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Ski in Canada from £499

Canadian Affair ski packages from Manchester are cheaper than you'd think

Published on January 21st 2011.

Ski in Canada from £499

With super cheap flights from Manchester to Canada, skiing in the Rockies is suddenly a viable option for ski and snowboard fans in the North West.

It costs just £499 for flights, transfers and accommodation for a week in Jasper with a Canadian Affair package, with prices for other resorts typically around £550 to £650. Or if you're looking for flights only, check out the exclusive 10% discount on flights for Confidential readers here.

So what can you expect if you're more accustomed to jetting off to the Alps for your snow fix? Canadian Affair does packages to numerous resorts throughout the Canadian Rockies including Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise.

Banff is nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies in the spectacular Banff National Park. Expect to be overwhelmed by the beauty of this region, from the awesome mountain peaks to the wild elk roaming freely down Banff Avenue.

Skiers and snowboarders staying in Banff can enjoy three resorts: Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise Ski Area. Each offers a different terrain and a contrasting experience.

Banff is known for family-friendly skiing with lots of runs for beginners and the less than confident. It's also famous for its night life which is buzzing all year round. The hot springs, museums, shops and art galleries if you fancy a day off the slopes.

Transfer time to Banff from Calgary Airport is two hours.

Lake Louise
Further up the valley from Banff is Lake Louise – a glacial lake surrounded by jaw dropping peaks. Peaceful and quieter than its neighbour Banff, this small resort offers a magnitude of skiing and non-skiing activities. With over 130 runs and back bowls, Lake Louise ski area offers more than enough variety from tree-lined runs to acres of open bowls. The snow record is fabulous and is why the World Cup is held here at the start of the ski season each year.

Transfer time to Lake Louise from Calgary Airport is 2.5 hours.

Deeper still into the Rocky Mountains, Jasper is home to some of Canada's most spectacular scenery. There's shimmering glaciers, waterfalls, lakes and wildlife galore. People flock here year round, but it's the skiers who fill the hotels in winter. The ski area, Marmot Basin, is just 20 minutes away from the town of Jasper and is connected by a frequent ski shuttle (free transfer included with the lift pass).

The resort offers 3,000 vertical feet of superb skiing and boarding, making it attractive to all abilities and gets the thumbs up for families. Jasper's high speed quad chair lift gets you to the top of the mountain in just 7.5 minutes, so with no waiting in lift lines, skiers have lots of room to breathe and more time on the slopes.

With 86 marked trails, the terrain is nicely varied; from long, gentle, winding novice runs to steep, high alpine bowls and chutes and glade skiing through verdant pine forests.

Transfer time to Jasper from Calgary Airport is five hours.

Canadian Affair also does ski packages from Manchester to Fernie, Sun Peaks, Revelstoke, Big White, Kicking Horse, Silver Star and the Panorama resorts, all of which are within the Canadian Rockies.

To find out more about them, and to get costs for lift passes and ski hire, visit the Canadian Affair website at www.canadianaffair.com.

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