Against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains lies Banff, a sophisticated town with popular après-ski hours. Its greatest delight is its setting – at the heart of the Banff National Park, arguably Canada’s most spectacular winter mountain setting in the Canadian Rockies. There are three main skiing areas all within easy reach and offering a variety of pistes – Lake Louise (which boasts the longest ski season in Canada from November to May), Sunshine village with its challenging downhill runs and Norquay, the smallest of the resorts with its nursery slopes.
At a Glance
Snow: Snow here is as good as any you’d find in Colorado especially at Sunshine Village where up to 400inches can fall Lift system: most of the sectors in Sunshine Village have fast chairs; Norquay’s only small but is serviced by one small chair Apres Ski: Banff has an eclectic mix of eating options that includes everything from fast food to fine dining; the cowboy saloons, British theme pubs and live music venues are popular later in the evening Families: Despite the size of all three resorts amenities are excellent with Sunshine and Norquay offering day care and ski tuition for children Other activities: snowboarding, snowmobiing, heli-ski, toboganning, sleigh-rides pulled by a pack of huskies