5 Reasons to Choose Banff and Lake Louise for your Ski Vacation

Ski and Snowboard Banff and Lake Louise

Debating Where to Take your Ski Vacation?  Here are 5 Reasons Why to Choose Banff and Lake Louise!

A snowboarder in BanffSeparated by 30 miles on a scenic stretch of AB-1, Banff and Lake Louise are two of Canada’s premier ski resort destinations in Banff National Park. Each has its own unique landscape and features perfect for an exciting and challenging ski adventure, and the close proximity means you’ll have access to the best of both.  Take a closer look at your options with these top five reasons for making Banff and Lake Louise your ski destination this year.

#1 Ski Options for Every Level in Banff and Lake Louise

Enthusiasts of every level will find much more terrain than can possibly be covered in a week vacation. There are three great ski areas to choose from:  Mt. Norquay, Sunshine Village and the Lake Louise Ski Area.  For example, Lake Louise has around 4200 acres of skiing territory compromised of 139 maintained and graded runs. Every lift chair lands you at the head of expert, intermediate and beginner runs, so you can hit the lift with companions and split up for exploration of graded gullies, chutes, glades, and bowls.  A ski vacation to the Canadian Rockies offers a unique and memorable experience no matter what your ability level.

#2 Many Opportunities for Exploration of both Banff and Lake Louise Resorts

Sleigh Ride in Banff Some visitors intend to ski every moment of the day not spent eating or sleeping. Others are looking for a bit more variety in their winter vacations.  Lake Louise and Banff have much more to offer than just skiing or boarding for nature lovers or adventurers. There are guided snowshoe tours, ski-accessible Heritage Tours, ice climbing, gondola tours, cave tours, dog sledding, and much more.  For those looking for some relaxation or pampering, the Willow Stream at the Fairmont Banff Springs offers a massive spa complete with mineral pools, waterfalls and hot tubs, exceptional treatment rooms, and full fitness facilities.

#3 Accommodations for Every Personality and Budget

Guestroom at the Banff Aspen LodgeFrom full-size luxury resorts to moderate 3 star hotels like the Banff Aspen Lodge, everyone will find options perfect for their personality. A hostel is a great choice for students who are looking to make friends. Campgrounds are an option for RV owners or anyone interested in roughing it. Chalet and condo resorts such as Hidden Ridge around both Lake Louise and Banff provide the perfect opportunity for family holidays. Backcountry lodges are also ready to accommodate larger groups, and luxury hotels such as the Post Hotel, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise or Rimrock Resort in Banff are perfect for a romantic escape. Banff Aspen Lodge offers great rates, modern rooms and amenities, fantastic service and the only outdoor hot tub with fireplace in the heart of downtown Banff.  Our blog offers more information on selecting the perfect luxury hotel option for your vacation in Banff or Lake Louise.

#4 Great Dining Options Around Town

Entrance to Tavern Pizza and Beer in Banff There is no lack of dining options in Banff and Lake Louise. You’ll find Greek, Italian, steakhouses, pubs, and the only brewpub in Banff. The Bison Restaurant and Terrace focuses on regional and seasonal foods. Booster Juice offers healthy smoothies and a menu full of delicious wraps and paninis. The Banffshire Club is one of several truly elegant dining experiences with a commitment to supporting sustainable agriculture.  Be sure to check out our Best Dining in Banff blog for more options and reviews.

#5 Kids Programs in Banff and Lake Louise

Many of the resorts have special programs designed for different ages, including ski schools for six and up and snow playgrounds for younger children. You won’t lose out on ski time, but you’ll also have options for fun with the kids. Snowmobiling and snowboarding are just the beginning of your action-packed adventure together.

Got your attention now? Don’t delay, for the best prices and best choice of accommodation research, plan and book your trip today!