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There is a reason Banff, Alberta, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Canada. Not only does it have some of the most jaw-dropping landscapes and grin-inducing skiing in the country, but it is so easy to experience it should definitely be on your travel list. Located only 1.5 hrs from the Calgary International Airport, Banff is the home of three world-class ski resorts that you can ski with one lift ticket. That means three days of riding, three different mountains, all while staying at the same hotel and using one tri-area lift ticket. Bonus: If you read all the way to the bottom you can find out how to save money on lift tickets!
Situated on the Continental Divide of the Canadian Rockies within Banff National Park in Alberta and Mt Assiniboine Provincial Park in British Columbia is Sunshine Village Ski Resort. Due to its location, Sunshine receives more snow than any of the other resorts and is just 18 minutes out of the town of Banff. Local’s Tip: Go here on a sunny day… you won’t regret it.
Want to go night skiing? Mount Norquay is your resort. Just minutes from the town of Banff, Mount Norquay offers the only night skiing in Banff-Lake Louise and it has a fully lit terrain park so you can hit jumps into the evening. Local’s Tip: This is a great place to take a lesson to learn how to ski or snowboard.
Want spectacular scenery and over 4,200 acres of terrain spread across four mountain faces? Head north to Lake Louise Ski Resort, one of the largest ski resorts in North America to experience an iconic rocky mountain resort. And best of all there is an 8-kilometer long novice run to experience. Local’s Tip: On a windy day head to Lake Louise because the trees help protect the terrain from exposure.
How to purchase lift tickets:
The best part about skiing at all three resorts is you only need to purchase one tri-area lift ticket. And, if you purchase your tickets 21 days in advance you can save up to 17% off. Click here to purchase lift tickets.
Where to stay:
Where to eat:
If you find yourself at Mount Norquay ski to the high alpine and eat at The Cliffhouse Bistro (originally built in the 1950’s) and experience some true Mount Norquay history.
While you’re at Lake Louise, head to the ten peaks lodge and enjoy a traditional aprés at Powder Keg Lounge which features an array of pub fare and local beers on tap. Want to switch it up? Try out their newest eatery Kuma Yama Sushi which features hot bowls of ramen and fresh sashimi.
Where to party:
If your legs aren’t skied out from a big day on the hill, head on down to The Dancing Sasquatch or Hoodoo in the town of Banff. If you think the locals are good at skiing, just wait till you see them party. Local’s Tip: Get there early. There is nothing worse than standing outside in the cold waiting in line to get into the club.
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