Banff/Lake Louise, Alberta
Ski Resort Info
Banff sits right in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and is one of Canada’s largest ski areas. It is the central link for three ski areas, Banff Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise and with a tri-areas pass you can ski them all. Combined they encompass some of the most beautiful skiing scenery you could hope to see and more than 200 runs. With so much variety there it is easy to find something to suit everyone. The town of Banff is steeped in history and is busy with shops bars and restaurants to visit when you are away from the slopes.
The Ski Slopes
Advanced skiers should head to Lake Louise’s back bowls; Brown Shirt found on the back of Mount Whitehorn is the place for powder, or for the more adventurous you could try heli-skiing. There are so many options you are literally spoilt for choice. Intermediates are well catered for with an abundance of long cruising runs on the well groomed pistes. Beginners too will benefit from the long winding gentle slopes that are on offer. Snowboarders will find plenty of options the 3 ski areas have half-pipes a superpipe and the terrain parks are plentiful. All in all there is a great deal to choose from whatever your ability. p>
There are many additional activities to keep you busy when away from the slopes, you could take a horse drawn sleigh ride or even try your luck at ice fishing. If a full days skiing has been taxing on your body then how about soaking your aching muscles in the hot springs.
Banff is where to go for nightlife, with over 100 restaurants, bars and clubs, covering all types of cuisine including Japanese Italian, Indian and Tex Mex you should find something to please your palate. The bars offer a similar array of choices one to visit is the St James’s Gate, a pub built in Dublin and shipped over piece by piece.