Part Three: Legendary Ski Resorts That Will Have You Booking First Class Flights This Winter

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Stay closer to home this winter with a luscious ski holiday to two of Canada’s most spectacular ski regions. Your first class tickets to Vancouver or Calgary put you within easy driving distance to picturesque Whistler Blackcomb and Banff, where legendary skiing and sublime hotels await.

While flying in first class seats to Europe may provide the ultimate ski vacation, there are dozens of other prime ski resorts around the globe and some are even close to home. In part three of our series on the world’s best ski destinations, we take a look at the fabulous ski lodging options in gorgeous Canada.

Banff, Canada
Known for its statuesque mountains, rejuvenating hot springs and spectacular scenery, Banff is a skier’s paradise. Whether you prefer the World Cup ski runs of Lake Louise Mountain Resort, the Continental Divide’s glorious Sunshine Village pistes or the ski racing trails of Mt. Norquay, there are several lush hotels to serve you

- Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is a stately castle on the shores of the scenic lake and a haven for travelers who want to experience all of Banff’s recreational opportunities. In typical Fairmont fashion, the hotel offers an extra touch of luxury with its Fairmont Gold private concierge service, a pampering full-service spa and ample fine dining. There’s even authentic fondue service in its Walliser Stube restaurant.

- Fairmont Banff Springs is unparalleled for its grandeur, known as the “Castle if the Rockies.” Nestled within Banff National Park’s forest, the luxury hotel abounds with amenities, from a championship golf course to a top-tier spa. Foodies staying at the hotel are also in for a treat, with delectable Japanese, Italian, Canadian and Alpine dishes on the menu at the hotel’s various restaurants.

Whistler Blackcomb, Canada

If you live on the West Coast, a quick first class flight to Vancouver is the perfect link to a lush Whistler getaway. Home to the 2010 Olympics’ alpine skiing and luge events, Whistler Blackcomb is the largest ski area in all of North America. The world’s elite flock to the resort, drawn to the ski area’s two spectacular mountains, world-class ski schools and breathtaking heli-skiing.

- The Four Seasons Resort Whistler is a delight, from its grand architecture to its legendary Four Seasons Bed. Guests enjoy group fitness classes, personal training sessions and a wide variety of equipment in the fitness center, access to a number of nearby championship golf courses, a ski concierge and delectable restaurants. 

- Fairmont Chateau Whistler was named Canada’s No. 1 Ski Hotel by Conde Nast Traveler for its superior comfort and service. The magazine also rated it as the top golf resort in the country so there are plenty of recreation options year-round. Guests can swim laps while enjoying underwater music in one of the two heated pools, an on-site theater, tennis and squash courts, renowned golf course and ski in/ski out facilities. Even getting to the resort is sublime with discounted first class tickets to Vancouver and a quick drive to Whistle via the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway.