The Best White Christmas Ski Resorts in North America

The Best White Christmas Ski Resorts in North America

Dreaming of somewhere magical, memorable and envy-arousing to take the family this Christmas? A white Christmas ski holiday in the US or Canada ticks all those boxes.

Imagine snow-blanketed streets of Christmas lights, music and decorations. Dining on a bevy of winter activities, festive events and mouthwatering Christmas foods. Not to mention, meeting Santa in his natural habitat, instead of an air-conditioned shopping mall.

Plus, ski and boarding adventures for every age and skill level. Or no skill level at all!

Here are five North American resorts made-to-order for a family Christmas ski holiday you’ll never forget.


Mountains of Festive Fun

If you want festivities and lots of them, then North America’s largest resort delivers in spades, serving up a staggering concoction of fun, adventure and on-slope action.

Over Christmas, Whistler village becomes a surreal world of festive street lights and Christmas carols floating from shops and restaurants out into the streets and up the moonlit silhouettes of Blackcomb and Whistler Mountain. It’s mesmerising.

What’s on at Christmas?

  • Free Fire and Ice Show every Sunday night from Dec 23 until March. Watch world-class skiers and riders jump, twirl and twist through burning rings of fire.
  • DJs, fire-spinners and fireworks!
  • Attend Christmas Eve Carols at the Westin Hotel
  • Ice-skate and take selfies with Santa at the Olympic Plaza
  • Ho, ho, ho down the slopes with hundreds of fellow Santas and Mrs Claus’ on Ski like Santa Day.
  • Experience a sleigh ride, fondue under the stars and thrills at the Tube Park.
  • Zipline through the trees
  • Treat yourself to a Scandinavian Spa massage
  • Toast marshmallows at Wednesday Bonfire Nights

On the snow Whistler offers:

  • Adult and kids ski lessons
  • Family private tours
  • Childcare programs for 18 to 48 months and 3 to 5yrs
  • Kids-only terrain and adventure park areas
  • And with lift capacity for over 65,500 skiers per hour, there’s plenty of space for everyone!

How much snow?
With abundant natural snow and snow cannons ready for action when needed, Whistler has one of the longest seasons in Canada.

  • Over 11.5m average yearly snowfall with over 2m average in December.
  • On average, 86% of its massive 8,171 skiable acres are open by December 25
  • Plus, snow making available on most runs.



White Christmas Bucket List

‘White Christmas in Aspen’ sits on many people’s bucket list with four unique resorts and an array of festive après fun to be had. At Aspen, you get to bask in big ski village dining, shopping and entertainment splendour, topped with a generous serving of small-town America white Christmas romance.

What’s on at Christmas?

  • Starting December 20, the 12 Days of Aspen celebrations includes films and concerts, cookie decorating, Christmas storytime and more
  • Take a family carriage ride around town with Santa
  • Go ice-skating with Santa’s Elves
  • Slip into that jumper your other half hates and shine at the Ugly Sweaters Party
  • Join locals for free hot chocolate and cookies, carols, Santa and live reindeer at the Little Nell Tree Lighting ceremony.
  • Celebrate the Norse God of Snow at Ullr Nights with snowtubing, bonfires, a ghost ship and more
  • Ride the 28mph Breathtaker Alpine Coaster through the forest near Elk Camp.
  • Book a Christmas Eve or Day feast at one of Aspen’s fantastic restaurants
  • Kids and adults can ski down Snowmass on New Year’s Eve in the Torchlight Parade.

Ski 4 resorts for the price of 1
There’s as much action on the slopes as there is in the village with free shuttle access and lift-passes for all four mountains on one ticket. That means you can stick to one mountain you’re comfortable with, or unwrap a new experience every day:

  • Snowmass – Beginners, Intermediates and Families
  • Buttermilk – complete Beginners and avid freestylers
  • Aspen Mountain – Advanced and game Intermediates
  • Aspen Highlands – Advanced, Intermediates and Local Favourite

How much snow?

With the choice of 4 high altitude mountains & expert snowmaking, Aspen Snowmass is very snow reliable in December.

  • Snowmass is high altitude and mostly north facing so snow preservation is excellent. It averages about 75% open at Christmas.
  • Aspen Mountain averages around 80% open at Christmas


Picture-perfect Winter Wonderland

SilverStar is a life-size snow globe village tucked high in the Rockies. Over the festive season, the pine trees and brightly coloured Victorian-era buildings along main street sparkle in lights, creating a friendly and magical mood. Especially during the 12 Days of Christmas celebrations.

And just wait until you see the backyard – over 3,000 skiable acres of pure white fun for adults and kids of all ages to explore!

What’s on at Christmas?

  • Delight in the SilverStar 12 days of Christmas free family activity program. Every day Santa’s elves will conduct Snowman making, Snow VolleyBall, Elf tug-of-war, Santa Sack races, Christmas snow painting and more
  • SilverStar also offer a Christmas tree service where they not only provide you with a tree on your holiday but also help you put it up and decorate it!
  • Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve torchlight parade and firework display
  • Decorating stockings, Christmas baubles and gingerbread houses at Christmas Crafts Night
  • Horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowshoe tours and snowcat dinner tours
  • Tubing, skating and hockey on the frozen outdoor pond
  • Night skiing and boarding.

On the snow Silver Star offers:

  • lots of fun gladed areas & long runs perfect for a cruise down the mountain
  • black diamond runs and steep powder filled chutes on the renowned Back Side
  • a Terrain Park
  • lessons for kids and adults of all levels
  • Freestyle and academy programs
  • Kids (under 12) ski and rent free!

How much snow?

  • An average 7 metres a la natural snow fall each year.
  • Daytime temperatures stay around -3C to keep things light and powdery on the slopes
  • The intermediate mountain front is usually fully open by Christmas


Wild & Majestic Christmas

If there’s one ski region in the world that travel shows, writers and marketers should be forgiven for describing with OTT clichés, it’s Banff and Lake Louise. This really is a majestic mecca of monumental magnificence.

With its small-town charm, film-set scenery, crowd-pleasing ski options, Big Foot folklore, Christmas castle and consommé of outdoor action, you have all the ingredients for a holiday your clan will rave about for years.

What’s on at Christmas?

  • Taste the food, explore the one-of-a-kind treasures, enjoy story and craft time, Christmas songs and photos with Santa at the Banff Christmas Market
  • At the 7400ft summit of the Banff Gondola indulge in a Christmas feast or visit Santa’s workshop which includes cookie decorating, Christmas craft making and visits from Santa
  • Take a sleigh ride to Brewster’s Barn Lake Louise for their Christmas BBQ dinner and hoedown with a live band and line dancing.
  • Go on an exhilarating dog-sled tour with expert mushers
  • Gawk at the half-man, half-fish, “merman” mummy at the Banff Indian Trading Post
  • Watch out for Big Foot – there’s a $2 million reward if you spot him!
  • Take a break from the tribe to soothe your mind and body at the Banff Upper Hot Springs
  • Enjoy a fire-side nightcap of roasted marshmallows and hot chocolate

Don’t miss ‘Christmas at the Castle’

Every year, the beautiful, historic Fairmont Banff Springs blends the traditional sights and sounds of Christmas into a one of-a-kind celebration, including:

  • ‘Eat the Castle’ and other indulgent dinner and culinary tours
  • Guided wilderness walks
  • Christmas craft workshops and bedtime stories
  • Ice-skating at the Castle on Lake Louise
  • A New Year’s Eve Gala

On the snow Banff National Park offers:

Ski three resorts on a tri-area lift pass.

  • Mount Norquay – Plenty of kid-friendly and newbie slopes + night tubing and skiing every Friday and Saturday evening
  • Sunshine Village – Gentle beginner runs all the way up to extreme big mountain runs. Excellent group and private ski school, and daycare
  • Lake Louise – Over 4,200 skiable acres with 139 wide open runs to choose from. Fantastic ski school with private/group/family lessons and reasonable rates

How much snow?

In Banff National Park winter bites early & delivers consistent early-season snow.

  • With very reliable early-season snowpack, cold temperatures for snowmaking and consistent snowfall, Lake Louise averages about 75% open at Christmas
  • Lake Louise is higher than Banff, so it’s usually snow covered from November.


Powder Christmas

Packing a combination of natural beauty, Main Street frivolity and the largest ski terrain anywhere in the USA, some call Park City, ‘The best place for Christmas skiing, period”.

Many skiing families would agree.  A breezy 45-minute drive from Salt Lake City airport, you get to play on three distinctly flavoured resorts and keep the kids entertained in one of the best thought-out and managed children’s ski programs anywhere in the world.

What’s on at Christmas?

  • Mid-December, join in the variety show fun of the Park City Holiday Spectacular and Sing-A-Long
  • Witness Santa and his magical sleigh come down the Town Lift – and get a happy snap with him
  • Create your own snowman and gorge on marshmallows in Snowman Alley
  • Get into the swing of Snowfest, enjoying live music, entertainment and other festivities
  • On Christmas Eve, head to Deer Valley to meet and remind Santa one last time just how good you’ve been this year.
  • Book in and roll out of one the restaurants around town serving up 4, 5 even 7-course Christmas dinner
  • If you’re sticking around to greet the new year, NYE family-friendly activities begin at 3pm including live entertainment, sleigh rides, music and fireworks.

On the snow, Park City Mountain Resort offers:

  • 7-14yrs classes of five students or less to best match skill
  • 3 1/2 – 6 yrs classes of three or less
  • 10 – 15yrs – I Ride Park City Freestyle Camp
  • Kids 6 and under ski and snowboard for free

How much snow?

On average, 77% of Park City’s massive 7,300 acres of terrain is open by Christmas.


Christmas is such a beautiful time to visit the North American ski fields, and even more so with the people who mean most to you in the world. And, while these are just some of our favourites, every ski resort goes out of their way to make the festive season a special experience.

If there’s something particular that you’re looking for, or you need some expert advice, talk to the team who’ve been there. We’re here to make your family ski trip a truly merry one.

CALL: 1300 735 048 or Enquire Here for a Quote.

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