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7748acres of pistes
1380m resort height
1.75 hours transfer time
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Resort overview

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.

Après ski

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.

Best for...

  • Value
  • Families
  • Relaxing
Banff Ski Holidays

The winter season in Banff is actually the low season so paired with the fact that you can’t actually ski from the town it makes for some bargain prices. Most of our accommodation is focussed on the main town of Banff however we also have a few alternatives whether it be some slightly out of town luxury hotels or the ski in, ski out Sunshine Mountains Lodge – actually up the gondola, to give you quiet nights and first tracks every day.

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3* Banff Aspen Lodge
3* Banff Aspen Lodge
3* Banff Aspen Lodge

Right on Banff Avenue it’s only 100 metres to the bus stop and not much further to the centre of town.

Features:
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Ski lockers
  • Car parking
  • Conference
  • Outdoor jacuzzi
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3* Mount Royal Hotel
3* Mount Royal Hotel
3* Mount Royal Hotel

The Mount Royal Hotel established itself over 100 years ago and took prime location in the centre of Banff

Features:
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Ski lockers
  • Car parking
  • Conference
  • Jacuzzi
More info
4* Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa
4* Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa
4* Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa

The Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa is a wonderfully traditional Canadian hotel with a classic lodge style and modern twists.

Features:
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Fireplace
  • Spa
  • Steam room
  • Massage
  • Gym
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Ski lockers
  • Car parking
  • Conference
  • Jacuzzi
More info
4* Sunshine Mountain Lodge
4* Sunshine Mountain Lodge
4* Sunshine Mountain Lodge

At Sunshine Mountain Lodge you’re guaranteed to be one of the first people on the mountain.

Features:
  • Ski in / ski out
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Massage
  • Gym
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Ski lockers
  • Outdoor jacuzzi
More info
5* The Fairmont Banff Springs
5* The Fairmont Banff Springs
5* The Fairmont Banff Springs

This iconic hotel enjoys a secluded location amidst the wilderness of the Banff National Park, but is just a few minutes bus ride from the town of Ban

Features:
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Outdoor pool
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Massage
  • Gym
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Ski lockers
  • Car parking
  • Concierge
  • Conference
  • Outdoor jacuzzi
  • Jacuzzi
More info
4* Rimrock Resort Hotel
4* Rimrock Resort Hotel
4* Rimrock Resort Hotel

The Rimrock Resort Hotel is perched on the mountainside 750 metres above Banff town with spectacular views of the surrounding Canadian Rockies

Features:
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Massage
  • Gym
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Ski lockers
  • Car parking
  • Conference
  • Concierge
  • Jacuzzi
More info

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Resort guide

Banff

The resort
Resort height - 1,380m
Highest point - 2,730m

Ski areaBanff Tri Area - 7,748 skiable acres

Slopes
Banff is made up of the three key resorts of Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise. Shuttle buses run between the resorts throughout the day.

Green runs 23%
Blue runs 30%
Black runs 30%

Lifts - 28

Season length - November to May

Resort ratings
Beginners - 3/5
Intermediates - 4/5
Experts - 4/5
Snowboarders - 3/5
Families - 4/5
Après - 3/5
Eating out - 5/5
Scenery - 4/5

Activities
Cross-country skiing | galleries | heli-skiing | husky rides | museums | natural hot spring pools | night skiing on Mt Norquay | performing arts centre | shopping | snowmobiling | snow tubing (included in your lift pass) | wildlife walks

Transfer time
Calgary - 1 hour 45 minutes

Banff Tri Area lift pass
6 day lift pass from £367
9 day lift pass from £550

Mads Brand & Digital Manager "Why not pair your ski holiday in Banff with a night or two in Lake Louise to really see what Alberta has to offer?" View Mads' profile
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