Banff, an authentic mountain ski town located within the boundaries of Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, is home base for three unique ski resorts. Banff Sunshine and Mt Norquay being the closest two resorts to town, while the Lake Louise Ski Resort is located just 40 minutes west of town. These three resorts make up SkiBig3, all three unique and worth discovering with at least one-day at each.
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AccommodationWith winter being low season in Banff National Park, finding great accommodation at a reasonable price is easy. Choose from clean comfortable rooms in affordable hotels to mid-range hotels with pools, saunas and fireplaces… and if you want to splash out, check in to a luxurious Fairmont Banff Springs, also known as Canada’s Castle in the Rockies. As you’d expect, Banff’s historic castle has a full service spa, award winning restaurants and breath-taking views from every vantage point. Getting to the slopes from town is a snap, there are plenty of ski shuttles to get you to and from all three ski resorts. Make it easy on yourself and hop on one of these luxury motorcoaches, free with your SkiBig3 lift ticket. Sit back and relax while you take in the magnificent mountain views as you head to your ski resort of choice for the day. The town of Banff is a great home-base location for exploring this winter wonderland.
Skiing & BoardingBanff Sunshine and Mt Norquay, together with The Lake Louise Ski Resort, make up SkiBig3, a trifecta of world-class ski resorts located in close proximity and accessible with one SkiBig3 multi-day lift pass. Mt Norquay is the closest ski resort to town and is a great spot to launch your Canadian Rockies ski experience. This family friendly resort is known for its rolling groomers, perfect for warming up your ski legs and acclimatizing to the fresh mountain air. Perched just above the town, Mt Norquay provides spectacular views of town backdropped by the surrounding peaks of Mt Rundle and Cascade. Need to extend your ski day? Head over to the 7-lane tube park for some high-speed thrills, or hit up night skiing at Mt Norquay on Friday & Saturday nights – including a fully lit terrain park. Next up – Banff Sunshine. Located just 20 minutes west of town, Banff Sunshine offers an incredible 3,300 acres of varied terrain to explore. Up to nine metres of fresh snow falls here every year and with an altitude of over 2,000 metres, it’s feather light and dry. Banff Sunshine has something for everyone, with 20% of the mountain marked for beginners, 55% for intermediates and 25% for advanced skiers. If you’re a beginner, the upper village area is for you. Get started on the magic carpet area then venture on to gentle terrain nearby. If you’re more advanced challenge yourself on steep descents, moguls, fast groomed runs and picturesque glades. Feeling more adventurous? Delirium Dive and The Wild West, both unmarked but patrolled, reputedly offer Canada’s most extreme off-piste skiing. Experience and appropriate equipment is essential. There’s also several terrain parks at Sunshine, with jumps and rails suitable for a wide variety of skill levels. A SkiBig3 ticket gets you access to Banff Sunshine, Mt Norquay and the Lake Louise Ski Resort, assuring you of exceptional variety while you’re in the area.
ActivitiesThe vibrant town of Banff is home to 9,000 residents and a holiday destination for four million visitors every year – most arriving during the summer months. Winter here is low season so you can take advantage of all the amenities without the crowds. And, enjoying winter outside is what Canadians do best, so winter activities and adventures are plentiful. In town you’ll find an enormous selection of fabulous restaurants and bars that stay open into the early hours of the morning. A well-known cultural destination, Banff has plenty of wonderful museums and contemporary art galleries to explore and you can enjoy regular live performances at the world-renowned Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity. Another renowned attraction here is the hot springs – just perfect for relaxation after a long day on the mountain. And, if you just can’t get enough snow, how about trying dog-sledding, ice-skating or snow-shoeing.
Getting There & AroundGetting to Banff National Park is easy. Simply fly into Calgary and jump aboard an airport shuttle for an easy 90 minute journey on the TransCanada highway to Banff then on to your hotel. If you choose to hire a car, make sure it has snow tyres and take the time to stop along the way to appreciate the spectacular views. You’ll also need to purchase a park pass at the East Gate entrance to Banff National Park. Getting around the town of Banff is easy on foot and there is a local transit system to take you further afield. There’s also a shuttle, which is free with your ski pass, to get you to the three ski resorts.
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Caribou Lodge & Spa is located on Banff Ave, the main street in the town of Banff. Onsite hot pool, steam room, exercise facilities, Red Earth Spa, steakhouse restaurant, complimentary Roam bus passes and Wi-Fi.
The Banff Ptarmigan Inn is centrally located in Banff National Park only steps away from the downtown area. Onsite sauna, steam room, hot tubs, ski storage, heated parking, complimentary wifi, complimentary Roam Bus passes for the Banff transit system and restaurant.
Brand new, fully renovated in 2017. The interior has been transformed to compliment the mountain lodge design. Modern guest rooms themed with rustic, mountain touches. Oversized Loft Apartments have full kitchens. Located on Banff Avenue, and is a 10-minute walk from downtown, with easy access to local ROAM transit and winter ski-shuttle stops. Onsite outdoor hot tub, sauna, breakfast room, coffee bar, fitness facilities, guest laundry.
Elk + Avenue is located in downtown Banff just a few steps from it all. Easy walk to everything. Ski shuttle stops at door. Onsite whirlpool, sauna, steam room, fitness centre, lobby lounge, 1 restaurant, guest laundry, free wifi.
Hidden Ridge Resort is located a few km's from downtown Banff. Onsite outdoor hot pools, sauna cabin, underground parking, complimentary Roam bus passes and Wi-Fi.
The Moose Hotel and Suites is ideally located on Banff Avenue, the main street in the town of Banff. Onsite: Meadow Spa & Pools with 10 treatment rooms and private outdoor hot pool, indoor swimming pool, exercise room, 2 rooftop hot tubs, Italian restaurant, complimentary Wi-Fi and Roam bus passes.
Mount Royal Hotel is situated downtown Banff. Onsite sauna, whirlpool and internationally acclaimed Tony Roma's Restaurant.
The Banff Rocky Mountain Resort is located 5 min drive from Banff town. Onsite indoor pool, indoor and outdoor hot tub, gym, restaurant, laundry facilities, complimentary shuttle to downtown Banff and Wi-Fi.
A 3-minute walk from Banff’s restaurants and shops, this lodge-style hotel offers value rooms with TVs, minifridges, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Premium rooms feature private balconies or patios with mountain views. Onsite 2 outdoor hot tubs with outdoor fireplace, steam room, sauna, café, breakfast room, guest laundry, ski lockers.
Majestic hotel reminiscent of a Scottish Castle just outside the town of Banff. The property offers superb views and a range of guest rooms and suites. Onsite indoor and outdoor pool, Willow Stream Spa, waterfalls, indoor and outdoor whirlpools, restaurants, bars, cafés, shopping arcade.
The Fox Hotel and Suites is located a short walk from downtown Banff. Complimentary bus service to ski lifts and other Banff sites and attractions. Onsite pool, sauna, restaurant, fitness room, complimentary Roam bus passes and Wi-Fi.
The Inns of Banff is located in downtown Banff. Onsite indoor swimming pool, sauna, restaurant, bar, underground and outdoor parking, laundry services, ski storage, complimentary Roam transit passes and Wi-Fi.
Tunnel Mountain Resort is a few mins drive from downtown Banff. Onsite indoor heated pool, indoor whirlpool steam-room and sauna, fitness facilities, children's playground, complimentary Wi-Fi and complimentary Roam bus passes.