There’s a reason everyone flocks to Banff as a ski and snowboard destination. Located just 90 minutes from the city of Calgary, and surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, there’s one major benefit to choosing to ski vacation here: you have access to three of the top ski resorts in the country.
Choose from Sunshine Village, Lake Louise Ski Resort or Mt Norquay for your days on the slopes, or – better yet – spend some time across all of them with the SkiBig3 Lift Ticket, offering unlimited access to all three ski resorts.
With all resorts located within Banff National Park, and accessible via free shuttle, you can expect an extra-long ski season from November through to May and over 7748 acres (3135 hectares) of combined terrain to discover.
Holders of the international Ikon Pass and Mountain Collective pass will also benefit, thanks to SkiBig3 partnering with each.
Find out more about each mountain below and get discovering where to ski first!
Just a 15-minute drive from Banff, Sunshine Village skiers and riders can access a huge variety of terrain. There’s something to suit everyone here, from the very beginners right through to those hunting for extreme big mountain runs. 12 lifts service 137 runs across a total of 3358 skiable acres (1359 hectares), ensuring that no one will get bored quickly. It’s also the only resort in Banff where you can access ski-in, ski-out lodging within the Banff National Park.
Lake Louise Ski Resort
Lake Louise is famous for its long, cruisy runs, which is lucky – because you’re going to spend a lot of time staring at the incredible views to be seen from the top. It also happens to be one of the largest ski resorts in North America, with a skiable area of over 4200 acres (1700 hectares), 10 lifts and 143 runs. Visitors can choose to stay either at the iconic Chateau Lake Louise, in the village of Lake Louise or take the free 45-minute ski shuttle from Banff.
Mere minutes from downtown Banff, Mt Norquay is a hidden gem. It’s especially popular with locals, so be sure to get their tips as you sit next to them on one of the six lifts. The resort is smaller than the others, with 60 runs across 190 acres (77 hectares), but there’s still plenty of fun to be had here, especially for snowboarders heading to the terrain park. Beginners are especially comfortable with the terrain, and there’s a tube town to have fun after the slopes.
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