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Sunshine: 1 High-Speed Gondola, 2-10 Chairlifts
Skiing for all abilities in a national park, with staggering scenery and a lively little town.
- Skiing in a historic national park.
- Lively Canadian Rockies town.
- Three big mountains to experience.
The three ski resorts of Banff and Lake Louise lie in the heart of the Rockies. Expect phenomenal snow conditions in one of North America’s biggest ski areas. They’re in the middle of Canada’s oldest national park, so there’s wildlife everywhere, often spotted from the shuttle bus up to the mountain. There’s the busy Canadian town of Banff, built when the railroad came through in the 1880s, or you can also stay in the quiet, sleepy village of Lake Louise. And it’s pretty much compulsory to go dog-sledding or on a snowmobiling trip out into the wilderness, through the awe-inspiring mountains.
No other resort in Western Canada is as easy to access. Banff is just an hour and a half from Calgary Airport. Getting to the skiing is easy - there’s a regular shuttle bus, and you always get a seat. If one bus fills up, another comes in right behind it. It’s like a mini excursion and you’ll often spot elk, bighorn sheep and moose.
The resorts open in November and close in May, so at Christmas or Easter you can expect great snow. Banff is incredible value for money during the low winter season when you can stay in good hotels at bargain prices. Because you have to get the bus to and from the ski resorts the après can be a little quiet. However, Banff bars and pubs are busy in the evening with a great mountain town vibe. There are some great places to eat too, whether you’re after something fancy or just simple Canadian cuisine.
Ski Guiding: Free Mountain Hosts available daily to show you around the mountain (not suitable for beginners). This service is provided by local hosts and not Crystal Staff.
Please note: To travel to Canada you'll need to complete an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA), at a cost of $7, at least 72 hours before travel. You can apply now online at www.Canada.ca/eta
Top 3 accommodations in Banff
Mount Royal Hotel
from £839 per person
Banff Aspen Lodge
from £883 per person
The Fairmont Banff Springs
from £1109 per person
Free ski carriage
Pre-purchased offers – not available upon arrival in resort
Free ski carriage to Canada
Book a Canada ski holiday and pay nothing for your ski carriage.
Available on all Air Canada flights for Winter 15-16.
Kids ski free – all season
Free lift pass for up to three children aged 12 and under, per adult pre-booking a minimum of a 5-day lift pass
Equipment hire offers
Ski Express - following your boot fit, your equipment will be delivered to your accommodation
Flexi Ski/Board - swap between skis and snowboard as often as you like
Kids rent free - free rental equipment for one child aged 5 and under, per each adult pre-booking rental equipment. Duration must be the same.
10% discount on all retail purchases at Ultimate Ski and Ride store.
With any Rental of 3 days or more receive a complimentary one day rental of either Ice Skates, Cross country ski package or Snow shoes
Night skiing - one free night skiing at Mount Norquay with the purchase of a tri-area lift pass
All deals are automatically included in the ski pack prices. Please see our terms and conditions.