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Ski Areas Canada

Ski Areas Canada

In Canada, "skiing" takes on a whole new meaning. Unlike other ski areas in Europe, free riding and deep snow skiing sit at the very top of the list. Every lift offers a variety of possibilities, on- and off-piste, to ride down the mountain. The classification of the pistes in regards to difficulty are also different than the typical methods in Europe. Green pistes are easy, blue pistes are intermediate, and expert pistes are marked with black diamonds. The extremely challenging runs are marked with 2 black diamonds, also referred to as a "double black diamond", and the off-piste terrain is often marked with these as well.

Canada is renowned for its Champagne powder, heliskiing, and snow-blanketed forest pistes that never seem to end. Due to the dry air, the snow is especially powdery and offers even beginners ideal requirements for powdering along. Also for the freestylers, Canadian ski resorts offer a multitude of possibilities that surpass those in the Alps. Enormous snow parks count as just a basic necessity in Canada.

The largest ski area in Canada is Whistler/Blackcomb. The modern ski resort offers around 33 km² and everything a skier's and snowboarder's heart desires. In the Canadian Rocky Mountains, with their breathtaking panoramic views, lie the ski areas of Sunshine and Lake Louise, which have made names for themselves through the yearly FIS-World Cup-Run. Hustle-and-bustle is seldom found in the ski resorts overseas. Due to the size, the variety of pistes, and the low number of visitors, it is not unheard of to have the entire piste to yourself.

Après ski Canada

The apres ski atmosphere in Canada is certainly not standing in the shadows of the Alps. Numerous apres ski locations, some with live music, are swinging until the early hours of the morning. Whoever prefers a quieter evening can spend some time in one of the cosy restaurants or in front of the fireplace at one of the bars. Additionally, the sports possibilities are quite varied. Snow tubing, snow shoe hiking through the breathtaking landscapes of the national park, dog-sledding, and snowmobile tours are just a few of the activities to choose from. On top of all that, ski resorts like Whistler offer countless shopping opportunities.

Excursions Canada

Canada is geographically the second-largest country in the world. Due to its size, Canada's sights are particularly difficult to visit in just one holiday. Despite the magnitude of the country, urban cities are located only in the south, of which quite a few are certainly worth a visit. Vancouver is mostly known for its hosting of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Tourism-wise, the city presents itself with many facets. Mountains meet the ocean here, where the Harbour Center Tower with its panoramic view calls home, as well as Grouse Mountain, which is able to be reached with North America's largest cable car, taking you to the most beloved sights. Stanley Park, along with the Vancouver Aquarium, is not only the largest park in the city, but all of Canada. Want more superlatives? The spectacular Capilano hanging bridge, of which you can walk across, is the highest and longest in the world– and is also home to the world's largest private collection of totem poles.

Of course, Toronto also attracts with its CN Tower, the highest free-standing building in North America with a height of 553 m, and the largest zoo (280 hectares, around 5,000 species of animals). In Calgary, visitors experience an Olympic history close up, just as in Vancouver- after all, the sporting facilities for the 1988 Winter Olympics are still standing here. An overview of the city can be best seen from the 190 m high Calgary Tower. The capital of British Columbia, Victoria, is the "City of Gardens". And Chemainus is also known as the "City of Painted Houses". 39 large murals on various facades, tell a history of city and land. Shopaholics should head towards Edmonton, where the West Edmonton Mall can be found, the largest shopping and entertainment centre in the world. 800 shops, cafés and restaurants are waiting to be discovered, in addition to 26 cinemas and 7 attractions, such as indoor bungee-jumping.

For nature-lovers, a worthwhile visit to the Jasper National Park is a must, also because here is where you can go back in time. The biggest connected ice field south of the Arctic circle, the Columbia ice field, stretches over a distance of 325 square metres. A relic from the last ice age, the ice field feeds into 8 large glaciers. However, annual figures taken from the surface of the ice also point out the decline of the mass.

Resorts Canada

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Resort (region) resort-altitude Ski area Pistes Ski area altitude
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670 m Whistler Blackcomb 200 km 652 - 2,284 m

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