Rockies Loop

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Andy Knights

"Explore a fantastic collection of resorts all within easy driving distance of each other - this Ski Safari combines the best of Alberta and British Columbia!"

Safari Details

Resorts & Cities

Driving Times

Calgary Calgary airport - Banff 1 1/2hrs
Banff Banff - Lake Louise 45mins
Lake Louise Lake Louise - Kicking Horse 1 1/2hrs
Kicking Horse Kicking Horse - Revelstoke 2hrs
Revelstoke Kicking Horse - Panorama 1 1/2hrs
Panorama Panorama - Fernie 2hrs
Fernie Fernie - Whitefish 2hrs
Whitefish Fernie - Castle 1hr
Castle Castle - Calgary 3hrs

The best of the West, this Safari explores the very finest resorts in Alberta and British Columbia. From one majestic peak to another this Safari is nothing short of superb.

The Rockies Loop enables you to experience several resorts in one breathtaking journey. The more time you have, the more resorts you can ski - one of the great things about this trip is that the distances between the resorts are relatively short, under 2 hours. This means that you do not have to lose any ski time as it is easy to get to the next resort after a day on the mountain.

As a general rule you will want to spend a minimum of 3 nights at one resort. Any less than this and the trip becomes tiring and you will feel like you're constantly packing and unpacking - remember it's a holiday! On a 14 night trip you will be looking at around 4 resorts but you can add more or do less, some resorts are superb for just the day – it is your Safari and your adventure!

The Rockies Loop resorts

  • The resorts at the heart of this trip are Banff, Lake Louise, Panorama and Fernie. A selection of other resorts can be added as a day visit from one or more of them.
  • Jasper - The drive across the Icefields Parkway is among the most beautiful drives in the world. The resort of Marmot Basin is small but extremely friendly with skiing aimed more at the intermediate skier.
  • Revelstoke - Big Mountain experience, lots of snow and steep terrain.
  • Kimberley - Small resort, great for families and intermediate skiers. On the same ski pass as Fernie – an easy drive away for the day.
  • Whitefish (Montana) - We have added an American resort to the collection, a 2 hour drive across the border from Fernie. It is a relatively unknown resort in the UK but definitely worth a visit – awesome ski terrain, excellent snow record and quiet slopes.
  • Castle Mountain - An undiscovered gem – skiing as it should be – small and unpretentious but a great advanced ski area. It is a short drive away from Fernie and can be easily skied on a day's visit.
  • Nakiska - If you are dead keen and you have an hour or so to spare on the way back to the airport from Banff then you could stop for your final slide of the trip.

Sample 14-night itinerary

All of our holidays are tailor-made to suit your dates and requirements, however below is a sample itinerary to show how the resorts might best be combined:

Days 1-5:

Fly into Calgary in the afternoon, pick up your hire car and drive to your accommodation in Banff. Over the next four days ski the sensational resorts of Sunshine Village and Lake Louise, both ideal resorts to find your legs and to challenge you. The closest resort to Banff is the small resort of Mount Norquay (5 minutes away), well worth the visit if you have been out the night before and are up late! They also have night skiing which is great fun and provides immense views of Banff Town.

Days 5-8:

From Banff it’s 2 hours drive to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Check in to your accommodation and then spend the next 3 days skiing this incredible mountain. Kicking Horse has a lot of challenging terrain and those looking to be pushed will most certainly be so. CPR and Terminator Ridge offer superb steeps, but if you are not sure then visit the Big Mountain Centre and go with a guide and really get stuck in to the very best.

Days 8-11:

Panorama is only 1½ hours drive from Kicking Horse. The resort has a great selection of high end ski-in ski-out accommodation, from Studio condos to 3 bedroom townhomes. The facilities are superb and the mountain is best suited for intermediates. The snow is consistent but if you are interested in deep powder then why not have a half day with RK Heli-Ski which operates from Panorama Ski Resort...

Days 11-15:

Fernie is only a couple of hours drive from Panorama. It’s always best to stay in the mountain village whilst in Fernie as this way you will maximize your time on the slopes, plus the accommodation is of a higher standard than in the town. The mountain has well over 100 runs spread over 4 enormous bowls, and they receive around 10 meters of snowfall per year. Whether you like long winding cruisers or prefer the steeps, Fernie has it all. The final drive to Calgary takes around 4 hours on a good day.

Accommodation choices

There are lots of options available ranging from budget to high end, hotel, self catering or B&B. Once we have established your budget for the trip we will choose properties to fit the budget. The majority of the resorts have ski-in ski-out accommodation, some do not. It is often cheaper to stay in town and drive to the area

Heli & Cat-skiing

Another great thing about the Rockies loop is there are several day heli and cat-skiing operators:

  • Cat-skiing: Fernie Wilderness Adventures out of Fernie and Revelstoke Cat Skiing out of Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
  • Heli-skiing: Purcell out of Golden (Kicking Horse), Selkirk out of Revelstoke and RK out of Panorama.

Price Guide

A sample price for the Rockies Loop - 14 night ski safari including accommodation, direct flights and hire of an SUV is £1,589 for 2 adults, £1,289 for 4 adults.

Click here to request a quotation tailored to your particular requirements, or please call us on 01273 224 060.