Off Piste in Canada

First Class Freeriding in Canada.

Whistler

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

Great for:

  • Groups
  • Families
  • Non-skiers

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Sun Peaks

Ski-out village, Big ski area, Short transfers

Great for:

  • Families
  • Intermediates
  • Activities

Beginner

Intermediate

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Fernie

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

Great for:

  • Off piste
  • Doorstep skiing
  • Snow sure

Beginner

Intermediate

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Panorama

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

Great for:

  • Off-piste
  • Families
  • Heli-skiing

Beginner

Intermediate

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Jasper

Crowd free skiing , Friendly town , 4 mountain faces

Great for:

  • Long season
  • Groups
  • Scenery

Beginner

Intermediate

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Banff

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

Great for:

  • Long ski breaks
  • Non-skiers
  • Varied terrain

Beginner

Intermediate

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Lake Louise

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

Great for:

  • Groups
  • Scenery
  • Luxury

Beginner

Intermediate

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Kicking Horse

Insane steeps, Awesome powder skiing, Traffic free

Great for:

  • Off Piste
  • Experts

Beginner

Intermediate

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Revelstoke

Snow-sure, Modern resort, Extensive heli & cat skiing

Great for:

  • Experts
  • Heliskiing
  • Off-Piste

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Big Sky

US’s biggest ski area, Celebrity ski resort, Near Ye...

Great for:

  • Intermediates
  • Experts
  • Off-piste

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Canada’s the land of champagne snow – it’s light, dry, fluffy and a backcountry skier or snowboarder’s dream. This nation’s also the home to the legendary Powder Highway, a circuit of resorts with some of the best ungroomed terrain on the planet.
Many feature here, on our list of the greatest off-piste resorts in the Great White North. Whether you’re dipping your toe into sidecountry and slackcountry or skinning up, up and away with a guide, these destinations offer powder skiing you’ll never forget.

Canada: Top 10 Ski Resorts for Backcountry

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

“Heli-skiing splendour at lift ticket prices”, the Horse is the most formidable spot on the Powder Highway, with the kind of 45 degree descents you’ll tell the grandkids about. Make the most of the fact it’s still in its infancy and get here soon for the little to no lift lines, empty slopes, and - we’re in the Canadian Rockies after all – dreamily light powder almost always.

When Revelstoke opened its doors in 2007, it was the biggest North American ski resort debut for twenty years. With the combined efforts of Revy’s lift, cat, heli and backcountry skiing, it accesses a ridiculous 515,000 acres of terrain, and is the only resort on the planet to offer heli and cat skiing from a single village base.

2013 saw Big Sky overtake Vail to become THE biggest ski area in the US, with 5800 skiable acres across 4 different mountains. For all its draws, the place manages to stay gloriously quiet and unassuming – whether you’re an A-List celeb or mere mortal skier, this is a place to ski, relax and enjoy good company.

To ski or board some of the greatest off-piste terrain Canada can offer, choose from our list of the top Canadian backcountry resorts.

Our favourite ski and snowboard locations here have at some stage been declared "Best for backcountry in Canada" or been shortlisted among the "top North American freeride destinations".

Enjoy the definitive list of top 10 best off-piste Canadian mountain resorts.

Canada should be on the bucket list of every seasoned off-pister worth their salt – the champagne powder has to be skied to be believed.

But there are other destinations to tick of the list too, and if you want to broaden your search you can see our best backcountry resorts in America, or across the Atlantic in the European nations of France, Italy, Austria and Switzerland.

There’s also our Top 10 Off-Piste Resorts Worldwide, which offer the best of the best.


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