Best places to snowboard in Canada

We think these are the top 10 places to snowboard in Canada.

1.  Whistler/Blackcomb

Snowboard Guide rating 10 out of 10 “ Major riding for all styles and all levels, especially backcountry and amazing park and pipes.But take note: lift queues can be very long, especially at Easter and Christmas. Avoid major holidays if an option and Sundays are quieter than Saturdays, especially on Blackcomb. Great summer riding on ...”

Freeriding

90%

Trees and amazing off-piste

Freestyle

95%

World leader in parks & pipes

Pistes

90%

Huge array of good runs

2.  Big White

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “ Excellent freeriding on crowd-free slopes, with great terrain for all levels. Local facilities are very basic but good. Night life is tame but ...”

Freeriding

80%

Trees and good backcountry

Freestyle

85%

Impressive parks & pipes

Pistes

80%

Well prepared slopes

3.  Lake Louise

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “ Excellent freeriding on four mountain faces, slap bang in the heart of the Canadian Rockies giving a sense of true remoteness. Nightlife here is limited, however Banff (population 8000) is located a 45 minute drive away and provides a livelier after hill scene. A 'Tri-Area Lift Ticket' lift pass ...”

Freeriding

80%

Trees and good off-piste

Freestyle

75%

A terrain park and pipe

Pistes

75%

Well pisted and long

4.  Marmot Basin

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “ Great freeriding mountain with excellent challenging runs on crowed free slopes. However, the resort is let down by the lack of slope side facilities, although what is on offer in Jasper is first ...”

Freeriding

76%

Trees and good backcountry

Freestyle

70%

A terrain park and good natural

Pistes

74%

Well prepared slopes

5.  Sunshine Village

Freeriding

80%

Trees and backcountry

Freestyle

65%

A terrain park & halfpipe

Pistes

75%

Huge number

6.  Fernie Alpine Resort

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “ Excellent open bowl freeriding on crowd free slopes and a mountain with a good annual snow record. Good for beginners and ideal for natural freestlye ...”

Freeriding

80%

Trees and great off-piste

Freestyle

60%

Only a small rail park

Pistes

77%

Lots of well groomed runs

7.  Kimberley

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “ Good Family Resort Kimberley is good resort that will suit all levels of riders especially beginners with lots of easy to handle green runs. Excellent friendly local ...”

Freeriding

65%

Trees and some off-piste

Freestyle

55%

A terrain park

Pistes

80%

Good wide tree runs

8.  Castle Mountain

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “ What it's all ...”

Freeriding

78%

More chutes than a panda

Freestyle

70%

A natural terrain park

Pistes

47%

Not really what it's about

9.  Kicking Horse

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “ Think you're a good rider? Come to Kicking Horse and get your ass kicked! Forget the trail map and your traditional way of assessing a resort by number of runs etc - this hill has 85 chutes alone and almost the entire area of the upper bowls is freeride ...”

Freeriding

90%

Gnarly chutes, huge off-piste and trees.

Freestyle

40%

A small park but lots of natural hits

Pistes

65%

Limited options for newbs

10.  Sun Peaks

Snowboard Guide rating 7 out of 10 “ A really good ...”

Freeriding

75%

Trees & some backcountry

Freestyle

70%

Park

Pistes

74%

Something for everyone