The spectacular resort of Banff has been protected by making it a National Park and in this genuinely unspoilt ski resort, wild elk still wander into town occasionally while bighorn sheep and the occasional moose can be seen in the foothills of the ski area. The three ski areas of Banff ski resort, Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise, are all connected by an excellent bus shuttle service (free with Tri-Area Lift Pass) and all grades of skiers will be happy with the three unique mountains. Check out what Banff can offer you for your skiing holidays below.
Learn to ski at Banff's Mount Norquay with excellent, gentle nursery slopes and the professional and friendly ski school on hand encourage you. Look at our Club Ski Tri area instruction, unique to Banff/Lake Louise.
Mount Norquay has perfectly groomed slopes whilst over at Sunshine Village on the Continental Divide, there's even more variety with wide open bowls, intriguing chutes and plenty of long runs to keep you happy for days! And all this before you've even touched the enormous Lake Louise area, which is just too big to do justice to here.
With over 230kms of marked runs, not to mention the amazing off-piste at Sunshine Village and Lake Louise, experienced skiers will have a ball! Highlights include the long, steep American Ridge blacks on Mount Norquay, Lake Louise's Back Bowls, and Goat's Eye at Sunshine.
Freeriders should head for the Mystic Ridge lift on Mount Norquay for the best riding on the mountain where long blue runs which snake through the trees. Freestylers will be in their element due to a superb boardpark habouring a full array of kickers, gaps and quarterpipes.
Approx Transfer Time Calgary 1 hr 45 mins Please note airport fees and taxes are not included with the car hire option. Village Height 1,476m (4,920ft) Highest Lift 2,730m (8,954ft)
Plenty of great bars or try the torchlight decent at Lake Louise, try Wild Bill's, Hoodoos' nightclub, Rose and Crown, Paddock Bar or Aurora
Snowmobiling, Night-skiing on Mount Norquay, Husky dog-sledding, Heli-skiing and sightseeing nearby, Natural Hot Springs pools, Cross-country skiing, Wildlife walks, Day skiing in nearby Kicking Horse Resort
Banff ski resort offers an excellent choice of 45 varied restaurants, all tastes and prices: try Magpie and Stump, Georgio's, Waldhaus, The Keg, Coyotes or The Maple Leaf
Great shopping for clothes, local and Indian art and souvenirs, Fascinating museums and galleries, 4-screen cinema, Banff Centre for Performing Arts,