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A Banff ski holiday is the perfect choice for great skiing in a naturally beautiful winter wonderland. The resort town of Banff lies in the midst of Banff National Park at the heart of the Canadian Rockies, one of the most glorious places on Earth. If your idea of a luxury ski holiday is to enjoy incomparable scenery, with vast rocky peaks rising high above frozen lakes and snow-laden, tree-covered slopes, then Banff is the place for you. It is also one of the most natural places in the world to ski; no purpose-built village here, just three amazing ski areas - Mt Norquay at Banff, Lake Louise Ski Resort and, between the two, Banff Sunshine - all available on one lift ticket.
On your ski holiday to Banff. there is much to appeal to all levels of skier and boarder, but more advanced intermediates and experts have most to relish.
Banff Sunshine is where most Banff guests focus their ski holiday. Just 20 minutes from town, surrounded by huge peaks and enjoying an average annual snowfall of around 9m, Banff Sunshine ski resort is a simply stunning place to ski and board. Its impressive array of terrain includes some gnarly double black diamonds and the off-piste, controlled access, Delirium Dive and Wild West areas, along with plenty for novices and those who love just to cruise! Its reliable, natural snow means it typically offers a lengthy season from mid-November until mid May - the best choice for a late season ski holiday to Banff.
Norquay’s proximity to Banff, just five minutes drive or bus ride away, makes it an attractive alternative to the other larger areas. There is some enjoyable skiing, from tree lined blue trails to more adventurous black diamond terrain. Night skiing is another attraction on offer at Norquay to help make the most of the slopes during your Banff ski holiday.
A ski holiday to Banff can be easily combined with Kicking Horse or Jasper, as well as being a great twin centre stay when combined with Lake Louise Ski Resort. You can even include a heli-skiing trip – several heli centres are within a couple of hours drive.
Banff is an authentic Canadian town surrounded by sublime scenery. There are plenty of dining and après choices, and the lively vibe of the town, with its bars, restaurants and clubs is not to be missed.
As well as the fantastic skiing, there are many other ways of taking in the spectacular terrain of the local area, including iceclimbing, ice walk tours, dogsledding trips and tobogganing. You can also sample the delights of the towns’ spas and Banff’s Upper Hot Springs. Maybe even consider a visit to Calgary to watch the Flames play Ice Hockey.
Another recent addition to the entertainments offered in the town is a 6-lane bowling alley called High Rollers, which also serves New York-style pizza and stocks 48 craft beers on tap.
This is one ticket allowing you to ski Mr Norquay, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Banff Sunshine. It also provides FREE transportation on your ski holiday between Banff and Lake Louise and the ski resorts. There are several stops around Banff for this ski shuttle bus.
- 3 & 4 day tickets have a 1 day grace period (e.g. 4 out of 5)
- 5, 6 & 7 day tickets have a 2 day grace period (e.g. 5 out of 7, 6 out of 8, and 7 out of 9)
- 8, 9, 10, 11, & 12 day tickets have a 3 day grace period (e.g. 8 out of 11, 10 out of 13, and 12 out of 15, etc.)
- 13 day tickets & longer have a 4 day grace period (e.g. 13 out of 17. etc.)
We use a locally owned and run rental shop in Banff called Ultimate Ski & Ride. They only carry the latest model skis and Snowboards which they tune to perfection in between each rental. They also offfer FREE overnight delivery of your ski and snowboard rentals to your Banff hotel. Prepurchasing your rentals through us will save you about 10%.
If you are staying at Sunshine Mountain Lodge (not in the Banff town) you will have rentals from the Sunshine rental shop instead - again it is still cheaper to prepurchase through us.
We can prebook your ski lessons at Sunshine Mountain. They are so sure you will have a fantastic time that if you don’t they will refund your money or book you another lesson free of charge!
This programme is designed for skiers & riders who are considered intermediate and above, groups are broken out by skill level and terrain choices from Relaxed to Thrill Seekers. While the snow pros hit the slopes on skis, snowboarders are welcome to join all groups. This 3-day consecutive programme visits Mt Norquay, Sunshine and Lake Louise and it operates daily.
Banff Ski Resort Ski facts
Mt Norquay (M) & Sunshine (S)
|Transfer / Driving Times
Calgary (1 1/4 hrs)
Lake Louise (3/4 hrs)
5,350 feet / 1,630 metres (M)
5,440 feet / 1,660 metres S)
Rails, tables, boxes (M & S)
7,000 feet / 2,133 metres (M)
8,954 feet / 2,730 metres (S)
|Avg annual snowfall
120 inches / 300 cm (M)
360 inches / 900 cm (S)
1,650 feet / 503 metres (M)
3,514 feet / 1,070 metres (S)
7,000 skiers per hour (M)
20,000 skiers per hour (S)
|Number of runs
107 plus gladed areas and offshoots (S)
Nov to mid Apr (M)
Nov 3 to May 21 (S)
|Number of lifts
6 including 3 Quads (M)
12 including 1 gondola, 9 Quads (S)
190 acres - 44% advanced, 36% intermediate & 20% beginners (M)
3,358 acres - 25% advanced, 55% intermediate & 20% beginners (S)
Pick up a Peppermint Lip Butter from the Rocky Mountain Soap Company on Banff Avenue; the best for curing chapped lips on the ski slopes!
Ski in Alberta and British Columbia on the same run, crossing the Continental Divide at Sunshine.
Sample a Caesar (Canadian version of a Bloody Mary with attitude) at the Saltlik Steakhouse.
Spend an evening at High Rollers to enjoy some of their 48 craft beers available on tap while bowling.
Been to Banff 5 times from the UK. Is that enough to tempt you? Planning to make it 6 in 2016. Cannot recommend it enough.Read more
Your recommendation of Elk and Oarsman was much appreciated, we loved it there and booked a table there for new years eve, which was a great night. We also really liked Banff Ave brewing co, Park Distillery, Melissa's & Magpie and Stump. We had a surprisingly decent meal in the Rose and Crown too! The buses to the mountains were great and really well organised, as was our hotel/airport shuttle with Banff Airporter. I would thoroughly recommend yourselves to anyone looking to book a ski tripRead more
Mr T. Few
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