Banff Ski Holidays
Banff is located in the heart of Banff National Park in an area of jaw-dropping natural beauty. There's a choice of three ski areas accessible from the town of Banff - Sunshine Village is undoubtedly where you'll ski most during your holiday to Banff and offers exceptional terrain ideal for every skiing standard. Mount Norquay is also nearby and very much the local's hill and slightly further afield you'll find Lake Louise, a world class ski resort in it's own right.
Banff is a lively town with a huge amount to do besides the obvious attraction of skiing. There are numerous bars and restaurants centred around Banff Avenue, lots and lots of shopping opportunities and a massive choice of hotel and condo options to suit every budget.
When you stay in Banff, car hire isn't a necessity, although it can be handy if you want to have added flexibility to access the Sunshine and Lake Louise ski areas which are all covered on your Tri Area Lift Ticket.
Banff now operates the Roam public transit bus system, an efficient way to get around town and to the ski bus depot which is located in down town Banff. The Roam buses are environmentally as they have Canada's first all-hybrid bio-diesel/electric bus fleet. The Roam bus routes cover the whole of Banff, with a wide choice of stops, so you'll never be far from one.
Skiing in Banff
A regular shuttle bus services the three ski areas, opening up a vast range of possibilities. To ski all three areas be sure to buy a Tri-Area lift pass; the price includes transport costs and access to nearly 8,000 acres of terrain.
Those staying in Banff will probably spend most of their time at Sunshine Village. Hop aboard the high-speed 8 passenger gondola up to the 7,000 foot-high base of the ski area, where you are greeted with a wealth of wide-open green and blue cruising runs. Advanced skiers and riders can head for the steeps, glades and bumps of Goat’s Eye Mountain.
Those with a real taste for the extreme (or of a mental disposition) should try out Delirium Dive, Wild West and Silver City. Mount Norquay is a much smaller area, but is held in affectionate esteem by the local populace and is well worth a visit.
We offer a full range of discounted Banff Tri-Area lift tickets, ski & snowboard rentals and snow school lessons and we always recommend you book early for our very best prices.
Getting to Banff
Ski Independence offer a choice of airlines flying direct from London into Calgary and we provide complete flexibility to choose the day of departure, holiday duration, choice of airline and cabin type. We have the freedom to build you the perfect holiday itinerary around the best flight options that suit you, and not around a product we’re committed to sell.
All of our holidays to Banff include a shared shuttle transfer from Calgary, but the area is perhaps best explored with the flexibility of a self-drive car, SUV or minivan. We offer 'Gold' option car rental which includes all the mandatory taxes & fees, extra drive fees, fuel and ski rack. We can also offer vehicles with SatNav.
- Important information
Season Early November–Late May Ski Area Sunshine - 3,358 acres / Banff Mt Norquay - 190 acres / Lake Louise - 4,200 acres Annual Snowfall Sunshine - 30ft Number of Lifts Sunshine - 12 / Banff Mt Norquay - 5 / Lake Louise 9 Ski Range Sunshine 5440–8954, Banff Mt Norquay 5350–7000, Lake Louise 5400–8650 Ski Shuttle Free with lift ticket, runs between all ski areas and town centre. Blue Runs 20% Red Runs 55% Black Runs 25% Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season On-season On-season On-season On-season On-season On-season On-season
- Snow report
31cm Last snowfall
- Partly cloudy, some sunny spells
12/12 Lifts open
- Piste conditions
- Improving conditions thanks to the new snow
- Runs to resort:
- Distance from airports
Calgary 1hr 45mins