Situated in the beautiful Banff National Park, the resorts of Banff and Lake Louise are considered by many to be one of the most beautiful ski areas in the world.
Developed with the discovery of hot thermal springs in 1885, establishing it as an international tourist resort, Banff is today one of Canada’s premier summer and winter holiday destinations. Regular charter and scheduled flights into Calgary, coupled with short high-quality transfers, makes skiing in the Canadian Rockies very attractive to the UK visitor.
Banff offers an amazing variety of skiing and snowboarding amongst dramatic scenery and some of the best snow conditions in North America. With three resorts to choose from, connected via an efficient bus service and all included in Banff's tri-area lift pass; Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and Mount Norquay provide vast amounts of uncrowded skiable terrain for all abilities.
Banff town is charming. The town's main street, Banff Avenue, hosts the majority of Banff's fantastic amenities and is only a short walk away from most hotels (if not on their doorstep!). A great range of late night shopping, superb restaurants and lively après skiing keeps this vibrant town bustling late into the evening. Lake Louise village is a secluded gathering of accommodation and a few shops about 45 minutes from Banff. Perfect for a silent get away surrounded by stunning scenery.
Both Banff and Lake Louise village represent good value for money with high quality, reasonably priced accommodation.
Lake Louise has its own ski area, approximately 45 minutes from Banff. The largest and most spectacular of the three resorts, the uniquely beautiful terrain is both vast and varied. As Canada's only host to World Cup Downhill Ski Racing, world class skiing and snowboarding awaits all that visit.
A family resort suitable for all levels of skier, means there is plenty for the first time or cautious skier to enjoy at Lake Louise. However, Advanced intermediates or experts are likely to get the most out of this resort. Confident skiers and snowboarders will relish the challenge that Lake Louise's huge back bowls, steeps, chutes and bump runs provide
Sunshine Village, located roughly 20 minutes from Banff, usually makes up the main portion of skiing during most people's stay. Three sprawling mountains provide a fantastic range of skiing and snowboarding for all abilities levels. From wide open green and blue runs, to the award off-piste of Delirium Dive, there is something new to discover on every visit.
Consistent average snowfall of nine to ten metres afford Sunshine Village the longest non-glacial winter season in Canada. The snow stays soft from November until late May, making it the perfect destination for first timers and powder hounds alike.
Mount Norquay is the smallest of the resorts of Banff, but not without it's own charm. Overlooking Banff and only 5 minutes drive from the town centre, Norquay is a great warm up for those who want to stretch their ski legs before taking on Sunshine or Lake Louise.
Although a splattering of double black diamonds are on offer to keep advanced skiers and snowboarders happy, Mount Norquay's main draw is towards families with young children, and first time skiers or snowboarders. The resort's rarely crowded runs and welcoming beginner terrain gives confidence to even the most timid of skiers.
Stunning views of Banff, combined with a family friendly vibe and flood-lit night skiing will treat all who visit Mount Norquay to a magical experience.