Ski in Banff in the heart of the Canadian Rockies
You won’t want to pass up a chance to ski down some of the globe’s most epic mountain terrain — and let’s face it, cross the Canadian Rockies off your Bucket List. Just a short drive from Fairmont Banff Springs, three resorts rank top for the best skiing and snowboarding.
SKI & STAY IN THE Canadian Rockies
Get the most out of your Bucket List Canadian Rockies ski vacation and take advantage of the spectacular scenery and legendary champagne powder. You’ll find varied terrain that matches all levels, short lift lines and warm Western hospitality.
Discover Best Resort Offers
Explore even more with the best Mountain resort offers at the Fairmont Banff Springs.
Top winter snow fun
After you stow your skis, explore Banff National Park in its most magical time of year. Go ice skating and tobogganing around the white frosty landscape. Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the hushed woods and join a guided ice walk. Or treat yourself with a massage at the spa, then curl up in the Castle by the cozy fire with a good book and a great glass of wine.LEARN MORE
Skibig3 Passes – Norquay, Lake Louise, Sunshine Village
The Banff area’s top resorts —all known for jaw-dropping 360-degree Rocky Mountain vistas — are Norquay, Lake Louise and Sunshine Village. Buy a SkiBig3 Pass for lift tickets to the trio, famed for dry, fluffy champagne powder and a long season running from mid-November all the way to mid-May.
Sunshine Village & Ski Area
Big. That’s Sunshine Village: bustling with attractions, boasting 3,358 skiable acres and a mere 25 minutes from Banff. You’ll find fast lifts and everything from beginner to double-black diamonds, plus a terrain park. And, you can straddle the Continental Divide, shredding Alberta and BC in one day. Don’t miss the resort’s popular al fresco deck, warmed by the blue-bird sun in springtime, après slopes.
• A 25-minute scenic drive via TransCanada Highway West-bound from Banff.
• 107 named runs in 3,300 acres
SUNSHINE VILLAGE | STATS
• Vertical Elevation: 3154ft (1070m)
• Base Elevation: 5440ft (1685m)
• Peak: 8054ft (2730m)
• Snowmaking: Less than 5%
• Number of Lifts: 10
• Terrain: 20% Beginner, 55% Intermediate, 25% Expert
Locals have been flocking to Mount Norquay, perched above the town of Banff, since the 20s. Just 10 minutes from town, this resort is optimal for beginners, whether riders or downhill skiers. The mountain has 28 runs over 129 acres of varied terrain. Zip down 1,650 feet of vertical on an average base of 10 feet. Play at the largest tubing park in Alberta here, then start your leisurely apres session out on the large sunny deck and in the sleek timber-frame lodge. Skiers and boarders can pay by the hour at Norquay, which offers the only night skiing in the Canadian Rockies, and also snowshoe.
• Located just 10 minutes from downtown Banff.
• Snowshoeing available
MOUNT NORQUAY | STATS
• Vertical Elevation: 1650ft (503m)
• Base Elevation: 5350ft (1630m)
• Peak: 7000ft (2133m)
• Snowmaking: Yes
• Number of Lifts: 5
• Terrain: 20% Beginner, 36% Intermediate, 28% Difficult, 6% Expert
Lake LOUISE SKI RESORT
Lake Louise is a looker — one of the most gorgeous in North America, critics agree. Carve down 139 runs with views onto iconic Lake Louise, a turquoise gem ringed by craggy mountains and glaciers. Ski 4,200 acres backcountry or downhill, many “best steeps” says Ski Canada magazine, over four faces of three mountains and snowshoe, too. Expect stable temperatures and about 12 feet of dry snowpack. Lake Louise is a scenic 40-minute motor from Fairmont Banff Springs and the ski resort offers childcare services.
• A 40-minute drive from Fairmont Banff Springs
• Child care services available at the ski resort
• Voted “best scenery” and “best steeps” by Ski Canada magazine
• Snowshoeing available
LAKE LOUISE | STATS
• Vertical Elevation: 3250ft (1000m)
• Base Elevation: 5400ft (1645m)
• Peak: 8650ft (2637m)
• Snowmaking: Yes
• Number of Lifts: 9
• Terrain: 25% Beginner, 45% Intermediate, 30% Expert
Chateau Mountain Sports – Rental & Retail Outlet
Chateau Mountain Sports is an independent outdoor retailer in Fairmont Banff Springs. The store showcases the best brand names in winter, plus summer essentials. Find accessories from leading brands such as The North Face, Spyder, Icebreaker, Oakley, Smith, Dale of Norway and Sorel, to name a few. The focus is best quality products and individualized customer service. Rent equipment as well at Chateau Mountain Sports’ Winter Equipment Rental shop in the hotel Conference Centre.
Fairmont Banff Spring Ski Valet
Our ski valet is at your service. Whether you are travelling with your own equipment or need to store your rentals, we are pleased to offer private ski equipment storage. Find the ski valet near the hotel’s main entrance.