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downhill skiing

Three Days at Banff’s “Big Three” Ski Resorts

By PAMELA MACNAUGHTAN

Lake Louise ski resort (Photo: Drew Douglas)

Spring may be around the corner, but the ski season in the Canadian Rockies lasts until May, so you’ve got plenty of time to hit the slopes! (more…)

What’s New at Quebec’s Top Ski Resorts this Winter

Photo by Oliver Croteau

By Merle Rosenstein

Quebec’s main ski centres—Mont Tremblant, Mont-Sainte-Anne and Le Massif—challenge outdoor adventure-seekers with unnerving elevations and pristine powder. Strap on some skis and find out what’s new this season. (more…)

Top 3 Sweet Ski Resorts in Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe

Photo by Skistar Trysil

By Ilissa Maiatico

Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe region is home to ski resorts that range from bunny hill fare to splashy getaways with time-shares and romantic restaurants. Here are our top three choices for skiing and snowboarding in Ontario—all within day-trip or easy-overnight distance from Toronto. (more…)

Our 5 Favourite Skiing Apps

By Carissa Bluestone

Skiing is a technical sport, and between snowfall sleuthing, route mapping and run tracking, even weekend warriors could use an app or two to plan their trips. (more…)

Hot Attraction: Stellar Slope

Aerial view of Mont Tremblant. Photo credit: Mont Tremblant.

It may be two hours outside Ottawa, but the fabulous ski resort at Mont Tremblant is worth the drive. As the highest peak in the Laurentians, it offers spectacular views and activities for all tastes. Adrenaline junkies will love the 18 acres of ramps, rails, and jumps, but families with young children shouldn’t be dissuaded — there are plenty of options for budding ski bunnies as well. Like all popular destinations, the hill can get pretty congested at the expected busy times (avoid weekends if you can), even with 95 runs spread over 654 acres of skiable terrain and 14 ski lifts. Had enough skiing/snowboarding for one day? Sign up for any of the alternative activities, such as dog sledding, or wind down at one of the resort’s restaurants or spas.

Paralympic Sport of the Day: Alpine Skiing

WHISTLER CREEKSIDE

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Athletes compete against others with a similar disability, in one of three categories. Standing skiers have a locomotive disability; they use the same equipment as able-bodied skiers and can use a prosthesis, plus stabilizing crutches instead of ski poles. Sitting skiers have no use of their legs; they use a mono-ski, which looks like a chair attached to skis. Skiers with a visual impairment must ski with a guide. Racers can exceed 100 km/h (62 mi/h) on vertical drops of 120 to 800 m (395 to 2,625 ft). Events include downhill, slalom, giant slalom, super-G (super giant slalom) and super combined.—Sheri Radford

Insider’s Guide to Skiing Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Kananaksis, Golden & Panorama

Sunshine Village (Photo: Richard Hallman)

Sunshine Village (Photo: Richard Hallman)

Seven ski areas, tons of snow and a November through May ski season. A world-class combination of ski terrain, high-speed lifts and on-hill amenities. No wonder Banff, Jasper and area draws skiers and snowboarders from around the world. Read on for insider ideas to help you make the most of your time on the slopes. (more…)