Banff Ski Holidays

The bustling ski town of Banff makes a great ski base and offers an authentic Canadian experience. You're as likely to drink a beer in a bar with a local as you are with tourists.
Andy Knights
Sales Manager - North America
The bustling ski town of Banff makes a great ski base and offers an authentic Canadian experience. You're as likely to drink a beer in a bar with a local as you are with tourists.
Andy Knights
Sales Manager - North America

Summary

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Beginner
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Average: 4 (1 vote)
Intermediate
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Average: 4 (1 vote)
Advanced
  • Nightlife
  • Village Charm
  • Non-Ski Activities
  • Quick Transfer Time

A vibrant town surrounded an awe-inspiring national park - Banff ski holidays reveal Canada at its best.

Set within Banff National Park, Banff town has a jaw-dropping backdrop and a genuine Canadian vibe. The centre of Alberta skiing, it’s hugely popular with Brits - we’ve visited more than 20 times in the past decade, and we’re still going back for more!

With a reliably long season, Banff’s three ski areas receive plenty of snow. Mount Norquay (the smallest) is the nearest to town, while Sunshine Village receives the most snow and is where you’ll most likely spend the bulk of your time. The largest ski area, Lake Louise is a 45-minute drive away but worth it for the varied terrain, wilderness appeal and back bowl chutes. All three resorts are covered on the Tri- area pass, which includes ski buses.

Banff town is a fantastic base, with good value accommodation, bustling shops and vibrant après bars. Off the slopes, there’s everything from ice-climbing to hot springs and, while the shuttle service takes you to the ski areas, a hire car gives you more flexibility.

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224060 for advice from our ski specialists.

Resort Guide

Banff Resort Guide

Make the most of your Banff ski holiday with our insider tips.

Resort stats

Season
November - May
Nearest airport
Calgary
Transfer time
1 hour 30 minutes
Transport
Transfer or car hire
Elevation
8,954 ft
Vertical drop
3,514 ft
Avg snowfall
30 ft
Ski area
7,748 acres
Ski lifts
26
Runs
274
Grade
30% advanced
45% intermediates
25% beginners

Maps

Resort Map

Google piste view

Accommodation

Banff’s comfortable hotels are particularly good value, and are mostly centred around Banff Avenue - the best location for bars and restaurants. Sunshine Village has the area’s only ski-in ski-out accommodation, while Fairmont Banff Springs and Rimrock Resort are Banff’s most luxurious options.

We’ve stayed at or visited all our Banff accommodation options, so call us for advice and we’ll recommend the best ones for you.

Featured accommodation

Banff Aspen Lodge Exterior
  • Breakfast Included
  • Close to Village
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
  • Laundry Facilities
The Banff Aspen Lodge is a friendly hotel of 89 spacious rooms, just 3 minutes walk to downtown Banff.
  • Close to Village
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Spa
Three minute’s walk from downtown Banff, this brand new hotel has been built for the 2016/17 season.

Offers

See our Banff offers for some excellent savings and superb package prices.

Giving you the best available prices, the offers below are based on our lowest cost departure dates. We can save you money on many other dates and properties but we can't show every single offer here - for more options, please call us on 01273 224060 or request a quotation.

Reviews

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09/05/2018 Ceri Howard

Banff felt very lively after Jasper. We enjoyed the town atmosphere and loved Sunshine. Runs are relatively short, I felt like we were on lifts a lot more than other places but still lots of fun to be had.

21/04/2018 Wendy Greenop

Great ski resort, lovely town and awesome scenery. We stayed in a lodge just outside of town and skied at both Sunshine Village and Lake Louise. Again everyone was so friendly and polite, there were virtually no queues for the lifts and the pistes were very quiet. As intermediate skiers I don't feel we really got the most from the Banff ski area, if we had been expert skiers we could have had a ball, but we still really enjoyed the variety of runs. We had excellent snow conditions for April, it was unseasonably cold, which was great - I am not sure we would have had such a great skiing experience under normal spring weather conditions (although then there would have been more sitting in the sun taking in the views going on). Driving from Banff to Sunshine was very easy, only 15 to 20 minutes and to Lake Louise was longer, 45 minutes, but just along the highway. We did drive in some snow, had it been heavy snow we would have felt more nervous about driving and would probably have taken the ski bus to the resorts. We loved the hot tubs and hot springs and the free entry to the Whyte museum on our day off was an added bonus. There's so much to do around Banff as well as skiing, we could easily have spent longer, it was the perfect mix of activities, social and relaxation. We did walk up the Johnston Canyon which was amazing, the creek was so pretty and the frozen waterfall incredible. We did this on our own, just hired crampons in the town and drove to the car park - I think it would be useful to give customers the confidence to plan such trips on their own, with the right information it is very easy and saves so much money rather than joining a tour.

21/04/2018 Alison Parr

Fantastic resort. Nice town with a very relaxed feel. Huge choice of bars & restaurants with consistently good food and great value compared to Europe. Very family friendly and very helpful staff pretty much everywhere. Nice to have the option of different ski hills and plenty of non-ski activities for days off the slopes.

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