This article was produced in partnership with Ski.com
As you descend the famous Whistler Trails, Norquay’s fast nanny, or the tree-lined slopes of Tremblant, it’s easy to see why Canada claims some of the best ski places in the world. The resorts of British Columbia, Alberta (also known as the Canadian Rockies), and Quebec are gorgeous winter lands with a well-deserved semi-mythical status.
There are countless reasons for skiers based in the United States to head north. Chief among them: untracked powder, varied terrain, and the famous après-ski experience. During the Covid-19 lockdown, cross-border travel has been difficult, if not impossible. Many Canadian ski resorts have taken advantage of that slow spell and made significant improvements with new high-speed lifts, advanced shavers, and renovated lodges and restaurants. Now, you can easily fly (or drive) across the border. Just don’t forget your vaccine card.
In addition, the exchange rate of the US dollar against the Canadian dollar has rarely been better for US tourists. You get about 25 percent more for your money, so plan to stay a few extra days. You’ll be glad you did.
Moreover, early season forecasts indicate that Canada is poised for a stellar snow season. This is only the third time in the past 50 years with three consecutive La Niña weather patterns, according to World Meteorological Organization. That means a lot of snow in the north.
Adventure feeds the soul and new pitches sharpen your shredding prowess, so get your legs in tip-top shape, find your wax kit, and plan your best ski season yet. Here’s how to enjoy Canada’s best slopes.
before you go: Travelers who are Not A full vaccination against COVID-19 must provide evidence of a valid pre-entry test result when entering Canada by air, land or water. You must enter your pre-entry test results, as well as contact and travel details, into ArriveCAN 72 hours prior to arrival. Upon arrival, you must complete two tests for COVID-19. See all COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements to enter Canada over here.