Ski Resorts Ratings

Everyone has different variables that are important when deciding on the top Canadian ski resorts so we've provided ratings (out of 5, where 5 is outstanding) for various factors relating to the Canada ski resorts. Our ratings for the Canadian ski resorts and Canada snowboarding are based on our experiences of visiting the various ski areas around western Canada. Click on the column you're most interested in, to sort the ratings by region.

For more detailed ratings and definitions on each of the categories see our full Powderhounds ski resort ratings on the top ski resorts page, which also compare the Canadian ski resorts to those in USA, Japan, New Zealand, Europe and South America.

You can also look at each of the ski resorts in Canada to see how the readers of Powderhounds have rated the resorts on the snow, crowds, lifts, piste, off-piste, child friendliness, value and nightlife.
Canada Ski Resorts 5 = outstanding
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Beginner Intermediate Advanced Off-Piste Tree Skiing Expert Extreme Snow Freshies Uncrowded Slackcountry Lifts Terrain Park Family Friendly Daytime Restaurants Nighttime Restaurants Nightlife Ski-in\Ski-Out Cost Apres English Culture Powderhounds Overall
Big White 4.5 5 3.5 3 3 3 1.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 1.5 4 4 5 3.5 3 3 5 3.5 2.5 -1 -1 4 4.5
Fernie 4 3 3 3.5 4 3.5 3 3 3 3 5 2.5 2.5 4 3 3 3 4 3.5 3 -1 -1 3.5 4
Kicking Horse 2.5 2.5 5 4.5 3 5 5 3.5 3.5 5 5 3 0 3 3 3 2 4 3.5 1 -1 -1 4.5 4.5
Lake Louise 3 4 3.5 3.5 2 4 3.5 2.5 3 3 -1 3.5 3.5 4 3 2 1.5 0 2.5 1 -1 -1 3.5 3.5
Nakiska 3 3.5 2.5 1 1 2 0 1 2 4 -1 2.5 2.5 4 2 0 0 0 3.5 0 -1 -1 2.5 2.5
Norquay 2.5 3 3 1.5 2 2 0 1.5 2.5 4.5 -1 2 3 4 1 0 0 0 3.5 2 -1 -1 3 3
Panorama 3 4 3.5 3 3.5 3.5 3 2.5 3 4.5 -1 3 4.5 5 3.5 2.5 3 3.5 3.5 2.5 -1 -1 3.5 4.5
Red Mountain 3.5 3.5 4 4.5 5 4 4 3 4 4 3.5 2.5 2.5 4 3.5 3.5 3 2.5 5 3 -1 -1 4 4.5
Revelstoke 2.5 3.5 5 4 4 3.5 3 3.5 3.5 4 3.5 5 1 3.5 2.5 3 2.5 3 4 2.5 -1 -1 4 4
Silver Star 3.5 3.5 4 3 3.5 2.5 2 3.5 3 4 2 3.5 3.5 5 4 3 2 4 4 2 -1 -1 3.5 4
Sun Peaks 4.5 5 4 2.5 2.5 2.5 1 3 3 4 3 3.5 2.5 5 4 3.5 2 5 3.5 2 -1 -1 3.5 4.5
Sunshine 3 3.5 4.5 4.5 3 5 5 4 2.5 3 -1 4 4.5 3 2.5 1 1 1 3 1 -1 -1 4 4
Whistler-Blackcomb 4 4.5 5 5 4 5 5 3 2.5 2 5 5 4.5 5 3.5 5 5 2 2 5 -1 -1 4 5
Whitewater 2.5 3 4 4 5 4.5 3 4.5 4 4.5 5 2.5 2 3 3 2 2 0 4.5 2 -1 -1 5 4.5