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

Read honest reviews, direct from our customers.

If you’ve recently returned from this resort, we’d love to hear from you.

If no reviews are available yet, ask for first-hand advice from Ski Safari staff who have visited this resort. Call us on 01273 224060.

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22/02/2018 Stephen Sadler

As usual we gave Norquay a miss but conditions at both Sunshine and Lake Louise were perfect although very very cold and we had an absolute blast on pretty empty slopes.

16/02/2018 John Adamson

A little phased at first by the ski bus system and the need to commute to the different mountains. However, you soon get over that and just enjoy ski anywhere conditions and some great bars and food. Restaurants in Banff itself are extremely good and it is without doubt the friendliest place I have ever been. Probably because it is hard to get angry about stuff at minus 20! If you go in January take extra warm kit and lots of layers!

13/02/2018 Robert Smith

Lively, with plenty restaurants and shops. Canadians were a very friendly bunch.

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