Ski holidays in Banff

Fantastic Big 3 ski area, with an excellent ski-bus service!

Banff is a lively town set in the spectacularly beautiful Banff National Park. Downtown Banff offers traditional Canadian hospitality with an excellent variety of bars, some with live music, and a wide choice of restaurants catering for all tastes and budgets. Your Tri-area lift pass covers the three ski areas of Lake Louise ski area (45 minutes’ drive), Mount Norquay (10 minutes’ drive) and Sunshine Village (25 minutes’ drive). A regular ski bus service, included with the pre-booked Tri-area lift pass, operates from our Banff hotels to all three ski areas. Although Mt Norquay is often referred to as Banff’s “local” hill, the resort should not be under-rated. Yes, it has easy trails but also some challenging ones too, such as Memorial Bowl, Temptation and Lone Pine. Sunshine Village has some of the highest skiing in Canada. It has three mountains: Mount Standish (with some of the easier trails) Lookout Mountain (high above the tree line with views across the Great Divide) and Goat’s Eye (with some of the best tree skiing on its lower slopes).

Added value

Early Booking Offers at selected hotels

Early Booking Offers for prebooked lift passes

Prebook your lift pass and receive one complimentary 'Banff Upper Hot Springs Pass' for every 3+ day SkiBig3 lift ticket purchased

Prebook your lift pass and receive a 'Whyte Musuem 50% off voucher' for every 3+ day SkiBig3 lift ticket purchased

  • from£928pp
  • 184 rooms
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The Caribou Lodge has a prime location on Banff Avenue and is well connected to downtown Banff and the ski areas. This traditional mountain lodge has excellent facilities including a full service spa and in-house Keg Steakhouse & Bar. The welcoming and friendly staff will ensure you have a fantastic stay and return every year.

  • from£812pp
  • 99 rooms
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The Banff Inn is a popular and friendly hotel located on Banff Avenue and only minutes from the restaurants, shopping and vibrant nightlife.

  • from£1128pp
  • 768 rooms
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The old Baronial splendor of the Fairmont Banff Springs never fails to amaze. This luxury hotel features all the amenities of a world-class resort and a personalised service to go with it. The hotel sits across the Bow River but is well linked with a short shuttle to the town centre.

  • from£1097pp
  • 116 rooms
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Ideally located on the main Banff Avenue, the Fox captures the historic and natural elements of Banff National Park. Fox and Suites is an Inghams favourite with great ambiance.

  • from£1068pp
  • 174 rooms
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Moose Hotel & Suites is the newest hotel in Banff, this Deluxe 4 star plus is centrally situated a minute walk from the downtown Banff. Designed to mountain elegance with warm, rich and natural material.

  • from£905pp
  • 98 rooms
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The welcoming and friendly Rundlestone Lodge is an award-winning, family owned and operated hotel providing a high standard of accommodation. This relaxed and informal Rocky Mountain lodge has great character, and is a strong favourite with Inghams guests.

  • from£1000pp
  • 134 rooms
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Proud to feature the lovely Banff Ptarmigan Inn that has been refurbished and now based with breakfast included.

  • from£904pp
  • 77 rooms
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The Brewster Family is proud to honour over a century of western traditions by providing guests with accommodation in the heart of downtown Banff. Offering log furnishings and western decor, historic photos from the Brewster family define the interior of the lodge. Located just one block from the Banff Avenue, the hotel is only steps away from dining, shopping and Banff night life.

  • from£971pp
  • 89 rooms
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The Banff Aspen Lodge is a popular hotel situated only 3 minutes walk from the shops and restaurants on Banff High Street. This hotel features comfortable and spacious rooms and fantastic outdoor hot tubs with an outdoor fireplace. 

Ski and Snowboard Information
Skiing levels
Beginner
Intermediates
Advanced
Snowboard
Cross country

Mountain facts
Ski area Alberta
Resort Altitude 1630m
Ski Alt. From 1384m
Ski Alt. To 2730m
Runs
62
132
58
Longest run 8 Km
Run Information

274 runs. 20% Blue, 55% Red, 25% Black

Lifts Chairlifts 17, Draglifts 4, Gondolas 2, Magic Carpets 1
Lift Ski LockersNo
Whole Area Pass Lifts24
Night Skiing IncludedYes
Off-piste OptionsNo
Slope DirectionN, E, S, W
Snowpark Info

3 snow parks.

Things To Do

WINTER MUST-DO EXPERIENCES

APRES ACTION

Après is a way of life in Banff and Lake Louise. Whether you want a cold beer brewed with glacial water at the locals’ hangout, a hot chocolate by a log fire, or cocktails and dancing, you will find what you are looking for guaranteed. Don’t miss a chance to explore the town by night, it may even get a little wild.

There are so many options for food and drinks in the town of Banff and village of Lake Louise, from distilled spirits to microbrews, to delicious juices for breakfast, pizza or picnics for lunch, or Western style steak or vegan meals for dinner.

 

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

Cross country skiing is a great way to explore Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies during the winter months. A vast network of classic and skate skiing trails provides plenty of options for all fitness levels. Banff, Lake Louise and Castle Junction trails are track-set and groomed regularly, giving you the choice of leisurely loops or more demanding routes. Pack a lunch, grab your gear and choose your ideal trail.

 

DOG SLEDDING

This unique experience can be tranquil at some times, and exhilarating and delightfully chaotic at others. Dogsledding is a must-do activity for any traveler, but especially so for dog-lovers or those wanting to experience a classically Canadian activity. Explore the rich history, culture, and techniques of dogsledding as your musher and dog team guide you through the incredible scenery of the Canadian Rockies.

 

ICE SKATING

A favourite Canadian sport, ice skating on frozen lakes and playing shinny with your friends on an outdoor rink is an incredible way to enjoy fresh mountain air.

There are several indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks open during the winter in Banff and Lake Louise and the best part - 90% are free!

For a truly spectacular skating experience, you must try the iconic Lake Louise. Named as one of the “10 most beautiful ice skating rinks in the world,” by CNN Travel, the frozen lake is cleared and maintained daily by The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and has a heated shelter to warm chilly fingers and toes.

WINTER HIKING AND SNOWSHOEING

Two activities that are enjoyed by locals every day are winter hiking and snowshoeing. All you need is a warm jacket, a toque, mittens, and a pair of winter boots and you're set to experience our winter wonderland. If you're keen to experience something a little different, strap on some snowshoes and play in the freshly fallen snow.

 

ICE CLIMBING & BACK COUNTRY SKIING

For the adrenaline-inspired, Banff National Park boasts some of the best ice and mixed climbing routes in the world. Imagine climbing up frozen waterfalls while you look down at a spectacular frozen creek below. For the best and safest experience hire an Alpine Mountain Guide for the day through Yamnuska Mountain Adventures.

Backcountry skiing is a spectacular way to find your inner mojo. It's an activity that can be both exhilarating and peaceful at the same time. You can fly by helicopter with CMH Heli-Skiing to a remote luxury backcountry lodge where thousands of feet of vertical and fresh tracks await, or you can ski the majestic Puracell Range with R.K. Heli-Skiing. Get out and explore!

 

JOHNSTON CANYON ICEWALK

The Johnston Canyon Icewalk traverses a series of steel catwalks that give spectacular views of the Johnston Canyon below. This popular ice walk leads you past the lower falls and to the breathtaking upper icefalls. Travel through prime wildlife habitat and learn the clues to how Johnston Canyon was formed.

RELAX AND REJUVENATE

Travelling is a great opportunity to nourish your body and soul, especially in a place like Banff and Lake Louise where you are surrounded by such majestic natural beauty - it’s difficult to not feel inspired here. Amongst the pristine wilderness, vibrant townships, and inherent peacefulness of the landscape, you will find relaxation and rejuvenation.

Hike up Tunnel Mountain just above the town of Banff to watch the sunrise; sit with a book by the Bow River; participate in a yoga or fitness class; savour the indulgence of a spa treatment; absorb the stillness and silence of the forest; or gaze upon the stars in the crystal clear sky. Banff and Lake Louise is a place where you can truly relax, rejuvenate, and renew.

  • Dog sledding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Sleigh rides
  • Skating
  • Winter hiking
  • Ice fishing
  • Heli-skiing
  • Night skiing at Mount Norquay
  • Cross country skiing
  • Dinner and ski
  • Excellent range of sight seeing excursions
  • Ice canyon walk
  • Calgary shopping trip
  • Ice hockey games
  • Hot springs
  • Museum
  • Arts centre
  • Cinema
Ski Extras

Ski Packs for 2020/21 season

The Lift pass rates for 2020/2021 (book by 31 July 2020)

Whole area pass: (Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise & Mt. Norquay)

Days Season Senior 65yrs+ Adult 18-64yrs Youth 13-17yrs Child 6-12yrs
6 1 -16 Dec £262 £325 £262 £136
17 Dec -02 Jan  £333 £413 £333 £173
3 Jan -11 Feb   £262 £325 £262 £136
12 Feb -21 Feb £333 £413 £333 £173
22 Feb -5 Mar £262 £325 £262 £136
6 Mar - 20 Mar £333 £413 £333 £173
21 Mar -30 Apr £262 £325 £262 £136

Prices shown above are guidelines, please call reservations for exact prices of the lift passes.

Children (0-5yrs) can pick up a free lift pass locally

Your lift pass can allow for a certain number of non-ski days and the following example grace periods:

  • 6 day tickets have 2 grace days and can be used within a period of 8 days respectively
  • 7-13 day tickets have 3 grace days and can be used within a period of 10-16 days respectively

 

Ski Hire & Tuition

Equipment Days Description Blue Red Black
Adult 6/10 Skis £56/£88 £90/£142 £114/£180
6/10 Snowboard or skis & boots £63/£99 £96/£154 -
Child (2-12yrs)* 6/10 Skis & boots £28/£54 - -
6/10 Snowboard & boots £45/£74 - -

*Child snowboard & boots = 6-12yrs. Please see here for description of hire categories.

 

TUITION* Available to pre-book - 3 days (4 hrs per day) from £235

*Lessons take place in the Lake Louise ski area

 

Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing but may vary up or down; correct prices will be advised at the time of booking.

Useful Information
Information about Banff
Resort Code CABF
Languages spoken English
Time difference GMT-7
Currency GBP
Latitude 51.175176
Longitude -115.572571
Meet Your Rep

Telephone rep service - Representative based in resort

Your rep in resort is a local expert and works on behalf of Inghams to make sure you have an enjoyable holiday and everything runs smoothly. They aim to contact you within 24 hours of your arrival.

Travel and Transportation
To Depart from Day
Calgary Heathrow Daily
Gatwick Mon/Tues/Thurs/Sat*
Calgary (via AMS) Regional airport** Daily

*Gatwick departures restricted to following holiday durations:

  • Monday (7,11,14 nights), Tuesday (10 nights), Thursday (10,11 nights), Saturday (11 nights)

 

**KLM flights via Amsterdam with choices of regional departure airport

  • (Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Humberside, Teeside, Norwich, Liverpool, Leeds-Bradford, Newcastle)

 

Flying time: 9hrs direct

Transfer approx. 2hr by coach,

Supplements apply on some flights.
Private transfers available.

 

 

Car hire available: Yes

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: No

Resort Ski bus available: Yes

Ski bus info:

Free with lift pass

Good to know

  • High altitude skiing & guaranteed snow
  • The heart and soul of the Canadian Rockies
  • Flights with top scheduled airlines
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