Skiing /Snowboarding, Banff National Park
For Skiers or those who just enjoy the view from the tops of mountains, take the Ski Lift at Ski Louise for a panoramic view of the 10 peaks.
See the travelogue for views of the chairlift, Ski Lodge Restaurant etc.
This is my favourite ski area, especially in the Spring!
(Even Michael Douglas and Catherine Zet-Jones and family love it!!!)
Sunshine Village was established in 1928 and is in the heart of Banff National Park. It is 135 km from Calgary travelling on Trans-Canada Highway #1.
Sunshine has about 3,000 acres of terrain for beginner, intermediate, and expert skiers and snowboarders.
Sunshine Village is known for its light fluffy powder -- more than 30 feet per year of 100% natural snow. No snowmaking is required due to the 8,954-foot elevation.
Goat's Eye Mountain has 1,900 vertical feet of powder and groomed runs.
Because of its' popularity, Sunshine Village lift tickets are more expensive than those at Mt. Norquay. Which is why many who live near enough to travel regularly for skiing get Season's Passes.
Full Day Adult Lift ticket: $60. Cdn.
There are 12 lifts and 107 trails. The longest run is about 8,047 m.
Season: Late November to Late May
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (4:30 p.m. in the Spring)
Located only 15-20 minutes from Banff townsite, Mt. Norquay is the only resort to offer nightskiing in the Alberta Rockies.
It offers quite a bit of diverse terrain composition, offering 25 runs. And this is where I went to first learn how to ski since they have slopes that are good for beginners as well as for the more advanced. I haven't tried the nightskiing as yet, although I've heard it's a really fun time!
If you're a family with small children, Norquay has "The Kid's Place" where kids can spend the day doing crafts, or playing indoors and outdoors at a licensed facility with licensed staff.
Open: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Season: Early December to mid-April
Vertical Elevation: 503 m.
Average Snow Fall: 3 m.
All day lift tickets are $49. Cdn for adults.
Children under 5 are free.
Fee scale for different age groups.
Evenings are $24.
Equipment: If you want or need to rent your skis, etc., than all alpine equipment, as well as snowboarding equipment, is available right at Mt. Norquay.
And I think the prices are very reasonable too.
Spectacular mountains + Lots of snow + Beautiful weather = 3 great ski hills!
Banff has 3 ski hills. In order from biggest to smallest: Lake Louise (45 min from town of Banff), Sunshine (15 min from town of Banff), and Norquay (5 min from town of Banff). Norquay is considerably smaller than the other two, but is a bit cheaper. Lake Louise is renowned for its incredible scenary and its size, and Sunshine for its all-natural snow.
Just across the border, in BC, there are also quite a few decent ski resorts within a 2 to 3 hour drive from Banff.
I have an 'album' in my main page with my thoughts on some of the ski resorts I have been to.
Equipment: You can rent on the hills. The prices aren't ridiculous, but you can probably find a better deal in Canmore or Calgary and bring them with you.