Banff & Lake Louise
Photograph courtesy the Lake Louise Ski Area
As Canada's first National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Banff was created as something to be shared. The mountain communities of Banff and Lake Louise offer a healthy combination of unspoiled and protected wilderness and world-class luxury amidst rugged splendour. With such a breathtaking landscape and abundant opportunities for exploration and adventure during the winter months, it's no surprise that Banff National Park is a "must-see" destination. With three exhilarating ski areas and almost 8,000 acres of terrain, you'll find slopes to suit every level and desire. One interchangeable lift ticket covers three distinctive areas: Mt. Norquay, The Lake Louise Ski Area and Sunshine Village, as well as access to bus systems that whisk you from hotel to ski slopes.
Mt. Norquay, just 10 minutes from the town of Banff, is widely considered to be Banff's best family ski resort. Skiers and snowboarders will find terrain for all levels, including spectacularly groomed runs and a terrain park. This ski area has the only night skiing in Banff National Park and a tubing park if you are keen to try a new way of cruising down the slopes.
Snowboarders and skiers swear by Sunshine Village's natural snow, panoramic views, the casual intermediate slopes and access to true steeps all just 20 minutes from Banff. Cross the border into B.C. on the Great Divide Chair to enjoy powder stashes in the sheltered gullies.
With runs spread over four mountain faces, The Lake Louise Ski Area has views to die for and enviable slope conditions that change with the weather and direction of the sun. The unique layout allows families and groups of varying abilities to ski together. Beginner, intermediate and expert runs are options from the top of nearly every lift.
Banff's vibrant après-ski scene offers a variety of experiences that will help you unwind after a long day at the hill. Choose from regionally inspired appetizers at a hotel lounge, a pint of locally made beer at the pub or a Swiss fondue next to a crackling fire. Banff is a ski town to the core—all it takes is walking the street to find an après-ski experience that'll fit you like a custom boot.
Experience a variety of other winter activities. Explore Johnston Canyon where the canyon freezes in the winter to form sparkling walls of ice, pull on your ice cleats and take a guided tour or for the more adventurous take a jab at ice climbing. Explore the intimate corners of the Canadian Rockies on cross country skis, reach spectacular viewpoints on snowshoes or for something truly unique, take a guided dog sledding tour and try mushing the sled yourself! The options are endless.
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Along with skiing legendary slopes, you'll find every winter activity under the sun—including dog-sledding, cross-country, and of course, an exciting après-ski scene.
Banff Lake Louise Tourism
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1298, Banff, AB T1L 1B3 Canada
+1 403-762-8421 | banfflakelouise.com
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Ski Banff Lake Louise Sunshine
Mailing address: Box 1085, Banff, AB T1L 1H9, Canada
Main office: +1 -403.762.4561 or Reservations 1 877.754.7080 | SkiBig3.com
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