You can’t top Vancouver when it comes to a ski holiday destination. The city’s mild climate combined with close proximity to alpine peaks with some of the best and consistent snow in the world – so rejoice snow bunnies and ski freaks!

But beyond easy access to snowy outdoor adventure and delivering on the epic ski runs and varied terrain suitable for beginners to pros, Vancouver – as a destination in itself – has so, so much to offer with cultural and culinary highlights.

Here are just six reasons why Vancouver is the perfect pre and post ski destination.



Grouse Mountain Skiing

Grouse Mountain Skiing

Thanks to Air Canada’s direct services to Vancouver airport (YVR) from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, getting to/from this winter wonderland (and one of the most liveable cities in the world), is only a single 14-hour flight away.

That’s more time for skiing and less time waiting around at airports.



Gastown Shopping Lululemon Lab (1)

If the urge to splurge hits you whilst gunning it down the mountain, you’ll be happy to know that Vancouver is a shopping mecca, with neighbourhoods such as Robson Street, Gastown and Kitsilano – as well as Vancouver malls – stocking everything from ski gear to the latest fashionable numbers.

So make sure you bring your plastic!



Railtown Settlement Building

From pubs, to craft beer breweries, to chic wine bars, Vancouver loves to drink and you’ll never – ever – be thirsty roaming around one of the city’s many vibrant neighbourhoods.

Or, of course, if you are visiting in February take in the Vancouver International Wine Festival, one of the oldest and largest in the world.



Sablefish at Hawksworth Restaurant

Multicultural Vancouver is one of the tastiest cities in North America, if not the world, with an exciting food scene serving up everything from tantalising street eats to tiny local sushi cafes through to fine dining once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Vancouver has an astounding range of dining choices for all budgets and tastes. January brings Canada’s largest annual celebration of food and drink with the Dine Out Vancouver Festival.

Exploring Vancouver’s culinary scene doesn’t have to be limited to meal times. Take a tour of Granville Island Public Market, cycle your way around our craft breweries, and explore some of the city’s tastiest neighbourhoods, giving you insider information on hot spots, cultural history, local favourites and current trends.



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An enjoyable day spent outdoors can certainly take its toll on the body, and you may decide you need a little TLC to help soothe those weary bones of yours and prime your body for another day on the slopes.

Thankfully Vancouver has many a luxury spa that will totally rejuvenate you and get you ready for another day! Vida Spas and Smile Thai Wellness Spa are especially rejuvenating.



Museum of Anthropology

Whether it’s music, museums or manic theatrical performances you crave after powder pummelling ski action, Vancouver has you covered.

Granville Street, Yale and Gastown in particular are hives of live music activity, whilst the Museum of Anthropology, Science World and the Vancouver Art Gallery deliver on history, context and high-brow pontificating.

Vancouver is also known around the world for its performing arts scene, with operas, dances and symphonies nightly occurrences.

SO: Are you feeling the call to hit the slopes in Canada via Vancouver?

Then head on over to and check out this insanely awesome Vancouver & Whistler package, which includes seven nights accommodation, a five-day lift pass and return transfers for only $1,507 per person.*

*Conditions apply. Valid for travel from 25 February – 01 April 2018. Book & pay by 31 August 2017. Price & availability are subject to change.

What else makes Vancouver the perfect pre and post ski destination? Enlighten us in the comments below!

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