When it comes to winter sports and things to do in the winter, Canada rules. We don’t let the cold stop us from heading outdoors and enjoying the landscape. Ice hockey isn’t our only winter past time we have also produced some of the best skiers in the world. You don’t produce world class skiers without having some world class slopes including the ones that are off the beaten path. Where do you find backcountry skiing in Canada…most of it will be in the Rocky Mountains, but there are some other gems across the country.
Whistler, British Columbia
Whistler is probably Canada’s most popular ski destination; this is where the 2010 winter Olympics were held and there is skiing for just about every skill level here. But if you veer off the track just a little then you will find some amazing back country skiing. This is not for the novice since you’re going to find some pretty steep slopes.
There is a lot of heli-skiing that goes on in British Columbia, so if money is no option this is the ideal spot to hit. Heli-skiing is the best way to pit yourself against the mountain and experience the majesty of British Columbia. Have a look.
Rossland, British Columbia
Red Mountain in Rossland isn’t the well-known tourist hub that you’re going to find in Whistler but this is going to work to your advantage. There are lots of mountains to ski in BC and Alberta and you will find some challenging runs at Red Mountain. This resort caters to the far more experienced skiers and if you want to go back country and still do it safely then this is the place. There are guides here to help you find the best place to ski.
There is a lot of skiing in and around Quebec, most of the popular spots are in the Laurentians, but Chic Chocs is started to get more popular with tourists out of Montreal and Quebec City. There are two dozen peaks that are higher than a 1,000 meters with amazing views at the top. There isn’t much around but you will find a lift to get you up the mountain and it’s available on weekends. The locals come here in droves so you might want to head out on the early side.
Gros Morne, Newfoundland
While most of the skiing in Canada is done on the west coast, Gros Morne National Park is definitely worth a trip to the east coast. The area is pretty remote so you aren’t going to run into a lot of tourists but the terrain makes the trip worth it. The peaks here are very similar to the slopes in Quebec with some wide open plateaus. When you head off the trail there is a wide variety of trails from the fairly sedate to extremely challenging.
Chilkoot Pass, Yukon
We have been to the west, the middle of the country and the east coast now it is time to head to the North. If you want to hit the slopes surrounded by pristine white snow and raw untouched beauty then head to the Yukon and White Pass. Nestled between the Alaskan Coast and the Yukon Plateau you can find peaks that reach higher than 2,000 feet. Start your journey at Summit Creek Hill, it’s the most accessible but if you want a real challenge head over to Shallow Peak, and mind the trees.