BANFF SKI RESORT, CANADA
Why Banff is one of Canada’s best ski resorts
Banff is one of Canada’s most famed ski resorts, partly for its epic location on the eastern side of the Canadian Rockies.
It’s important to note that you can’t actually ski in the town itself, but the region is marketed as being home to ‘The Big Three’ – as there are three main ski areas in Banff, all covered by the tri-area lift pass.
Banff ski runs
The closest slopes are Mount Norquay - just under 8km from town, and Sunshine Village – just over 16km away. Then there’s dreamy Lake Louise, Banff’s biggest ski area with 4200 acres of beautiful, skiable terrain, and well worth the 45-minute trip.
Banff restaurants and nightlife
When it’s time to unclip the ski or board for the day, there’s plenty of action in town. Banff has awesome nightlife with loads of options for all moods, tastes and demographics.
From cosy bars and restaurants to positively pumping clubs, there are plenty of opportunities to lay on the Aussie charm mingling with locals and tourists alike.
Plus, you’ll find a thrilling range of shops and restaurants, which will certainly come in handy - whether you’re in need of a rest day, or not the type to eat/ski/sleep/repeat.
Why would I want to ski in Banff?
Banff gets much less snowfall than the BC interior, however the scenery is WAY better. These mountains are akin to the European Alps, with breath-taking views of soaring peaks and glaciers. You visit this incredible region for it’s stunning natural beauty.
Getting to the slopes in Banff
If you’re the type of person who only settles for ski in/ski out accommodation, your only choice is the Sunshine Mountain lodge. Otherwise, you can access all three skiing areas via car or shuttle.
This picturesque skiing location can get icy, and temperatures have been known to be significantly colder than other areas.
Of course, with so many upsides to a ski holiday in Banff these minor setbacks can only be described as bonafide first world problems. Come prepared with layers and you can get back to real issues - like finding out where the ski instructors hang out at the end of the day.