of Europe’s ski hotels come with half board deals, here in North America you’ll find only a handful offering on-site breakfasts and dinners as part of a package.
Instead, most come as B&B or room-only, giving you the freedom to pick and choose where you eat during your stay.
There’s often a restaurant or two on site, where you can pay extra for an all-American breakfast (waffles, pancakes, omelettes, eggs, you name it…) as well as evening meals. A lot of bedrooms here come with kitchen facilities, so you can buy ingredients locally and whip up your own meals if you prefer. And when it comes to eating out there’s usually oodles of choice, from burger joints and pizza places to curries, Chinese and posh nosh – which tend to cost about the same as the high-street prices you find at home.
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