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5 reasons to visit Banff, Lake Louise & Jasper this winter
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5 reasons to visit Banff, Lake Louise & Jasper this winter

#1 – Elevate Your Game

Elevate your instagram game in a real life winter wonderland.  From an iconic snapshot of the Castle in the Rockies at Surprise Corner, to an authentic #pondhockey selfie at Lake Louise, bluebird skies and freshly fallen snow make for the ultimate backdrop for the quintessential wish you were here post.  Looking for that top of the world Facebook check in but don’t want to climb a mountain?  The Banff Gondola has got you covered.  With a backyard this scenic, you might just consider yourself a nature photographer when you look back at all your epic snapshots.

Photo Credit: BLLT | Noel Hendrickson

Take the scenic gondola ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain. This mountaintop experience includes a new restaurant, interactive exhibits and a breathtaking 360-degree rooftop observation deck … all 2900 ft. above Banff

#2 – Make Tracks

Not all adventures require going downhill.  Even “elite beginner” mountain enthusiasts can take advantage of the abundance of fresh air in our backyard without tackling any moguls.  From a cross country ski trail departing behind the Fairmont Banff Springs to the Mountain Adventure Guide program at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, you can get your winter adrenaline fix in an abundance of ways.

#3 – Did You say “Après”

Après; arguably the most important part of any alpine experience.  Regardless of whether you’ve logged some hours on one of the three nearby world class ski hills, (or just shopped Banff Ave for the gear that helps you look like you did), one must definitely take advantage of this time-honored mountain tradition.  From campfire and s ‘mores on the shores of frozen Lake Beauvert, to the iconic ice bar at Chateau Lake Louise, we encourage you to treat yourself and embrace our Fairmont hospitality, mountain style.

Alpine Social at Fairmont Chateau lake Louise

Inspired by the glory days of Canadian mountaineering, Alpine Social is the place to meet, eat and celebrate. Featuring artisan, locally grown, alpine-inspired food, craft beer and an extensive cocktail menu.

#4 – #NomNom

We’d like to think that all treats have less calories at 1,300m above sea level, resulting in the perfect alibi to take a self guided sipping and savoring tour down the parkway.  From world class Charcuterie at Grapes Cellar, to an alpine inspired sharing menu at Alpine Social, consider how the authentic taste of place will elevate (and fuel) your winter adventure.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge’s heated outdoor pool overlooks beautiful Lac Beauvert

#5 – Rejuvinate

Understanding that the winter elements can be exhilarating, picture yourself soaking in a serene mineral pool, restoring well used muscles after a day of adventure.  Imagine a clear winter night sky, observed from the midst of the steam rising at the heated outdoor swimming at the iconic Jasper Park Lodge.  Add a restorative yoga practice at Chateau Lake Louise and feel refreshed to tackle the season with vigor.

Banff Upper Hot Springs - Photo: BLLT | Noel Hendricks

Visit the Banff Upper Hot Springs in Winter. While soaking in the outdoor pool, visitors can look across the valley to Mount Rundle

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