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Ski Holidays in Banff, Canada

Banff lies in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and promises memorable skiing and snowboarding and some of the most awesome scenery and breathtaking slopes. The ski towns of Banff and Lake Louise are home to the ski resorts of Mount Norquay, Lake Louise ski resort and Sunshine Village which makes up this incredible 'Ski Big 3' area. The 3 Canadian Rockies mountains boast 8000 acres of skiing between them and average 9 metres of snowfall annually.

Resort Statistics

banff ski resort
Level Rating Runs
Beginners 36
Intermediates 46
Advanced 53
Total Runs 135
Good for
  • Off piste
  • Families
  • Non-skiers
  • Groups
Resort features Heated Outdoor Pool Ice Rink Nightclub Indoor Pool Health Spa Bowling Skidoo Walking Trails Gym Parapenting Snowshoeing Snow sure High altitude skiing Lively après ski Picturesque Resort bus Supermarket Tourist Office
Resort Statistics
Resort Altitude 1380m
Highest Lift 2730m
Total Piste 200km
Longest Run 8km
Directions of Slopes N, S, E, W
Uphill Capacity 46000
Total Lifts 26
Gondolas/Cable cars 2
Chairlifts 18
Drag Lifts 6
Snow Parks 3

Skiing in Banff

The skier areas are well proportioned to offer skiing for all ability levels - gentle slopes with excellent English speaking tuition for beginners; a variety of terrain and cruising runs for intermediates and long testing black runs for the advanced skier. Each ski area has a unique character and the three are available on one convenient interchangeable lift ticket that includes frequent and easy shuttle transportation between the hotels and each ski area.

Snow conditions in Banff

Banff is the link town for the three ski areas of Banff Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise which combined features more than 200 runs on 7,558 acres, or 125 miles of skiable terrain, of which nearly 25% is covered by snow canons. The 3 world-class ski resorts receive over 30 feet of snowfall on average each season.

Other activities in Banff

    • Dogsledding
    • Guided tours in Banff National Park
    • Heli-Skiing
    • Snowmobiling
    • Sleigh rides
    • Ice skating
    • Cross country skiing
    • Sightseeing
    • Ice climbing
    • Ice fishing
    • Snowshoeing
    • Curling
    • Hot mineral springs
    • Swimming Pool
    • Whirlpool
    • Sauna
    • Steamroom 

Transfer time in Banff

Canadian resorts open much longer than European ones and typically open in early November and operate until late May each year. Banff is 1½ hours from Calgary International Airport.