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CanadaBanff/Lake Louise/Sunshine

Banff/Lake Louise/Sunshine: Resort

A big summer resort in Western Canada that happens to have some ski areas nearby (Sunshine is 20 mins' drive). Magnificent scenery and wildlife.

Banff is nothing like your typical ski resort. Even the small local hill, Norquay, is a bus ride out of town, and the daily routine is to commute to Sunshine Village or Lake Louise (which gets its own chapter). Not fun; but we enjoy its restaurants and bars, and spectacular scenery.

The alternative is to stay a few nights mid-mountain at Sunshine Village and a few at Lake Louise. Lake Louise also has the advantage of being much closer to Kicking Horse, which makes a great day trip for powderhounds.

Banff is a big summer tourist town, with two ski areas nearby. Mt Norquay is a tiny area of slopes overlooking the town. Sunshine Village - whose base station is 20 minutes' drive from Banff - is a much bigger mountain; despite the name, it's not a village (it has just one hotel at mid-mountain), nor is it notably sunny (sitting on the Continental Divide, it has an excellent snow record).

Most visitors buy a three-area pass that also covers the resort of Lake Louise, 45 minutes' drive away - dealt with in a separate chapter. Bus excursions are available to the more distant resorts of Panorama and Kicking Horse (the latter especially worthwhile) and the smaller (and closer) resort of Nakiska.

Opening times


  • 10 Nov to 23 May: 0900-1600 (1630 from spring)

Getting there


  • Calgary airport - 1.5 hours

Pros

Cons

 

Spectacular high-mountain scenery - quite unlike the Colorado Rockies

It's a 20-minute bus ride then a long gondola ride away

 

Lots of touristy shops, restaurants and bars

You'll probably want to ski Lake Louise too, 45 minutes away

 

Good-value lodging because winter is the area's low season

Most lifts/runs are of limited vertical

 

Excellent snow at main nearby area, Sunshine Village, but …

Can be very cold (-30°C or lower)

tour operators in Banff/Lake Louise/Sunshine

Skiworld
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Ski Independence
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The Oxford Ski Company
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Crystal Finest
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Inghams
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Ski Solutions
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Crystal Ski Holidays
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Elegant Resorts
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Frontier Ski
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Frontier Ski has 25 years worth of experience in creating luxury tailor-made ski holidays to Canada...
IGLU.COM
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Nonstop Ski & Snowboard
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ski accommodation in Banff/Lake Louise/Sunshine

LeaveTown
6% discount for Ski Club members
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PowderBeds.com
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member discounts in Banff/Lake Louise/Sunshine

Skiset
60% discount for Ski Club members
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