at a glance...

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. It isn't a single ski resort, instead, the town acts as a base camp and links to the 3 nearby ski areas, each offering immaculately groomed slopes, impressive powder, and stunning terrain.

Transfers are only one hour and forty five minutes from Calgary airport so no hassle there. You'll be on the mountains in no time. Of the 3 resorts available, it’s easy to disregard the local ski ‘hill’ Mount Norquay and you may be inclined to breeze over the much larger Sunshine Village in order to sink your teeth straight into the more famous Lake Louise slopes and those views you've seen in all the pictures. We'd recommend you give each area ample time, you’d be missing out on an awful lot of fun if you don't.

A lively destination all year round, you’ll never be short of things to do both on and off the slopes - skiing is just the start. The town itself offers the perfect combination of modern amenities, vibrant heritage and awe-inspiring surroundings.

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. To give you an idea of the buses, it's less like the European buses we're used to, where you get crammed in and end up standing, slowing becoming a sweaty mess. Skis go underneath and everyone gets a seat on the coach, plus, they run like clockwork.

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.

There are complimentary guides if you want to be shown around the mountain for a couple of hours. It's a great way to get to know the ski area. Ski guides operate twice a day, they meet at/around the ski school meeting point. The service is operated by locals with fantastic knowledge of not only the ski area but the local area as well. We'd definitely recommend trying it, you can always bail out if you find it's not for you - just let your guide know.

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. Wild Bills gets pretty lively and you can join in with the line dancing if you fancy it. High Rollers is a trendy bowling place come pizzeria, great for an evening or entertaining little ones or if you're looking for something a little more grown up the try Park. It's a distillery who make their own Gin, Vodka and Whisky and they serve food that has the feel of a glorified camp out - very good fun.

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* Elk + Avenue Hotel
3* Elk + Avenue Hotel
3* Elk + Avenue Hotel
Features:
  • Restaurant
  • Fireplace
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Gym
  • Wifi
  • Ski lockers
  • Car parking
  • Jacuzzi
  • Laundry service
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3* Banff Aspen Lodge
3* Banff Aspen Lodge
3* Banff Aspen Lodge
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
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
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
Features:
  • Ski in / ski out
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Massage
  • Gym
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Ski lockers
  • Outdoor jacuzzi
More info
4* Rimrock Resort Hotel
4* Rimrock Resort Hotel
4* Rimrock Resort Hotel
Features:
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Massage
  • Gym
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Ski lockers
  • Car parking
  • Concierge
  • Conference
  • Jacuzzi
More info
5* The Fairmont Banff Springs
5* The Fairmont Banff Springs
5* The Fairmont Banff Springs
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

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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

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