Whistler Blackcomb – Let’s see, 8,171 acres of skiing, two formidable mountains connected by a Peak 2 Peak Gondola, and a phenomenal Intrawest ski resort village with high-end lodging, dining, resort shopping, and celebrity caliber nightlife. Take your pick of the slopeside Hyatt, Westin, Pan Pacific Hotel, a ski in ski out Four Seasons, or The five-star Fairmont Chateau Whistler – just to name a few of Whistler’s luxury ski lodging options. Or for a quieter stay in Creekisde, Whistler’s original ski village that has remained quaint. Stay at First Tracks Lodge to be steps from the Gondola in a beautiful suite condo set up – with an outdoor spa, or at Nita Lake Lodge to experience a grand timber-style lodge with suite lodging overlooking the Lake and lovely fireside lobby dining and après ski, just a short shuttle to the ski lifts. With so much skiing and beautiful lodging, no wonder Whistler/Blackcomb was the chosen one for the Winter Olympics 2010.
Sunshine Mountain Lodge – Banff Sunshine has an on mountain hotel in Sunshine Village that’s plain awesome. You get to stay at 7,000’ while as others ski away, back to the base by skis or gondola. Sunshine Mountain Lodge is perched on the slopes of Sunshine, environmentally friendly with cool art-deco rocky mountain style. We like the loft in the West Wing, the perfect floor plan for a family with a view out the floor to cathedral ceiling window of Sunshine’s jagged snow capped peaks. Its special to spend the night here, après ski and dine at Eagle’s Nest, with the 84 other hotel room guests, and pounce on first tracks.
The Château Lake Louise in Canada – This 1890 Château overlooks the brilliant waters of Lake Louise and Victoria Glacier, this is the place to stay when skiing Lake Louise, and nearby Banff Sunshine and Norquay – the Ski Big 3.
The Banff Springs Hotel and Spa – The Banff Springs was the flagship Canadian Pacific Hotel, built in 1888. This grand hotel in the Canadian Rockies of Banff offers a state of the art Solace Spa with natural hot springs and “out of this world” spa treatments. The guest rooms and common rooms are regal, the views of the Canadian Rockies are stellar. This is a magical castle in Banff’s beautiful mountains and park. Stay here and at sister property Chateau Lake Louise, an hour away, ski Sunshine and Lake Louise, and you will feel like royalty in the Canadian Rockies!
Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City – The Fairmont Chateau Frontenac dates back to 1883, this monumental hotel is perched on the shores of the St. Lawrence River in the heart of Old Quebec City. This French town has much to savor, and Quebec skiing is just a half hour away at Mont Sainte Anne or a few minutes further and you can be skiing 2,200 vertical feet into the St Lawrence River at Le Massif Ski Resort.
Jasper Park Lodge – this magnificent historic mountain lodge in Jasper National Park is the ultimate great Canadian Lodge, surrounded by 700 acres of pristine land. Ski nearby at Marmot Basin, or try Nordic, skating or snowshoeing on premise along the shores of Lac Beauvert. Signature cabins dot the landscape, providing a rustic but regal stay, with visits to the centerpiece Grand Lodge for dining and drinks and social! This is yet another remarkable Fairmont Hotel property.
Hotel Le Germain Charlevoix in Baie St Paul Quebec was cleverly designed by the owner of Le Massif- the fantastic ski resort just a half hour away. Stay here in the modern concept suites, enjoy ice-skating, farm to table dining, a spa, and view of the Bay and Charlevoix’s special UNESCO surroundings. Take the train from the Hotel lobby to the ski slopes, or to Quebec City – 50 minutes south, how cool is that?!
Fairmont Tremblant is perfectly situated at the base of Tremblant’s ski slopes, and at the top of the wonderful ski village. Ski in ski out, walk to après ski and shops in the pedestrian alpine settlement. It’s a Fairmont hotel, so everything is posh. With over 300 rooms, ask for a slope view, enjoy the outdoor pools and spa, and Axe for an après ski aperitif before you stroll to town for fondue and beaver tails.