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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20/04/2018 Andrea Cox

Loved Banff. Set within the most beautiful scenery, lots of great restaurants with very friendly people. Easy to get around and the ski transfer buses to the slopes were incredibly organised and calm. Very easy airport transfer although had to wait an hour at the airport for it. Ultimate Ski Hire - highly recommend. Very helpful, friendly and the equipment was very good.

17/04/2018 Alison Hosken

Beautiful setting. Easy transfer from airport. We enjoyed the fact that Banff was a lovely town with good shops, bars and restaurants

16/04/2018 Lisa Briggs

We stayed in Lake Louise for a couple of nights soaking up breathtaking scenery of the of surrounding frozen lakes including the famous Lake Louise, Lake Emerald and natural bridge is worth a visit too! We spent the last 5 nights of our trip in Banff. We enjoyed our visit to Johnson Canyon Trail, the frozen waterfalls are stunning. It turned out to be quite a fun hike as we were sliding all over the place, I would highly recommend ice cleats otherwise you will be spending all your time just negotiating the ice! We took a trip on the Banff Gondola to top of Sulphur mountain, we were lucky to have a clear day and the mountain ranges were breath taking, this is a must do in Banff. Following this we enjoyed a soak the Banff upper hot springs which is practically next door to Gondola. We booked a day snowmobiling tour, we got picked up from our hotel early in the morning and taken to Golden, this was an awesome day with a bbq included for lunch, so well organized and great fun. Our last day we skied at Sunshine resort, sadly the sun wasn't shining but still a great day. We really enjoyed our stay in Banff and definitely want to go back.

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