First Timer’s Guide to Skiing Banff & Lake Louise, The Canadian Rockies

Triple the fun: Three resorts in one

Home to three resorts under the banner of SkiBig3 are Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise and Mt. Norquay. These three resorts boast over 8,000 acres of terrain, 26 chairlifts, two gondolas and 9.1 metres of great Canadian Rockies powder each year. This means visitors – that’s you – have a vast amount of terrain to explore. The best part is, it takes just one lift ticket and you can ski/board all three resorts!

There is something for everyone

From friendly groomers for the beginners to unique freeride terrain at Banff Sunshine and Black Bowls of Lake Louise that will challenge the more advanced ski/boarders. Each resort boasts its own unique character to draw you in and you’ll be able to discover new runs every day. You can even get an inside experience to the best of Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise and Mt Norquay with an experienced guide. A fantastic service if you are new to the slopes of Banff.

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A taste for Après

Après is the way of life in Banff and Lake Louise and this destination really delivers when it comes to dining. It has over 130 bars and restaurants to choose from offering something for everyone after a day on the slopes (some have been named in Open Table’s 2016 list of 100 best restaurant for foodies in Canada). Whether you want a fine dining experience, cocktails and dancing, joining the locals at the local hang out for a cold beer or maybe just relaxing with a hot chocolate by a log fire, you won’t be disappointed with what you find!

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Getting to Banff: As easy as 1, 2, 3

There is no need to stress over how you are going to arrive in Banff, getting to the mountains has never been easier.

1. Fly to Vancouver
2. Catch a connecting flight to Calgary
3. Drive to BANFF – a 1.5 hour scenic drive.

Add to the experience

The ski/board action is only part of your beyond ordinary experience. There is so much on offer at Banff and this stunning part of the world has a wealth of experiences.

You can enjoy spectacular ice walks in frozen canyons, snowshoeing, dogsledding, horse sleigh rides, hot springs, ice fishing, tubing, snowmobile tours, fat biking, pond ice hockey, heli sight-seeing, ice skating and winter wildlife viewing. The options are endless in this winter wonderland.

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Places to Stay

Whether it’s your goal to be as close to the ski slopes as possible or to enjoy luxury accommodation, the idyllic world-class destination of Banff and Lake Louise has a huge range of accommodation to suit you (and everyone).
Choose from luxurious hotels, family-friendly chalets and condos, self-contained apartments, ski-in ski-out accommodation, to cosy bed and breakfasts and budget-conscious hostels.
Our Active Travel Experts have stayed and skied the mountains of Banff and Lake Louise, so when it comes to where to stay they’ll provide you with the best advice and options of where to stay.

Call our active travel experts to book a beyond ordinary ski/board experience including flights, transfers, accommodation, lift passes and activities. NZ Toll Free: 0800 555 035

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