I have been skiing since I was 12, the annual ski trip used to be somewhere in Europe, however in the last few years European snow has come later and later, in fact most of the European resorts are quite bare right now (December 15) and not looking good for January 16. So I decided that I would try Banff and since my first trip December 2010 it is my first choice ski destination, see below the reasons why:
- Guaranteed snow
- 3 great mountains to ski on, Sunshine Village, Mt Norquay and Lake Louise
- Great food and cheap (currently $2CDN to £1 sterling) even without the favourable exchange rate, it is still cheap.
- NO massive queue's waiting for the chair lift's. As the ski area's are so vast, most of the chair lifts have no queue's plus the queue areas are wide, unlike Europe where 4 queues funnel into two or less, so you have no need to get your elbows and poles out to muscle through.
- Great ski buses to relax on for the 30 minute/45 minute ride in and out of the resort (Norquay is about 10 minutes)
Plus the Canadians are polite, helpful and speak english.
Yes it's an 8 hour flight, but it's worth the travelling for the snow, 9 times out of 10 you wake up to a powder day!!!!
Banff town is a short walk from most hotels and the variety of restaurants is fabulous and the quality and service is excellent, remember to tip 10 - 15% of the bill, it's common practice, then again the servers are attentive, polite and very helpful.
Only major issue, it gets darn cold with wind chill, last year (2014) on Goats Eye mountain it was -45 degress, yes - 45 so no time to sight see......
So if you are fed up with Europe, worried the snow covering is limited then hop on the plane and get to Banff, you will not be dissapointed.