Ski in a World Heritage Site

Banff National Park, the oldest national park in Canada, has three excellent ski resorts. Whether you’re enjoying the views of Lake Louise, the poweder of Sunshine or the intimacy of Norquay, you’re in for a treat.


Length of Trip : 1-5 days (depending on how much ski time you’re chasing).

Cost : One ticket serves all 3 ski areas in the Banff National Park (that’s 8000 acres of skiable terrain). The tri-area lift ticket includes:

  •  Skiing and riding at Mt. Norquay, the Lake Louise Ski Area and Sunshine Village.
  •  Night skiing and riding from January to March at Mt.
  •  Norquay
  •  Transportation from Banff-Lake
Louise to the ski areas Prices: 1 day passes for adult ($89.95) 2 day passes for adult ($179.90) 3 out of 4 days ($265.80) with further discounts for longer stays. Click here for the latest prices:

Best time to go : Ski Season is typically November to April. Of course, that only makes way for the spectacular summer season when you can swap out your skis for hiking boots.

Wheelchair friendly : Some natural assets and viewpoints in Banff National Park can be reached by car, and many of the more popular attractions offer paved, wheelchair-friendly pathways to the door.

Family friendly : Yes

Official Site : Lake Louise Ski Resort Sunshine Ski Resort Norquay Ski Resort

Where to Stay : Fairmont's iconic hotels in Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise are the obvious choices for the Bucket List. The Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Lake Louise and Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge are all surrounded by the exquisite beauty of the Rockies.

Getting There : By Air Frequent direct flights connect Calgary International Airport to Eastern Canada, US, UK, and the rest of the world. From there, Banff is just a 90 minute drive along the all-weather, four-lane Trans Canada Highway (Hwy #1). Lake Louise is 45 minutes further west. Frequent airport transfer services are available between Calgary International Airport and Banff-Lake Louise hotels By Car Banff is located 126km from Calgary, 415km from Edmonton, and 850km from Vancouver.

Note from Robin : The three ski resorts in Banff National Park all have something to offer. Take a week to spend a couple days in Banff, a couple days in Lake Louise, and at least one night at the mountain lodge atop Sunshine. Don’t forget to get your park permit when you enter Banff National Park, and watch out for the elk!



Photo: Richard Hallman


Photo: Sean Hannah


Photo: Richard Hallman


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