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

The historic ski resort of Banff has achieved iconic status within the global winter sports community thanks to its exceptional slopes and energetic atmosphere. Drawing in everyone from young families to professional skiers and boarders, it’s a fun-loving winter utopia. 

Explore the Slopes

With easy access to not one but three ski areas, Banff offers unbelievable ski terrain. A Tri-Area Lift Ticket will give you access to the Banff Sunshine, Mt Norquay and Lake Louise Ski Resort. Beginners have plenty of wide, gentle green and blue runs where they can grow in confidence and skill. Experienced skiers and riders have a vast area to explore featuring everything from steep gullies to out-of-this-world freeriding on the region’s famously dry powder.

High-speed gondolas and chairlifts transport you easily around the slopes, and you’ll find no end of cosy mountain restaurants to take a break in.                          

Enjoy the Resort

The snowy streets of downtown Banff are packed with welcoming cafés, fantastic restaurants, quirky boutiques and friendly bars. As a bona fide mountain town, it has an unpretentious atmosphere that celebrates its traditional heritage and embraces modern trends at the same time. Locals and visitors mingle happily, brought together by a shared love of spending time in the great outdoors.

Banff après-ski covers everything from innovative fine dining to chilled out beers around roaring log-burners. Enjoy the Canadian beer culture with a cold pint at a craft brewery, sample such local culinary delicacies as elk steak and bison burgers, or sip fine wines in a stylish bistro as you watch the sun set behind a silhouette of peaks and ridges. After dark, things tend to get lively as Banff’s bars and clubs crank up the floor-filling tunes.

Where to Stay

We’ve carefully hand-picked the best accommodation options in Banff for you. Treat yourself to a stay in one of the resort’s world-class luxury ski hotels, complete with 5-star facilities and unparalleled service. Relax in a secluded ski-in/ski-out alpine lodge where you can bask in sweeping views and the tranquillity of the wilderness. Or maybe you’d prefer a comfortable room in a charming downtown inn with Banff’s bustling après-ski on your doorstep? Whatever your preference, we have something to suit all tastes and preferences.

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.

 

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