Ski holidays in Canada are divided between the east and west. The eastern province of Quebec is home to the resorts of Le Massif and Tremblant. Just an hour's drive from Quebec City is Le Massif, home to the highest vertical drop east of the Canadian Rockies. It is renowned for its abundance of snowfall and spectacular views. Tremblant is a pretty Alpine-style village, just a 30-minute drive from Montreal, and offers a varied terrain suitable for all levels. The French-speaking resort is dotted with French bistros and lively bars.
Just a two-hour drive from Vancouver International Airport is Canada's most famous ski resort. Whistler, in the province of British Columbia, is surrounded by spectacular pine-clad mountains and attracts thousands of skiers each year. The resort is set to host the 2010 Winter Olympics. Whistler boasts a wide choice of terrain with more than 200 runs suitable for all levels. Skiers can access two mountains on the same ski pass and advanced skiers can reach an altitude of 2,284 metres. Other facilities include an excellent ski school, heli-skiing, sleigh rides and an abundance of bars and restaurants.
Alberta is home to the popular resorts of Banff and Lake Louise. Set in the Canadian Rockies, these two resorts are surrounded by a stunning national park featuring snowy peaks and breathtaking views. Just two hours from Calgary International Airport, these resorts offer 7700 acres of pistes, three mountains under one ski pass, a lively après ski scene, hot springs, sleigh rides and ice skating. The scenic resort of Jasper is situated in Alberta, and is popular with all levels of skiers. Set in the stunning Jasper National Park, the resorts runs cover an area of 1,675 acres and reach an altitude of 2601 metres.