- Canada’s first heated chairlift will be introduced at Sunshine Village. The new Tee Pee Town high-speed quad chairlift features heated seats, footrests and protective orange bubble covers.
- The fantastic Sunshine Mountain Lodge has undergone a facelift renovation in time for the ski season, including new in-room luxuries and linens.
- Mt. Norquay turns 90. To mark this anniversary there will celebrate be many special events and celebrations throughout the season
1. Multiple Mountains – Banff is the town at the heart of a trinity of ski mountains, each with it’s own unique charm. Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Mt Norquay are all well worth visiting on your trip.
2. Wildlife – It’s not uncommon to see a majestic elk wandering down the snowy main street in Banff. Being within a National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site means the flora and fauna take precedence… skiers are merely guests in their backyard.
3. The Choice – A brilliant ski town needs a variety of accommodation and Banff has just that; from the uncomplicated home-style simplicity of Brewster’s Lodge to the 5 star luxury of Fairmont Banff Springs.
It does get seriously cold in the depths of Winter in the Canadian Rockies, so the best time to ski is in the spring, from late March. But, there’s so much going on throughout the resort in January and the snow is so so good that’s it’s worth wearing 2 pairs of gloves to brave!
A huge and guaranteed annual snowfall provides this vast variety of terrain with a world famous reputation of enjoyable skiing for all abilities. From glacier carved bowls to remote powder chutes and challenging mogul fields, the world-class ski and snowboard schools will help you to conquer it all.
The Ski hill closest to Banff is found at Mount Norquay, a 10 -15 minute ride on the regular shuttle buses from town and various hotels.
Mainly consisting of hotels like most Canadian ski resorts, lodging in Banff is full of choices. If you want to self-cater but still have hotel amenities, opt for a suite which are incredibly spacious and include full kitchen-diners. Everything from 3 to 5 star is available and prices are very competitive in comparison to other resorts.
Hotels are generally of a high standard and very spacious in Banff, regardless of star rating. The choice is quite overwhelming so Skiworld have selected a range of properties which have redeeming features over their competitors. The homely cosiness of Brewster’s Lodge or the unique cave pools at Fox suites at the lower end, to the refined elegance at the Fairmont and contemporary opulence at The Rimrock.
For facilities, the Douglas Fir Condos can’t be beaten. Spacious and convenient, yet secluded enough to give you that wilderness feeling. There are other condo options in Banff so please enquire for details.
Alongside the world famous vistas and skiing there are tonnes of après ski activities on offer: ice hiking, ice skating, snowshoeing, snow hiking, heli-skiing, cross-country skiing, sleigh riding and dog sledding as well as spa’s and even natural hot springs for those tired limbs. It’s safe to say there is something here for everyone. Banff town bustles with bars, boutiques and restaurants. Pubs, Canadian style, will provide a locals’ night out that is not to be missed.
There are plenty of options to keep anyone happy in Banff. The choices are as varied as the skiing with everything from a craft beer and burger deal at Banff Ave. Brewing Co to fine dining in international style, maybe at Eden, or for traditional Canadian style The Bison is a good option.
1. Visit the hot springs and soak in the rejuvenating sulphur pools
2. Splash out and go for dinner at The Fairmont with its choice of eleven restaurants
3. Shred the mountain under floodlights with night skiing at Norquay
4. Sample the local micro brewed beers at Banff Ave. Brewing Co.
5. Hike on top of the spectacular frozen river through Johnston Canyon to the ice falls
Ice hiking | Ice skating | Snowshoeing | Snow hiking | Heli-skiing | Cross-country skiing | Sleigh riding | Dog sledding | Hot sulphur springs
A view of Banff Avenue: