Rocky Mountain Magic Nick Laver, Product Manager

"Banff is one of a kind, and is one of my favourites. The scenery is stunning, there’s three great ski areas and the town is really lively with a good mix of restaurants, bars and shopping."

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. Slightly further afield you'll find Lake Louise, a world class ski resort in it's own right. 

Banff is a quintessential ski mountain town with a unique community spirit and energy like no other. It shouts loud and proud about its historic mountain heritage, whilst at the same time managing to be cool, current and on-trend. It’s small, friendly and compact with the downtown hub only really three blocks long by two wide. You’ll find quirky cafes and lively pubs mixed with interesting shops and a huge choice of restaurants – it’s a real mountain town which you’ll feel right at home in.

When you stay in Banff, car hire certainly 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 friendly 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 ticket; the price includes transport costs and access to over 7,500 acres of terrain (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).

Those staying in Banff will probably spend most of their time at nearby Sunshine Village – a short 15 minute free bus ride from downtown Banff. Sunshine is a big mountain with plenty of terrain for all standards with a season that lasts well into May. Hop aboard the high-speed 8 passenger Sunshine Village gondola which whisks you up to the 7,000 foot-high ski base and village core. Here you’ll find a choice of restaurants, skier services, snow school meeting point and a variety of lifts that radiate out like the spokes of a wheel. Beginners and intermediates are really spoilt for choice here with a huge amount of terrain on offer with a wealth of wide-open green and blue cruising runs above and below the tree-line on Mount Standish. We love the views from the top of Lookout Mountain out over the Continental Divide. Advanced skiers and riders can head for the steeps, glades and bumps of Goat’s Eye Mountain, but those with a real taste for the extreme should try out Delirium Dive, Wild West and Silver City, perhaps some of the very best expert terrain in Canada!

Mount Norquay is a smaller ski mountain but it's the closest of the three ski areas to downtown Banff (about 8 minutes on the free shuttle), and is held in affectionate esteem by the local populace. It's well worth a visit, especially to find your ski legs on your first day. Expect to be pleasantly surprised by the quality and quantity of the skiing on offer here – there are some amazing undulating cruising trails down through the trees, a lot of easy beginner terrain, great kids facilities, a huge tubing park and a nice family-friendly vibe like no other.

SkiBig3 Guided Adventures

This is the perfect programme for intermediate skiers and riders looking to get the very most out of their Banff holiday. CSIA certified guides will lead you on an amazing 3 day adventure to Sunshine Village, Mount Norquay and Lake Louise searching out the best terrain suited to your skill level. The guides are all passionate and knowledgeable snow-pro locals, know the mountains like the back of their glove, and will take you to all those secret powder stashes, scenic viewpoints and favourite features that you’d otherwise take days to find. Expect lift line priority, exclusive extras and insider tips on technique, weather and local culture.   

Age 13+ years. Minimum group size of 3 participants. SkiBig3 Guided Adventure 3 Day rates from £224 per person (Tri-area lift ticket not included).


Getting to Banff

Ski Independence offer a choice of airlines flying 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.


Client Reviews
James Kraft, February 2018

Black Tie rentals was top notch. I highly recommend people use them. It is a bit of a trek to get to the other rental places. Black Tie came to do the fitting in our room and swapped out equipment half way through our trip when we wanted to try different boards/skis.

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
Distance from airports
Calgary 1hr 45mins