We have already reviewed the best ski hotels in Europe. But how about in North America? Now we investigate the best luxury ski in ski out hotels in Canada. These include Fairmont Tremblant, Chateau Big White, Cornerstone Lodge, Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello, Fairmont Tremblant, First Tracks Lodge Whistler, Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside, Sunshine Mountain Lodge, Westin Whistler Resort, and White Crystal Inn.
Ski-in, ski-out accommodations at resorts are unbeatable because they allow you the flexibility to suit and boot in the privacy of your room. Then you only need to make a short tromp in uncomfortable boots to get to the snow. Once out of the door, you can strap on your skis and grab the nearest lift up to your favorite run.
Here is our pick of the best luxury ski-in, ski-out hotels in Canada.
1. Fairmont Tremblant
Tremblant’s landmark ski in ski out hotel is spectacular and provides the perfect setting for a perfect alpine getaway. Brilliantly located at the foot of the majestic Tremblant peaks, Fairmont Tremblant resort combines relaxation and adventure.
There are 314 guest rooms, including 62 spacious suites. Many offer breathtaking views of the mountains, the pedestrian village, or of the surrounding woodlands. Rooms come in a variety of sizes, and The Fairmont Gold experience includes a club lounge and a private reception area on the 7th floor.
Gold rooms offer warm decor, a luxurious bathroom, exquisite personal amenities, high-speed Internet access, and club lounge access. The concierge lounge offers complimentary daily continental breakfast, drinks, snacks, tea, coffee, and “honor bar” all day, and complimentary canapes served early evening. If you don’t have club lounge access, it is worth mentioning that the hotel’s restaurants and bars all have fantastic views of the slopes and offer a great place to relax.
The location of the Fairmont Tremblant is brilliant, being right in the heart of the village but also right on the slopes. Walk out of the lower level, put your skis on and ski the 50 meters over to the lift or gondola, and you will be on your way up the mountain with no effort at all. When you want to ski back to the hotel, you can ski back via the resort’s easiest green run, arriving at the hotel terrace lobby, which sits conveniently at the bottom of the slope. The excellent ski valet will store your skis, so they are ready for you the following morning.
It is worth noting that you can give your skis to the bellman when you check-in, and the ski valet will unpack them and set them up for skiing each day. At the end of your stay, the skis will be fully packaged up again and delivered to you as you check-out.
2. Fairmont Chateau Whistler
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler is one of the best hotels in Whistler with impressive suites with fireplaces (perfect for those cozy winter months), modern spa bathrooms with soaker tubs, and updated modern alpine decor. The Fairmont pool is large, heated, and right by the slopes, making it a magical place to swim, or you can warm up in the hot tubs that surround the pool.
The standard rooms at the Fairmont face backward, towards the car park rather than over the pool and the slopes. While they remain luxury rooms with 37m2 of space, you may be disappointed if you get a car park view. Book a mountain view room for the full alpine experience. If you want a fireplace in your room, then pick a suite.
You get to access the club lounge here by booking their Gold rooms. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Gold floor accommodations offer jetted tubs and gas fireplaces in every room, along with upgraded hotel amenities and Bose sound systems.
The big advantage of the Fairmont is that it’s located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain by the Wizard Express ski lift. This means you can experience the joy of ski-in, ski-out and walk out of the hotel in your boots and straight onto the slopes. The hotel has a ski concierge room to store your skis, board, and boots overnight, so you don’t have to carry everything back to your hotel room. In this ski concierge room, there is sometimes hot chocolate available too.
3. First Tracks Lodge Whistler
First Tracks Lodge Whistler is a unique collection of designer suites that blend luxury with an inspired location. Indulge in the four-season pool and hot tubs or spend some unhurried time in the lobby library. After a day on the slopes, come home to one of Whistler’s most prestigious ski-in-ski-out addresses.
At First Tracks Lodge Whistler, heavy timber doors lead to majestic interiors of stone, slate, and glass, warmed by deep colors and rich, authentic fabrics. Stainless steel appliances and granite countertops lend a modern flair to gourmet kitchens. Set at the base of Whistler Mountain, in the Creekside Village, First Tracks Lodge is literally steps from the Creekside Express Gondola for ski in ski out enjoyment, shopping, fine dining, and après ski.
4. Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside
Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside is located right in Whistler village and yet is steps from Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain gondolas. This award-winning, all-suite Pan Pacific Mountainside hotel is a great ski in ski out base for Whistler mountain. From its front door, you can access the slopes, the shops, and local dining establishments. Relax in the heated outdoor pool and two hot tubs and enjoy the perfect combination of legendary mountain buzz and a relaxing getaway when you stay at this Whistler hotel.
5. Sunshine Mountain Lodge, Banff
Banff’s Sunshine Village ski area has just one on-hill ski in ski out hotel, Sunshine Mountain Lodge. This is the only ski-in, ski-out hotel in Banff, although the luxury traveler may prefer to stay in the world-famous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and Canada’s “Castle in the Rockies”. Note that the Fairmont Banff Springs is not a ski-in, ski-out hotel.
Sunshine Mountain Lodge, a uniquely Canadian boutique hotel nestled within the majestic peaks of Banff National Park. This on-mountain hotel gives you effortless access to the slopes of Banff Sunshine Village as you wake up to some of Canada’s best snow.
6. Chateau Big White, Big White
Chateau Big White is ideally situated in the heart of Big White resort with beautiful views of the village. It is worth noting that Big white’s village is very scattered and much smaller than Whistler or Banff. The hotel also features an outdoor hot tub, the Black Diamond Bar & Grill, and free underground parking. Each unit is beautifully decorated with standard features, including; a gas fireplace, microwave, mini-fridge, and in-room safes. You can choose from Kitchenette, Loft, One Bedroom, One Bedroom Plus, and Two Bedroom Plus suites.
7. White Crystal Inn, Silver Star
White Crystal Inn was voted “Best in Canada” and features excellent ski in ski out convenience. It is ideally located next to Lara’s Gondola and the Bullet Express chair. Hotel amenities include an outdoor hot tub, sauna, ski storage, the BullWheel Gastro Family Pub, conference facilities, and free underground parking. Rooms are spacious with a range of Standard, Kitchenette, and Loft rooms.
8. Cornerstone Lodge, Fernie
Cornerstone Lodge is Fernie Alpine Resort’s premier ski-in, ski-out slopeside condominium hotel. Whether you choose to soothe sore muscles in the hot-tub, enjoy a tasty meal in Kelsey’s Restaurant, or just cozy up with a good book in front of the fireplace, Cornerstone Lodge is the ideal base camp to unwind and re-energize before your next adventure at Fernie Alpine Resort.
9. Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello
Chateau Montebello is historically related to the Canadian Pacific railroad company. The hotel was built in the 1920s as a job creation scheme and became a Canadian Pacific (CP) Chateau hotel. In 1999 the hotel became a Fairmont, and more recently, Fairmont became part of Accor.
The hotel is actually one big log cabin with 211 guest rooms and suites. Like the Goldilocks fairy tale, this log cabin is located in a forest. It is easy to get to and is only an hour’s drive from Ottawa and an hour and a half drive from Montreal. There is a grand lobby with a big fireplace in the center. So romantic and even better at Christmas with a roaring fire. At least one wall of each room is actually made of the external logs which were used to build the original building. This makes every room very special and utterly charming.
With 42 km of groomed trails for all levels in its doorstep, Montebello is a true cross-country skiing paradise. Depart from the hotel and discover the surrounding land and golf course. Cross-country skis and boots are available on site.
10. Westin Whistler Resort and Spa
Westin Whistler Resort and Spa, part of the Marriott brand, is an “almost” ski in ski out hotel on the edge of Whistler Village. Take advantage of valet parking and sample local specialties at the hotel restaurants. Dive into either the indoor or outdoor pool or stay active in the WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio. When you’re finished exploring the Whistler backcountry, curl up in your spacious one-bedroom suite and stream the latest series and movie with fast and free Wi-Fi. While not technically ski in ski out, the doors of the Westin Resort & Spa are under 100 meters from the Whistler Village Gondola.
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