Canada is famous for is rugged outdoor lifestyle and love of winter sports. With huge dumps of snow every season Canada is one of the best snowboarding destinations in the world
The best things about snowboarding holidays in Canada are:
- Great snow – West coast Canada gets huge dumps and is more reliable than the Alps have been recently! Whistler opens in November and often has 2-3m of snow by the new year.
- Very friendly, English speaking people – The ‘Canucks’ are lovely, friendly people, and geniuinely so. Just don’t call them Americans by mistake!!
- Cheaper than Europe (once you get there!) – Even with the current exchange rate drop Food and drink costs are much lower in Canada than in the Alps or Sweden
- Luxurious, spacious accomodation – The North Americans don’t stand for the shoe box sized apartments you’d find in places like Avoriaz.
Things to consider when planning a snowboard holiday in Canada:
- Jet lag – to make the most of a week’s snowboarding on the West coast you really need to book a 10 day trip and spend a day or two in Vancouver to get over the long flight.
- Cost – Flight costs to Canada can be very expensive, particularly in peak season. Direct flights cost even more but I would strongly encourage you to pay the extra as it’s all too easy to miss a transfer due to the smallest of delays and then lose a day or even two days snowboarding sitting in a random hotel in Chicago or Denver! Canadian Affair, part of Thomas Cook, run charter flights to Canada. I used them for a trip to vancouver and saved £250 versus BA and Air Canada!
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