THE HEART OF THE ROCKIES
Banff is arguably Canadas greatest ski town, set firmly in the heart of the Rockie Mountains and Banff National Park, surrounded by ski resorts in all directions.
Banff is a unique, stunning location, and is home to 3 renown ski resorts, 2 of which can be named among Canada’s largest ski areas . The combination of having so many resorts and so much ski terrain within close proximity to Banff means you really do have the largest and most diverse ski area in Canada at your fingertips.
The smallest of the three with 190 acres of skiable terrain but the closest to Banff, only requiring a 7 minute drive from the centre of Banff itself. Although this resort is small and with limited runs compared to Sunshine Village and Lake Louise, this is a fantastic place for ski schools to race train due to steep pistes with fantastic fall lines, perfect for timed gate runs. This is also a super fun resort for families looking for a brilliant ski school to send their kids to with plenty of young and enthusiastic instructors and without the same high population of advanced skiers and snowboarders that you find at the two larger resorts.
**image credit to Dan Evans / Mt Norquay
Sunshine Village is next up and only a very manageable 15 minutes drive away from Banff. The most popular out of the three due to being Canada’s highest ski resort (8,954ft) and a HUGE annual snowfall of 33ft!!! This is one of Canada’s most snow sure resorts with no need for snow cannons and prides itself on having one of the longest winter seasons in the northern hemisphere. Team up the incredible snowfall, the resorts high altitude and the amazing terrain (including two of Canada’s largest inbound free-ride zones; Delerium Dive and the Wild West) and you have one of the best ski resorts in North America only a short drive away.
**image credit to Banff Sunshine Village
Our third and final ski resort is also one of Canada’s largest ski resorts with a massive 4,200 acres of skiable terrain, Lake Louise is not somewhere to be missed. Although a 35-40 minute drive from Banff, there is more than enough terrain to keep you entertained and ensure you don’t ski the same run more than once. With 4 different mountain faces to explore, multiple freestyle parks (commonly award the best in North America), you do not have to wonder why people venture further from Banff to ski here.
**image credit to Reuben Krabbe / SkiBig3
Being a central point for so many resorts means that Banff has a huge infrastructure to support many activities throughout the year. Excluding all the popular summer activities such as White Water Rafting, hiking, Canoeing, Kayaking and other more popular summer activities, there is so much to do within the winter season in the Banff area.
***Photo credit goes to Paul Zizka, Devaan Ingraham, Darren Roberts, Noel Hendrickson
This is one area that Banff really needs no introduction in. Banff is known across North America as THE party town of the Rocky Mountains and indeed Canada. At the last count Banff has over 130 venues to eat and drink at, many of which draw in busy crowds every night of the week. With so many drawn to the world class ski resorts surrounding Banff, you can be sure that after a long day on the slopes, the town comes alive!
From the Banff Ave Brewing Company to the Rose and Crown, Pump & Tap, Bruno’s, Tommys Neighbourhood pub, Wild Bills Legendary Saloon, High Rollers, The Devils Gap, the Dancing Sasquatch and many more, the list goes on! There is without a doubt something for everyone, no matter your taste, preference towards gin bar, wine bar or micro brewery, you will not be disappointed with variety to be found in Banff.
**Photo credit to Destination Canada, Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography