O Canada! The home of some of the most bad-ass skiing around.
Inflation is kicking everybody’s ass, but the American dollar still goes a long way up north. It might be time to consider taking a ski trip across the border to get a little more bang for your buck next season.
Need help in deciding where to go? Take a look at Unofficial Networks’ Most Challenging Resorts Canadian ski resorts (in no particular order).
Do you like chutes? Do you like an abundance of powder in those chutes? Then look no further than Kicking Horse. KHMR is wild and wonderful.
The resort boasts over 4,000 ft. of vertical, 300 inches of annual snowfall, and more than 85 inbound chutes…85!!!!!!! That’s more trails that some ski resorts have total.
^Credit: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
KHMR also offers plenty of terrain to hike or even heli to. KHMR is an extreme skiing destination through and through.
We all have one friend in our ski/board group who brags about the epic trip he took to Whistler when he was 13. But I bet he didn’t ski anything off Spanky’s Ladder the last time he was there.
Spanky’s is a 50-foot climb that can be accessed off the top of the Glacier Express Chair on Blackcomb mountain.
The hike isn’t easy, but it allows skiers and boarders to access some of the most challenging in-bounds terrain in the world.
Check out the video below of Stan Rey absolutely sending it. It’s hard to believe that this terrain is between the ropes at Whistler Blackcomb.
I just like the name “Fernie”. It has a certain ring to it. Anyways, Fernie is undoubtedly a sick mountain.
The resort’s map splits the area into 5 bowls, and Polar Peak. Just look at that trail map and tell me your mouth doesn’t start watering. Oh, I’m the only one who literally salivates looking at trail maps?
I guess I’m in the right profession after all.
Rumor has it that the goods can be found in Currie Bowl. I also have it on good authority that Corner Pocket can lead you to some secret stashes, if you can find it.
Let me just start by saying that 49% of Red Mountain Resort’s terrain is rated Advanced or above. That means almost half of the mountain is either a black diamond or double black diamond…sick.
^Credit: FACEBOOK/RED Mountain Resort
Granite Mountain (one of the resort’s peaks) offers 360° descents with advanced or expert terrain in every direction.
Just get off the lift, point your skis in a new direction, and follow the steeps the whole way down. It’s that easy at Red.
It’s taking everything in my power to not litter this section with dad-joke puns using the word “stoke”.
So, I’ll just make one to get it out of my system. If you like big vertical skiing, you’ll be stoked about skiing at Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
Get it? Because Revelstoke? Sorry…
Revelstoke boasts the largest lift-serviced vertical in North America at 5,620 ft. *DAAAAAMN*. The resort also boasts 4 alpine bowls, and 45% of it’s terrain is marked as advanced.
Even more advanced terrain can be accessed by hiking up to Sub Peak (7,677 ft.) or further up the South Bowl. I’m sure Revelstoke is on everybody’s bucket list.
How did we do? Is there a challenging Canadian ski resort that you think got snubbed? Let us know!