When the snow starts to fall, outdoor adventure travel in Canada heats up. Instead of hiding indoors for half of the year, there’s a lot of activities in, on or underneath the snow. And with most winter adventures only a few hours from a serious city, adrenaline-junkies do not have to travel far to obtain their fix.
Take a review of some travel suggestions from my Scenic Travel Canada staff:
Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding – Skiing and snowboarding are high-speed thrills that will make downhillers want a lot of white stuff! Vancouver has Whistler; Calgary has Banff and Montreal has Mont Tremblant. And there are a good amount of local hills to brush through to techniques at the start of the season.
Ski season starts in mid-November and runs until May. The busiest, and a lot expensive, time with the ski resorts is approximately Christmas and springtime when families go to the hills in droves. But with new high-speed ski-lifts, queues on the hill tend to be shorter compared to lineups in the parking lots and restaurants. The best time to visit downhill skiing is mid-week in the event the lift-lines are non-existent and the runs are uncrowded. Snowboarding will be as popular as skiing now makes up more than 1 / 2 of all downhillers. Hotel prices are usually cheaper mid-week.
Ask on the concierge desk if lift tickets can be purchased in advance, usually at a discount. Discount lift tickets are available at the beginning of the time of year and provide savings that last through the ski-season. Cross-Country Skiing – Not all folks are as courageous (or crazy enough) to strap boards with their feet and hurtle down a mountain. For those who are downhill-challenged, try cross-country skiing instead. It’s like walking but only faster; just like …» Read more