Top Canadian Ski Resorts for Seasonaires

By awall, 5 Jun '14 at 16:53

So, you're looking to do a ski season out in Canada but you're unsure as to which resort to pick? Here's a list of the top 5 resorts in Canada and what they have to offer seasonaires. I've got to say though, you won't be let down by any of the resorts in the list.

Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia

First up we've got arguably the most famous ski resort in the world, Whistler Blackcomb. Whistler Blackcomb is North Americas largest ski resort and boasts over 8000 acres of skiable terrain.

If you're looking for a resort that offers terrain for all types of abilities then Whistler Blackcomb certainly caters for you, you can ski a whole season here without doing the same run twice, it really is that big. Plus, if that's not enough there's also a hell of a lot of ski touring to be done.

Whistler is known for its night-life, I can certainly vouch for that. There are numerous night clubs in the village all attracting the locals and tourists pretty much every night of the week. There is also great apres down in the village after a tough day on the hill.

Whistler Blackcomb have official staff accommodation which it offers to its employees who are working the full season. Through experience though, it's pretty much pot luck as to which accommodation block you are situated in. There are 3 different locations, Brio, Glacier and Westside. Glacier is known for its party atmosphere 7 nights a week and is situated right next to mid station of the Blackcomb gondola. Brio is situated in just outside Whistler village, much nicer accommodation which comes at a cost. Finally, Westside accommodation is situated slightly further out of Whistler village (10 min bus ride) in Creekside. This is where Whistler Blackcomb tend to accommodate couples doing seasons together.

Accommodation is reasonably priced with the rent coming off your salary.

Take a look at some of the positions offered by The Working Holiday Club:

Average Snowfall – 469 inches

Distance from Airport – 133km from Vancouver Airport

Staff Perks - Lift Pass, discounts on food and retail, subsidised accommodation.

Typical Staff Accommodation :

Banff/ Lake Louise, Alberta

Banff is made up of 'the big 3' resorts. Inside the national park you've got Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and Mount Norquay to choose from.

Sunshine is the popular destination for seasonaires due to its impressive snowfall (twice as much as Lake Louise). Staff have the choice of living at the resort itself or living in the centre of Banff, a 20 minute bus ride away.

Working in a ski resort is not about the money, it's about the lifestyle that comes with the job. However, if this is something that you're interested in, the average wage in resort is $9.95 per hour.

If it's the nightlife you're interested in then Banff has got it all. Whether it be a full blown night club, sports bar or maybe you're just after a quiet drink, this snowy mountain resort caters for all, plus a lot of the night clubs have locals nights which offer cheap drinks to those with season passes/ employee cards.

If that's not enough to persuade you to do a season in Banff, then take a look at this picture of Lake Louise...

Average Snowfall – 360 inches

Staff Perks - Lift Pass, discounts on food and retail, subsidised accommodation.

Distance from Airport – 144km from Calgary Airport

Typical Staff Accommodation:

Big White, British Columbia

Located an hour outside of Kelowna, BC, Big White is known for its perfect snow. Although it might not have as much snowfall, the cool dry temperatures mean that it lasts much longer than that of rival resorts. Big White is also one of these top 5 resorts that offers true ski in/ ski out skiing.

Big White is renowned for its friendly environment, wining the prize of 'Family Resort of the Year' in 2006.

Big white is an all round resort catering for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities, whether you like hitting those steeps or cruising down a big groomer, Big White's got it all. The only downside is that Big White's elevation means that there aren't as many powder bowls as other resorts in BC, most of the mountain is tree covered. On the upside visibility is great all season round.

The village is also host to a number of bars and nightclubs for those wanting to wind down after a long day on the hill.

Average Snowfall – 295 inches

Staff Perks – Lift Pass, discounts on food and retail, subsidised accommodation.

Distance from Airport – 60km from Kelowna International Airport

Typical Staff Accommodation: (Big White don't offer staff accommodation)

Mont Tremblant, Quebec

Mont Tremblant is the second largest ski hill in Canada. It is situated only a couple of hours north of Montreal and has a real French atmosphere. Mont Tremblant has been Eastern Canada's best known resort since the late 1930’s and was the first resort to open in Canada and the second in North America.

Being situated on the east coast of Canada, the weather differs slightly compared to resorts in the rockies.

You'll fly out to Montreal, QC and then travel a further 130km to the French speaking ski resort.

But why choose to spend the season here? You'll be able to further your French speaking skills which will no doubt come in handy further down the line when you embark on French ski resorts such as Chamonix and Morzine. You'll also be closer to home with the flight being a measly 7 hours compared to a 10/ 11 hour flight to Vancouver.

Average Snowfall - 156 inches

Staff Perks - Lift Pass, discounts on food and retail, subsidised accommodation.

Distance from Airport – 130km from Montreal International Airport

Typical Staff Accommodation – (Mont Tremblant does not offer specific staff accomodation)

Revelstoke, British Columbia

Revelstoke is located in British Colombia, about 7 hours east of Vancouver and 7 hours west of Calgary.

Revelstoke is making a serious name for itself in the ski world, having only opened its doors in 2007, if you visit any of the surrounding resorts you'll be constantly told of how amazing it is to ski Revelstoke. To put it in perspective, there is a similar amount of skiable terrain to that of Vail in Colorado.

But is there enough skiing to last me a season? The mountain currently only has 3 chairlifts, however, there's a 20 minute hike from one of the chairs and I’m told that some of BC's most incredible skiing is accessible from this entrance, we're talking unmatched drops and chutes.

If you're looking for a party town then Revelstoke maybe isn't for you, try Whistler of Banff for that. However, if you like the thought of some of the best terrain in the world mixed with quiet slopes and not a single lift queue then Revelstoke is the resort of choice, did we mention that Revelstoke is one of the 6 resorts in the world able to host the world freeride championships.

Money is also better in Revelstoke for employees offering lift operators approximately $12 an hour compared to minimum wage of $10 an hour.

Be sure that you've got all your gear prior to arrival and that you have enough money to support yourself as jobs are not easy to come by if you arrive at the resort without one.

Here's a quick video showing off the powder in Revelstoke:

Average Snowfall – 393 inches

Distance from Airport – 573km from Vancouver Airport | 424km from Calgary Airport

Typical Staff Accommodation – (Revelstoke don't offer staff accommodation)

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