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Beginner Skiing in Canada

Canadian resorts that do beginner skiing best.

Whistler

Largest ski area in North America , Consistently vo...

Great for:

  • Groups
  • Families
  • Non-skiers

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Kimberley

Amazing gladed terrain, Sunny skiing, Crowd free pistes

Great for:

  • Families
  • Experts
  • Ski in / out accommodation

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Banff

3 ski resorts, Cosy mountain town, Stunning sights of...

Great for:

  • Long ski breaks
  • Non-skiers
  • Varied terrain

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Lake Louise

Legendary ski resort , Designated beginner zones, Ma...

Great for:

  • Groups
  • Scenery
  • Luxury

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Jasper

Crowd free skiing , Friendly town , 4 mountain faces

Great for:

  • Long season
  • Groups
  • Scenery

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Big White

7.5m annual snowfall, Big night ski area, 15-minute t...

Great for:

  • Families
  • Activities
  • Beginners

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Mont Tremblant

Traffic free village , Award-winning resort , Evenly...

Great for:

  • Families
  • Doorstep skiing
  • Short transfer

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Sun Peaks

Ski-out village, Big ski area, Short transfers

Great for:

  • Families
  • Intermediates
  • Activities

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Panorama

Unpretentious vibe , Friendly village, Warm side of ...

Great for:

  • Off-piste
  • Families
  • Heli-skiing

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Fernie

Amazing powder bowls , Award winning ski town, Ski-o...

Great for:

  • Off piste
  • Doorstep skiing
  • Snow sure

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

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Count yourself very lucky if you learn to ski in Canada – safe in the hands of excellent, English-speaking ski schools who run small group classes on first-class ski areas. Making your first turns on champagne powder snow with views of the Rockies all around really is something special.
In our favourite beginner resorts, gentle groomers are generously placed all over the ski area to let you properly explore. Hot chocolates and maple taffy wait to help celebrate your achievements on the mountain, and if you’re not hooked on skiing by then, we’ll eat our beanies.

Canada: Top 10 Ski Resorts for Beginners

Consistently voted near, if not at the top of almost every skier’s dream destination as well as most official rankings, Whistler has planted its roots very deeply and is there to stay. This monolithic resort has hosted events like the 2010 Olympics and continues to draw in athletes, holiday makers and anyone else who visits with an intense, immeasurable and undiminishing pull.

Kimberley Alpine Resort has the sunniest skiing in British Columbia, with 4 different sections including the most gladed terrain in North America (over 500 acres). A friendly mountain village near the quirky, Bavarian themed mountain town of Kimberley, its lesser known status in the ski world leaves gloriously crowd-free slopes.

With a slightly different ski holiday on the cards, spend your days out and about exploring the sights and ski areas of the magnificent national park (featuring some of the best scenery and slopes on the planet) – before heading downtown for hearty Canadian grub, friendly nightlife and world-renowned accommodation in one of North America’s legendary mountain towns.

Voted “Best Ski Resort in Canada” (in the World Ski Awards), this is one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever ski. With a unique ski area that lets all abilities ski from every lift, a 360° panorama of Banff National Park and iconic hotels like the lakeside Fairmont Chateau, Lake Louise is truly world class.

Marmot Basin is heaven on earth if you love unpretentious, untamed skiing. The slopes are split evenly for beginners, intermediates and experts, all covered in deliciously dry powder; both Marmot Basin and Jasper Town have a friendly, authentic and down to earth vibe where you’ll feel right at home and the surrounding Rockies are naturally awesome.

A huge hit with families, and anyone who wants a holiday with minimum hassle and maximum time on the mountains. It’s BIG (one of the largest ski areas in Canada) and it’s WHITE all winter long (enough snow each year to bury a house). The name says it all really…

If Whoville was a ski resort: Family-focussed and Quebec’s skiing capital, this is one of North America’s oldest, most loved resorts. Whether it’s the brightly coloured village, Franco-Canadian atmosphere or another thing entirely, there’s something seriously enchanting about Mont Tremblant – a ski town like no other where maple taffies meet Savoie fondues.

Three skiable mountains (forming Canada’s second biggest ski area), a European style ski-out village and oodles of both powder snow and sunshine make Sun Peaks a winner when it comes to hassle free, good time ski holidays.

Set in the Purcell Mountains within the Canadian Rockies range, Panorama ski holidays provide an unbeatable mix of excellent skiing and take-your-breath-away, soul-rejuvenating views (it’s all in the name!). The atmosphere is intimate and laid back, with slope side hot spring baths, quality accommodation and reliably tasty Rockies’ grub.

Whether it’s down to a local legend, the Griz, or just good old Mother Nature, an annual snow depth of more than two double-decker buses is the making of an awesome week on the Rockies. And with those glorious groomers and deep powder bowls up in resort, plus some cool Canadian vibes downtown, what’s not to love about Fernie?

This is the definitive list of the top ten best beginner Canadian ski resorts.

To learn to ski or snowboard in the very best Beginner Canadian resorts, choose from our list of the Canada's top Beginner ski resorts. Or add other skiing nations to your shortlist with our list of the 10 Best Beginner Resorts Worldwide

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All of these learner ski resorts have at some stage held titles like "best Beginner Canadian ski resort" or "best beginner snowboard resort in Canada", or been included in the winners lists of top novice ski resorts such as "top Beginner Canadian resorts", "top Beginner Canadian snowboarding resorts"... Long story short - these are the best places to learn to ski in Canada.


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