It’s no secret that Canada has some of the best skiing in the world. From the starter bunny hills for the inexperienced to the off-the-beaten-path runs for the most extreme skiers and snowboarders and everything in between, if you’re looking for good skiing, you’re looking in the right place. Two of the best places to ski are on almost opposite ends of the country. Whistler, BC and Mont Tremblant, QC offer some pretty unique experiences for an unforgettable ski getaway.
The Ski Experience
Whether you are a beginner or the most advanced extreme thrill-seeker, find your perfect ski experience at Mont Tremblant and Whistler.
With 79 kilometres of ski trails on four main slopes at Mont Tremblant, plan your day around the type of skiing you want to do. For beginners, take a lesson before you get started on the slopes. Mont Tremblant has specifically designed trails and terrain for beginners so you can get your footing before moving up in difficulty. For more advanced skiers, try your skills on the highest incline trails at 42 degrees. While there is no night skiing at Mont Tremblant, you can take advantage of the après ski and nightlife in the resort (see below!) after you freshen up at Homewood Suites by Hilton Mont-Tremblant Resort just steps from the mountain.
Whistler & Blackcomb. Two mountains. Double the ski experience. Whistler & Blackcomb is the largest ski area in North America with over 200 ski trails. Beginners aren’t limited to one area of the resort either as there are easy runs throughout as well as designated slow ski zones for peace of mind. With so many trails to challenge even the most experienced skier, for those that want an over the top extreme experience, heli-skiing is also available. In fact, Whistler is known to have some of the best heli-skiing in the world. Fly into areas that have never been skied for a fully fresh snow experience.
From dining at the top of the mountain at ski access only restaurants to a bird’s eye view of the mountains, Whistler and Mont-Tremblant have some incredibly unique opportunities. Here are a few to make sure you check out in between (or during!) your next run down the slopes.
In Mont-Tremblant, embark on a winter dining experience like no other at Le Refuge Du Trappeur. Ride to the log cabin in a snow groomer or snowshoe there for the added adventure and dine on a delicious fondue-style dinner paired with the perfect wine. It is an authentic, rustic Québec experience.
If you want a break from the slopes, but you can’t get enough of the mountain views, why not go on a helicopter tour with Héli-Tremblant? Whether it’s a quick flyover to get a full view of the beauty of the mountains or a longer one-day trip touring around Mont-Tremblant and the surrounding areas, it only takes a quick 10 minutes to leave a lasting impression.
On the other side of the country, Peak 2 Peak Gondola connects the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains with the highest and longest lift of its kind. Not only does the 11-minute ride make skiing or snowboarding a variety of runs on each mountain easier throughout the day, it also provides breathtaking views along the way.
When it comes to mountain top dining experiences at Whistler Blackcomb, the locals know best and they suggest a few different places. The Umbrella Bar is a unique, round building (that looks like an umbrella!) with unobstructed views of the Whistler Valley below and the peaks of the Coast Mountain Range above. It’s a perfect place to grab bar snacks and any of the handcrafted cocktails on the menu.
The Crystal Hut is ski-access only and sits at the top of the mountain at 1,845 metres (6,053 feet). Take a break mid-ski to enjoy their famous Belgian waffles. This restaurant has been rated as a top mountain top restaurant by media and locals alike. For something a little different, head out on a Crystal Hut Fondue Tour – the only time you can reach the restaurant by snowmobile – for a uniquely local meal and wine pairing.
Whether you are looking for something a little more exciting or something to help you relax after a long day on the mountain, treat yourself to a great after-ski experience.
Nothing says total relaxation more than a spa treatment – or an entire day at the spa. In Whistler, the Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa at the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa is the only authentic Javanese Spa in North America. Unique and luxurious, choose from dozens of treatments that use a variety of spices and techniques native to Indonesian Royal Courts of Java, balancing the physical and spiritual bodies. In Tremblant, the place to go is the Scandinave Spa Mont-Tremblant. Known around the world as an ultimate, luxury spa experience, The Scandinavian baths are surrounded by the picture-perfect, snow-capped nature. Relax in the baths, enjoy a massage, and sit in the hot sauna to help your body recover.
Le P’tit Caribou in Tremblant is where you go for a taste of the crazy, Québec-style nightlife. Bringing in the best DJs – local and otherwise, it’s no wonder Forbes ranked this two-floor club as one of the best ski bars in the world. If you happen to find yourself there for a New Year’s Celebration, it might be one of the best parties you will ever experience.
In Whistler, local hot-spot Cinnamon Bear Bar is a little more low-key, but it’s a great place to warm up with a cocktail and unwind after a long day on the mountain. With a fireplace, a relaxed atmosphere, and plenty of opportunities to share stories from the day, it will set you up perfectly for what tomorrow brings.