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Banff

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A Banff ski holiday is the perfect choice for great skiing in a naturally beautiful winter wonderland. 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. If your idea of a luxury ski holiday is to enjoy incomparable scenery, with vast rocky peaks rising high above frozen lakes and snow-laden, tree-covered slopes, then Banff is the place for you. It is also one of the most natural places in the world to ski; no purpose-built village here, just three amazing ski areas - Mt Norquay at Banff, Lake Louise and, between the two, Sunshine - all available on one lift ticket.

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 at Norquay to help make the most of the slopes during your Banff ski holiday.

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.

Banff is an authentic Canadian town surrounded by sublime scenery. There are plenty of dining and après choices, and the lively vibe of the town, with its bars, restaurants and clubs is not to be missed.

As well as the fantastic skiing, there are many other ways of taking in the spectacular terrain of the local area, including iceclimbing, ice walk tours, dogsledding trips 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.
Another recent addition to the entertainments offered in the town is a 6-lane bowling alley called High Rollers, which also serves New York-style pizza and stocks 48 craft beers on tap.

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 it is 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 / 1,660 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)
20,000 skiers per hour (S)

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

Ski season
 
Nov 29 to Apr 21 (M)
 Nov 11 to May 22 (S)


Number of lifts
 
6 including 3 Quads (M) 
12 including 1 gondola, 9 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.

4

Spend an evening at High Rollers to enjoy some of their 48 craft beers available on tap while bowling.

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Free Adult Rentals in Banff

Stay in certain properties in Banff and get FREE rentals

Valid Until

December 15, 2016

Kids Ski & Rent Free in Banff

Buy an adult lift pass and kids ski for FREE

Valid Until

April 30, 2017

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7th night FREE

at Banff Park Lodge

Receive every 7th night FREE

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April 30, 2017

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Free Breakfast

at Sunshine Mountain Lodge

Stay 3 nights or more and receive a FREE hearty breakfast.

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April 30, 2017

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Up to 3 Days FREE in Banff

at Sunshine Mountain Lodge

Receive the 5th or 12th, 13th & 14th nights FREE

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April 30, 2017

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Save 10% and FREE room upgrade offers

at Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge

Receive 7th night FREE and 10% discount as well as FREE room upgrade

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December 15, 2016

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