Banff was the first National Park in Canada and the most renowned, for good reason. Banff is one of the best places to visit to experience the stunning beauty of the Canadian Rockies. In summer, the Rockies tower above high alpine turquoise lakes and call to outdoor enthusiasts with it’s stellar paddling, hiking and biking opportunities. Wildlife abounds in Banff, with opportunities to view unique animals like wolverines, lynx, moose, wolves and grizzlies. In winter, over 30 feet of snow blankets these high peaks, and three ski resorts with a combined 8000 acres of terrain beckon to ski and snowboard enthusiasts.
Banff Ski Resorts
When the winter season arrives, Banff’s three world-class ski resorts – Lake Louise, Mt. Norquay, and Sunshine Village – transition into a winter wonderland for skiers and snowboarders. These three ski resorts at Banff feature challenging ski runs, gorgeous views of the Canadian Rockies, and epic apres-ski experiences. Known as the Olympic athletes’ training ground, Mt. Norquay has fairly distributed trail breakout – 20% beginner, 36% intermediate, 28% advanced, 16% expert runs, which makes it a locals family favorite as well. Just like Mt. Norquay, award-winning Lake Louise ski resort boasts spectacular glacier views and plenty of beginner-friendly skiable terrain. For a more exhilarating downhill skiing and snowboarding experience, visit Banff Sunshine Mountain Village to experience their renowned natural snow across 3000 acres of terrain. December to March is the best time to visit Banff for it’s incredible snow season.
Mt. Norquay Resort Stats
Mt. Norquay is a small, family friendly resort that locals love. The resort’s 60 runs has something for every ability, and 85% of the terrain is covered by snow making. More than half of the mountain is dedicated to beginner and intermediate runs, and the double chair, North American, services some of the hardest terrain in North America.
Click here for the interactive Mt. Norquay trail map.
|Base Elevation:||5,512 ft|
|Summit Elevation:||8,038 ft|
|Total Acres of Skiable Terrain:||190|
|Vertical Rise:||1,650 ft|
|Number of Trails:||60|
|Annual Snowfall:||120 inches|
|Longest Run:||0.7 mile|
Lake Louise Resort
Lake Louise Ski Resort is the largest resort in the Canadian Rockies, and has a prime location within Banff National Park in Alberta. Skiers and riders enjoy over 4200 acres of varied terrain across four mountains. Visitors love the resort’s unique layout, which allows beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers and riders to access runs from almost every chairlift. Lake Louise also has one of the longest ski seasons in North America, typically offering 6 months of snow starting in November and running through mid-May.
Click here for the interactive Lake Louise Ski Resort trail map.
Lake Louise Resort Stats
|Base Elevation:||5,400 ft|
|Summit Elevation:||8,650 ft|
|Total Acres of Skiable Terrain:||4,200 acres|
|Vertical Rise:||3,250 ft|
|Number of Trails:||160|
|Annual Snowfall:||360 inches|
|Longest Run:||5 miles|
Sunshine Village Stats
Sunshine Village’s unique location high on the Continental Divide of the Canadian Rockies, will make you feel miles away from civilization, even though you’re only a 15 minute drive from the town of Banff. Three separate mountains offer over 3300 acres of terrain, and will wow you with 360 degrees of uninterrupted mountain views. Banff Sunshine provides 137 runs, with a good split of beginner, intermediate and advanced to make it suitable for skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels. You can even ski two provinces (Alberta and British Columbia) in one run! Skiers and snowboarders love Sunshine for its 30 feet of annual (natural) snow and seven month winter season – from November until late May.
Click here for the interactive Sunshine Village trail map.
|Base Elevation:||5,446 ft|
|Summit Elevation:||8,957 ft|
|Total Acres of Skiable Terrain:||3,358|
|Vertical Rise:||3,510 ft|
|Number of Trails:||145|
|Annual Snowfall:||360 inches|
|Longest Run:||5 miles|
Banff Skiing & Snowboarding FAQs
HOW MUCH DOES BANFF SKI RENTAL COST?
On average, the cost for a Performance Ski Package in Banff, CA is $49 per day. Renting only the skis or a snowboard is less. Rates may vary for holiday weekends such as Presidents Day.
How can I save money on Banff ski/snowboard rentals?
Time is money, especially when you’re on vacation. Banff Black Tie Skis offers the highest quality skis in the industry and delivers your gear right to your condo, hotel or home. They’ll even meet you slopeside for any adjustments or tuning. Book through TripOutside to receive an exclusive 10% discount on ski rental delivery.
Renting online in advance can save you money. Many outfitters offer online reservation rates that are better than walk-in rates. This helps the shops manage their inventory and plan in advance. It also guarantees the availability of equipment.
What are the differences between ski/snowboard packages?
Demo (or premium) packages are for the advanced skier that wants a specific ski or snowboard rental to match their specific riding style or matching the skis to the terrain. These are high-end, high-performance skis and snowboards.
Performance packages are intended for intermediate to beginner levels, typically for groomed terrain and generally have a stiffer, more specialized flex pattern, and may be wider in the waist.
Sport packages are primarily for groomed runs and intended for more beginner level skiers or snowboarders.
**All packages include downhill skis or snowboard, bindings, boots and poles (ski).