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5 Ski Trips to Plan for the Holidays

The holiday season is full of joy and excitement, and it just keeps getting better. Many Canadian ski resorts are offering exclusive Christmas holiday deals and experiences for the snow-loving enthusiasts out there. So, if you’re hoping to escape the city for some snowy slopes this holiday season, here are the best ski resorts in Canada to do just that.   Anywhere in or Around Banff, Alberta While not every ski resort is offering exclusive discounts for the holidays, every ski resort is Banff is certain to offer you a long list of unforgettable moments on the snowy slopes. After all, Banff is one of the best places in Canada for some good, authentic skiing and snowboarding - and you have so many options. From Banff Norquay to Lake Louise, Kicking Horse Resort, Sunshine Village, Blackstone Mountain and beyond, if you’re looking for a true Canadian holiday, anything in Banff goes. You simply can’t go wrong when skiing or snowboarding in the Canadian Rockies, especially during the holiday season. In addition to the stunning scenery and snowy slopes, Banff has the holiday spirit you can only find in small ski villages. When you aren't skiing, you can take a gondola ride to top of the Christmas lights, enjoy some cave tours, Christmas festivities, a free wagon ride through the downtown core and so much more. So, if you're out West or planning on taking your holiday cheer that way, Banff it is.    Family Trip to Big White in British Columbia When it comes to escaping reality with a ski trip to British Columbia, you instantly think about Whistler. It’s one of the best and most famous skiing and snowboarding locations across the globe. Unfortunately, it also comes with a hefty price and huge crowds – two things you’re likely trying to avoid come the holiday season. So, Big White is an excellent alternative. The resort is incredibly family friendly and even has a childcare center for the days where you just want to pick up speed on the slopes without little ones trailing behind. This ski resort in Canada also has plenty of family activities to partake in, from ice skating to snowshoeing, dog sledding, snowmobiling and much more. And let’s not forget to mention that you get all of this while still being able to explore and enjoy the beauty and charm of British Columbia. As a bonus, Kelowna B.C. (where Big White Ski resort is located) has plenty of events going on for the holiday season. From winter craft shows to light festivals, winter wine trails, classic theatre shows (Who doesn’t love the Nutcracker) and much more, you’ll never run out of things to do with on your family trip.   No Winter Blues at Blue Mountain in Collingwood, Ontario If you’ve never been skiing or snowboarding in Collingwood, ‘tis the season to change that. This Ontario location is a hidden gem that will feel like you’ve slipped away to a quiet and quaint winter wonderland. The resorts in Collingwood are much smaller than anything you’d find in British Columbia and Alberta but don’t let the small stature fool you, Blue Mountain Resort is listed as Canada’s third most popular ski resort. Aside from being able to ride, slide and carve the Ontario escarpment from day to night, the little town of Collingwood has a lot to offer. There’s a little village that’ll make you feel like you’re in the heart of Whistler, sans the crowds, and there’s plenty of shopping, outdoor adventures and restaurants to enjoy. And the best part of all? Collingwood has a Scandinavian Spa, which isn’t quite like the hot springs in B.C. but it’s a nice alternative. And of course, the village is full of holiday charm.    A Trip to Mont Tremblant Ski Resort is a Must There’s something incredibly magical about Quebéc, and a trip here during the holiday season is the perfect time to experience this enchanting destination. In particular, Mont Tremblant Ski Resort is the perfect holiday destination. The little pedestrian village looks like something straight out of the North Pole, with many shops and restaurants to enjoy, and all the charm you’re looking for. When you’re finished skiing or snowboarding the slopes, complete the day with a new kind of adventure. Tremblant, Quebec offers all kinds of cross-country skiing trails, ice climbing, ice fishing, horseback riding, ice skating – you name it. So, a holiday trip to the good ole’ Tremblant is bound to fill your days with plenty of holiday cheer and excitement.    Nova Scotia Never Fails When you think of ski resorts, Eastern Canada likely doesn’t come to your mind. After all, the ski and snowboarding industry isn't as established out East but don't be mistaken, Atlantic Canada has plenty to offer to skiers and snowboarders ready to hit some snowy slopes during the holiday season. Wentworth in Truro, Nova Scotia is definitely one of the best – on this side of the country. It even offers babysitting services for kids of all ages, making it an ideal location for a family trip this holiday season. Everyone needs a break now and then! When you're done enjoying the beautiful scenery and access to day and night skiing as well as cross country ski trails, head into the little town of Truro or make the hour-and-a-half drive to Halifax to enjoy many more holiday activities and festivities. From sleigh rides to Sugar Moon (the infamous maple syrup farm), from snowshoeing to winter walking trails, sledding and so much more, you’re certain to get an authentic Canadian holiday experience when in Nova Scotia.   Wherever you go, don’t forget to pack premium snow goggles for the entire family. Whether you and your little ones are just starting to learn how to ski or snowboard or are already self-proclaimed experts, quality snow goggles will ensure your family’s safety, comfort and warmth while riding the slopes in Canada. Shop Julbo today for all your snowy needs.