North America

Canada

Snowboarding and skiing in Canada is famous. Not only does the country receive great snowfall, but the mountains are impressive, and naturally beautiful. Lift infrastructure is well developed, and with that laid back attitude of Canadians? It’s no wonder it attracts many Aussie tourists year after year.

There are a huge amount of ski resorts in Canada, with several in British Columbia. Whistler Blackcomb is located on the west of the country near Vancouver, it has an incredible expanse of terrain offering something for everyone. The town is almost a suburb, with a buzzing nightlife and lively ski culture. Sun Peaks, Silver Star and Big White all offer something for families, yet still have decent sized terrain challenging for all levels of skier and snowboarder. Panorama and Fernie are also great all round resorts, great for a family ski holiday. Revelstoke is east of Silverstar, relatively new and gaining the reputation of an excellent resort catering for advanced skiers and snowboarders. The nearby resort of Kicking Horse offers great terrain for expert skiers and snowboarders. In Alberta, there are some great ski areas including Lake Louise and sunshine in the town of Banff.

In terms of budget, Canada provides quality skiing at affordable prices.  Having said this, lift tickets and lessons at Whistler are relatively expensive, and Banff can be pricey, These are both quite commercialised tourist hubs. But there are always cheap options. Silber Star and Big White offer better value for money, and you’ll find when you get off the beaten track travelling to the smaller resorts, you’ll more likely be paying local prices, not tourist prices. Make sure you take into account you’ll be paying regional tax and tips, on top of the advertised price!

USA

The US is home to snowboarding, but numerous mega resorts. If you’re a skier and you haven’t heard of Vail or Aspen, you’ve been living underground.

Whilst several resorts are scattered across the country (predominantly on the Western side of the country), the most famous resorts are found in Colorado and Utah. Colorado is home to the famous resorts of Breckenridge, Aspen, Telluride and Vail. Utah is home to resorts including the Canyons, Park City, Deer Valley and Snowbird. Utah is known for its light powder snow. You can also ski in California around Lake Tahoe at resorts including Heavenly, Squaw Valley or Mammoth. Northern ski states include Idaho, Washington, Montana and Wyoming. Experts should head to Jackson Hole in Wyoming for some gnarly terrain to challenge even the best of skiers/riders.

Why ski in the US of A? With an impressive variety of terrain, impeccable lift facilities and numerous accommodation options, the USA is a must do when it comes to your ski bucketlist. Did we mention good snow? Absolutely. When it comes to annual average snowfall. 12 US ski resorts are listed in the top 20 of the world. Aleyska receives 18.3m per year, Kirkwood in California receives 15.2m, and many Utah s resorts receive 12.7 annually.