Ski Resort Fact File Best for: Après-ski, Families, Groups, Nightlife, Non-ski activities, Short transfers Range of pistes: 1548 acres Skiing altitude: 1,384m to 2,730m Number of snow cannons: percentage of resort covered by snow cannons: 85% Ski run: Sunshine, Lake Lousie and Norquay Cross country trails: 80km Resort ski bus available: Yes Lifts: Draglifts - 3, Chairlifts - 13, Gondolas - 1 Number of runs: 20% beginner, 55% intermediate, 25% advanced Skiing Holidays in Banff, Canada
Stunning, stunning, stunning! That's the scenery in and around Banff's spectacular National Park. It's one town, one lift pass, with access to three areas - Mount Norquay, Lake Louise and Sunshine Village. That's 8000 acres of skiing (gulp!) so best do those exercises before you go.
Shuttle bus services take you swiftly to each of the areas - Mt. Norquay is just 8kms away, Sunshine Village 16kms, and Lake Louise a little further at 65kms. Don't miss the two closer areas in a mad dash to Lake Louise because both have a lot to offer.
- is where the Olympic and World Cup skiers train but there's plenty for beginners too and a terrain park. It's truly family-friendly and offers night skiing too if you've forgotten your sunglasses. A little gem.
- with a long, long season from early November to late May (and no glaciers, either!) this area has it all from gentle beginners' slopes to extreme pistes, not to mention Delirium Dive, noted as one of the best off-piste destinations in the world. Last but not least, a 12-acre terrain park with about 50 features so you won't get bored on your board.
- the largest of the three, with loads of runs spread across four mountain faces, and beginner, intermediate and advanced runs whichever chair you take. How great for families skiing together!
The town dates from the 1880s and you may see wild elk roaming the streets, especially after a few beers. It has many bars to choose from, as well as restaurants, coffee shops and patisseries so you won't go hungry, that's for sure. You can party until the wee small hours or curl up cosily in bed in a range of accommodation options to suit every taste and budget.
For culture vultures, there are museums and art galleries, a cinema, and concerts at the Banff Centre, or if you want to spend more time on the snow, there's everything from dog sledding to snowshoeing, skidooing and horse riding. Then there are the outdoor natural thermal springs to soak away all those aches and pains after a day on the slopes. Bliss!
Banff is a great destination for everyone - young and old, skiers and non-skiers, singles and families - so let GetSkiing take you there for the holiday of a lifetime
Gary's Little Gems "For those who like mogul or bump skiing, Mt Norquay has two of the greatest bump runs in the world called Lone Pine and North American, with great vertical lines and consistent bumps top to bottom. Sunshine has the some of the best light powder in the world with spectacular views and skiing for all levels of ability. The really adventurous should try Delirium Dive. Lake Louise has the biggest range of skiiing and has some great tree lined runs and back bowls for powder skiing."
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The Banff Inn has a recently renovated lobby and an attractive bar with wide screen TV's. This popular and friendly hotel is located on Banff Avenue, only minutes from the restaurants, shopping and vibrant n...
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The comfortable and friendly Red Carpet Inn is conveniently located along Banff avenue, only a minute or so from the 'downtown' area with its shopping and wide range of amenities.
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Ideally located on the main Banff Avenue, the Fox hotel captures the historic and natural elements of Banff National Park. Its unique style, and hotpool centrepiece on the historic Cave and Basin site, make ...
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