The Best Snowboarding Resorts in the Canadian Rockies

Nestled in the heart of North America, the Canadian Rockies boast some of the most breathtaking and well known snowboarding destinations in the world. With towering peaks, abundant powder, and a variety of terrain, these resorts offer an unforgettable experience for snowboarders of all levels. In this blog, we'll explore the best snowboarding resorts in the Canadian Rockies (and a little further afield too!), each with its own vibe and appeal. In no particular order, check them out!

  1. Banff Sunshine Village

Located just a short drive from the town of Banff in Alberta, Banff Sunshine Village is a snowboarder's paradise. With over 3,300 acres of skiable terrain, this resort offers a mix of groomed runs and challenging backcountry options. Riders are treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and the pristine, unspoiled wilderness. Sunshine Village is famous for its reliable snowfall and extended season, often stretching from November to May.

  1. Lake Louise Ski Resort

Snowboarding at Lake Louise in Alberta with Focus Snowboards.

A little further down the highway from Banff is the iconic Lake Louise Ski Resort, known for its stunning, postcard-worthy setting. The resort features 4200 acres of rideable terrain with a wide range of runs, from beginner-friendly slopes to exhilarating black diamond trails, not to mention some great terrain parks too.

  1. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
Big mountain snowboarding at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in BC with Focus Snowboards.

If you're seeking a more challenging snowboarding experience, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in British Columbia should be on your radar. The resort is renowned for its steep terrain and deep powder, making it a magnet for expert riders. With 2800 acres of available terrain, Its crown jewel, "Ozone," boasts extreme chutes and cliffs, perfect for those who crave an adrenaline rush and often features in the Freeride World Tour circuit.

  1. Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Revelstoke, another gem in British Columbia, offers a unique blend of terrain and abundant snowfall with over 3100 acres of rideable terrain. The resort boasts North America's most significant vertical drop (Just over 1700 meters!), providing an unmatched thrill for snowboarders. Whether you're a backcountry enthusiast or prefer groomed runs, Revelstoke has it all. The charming town of Revelstoke is an excellent base for your adventure, with cozy accommodations and vibrant après-ski options.

  1. Fernie Alpine Resort

Snowboarding at Fernie Alpine Resort in BC on the Powder Highway with Focus Snowboards.

Fernie, situated in the southeastern corner of British Columbia, is a hidden snowboarding paradise with legendary powder. With 2500 acres of rideable terrain, Fernie offers a variety of terrain for all skill levels, from glades to wide-open bowls. The historic town of Fernie provides a welcoming atmosphere, making it a perfect destination for a winter getaway. The local ski culture is friendly, and you'll find fantastic powder stashes even days after a snowfall.

  1. Marmot Basin

Located within Jasper National Park in Alberta, Marmot Basin offers just over 1700 acres a serene and unspoiled snowboarding experience. With ample snowfall, it's a fantastic destination for both beginners and advanced riders. The resort's relaxed atmosphere and lack of crowds make it an ideal spot to enjoy the powder without the hustle and bustle of larger resorts.

  1. Panorama Mountain Resort

Nestled in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia, Panorama Mountain Resort has over 2800 acres of terrain and is known for its wide-open slopes and long runs. It's a family-friendly resort with a range of terrain options, including great parks and some thrilling black diamond trails. The mountain village offers a welcoming atmosphere with cozy lodging and dining options, making it a well-rounded destination for all types of snowboarders.

  1. Nakiska Ski Area

Snowboarding at Nakiska in Alberta with Focus Snowboards.

Located near Calgary, Nakiska Ski Area is an accessible and enjoyable resort for those looking for a day trip from the city or a shorter stay. With just over 1000 acres of terrain, It's a great spot for beginners and intermediates, with well-groomed runs and a relaxed atmosphere.

  1. Castle Mountain Resort

Situated in southwestern Alberta, Castle Mountain Resort is a hidden gem known for its deep powder and challenging terrain spanning over 3500 acres. This resort is a favorite among expert snowboarders who appreciate the off-piste and tree skiing opportunities. With a laid-back, family-friendly atmosphere, Castle Mountain is perfect for those looking to escape the crowds and enjoy a more authentic mountain experience.

  1. Red Mountain Resort

Snowboarding at Red Mountain in Rossland, BC with Focus Snowboards.

Red Mountain Resort in Rossland, British Columbia, is a local favorite with its legendary powder and varied terrain. It offers 4200 acres and an incredible blend of groomed runs, glades, and challenging steeps, making it suitable for all levels of snowboarders. The friendly, welcoming town of Rossland adds to the overall charm and is an excellent place to unwind after a day on the slopes.

  1. Mt. Norquay

Located just a stone's throw from the town of Banff in Alberta, Mt. Norquay is a charming and historic ski resort that's perfect for snowboarders. It may be smaller than some of the other resorts in the area with just 190 acres, but it offers a fantastic winter experience. Mt. Norquay is known for its incredible night skiing, tubing and a terrain park that caters to all levels of riders.

  1. Kimberley Alpine Resort

Nestled in the southeastern corner of British Columbia, Kimberley Alpine Resort offers a charming and authentic snowboarding experience. Boasting 1800 acres of skiable terrain, this resort caters to all levels of riders, from gentle beginner slopes to challenging black diamond runs. With its laid-back atmosphere and stunning Rocky Mountain scenery, Kimberley provides the perfect backdrop for a memorable snowboarding getaway.

  1. Whitewater Ski Resort

Big mountain snowboarding at Whitewater Mountain Resort in BC with Focus Snowboards.

Tucked away in the rugged Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia, Whitewater Ski Resort is renowned for its legendary powder and exhilarating terrain. With 1184 acres of skiable terrain, including steep chutes, glades, and groomed runs, Whitewater offers an unforgettable experience for snowboarders seeking adventure. The resort's off-the-beaten-path location adds to its appeal, providing a serene and authentic mountain experience for riders of all levels. Whether you're exploring the challenging backcountry or enjoying the scenic groomers, Whitewater Ski Resort promises an epic snowboarding adventure amidst breathtaking natural beauty.

The Canadian Rockies offer some of the best snowboarding experiences in North America, and these resorts are just the tip of the iceberg to what is on offer even further afield in Canada. With stunning landscapes, diverse terrain, and deep powder, there's something for every snowboarder to enjoy. Whether you're a novice or an expert rider, the Canadian Rockies have it all, making it a must-visit destination for any snowboarding enthusiast. So, gear up, head north, and experience the thrill and beauty of snowboarding in this amazing part of the world.

Enjoy your riding trip to Canada.

Leo & Kahli