Spring skiing is a popular activity at ski resorts right across Canada, though it is largely associated with Western Canada and the broad, soaring mountain ranges that keep the snow around much longer into the season than out east.
Keep in mind that March Break for public schools (sometime in March) and Reading Week for university students (usually end of February in Canada) will be busier times to travel.
Spring skiing is especially popular because though snow remains on the hills through April and even May or June, temperatures can get downright balmy, especially at higher elevations. The perfect spring ski day sees skiers hit the slopes in t-shirts and shorts and come away at the end of the day with a tan. More than a few resorts will have bikini ski competitions and the like.
Other benefits of spring skiing are fewer crowds, spring ski package deals, longer daylight hours and let's not underestimate enjoying apres ski beverages outside in the sun.
Spring skiing is not the phenomenon in Eastern Canada that it is out west at resorts like Whistler, Banff or Revelstoke.
Ski resorts in the eastern part of Canada, namely in Ontario and Quebec, have a shorter ski season (until late March, mid-April) and are built upon less mountainous terrain than those 3,000 km due west in Alberta and British Columbia.
Popular resorts in Ontario, Quebec and a few ski spots in the Maritimes and Newfoundland offer spring ski deals in March and April that will cost you far less than western counterparts. Especially if you're with children or don't need extreme elevation to enjoy a ski day, eastern Canada may be a good choice, but - especially once April hits - check which ski resorts remain open and how many runs are operating.
- Mont Tremblant, voted eastern North America's best ski resort by Ski Magazine, has a season that runs to mid or the end of April.
- Mont Blanc is the less glitzy resort, more affordable resort near Mont Tremblant.
- More ski resorts near Montreal
- Le Massif offers an incredible view of the St. Lawrence and proximity to Quebec City and Baie-Saint-Paul.
- Mont-Sainte-Anne is another ski resort near Quebec City.
- Less popular as ski destinations, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland have several ski resorts each.
Ski resorts in Alberta and British Columbia offer spring skiing in beautifully moderate temperatures through May, although conditions can be deteriorating by this time. Always best to check ahead as much as you can.
Two hours north of Vancouver, Whistler Blackcomb's season may last till June at the top of the mountain.
Alberta is blessed with the Rocky Mountains and boasts the three biggest ski draws in the province: Lake Louise Mountain Resort, Sunshine Village and Mt. Norquay. The "Big 3" are all in Banff National Park, a region famous for the amount of light, dry powder that accumulates in winter and delights skiers. Lake Louise and Sunshine have nice long spring ski seasons, with Sunshine remaining open until the Victoria Day weekend in May. Check out the "Big 3" website or Ski Canada for deals.
Coming to the Canadian Rockies in spring, you have a choice of so many different resorts all very close together. If you fly into Calgary and rent a car you have Sunshine at Banff, Lake Louise in the Rockies. Then, you can cross the border over to British Columbia to check out Golden just a short drive away or Panorama at Invermere or you can go a little farther west to Revelstoke, or south to Kimberly or Fernie.