Located in the heart of Banff National Park, Banff is a busy little town with spectacular high mountain scenery, excellent value lodging, plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. A historic town with a vibrant nightlife, it offers a huge variety of skiing and few queues. From Banff you can ski Mount Norquay, close to the town - and 20 minutes away you reach Sunshine Village with a wide variety of ski slopes, whilst 45 minutes away you can ski Lake Louise, which is a peaceful village, with stunning views of the mountains. All three areas of Banff, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise can be skiied on one ski pass.
Banff is spectacularly located between towering peaks on all sides - and the town nestles in between, consisting of a main avenue with a small network of side roads in typical grid fashion of North American towns. The main avenue is lined with shops, bars and restaurants.
If you book the full Tri Area Lift ticket, you can have access to all the ski areas of Banff, Lake Louise and Sunshine Village, with an efficient public transit bus system to carry you back and forward.
Twin Centre Holidays in Banff and Lake Louise
If you want to make the most of your trip to the Rockies, why not try a twin centre holiday?
Enjoy the best of both worlds with a few nights in the town of Banff, with it's wide range of shops and lively nightlife, before heading back to nature with a stay in the beautiful setting of Lake Louise. Not only will you get to sample two very different destinations in one trip, but will be able to make the most of the excellent skiing available in the resorts of Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise.
Give one of our experts a call now on 0207 584 2841, or drop us an e-mail and we will be happy to put together a tailor-made itinerary for you.
The town of Banff offers over 100 restaurants - from fast food at Wild Bill's offering the best burgers in town whilst listening to live country music, right up to the fine dining of Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
For non-skiers there is plenty to do - stunning wildlife to see, snow-shoeing, dog-sledding, skating and snowmobiling. There are also some first class sightseeing tours to do and interesting museums to visit.
Facilities for children
Tiny Tigers Daycare for children aged 19 mths to 6 yrs
Tiny Tigers Ski & Play for children aged 3 to 6 yrs
Kids Kampus programmes for children aged 6 to 12 yrs
Daycare is available for children aged 19 mths to 6 yrs, where kids can spend their day enjoying crafts and playing outdoors. Various options are available for half or full day child care with snacks and lunch (lunch only available for full day programmes).
There are also a variety of kids ski school options, ranging from 1 hr to a full weekend, for children aged from 3 yrs right up to 17 yrs.
A range of group and private lessons are available for children aged from 3 to 12 yrs.
Accommodation in this resort
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The slopes of Banff, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise have something for everyone, with exceptionally challenging pistes to gentle cruising. With the network so well linked by a regular shuttle bus, you can access the vast area of 8,000 acres of ski terrain on the Tri-Area ski pass, which includes the transport as well.
If you stay in Banff, you are likely to ski mostly in Sunshine Village, which is accessible via a two-stage gondola, with first stage at the base of Goat's Eye Mountain, and second base on to Sunshine Village itself. Lifts fan out in all directions, enabling you to choose the ski level that suits your standard. Mount Norquay is a much smaller area than Sunshine Village, but a great way to start your holiday with wooded slopes to suit all abilities.
Please note that the mountain statistics on this page just relate to the Sunshine Village Ski area.
Resort Altitude: 1658m
Summit Elevation: 2,730m
Vertical Drop: 1,070m
Total Pistes: 3,358 acres
Number of Lifts: 12
Snow Parks: 1
Give yourself maximum flexibility with the Tri-Area lift ticket, valid for skiing at all three local mountains - Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and Mount Norquay. Go where the best snow is and enjoy a great variety of terrain, plus you can take a break to try other activities during your stay with rest days built into all ticket durations of three days or more.
Pre-purchase your lift tickets at least five days prior to travel and your tickets will be waiting for you when you check into your accommodation, so you can get straight on the mountain without queuing at the ticket window.
EARLY BOOKING OFFERS - BOOK EARLY FOR THE BEST RATES
Make sure you pre-book your Banff and Lake Louise lift tickets early to ensure you get the best deal. There are three tiers of Early booking offers available, ending on 31st August, 31st October and 30th November, so the earlier you book the more you will save on the regular rates. Book by 31st August and save up to 30% on the ticket window rate.
Please contact us for information and prices for equipment rental in Banff & Lake Louise.
Please contact us for information and prices for ski school options in Banff & Lake Louise.
Banff is situated in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada and located inside the boundaries of Banff National Park. It is 128 kilometres (80 miles) west of Calgary, 401 kilometres (250 miles) southwest of Edmonton and 850 kilometres (530 miles) east of Vancouver. Commercial airlines service each of these three Canadian cities, and buses to Banff and Lake Louise run year round.
From Calgary International Airport
(about 1 hour 45 minutes)
•The Calgary International Airport is in the north eastern quarter of the city of Calgary. All directions to Banff will require travel westward.
•Depart the Calgary International Airport. At the first intersection (there is a Husky station on the left hand corner) turn left (North) onto Barlow Trail.
•Follow Barlow Trail for approximately 2 minutes until you reach the exit for Airport Trail.Turn left (West) onto Airport Trail.Continue driving on Airport Trail for approximately 2 minutes until you reach the exit for Deerfoot Trail (Hwy 2).Turn right (North) onto Deerfoot Trail (Hwy 2).Continue North on Deerfoot Trail for about 5 minutes, then exit onto Stoney Trail West. Continue on Stoney Trail for approximately 20 minutes until you reach Highway #1 (also know as 16th Ave.).
•Continue on Highway#1 for approximately 1-hour until you reach the Banff National Park entrance gates. The gates are open 24-hours as all visitors to the park are required to pay an access fee ($9/person/day).
•Once you have passed through the park gates, continue driving West for approximately 10 minutes until you reach the first exit to Banff (noted as Banff/ Minnewanka Loop).