Banff - Lake Louise Ski AreaLocated in a stunning valley top-and-tailed by the peaks of the Rocky Mountains, the township of Banff is the launching pad for some of the most spectacularly scenic skiing your ever likely to do. There's 240 named runs amongst the 7,700 acres of terrain, and with easy access to Lake Louise Ski Area, Sunshine Village and Mt Norquay with the Tri Area Lift Pass, Banff offers fantastic value and a totally different experience to those more used to skiing holidays in The Alps.
Only a 90 minute transfer from Calgary, Banff is a fantastic introduction to North American skiing and Canadian hospitality. Alive with bars and restaurants, the township is also clearly part of the surrounding wilderness, as evidenced by local elk wandering the quieter streets!
Ski Resorts in Banff
The jewel in the crown of the Banff Ski Area, Lake Louise is truly breathtaking. From the tree lined lower runs to the Summit Platter at over 8600', the resort offers something for every standard of skier. And best of all, from the top of every lift there's a choice of Blue, Black or Double Black runs with most lifts also accessing safe, easy Green trails for those just starting out. Lake Louise really is a 'something for everyone' resort.
Sunshine Village could be considered the wild child of the Banff Ski Area. Sitting astride the Continental Divide, there's access to some of the most extreme resort-based terrain in the world. Delirium Dive and Wild West are only open to advanced skiers and boarders skiing in pairs and carrying avalanche beacons and shovels! Every wild child has a soft side, and Sunshine also strikes a happy balance between extreme and serene: dedicated learning zones for beginners, long cruisy Blue runs for the intermediates and a feature-packed terrain park with 21 boxes, rails, tabletops and kickers.
Mount Norquay is the the closest ski area to Banff township. Just 6km away and overlooking the streets of the town, Norquay is a favourite for families and groups with a wide variety of experience. Like her sister resorts, Norquay has wonderful Greens and Blues for encouraging the learners, and some amazing steeps and bump fields for those looking for thrills.
Ski Holidays in Banff Ski Area
Take a look at our skiing holidays and deals to Banff, Lake Louise and Sunshine Village.
Banff offers a wide range of accommodation options from simple yet comfortable hotel-style rooms to luxurious frontier-themed full service lodges to well-equipped condominiums. Most accommodation is very central, but then nothing is more than a 20 minute walk in Banff. Regular courtesy buses will drop you on Banff Avenue in just a couple of minutes.
Accommodation in Lake Louise is limited by the fact that the resort is part of the Banff National Park, so there is just a handful of hotels and lodges to choose from. For those looking for something truly special there's no other choice than the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, an iconic hotel in the most awe-inspiring setting. With limited nightlife, those after a holiday with apres party options would be well advised to stay in Banff township and take the 30 minute coach transfer to Lake Louise for their ski days.
In Sunshine Village there's just one choice of accommodation: the lovely Sunshine Mountain Lodge. Ideal for those wanting to maximise their ski time this property is ski-in ski-out - in fact the only way it can be accessed is by gondola. Regular coach links transfer guests to Lake Louise and Norquay, to maximise the variety that the Tri Area Lift Pass offers.
Best of Banff Ski Area
Best bars -
- Wild Bills, Banff Lake Louise
- Sunshine Creekside Lodge, Banff Lake Louise
- Park Distillery, Banff
- Toque, Banff
- Mel's, Banff
- Kokanee Kabin, Banff Lake Louise
- The Mad Trapper's Saloon, Sunshine Village
- The Lookout Kitchen + Bar, Sunshine Village
Best restaurants -
- Sky Bistro, Banff
- Juniper Bistro, Banff
- The Cascade Lodge, Mt Norquay
- The Cliffhouse Bistro, Mt Norquay
- Creekside Bar & Grill, Sunshine Village
- Lookout Lounge & Bar, Sunshine Village
- Chimney Corner, Sunshine Village
- Lakeview Lounge, Lake Louise
Best ski runs -
- Larch (no.48), Lake Louise
- No. 120-130, Lake Louise
- Saddleback (no.109), Lake Louise
- 'E' Gully (no.128), Lake Louise
- South Divide (no.29), Sunshine Village
- Dell Valley (no.44), Sunshine Village
- Teepee Town Chutes (no.22), Sunshine Village
- The Lone Pine (no.3), Mt Norquay
- Norquay 90 Glades (no.51), Mt Norquay
Skiing in Lake Louise
Skiing in Sunshine Village
Skiing in Mt. Norquay