Set against the impressive Rocky Mountains in Canada’s oldest National Park, the town of Banff enjoys breathtaking natural scenery as far as the eye can see. Banff isn't a ski resort as such but instead acts as a link town to 3 nearby ski areas, all offering immaculately groomed slopes and impressive powder.
Banff is a lively destination all year round so you’ll never be short of things to do both on and off the slopes. The town itself offers the perfect combination of modern amenities, vibrant heritage and awe-inspiring surroundings.
The resort is only one hour and forty five minutes from Calgary airport so no hassle there. Of the 3 resorts available it’s easy to disregard the local ski ‘hill’ Mount Norquay as well as the much larger Sunshine Village and head straight for Lake Louise, but you’d definitely be missing out on a lot of fun.
Skiing in the resort
There is a vast amount of terrain to discover on your ski holiday in Banff. The 3 nearby ski areas of Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise offer over 7700 acres combined. All 3 areas can be accessed by free shuttle buses when purchasing the Tri Area lift pass.
Mount Norquay is just 10 minutes away and Sunshine Village is a 20-minute drive, however it’s likely you’ll spend most time at Sunshine Village, the larger of the 2. Over half the runs in Sunshine Village are suitable for intermediates, ranging from cruisey blues to steeper and more challenging runs. There is a nursery area at the base of the slopes with some long greens for beginners to progress to. Experts are also well catered for with double black diamond trails and even a frozen waterfall run to ski over in good conditions.
Mount Norquay offers tree-lined skiing with good nursery slopes for beginners, challenging blues for intermediates and a few black runs (including double diamonds) for advanced skiers – short and steep. It also opens the slopes in the evening for those who want to go night skiing.
The Lake Louise ski area is around 45 minutes away and offers over 4000 acres of terrain here alone.
Because the town is a drive away from the slopes, the après-ski generally starts later on, although the bar at the top of the Sunshine Gondola gets busy as the lifts are closing.
The nightlife in the town is lively with a generous choice of laid-back pubs, lively bars and nightclubs. There are also numerous restaurants catering to all budgets, from fast food restaurants to fine dining.
Why not extend your stay and spend a few extra nights enjoying a city break somewhere? Our Ski Specialists will be happy to give you their recommendations.