The Banff ski area, within the Banff National Park, consists of three friendly rival resorts and is a world-class ski destination. Based in Banff you can access skiing in Lake Louise, Norquay and Sunshine Village, all have something for every level of skiier. There are over a million skier visitors each year attracted by the snow record and terrain.
Lake Louise has the largest and most varied terrain of the three resorts, with four mountain faces, thousands of acres of wide-open bowls and a beginner trail off every chairlift. The lake at the centre is the 1.5-mile (2.5km) long lake fed by springs from the Victoria Glacier. Banff is today consistently voted North America's Most Scenic Ski Area. Sunshine Village, the highest resort, typically offers a blanket of superb powder snow on its wild and wide-open terrain. Not to be outshone, Banff Mount Norquay is within easy access of Banff and is the locals' favorite with a family-friendly reputation. It's also the only resort in the Canadian Rockies to offer night skiing. Ski Banff for yourself to experience the terrain and make the most of your trip whatever your ability.
Both areas have good free-riding terrain with only a little walking required on the mountain. Mount Norquay has a half-pipe, terrain park and some floodlit boarding action, whilst Sunshine Village has loads of natural gullies plus a designated half-pipe and terrain park. Freeriders should head for the Mystic Ridge lift on Mount Norquay.
The Club Ski and Club Snowboard Program is developed to incorporate Mount Norquay, Sunshine and Lake Louise, giving maximum benefits from a tri-area pass. The same instructor will look after you for the week. Special clinics cover everything from basics to telemarking or bumps. In Sunshine, you can leave little ones at the Tiny Tigers daycare, which takes children from 19 months up to six years. There is also a daycare centre at Norquay, parents are supplied with pagers throughout there child's daycare.
Last Updated: Mar 2012