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.
Mount Norquay 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.
Sunshine Village 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.
Lake Louise 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!
Off Piste Skiing in Banff
The Lone Pine run off Mount Norquay provides some of the best off-piste skiing in Banff and the plus point is that isn’t the most challenge off-piste you’re likely to find.
That means it's perfect for a quick blast through the powder.
Family Skiing in Banff
Banff is ideal for those who are travelling on their ski break as a family, with skiing that is suitable for visitors of all ages as well as a wide range of family friendly accommodation.
There are also activities off the slopes that cater for young and old alike.
Apres-Ski in Banff
After a day on the slopes, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to the après-ski that is available in Banff, with more than 100 bars and restaurants waiting to welcome you.
Whether you want to embrace live music and entertainment or simply want somewhere quiet to grab a bite to eat and relax with a drink, Banff has something to suit all tastes.
You can even party into the early hours if you so desire; just don’t wear yourself out when you have another busy day on the slopes ahead of you…
Non-Skiing Activities in Banff
Off the slopes there are a range of winter activities you can enjoy, ranging from cross-country skiing to dog sledding and ice skating.
Numerous spas offer pampering services that will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed, whilst the area around Banff also offers the chance to take part in some retail therapy with a range shops.
Nearest Airport in Banff
Transfer Times in Banff
1 hour 30 mins (Calgary Airport)
Accommodations in Banff
- Resort Altitude: 1380m
- Highest Lift: 2730m
- Total Piste: 200 km
- Longest Run: 8 km
- Directions of Slopes: N, E, S, W
- Uphill Capacity: 46,000
- Gondolas/Cable cars: 2
- Chairlifts: 18
- Drag Lifts: 6
- Snow Parks: 3
- Good for Families
- Good for Non-skiers
- Lively Après Ski
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Approx flight time:
Calgary International Airport