With its opulent nature coming back to life, the days getting longer and milder, Banff National Park becomes a very busy stage, with tons of events, happening & things to explore. To make it easier for you to navigate, we’ve compiled a list with the best spring events & happenings in Banff National Park. One thing is certain: Banff in the Spring has just so much to offer!
1. Dream of the C.R.E.A.M.
A tribute to park boarders of all ages, don’t miss out on the C.R.E.A.M. Rail Jam on April 9th. Standing for “Cash Rails Everywhere Around Me”, C.R.E.A.M. Rail Jam is an amateur snowboarding contest series, that features four different age groups competing for snowboarding champ. There is open registration, and the contests feature everything from easy style “Lil’ Shredder” to tough Open Categories. Spectating is free, so come on out and check out what talent is to be found!
2. Mt. Norquay 90 Cent Ski Day and 80s Day
Regular lift prices are just outdated. On April 6, experience a flash from the past with a 90 cent ski day at Mount Norquay! A day lift ticket is only 90 cents, and all other donations go to local charities. In addition, it’s time to take the “New York Groove” out of New York and onto the slopes of Mount Norquay!
On April 9, don your onesies, wrap-around shades, and old school skis: 80s Day at Mount Norquay will have you reeling in horrible hairdo flashbacks, punk rock styles, and neon colours. Yep, Banff in the Spring becomes one of the most cool & creative spots on earth.
3.Thrill of the Hill
Tobogganing Thrills: The wind whistles in your ears and whips your hair back as you careen down a slope head first, plummeting towards the finish line. That’s right, it’s the Thrill of the Hill toboggan race! Hailed as the most epic toboggan race of amateurs on earth, the Thrill of the Hill invites toboggan enthusiasts to bring their A game to Sunshine Village. From morning till night on April 9th, come participate or watch these thrill-seekers tackle the slopes in a new way. Prizes go out for style, time, and spirit.
4. Snowchella Concert Series
Every weekend until May 23, experience the Snowchella Concert Series hosted by Coors Light. Featuring a variety of musicians, the concert series is an outdoor extravaganza: beautiful live concerts by local bands, sunshine, and snow. So sit back, relax, and soak in the sun and tunes.
5. No BoZos Allowed
Head on over to Mt. Norquay on April 16th to celebrate the Bozo Cup: a unique appreciation of the life of Rob Bosinger (aka, Bozo) through Head to Head racing! The 11th Anniversary Bozo Cup will be an action-packed weekend of slalom racing and slalom “drag” racing with junior racers, alumni and current national racers, coaches, friends, and more. The after party at the Lone Pine will be held after races, so that everyone can discuss the best action of the day! In addition, don’t miss out on the $10,000 of cash and prizes, or the stellar view of the races from the Beer Garden. This is a weekend to appreciate alpine ski racing with friends and family.
6. Cardboard Box Downhill Derby
There are more ways than one to slide down a hill, and this is one of the most creative. The annual Cardboard Box Downhill Derby has got to be one of the most unique and quirky events Banff has to offer! On April 17th, using only cardboard, string, tape, and glue, you must fashion the fastest cardboard box sled to race down the mountain! Prizes will be awarded for the three best times and the three best designs. Gather your friends and family and enjoy the ride!
7. Bikinis for Breast Cancer
As April draws to a close, participants of this event shed their clothes in recognition of breast cancer. April 30th is the annual Bikinis for Breast Cancer day! Open for women of all ages, this event is held to raise funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Ladies dressed in bikini tops and snow pants ski or board down a course on the mountain. Show your solidarity for them by participating or donating to the cause!
8. Banff Mountain Film Festival
Featuring only a fraction of phenomenal films from a fantastic 2015 festival, the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival comes to the Max Bell Auditorium on April 30th. For $12 per adult, come and see the award-winning films from the 2015 Festival, including Eclipse, Showdown at Horseshoe Hell, and The Great Alone. With excellent cinematography and inspiring themes, this screening is not to be missed.
9. Pampering for the senses
Fine Dining: Every Saturday and Sunday until May 22, join the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar on their patio for an excellent après offering. With fresh, mouthwatering west coast oysters and fine French champagne, what better way to enjoy the sunshine than on the Trapper’s Lodge patio?
10. Banff Children’s Festival
Something for the Kids: What better way to celebrate spring than through children? On May 21 all day, bounce from one event to another at the Banff Children’s Festival, keeping the kids entertained and enchanted. For instance, jump around in a bouncy castle, clown around at circus school, learn to rock climb, or create art all day long with a multitude of venues for children to enjoy and for parents to get in touch with their inner child.
With these awe-inspiring adventures and events, Banff is a hopping place in the spring. We know that the ski season ain’t over till it’s over, and the spring just shows us how to appreciate it all the more! If the plethora of events & activities in Banff doesn’t convince you to stay, turn your sights to the surrounding wilderness – it will take your breath away. Call up our friendly Rocky Mountain Specialists at Enjoy Banff and let them design & plan your trip in the amazing surroundings of Banff National Park.