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Banff

Snow Conditions

Snow base48 Hours7 Days
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Skier Level

Good for all Abilities

Family Friendly

Suitable for all

Nightlife

Good night out

Off the Slope

Plenty of activities

Ease of Access

Less than 2 hours transfer from airport

A Banff ski holiday is the perfect choice for great skiing and great value. The resort town of Banff lies in the midst of Banff National Park at the heart of the Canadian Rockies, one of the most glorious places on Earth. On your luxury Banff Ski holiday you will see vast rocky peaks rising high above frozen lakes and tree-covered slopes; three ski areas are on offer: Norquay at Banff, Lake Louise and between the two, Sunshine.

On your luxury ski holiday to Banff. there is much to appeal to all levels of skier and boarder, but more advanced intermediates and experts have most to relish.

Sunshine is where most Banff guests focus their ski holiday, just 20 minutes from town, surrounded by huge peaks and enjoying an average annual snowfall of around 9m, Sunshine ski resort is a simply stunning place to ski and board. Its impressive array of terrain includes some gnarly double black diamonds and the off-piste, controlled access, Delirium Dive and Wild West areas, along with plenty for novices and those who love just to cruise! Its reliable, natural snow means it typically offers a lengthy season from mid-November until mid May - the best choice for a late season ski holiday to Banff.

Norquay’s proximity to Banff, just five minutes drive or bus ride away, makes it an attractive alternative to the other larger areas. There is some enjoyable skiing, from tree lined blue trails to more adventurous black diamond terrain. Night skiing is another attraction on offer on your Banff ski holiday.

Banff is a lively town, with plenty of dining and drinking choices, a cinema and lots of options for those looking for music and dancing on your banff ski holiday.

Off the slopes, there are lots of interesting things to do, including dog-sledding, skating, ice-climbing and tobogganing. You can also sample the delights of the towns’ spas and Banff’s Upper Hot Springs. Maybe even consider a visit to Calgary to watch the Flames play Ice Hockey.
A Banff Ski holiday can be easily combined with Kicking Horse or Jasper, as well as being a great twin centre stay when combined with Lake Louise. You can even include a heli-skiing trip – several heli centres are within a couple of hours drive.

Tri Area Lift Pass

This is one ticket allowing you to ski Mount Norquay, The Lake Louise Ski Area and Sunshine Village. It also provides FREE transportation on your ski holiday between Banff and Lake Louise and the ski resorts.  There are several stops around Banff for this ski shuttle bus.

- 3 & 4 day tickets have a 1 day grace period (e.g. 4 out of 5)

- 5, 6 & 7 day tickets have a 2 day grace period (e.g. 5 out of 7, 6 out of 8, and 7 out of 9)

- 8, 9, 10, 11, & 12 day tickets have a 3 day grace period (e.g. 8 out of 11, 10 out of 13, and 12 out of 15, etc.)

- 13 day tickets & longer have a 4 day grace period (e.g. 13 out of 17. etc.)

Banff Rentals

We use a locally owned and run rental shop in Banff called Ultimate Ski & Ride. They only carry the latest model skis and Snowboards which they tune to perfection in between each rental. They also offfer FREE overnight delivery of your ski and snowboard rentals to your Banff hotel.  Prepurchasing your rentals through us will save you about 10%.

If you are staying at Sunshine Mountain Lodge (not in the Banff town) you will have rentals from the Sunshine rental shop instead - again still cheaper to prepurchase through us.

Banff Ski School

We can prebook your ski lessons at Sunshine Mountain. They are so sure you will have a fantastic time that if you don’t they will refund your money or book you another lesson free of charge!

 

 

Banff Ski Resort Ski facts

Mt Norquay (M) & Sunshine (S)

Transfer / Driving Times
Calgary (1 1/4 hrs)
Lake Louise (3/4 hrs)

Base elevation
5,350 feet / 1,630 metres (M)
5,440 feet / 1,658 metres S)

Terrain Park
Rails, tables, boxes (M & S)


Top elevation
7,000 feet / 2,133 metres (M)
8,954 feet / 2,730 metres (S)

Avg annual snowfall
120 inches / 300 cm (M)
360 inches / 900 cm (S)

Vertical drop
1,650 feet / 503 metres (M)
3,514 feet / 1,070 metres (S)

Lift capacity
7,000 skiers per hour (M)
22,000 skiers per hour (S)

Number of runs
28 (M)
107 plus gladed areas and offshoots (S)

Ski season
 
Nov 29 to Apr 21 (M)
 Nov 8 to May 19 (S)


Number of lifts
5 including 3 Quads (M) 
12 including 1 gondola, 8 Quads (S)


Skiable terrain 
190 acres - 44% advanced, 36% intermediate & 20% beginners (M)
3,358 acres - 25% advanced, 55% intermediate & 20% beginners (S)

Banff Video Guide

Insider Tips

1

Pick up a Peppermint Lip Butter from the Rocky Mountain Soap Company on Banff Avenue; the best for curing chapped lips on the ski slopes!

2

Ski in Alberta and British Columbia on the same run, crossing the Continental Divide at Sunshine.

3

Sample a Caesar (Canadian version of a Bloody Mary with attitude) at the Saltlik Steakhouse.

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at Sunshine Mountain Lodge

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