Skiing in Banff is about as exciting as it gets in Canada when looking for winter adventure sports. With a wide variety of mountains, trail levels, and vacation packages to choose between, visitors might even feel a little overwhelmed. With a bit of research though, it’s all fairly straightforward, convenient, and easy to enjoy ski holidays in spectacular Banff National Park.
Banff is connected to a network of Canada’s most impressive landscapes, from beautiful Lake Louise to The Icefields Parkway, the Bow River Valley, Jasper National Park, and Yoho and Kootenay National Park. Skiing is possible all around yet skiing in Banff is the most efficient, convenient, and exciting. The choices in skiing lies between three main mountains; Lake Louise, Sunshine Valley, and Mount Norquay.
The triple resort of Lake Louise, Sunshine, and Norquay together present 8,000 acres of incredible skiing terrain. Lift tickets can be conveniently purchased a tri-area deals which offer access a huge array of terrain from gentle slopes to extreme challenges in-bounds. The snow is light and dry and there is literally tons of it every winter, with an abnormally long season starting in mid-November and often ending around the end of May.
Together these mountains comprise almost 300 runs with a lift capacity of almost 50,000 people per hour. On average more than 30 feet of snow falls annually with additional snow-making in full swing. There are scores of terrain parks and night skiing available. A tri-area pass includes free transportation between mountains. Passes to individual mountains are also available and include daily, weekly, monthly, and annual entry.
While Mount Norquay isn’t as popular internationally as Lake Louise or Sunshine, it certainly has its benefits. Smaller in size, the atmosphere is very family-friendly, with a variety of trails from beginner to advanced and pro. It’s the only mountain offering night-skiing and a fully lit terrain park. Norquay isn’t only considered a local jewel, it’s also a highly respected training ground for World Cup and Olympic athletes. It is just one example within Banff that bigger isn’t necessarily better.