Vail, Park City, Aspen, Jackson Hole…skiers of all sorts have been there, done that. It's clear why these popular ski destinations are favourites, but there are many other ski resort areas, especially in Canada and the U.S. that have their unique charm and special features. For vacationers seeking something off-the-beaten-path for their next ski adventure, these eight places are appealing and exciting, perfect for something new, just like a fresh coat of snow!
Le Masif de Charlevoix, Quebec
Log cabin in Charlevoix, Quebec
Prepare for the highest vertical drop east of the Rockies at Le Masif de Charlevoix with a “bucket list" worthy slope down to the St. Lawrence River. The resort was founded by the creator of Cirque du Soleil, so embrace your inner performer and ski those mountains like a master.
SilverStar Mountain, BC
The colourful and whimsical Disney-like atmosphere is charming and the local stores are quaint for post-skiing shopping at SilverStar Mountain. 22 ski runs and special fireworks shows at night will make your trip truly unforgettable.
Powder King Mountain Resort, BC
Last light at Powder King Mountain Resort - Canada
Located in the remote region of Pine Bass, Powder King Mountain Resort is ideal for those seeking a quiet getaway. Billed as the “Whisper of the North," Powder King's secret's now out of the bag. With an impressive 41 feet of powder per year, the slopes are always ski-ready and splendid.
Panorama Pure Canada Resort, Canadian Rockies
Superb for high mountain seekers – there's a 4,000-foot vertical drop at Panorama Pure Canada Resort. Along with skiing surrounded by phenomenal views, the alpine village is a must-visit. Nestled in Canada's oldest mountains, you'll get the feeling of being one with nature as you slide and swerve through the snow.
Mount Cain Resort, Vancouver Island
Only open on weekends, the snow is always powdery soft at Mount Cain Resort. The on-hill accommodations make vacationing here efficient and easy, with views of the slopes as you rise with the sun. As Vancouver Island's sole community owned and operated slope, it's truly one-of-a-kind.
Alyeska Resort, Girdwood, Alaska
The end of the line for the tram from the Alyeska hotel.
This cozy mountain area with picturesque views and plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy after a dramatic day on the slopes is what makes Girdwood a go-to. And Alyeska Resort makes winters in the area a skier's paradise with 76 trails on more than 1,610 acres. The “steep and deep" Mt. Alyeska makes this resort one of Alaska's most amazing, not to mention its proximity to three national parks.
Hilltop Ski Area, Anchorage, Alaska
Great for skiing lessons and plenty of breathtaking scenery to enjoy, Hilltop Ski Area, at the base of the Chugach Mountains, is a skiing spot great for beginners and seasoned slope stars alike. A non-profit group operates the area to encourage area youth to experience the magic of the mountains.
Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana
Whitefish Mountain Resort and the Flathead Valley at night.
Views of Glacier National Park, the Rockies, and 300 average inches of snow per season, the 3,000-acre Whitefish Mountain Resort is impressive and eye-catching. Not too crowded and affordable to visit, the resort boasts rustic condos and remarkable surroundings. Visit the nearby shops and eateries for more Whitefish Mountain memories.
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