- Canada’s highest elevated resort with stunning views
- Nearly 10m of snow annually
- 3000 acres of terrain spread across 3 mountains
- Only ski-in/ski-out accommodation in Banff National Park
- Long opening season
About Banff & Lake Louise
Banff National Park is an untouched wilderness and a Unesco World Heritage site in the Canadian Rockies. The mountains here are so rugged, their jagged and twisted shapes tower into the sky. Glaciers plunge to the valley floor far below, while the lakes and rivers at their base lie frozen and still.
This spectacular setting is where you’ll experience the SkiBig3: three world renowned ski resorts of Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Mt. Norquay. These iconic Canadian Rockies mountains share 8,000 acres of skiing, 2 gondolas, 26 chairlifts and 9.1 metres of great Canadian Rockies powder each year. The best part is, it takes just one lift ticket and you can ski/board all three resorts! Banff also boasts one of the longest ski seasons in North America, (November to mid May).
|Top Elevation||2,730 Metres|
|Base Elevation||1,658 Metres|
|Vertical Drop||1,070 Metres|
|Skiable Terrain||3,358 Acres|
|Ave Annual Snowfall||1000 cms|
|Ski in / Ski out||Yes|
There is so much on offer at Banff and this stunning part of the world has a wealth of experiences. You can enjoy spectacular ice walks in frozen canyons, snowshoeing, dogsledding, horse sleigh rides, hot springs, ice fishing, tubing, snowmobile tours, fat biking, pond ice hockey, heli sight-seeing, ice skating and winter wildlife viewing. The options are endless in this winter wonderland.
Discover Banff & It’s Wildlife
Keep your eyes peeled for deer, elk, moose, and big-horned sheep! This three hour tour will include some of the most scenic and historically significant highlights of Banff, such as the Banff Springs Hotel, Bow Falls, Surprise Corner, Hoodoos Lookout, and Lake Minnewanka.
Discover Lake Louise
Take the day to explore postcard-perfect Lake Louise! Travel by guided bus tour to Lake Louise, along the scenic Bow Valley Parkway. With 4 hours free time at Lake Louise you will have plenty of time to explore on your own, rent a pair of skates and glide along the lake, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride, or warm up with a hot drink at the elegant Chateau Lake Louise and soak up the views.
Snowshoe Tour to Marble Canyon
Crunch through the fresh powder as you hike on snowshoes through the Marble Canyon, a 40-metre deep gorge worn away over centuries by the rushing waters of Tokumn Creek. After your crisp winter walk through the canyon, enjoy a uniquely Canadian treat of hot maple taffy poured into snow to make a sweet frozen dessert.
Johnston Canyon Icewalk
Travel through prime wildlife habitat and admire the frozen waterfalls of Johnston Canyon. This popular ice walk will lead you along steel catwalks built into the canyon walls, past the lower falls and to the breathtaking upper icefalls. Learn the history and formation of the canyon before stopping for refreshments and the chance to take in the surrounding scenery.
Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk
Heighten your senses, appreciate the darkness and enjoy the silence of a night beneath the stars! Follow your guide to Johnston Canyon’s lower falls along suspended catwalks, through a natural tunnel onto the viewing platform beside the cascading falls. As you return take the opportunity to turn off your headlamp and let the light of the moon and stars guide you back through the pine forest.
Kicking Horse Day Trip
Take a day trip to one of the most thrilling ski resorts in Canada. The Powder Express Shuttle will arrive right as the gondola opens so you can get in as many runs as you like. With plenty of steep runs and deep fluffy powder, Kicking Horse offers adrenaline pumping vertical runs, tree runs, steep chutes and wide-open bowls.
Ice Hockey Game
Listen to the roar of the crowd and watch players glide across the ice. Your trip wouldn’t be complete without a fun filled evening at a Calgary Flames hockey game!
Dogsledding – Powder Hound
Mush your own sled and have a hands-on dogsledding adventure through the Canadian Wilderness! Get to know the beautiful and friendly Canadian Huskies as you learn to harness and handle the dogs, before heading out on the snow covered trails of Goat Pond and enjoying the panoramic views. At the end of the trail, gather around the warm, cozy campfire while sipping hot beverages and sampling some delicious snacks.
Kicking Horse Snowmobiling
After being picked up from your Banff hotel you will head to Kicking Horse to experience the excitement and thrill of driving a snowmobile through the magnificent Rocky Mountains! You will be guided through the mountain trails on your own 600cc snowmobile, travel along the edge of an alpine valley and enjoy the panoramic views before stopping for a delicious mountainside BBQ lunch by the fire.
Getting to Banff
Getting to Banff is easy! Calgary International Airport is the closest airport to the Banff, Lake Louise, and Sunshine area. This modern uncrowded facility is just a 1.5 hour scenic drive to Banff and handles airlines from all over the world with frequent non-stop and direct flights.
The idyllic world-class destination of Banff and Lake Louise has a huge range of accommodation to suit everyone.
Choose from luxurious hotels, family-friendly chalets and condos, self-contained apartments, ski-in ski-out accommodation, to cosy bed and breakfasts and budget-conscious hostels.
Our Active Travel Experts have stayed and skied the mountains of Banff and Lake Louise, so when it comes to where to stay they’ll provide you with the best advice and options of where to stay.
Photo Credits: Reuben Krabbe | Sunshine Village
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