Banff is a world-famous mountain town set in the heart of Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, home to the three distinct ski areas of Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise.
A buzzing mountain base, Banff town is full of energy and charm, with busy shops, restaurants, après bars and a backdrop of frosted peaks. Aside from skiing and snowboarding, there are a heap of outdoor adventures to be had in the surrounding national park, from hot springs and nature trails, to ice-climbing and dogsledding through the wilderness.
Here we take a closer look at the stats.
3 ski areas
Banff’s three ski areas – Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise – are collectively known as The Big Three.
Mount Norquay is the local gem and closest to Banff town (8km away), with tree-lined trails and the only night skiing in Banff. The highest, Sunshine Village is 16km from town, with terrain that crosses from Alberta to British Colombia. Lake Louise is 65km from Banff town – with its vast terrain and breathtaking views, the extra travel time is well worth it.
Regular shuttle services make it easy to get to the ski areas and, to do Banff justice, you should experience all three. On all Nonstop’s ski and snowboard courses in Banff, we have exclusive access to train you across all three resorts. This gives our coaches a huge variety of terrain to utilise and explore based on objectives and snow conditions.
One lift pass
Banff’s three ski areas can be accessed on one ‘tri-area’ pass with SkiBig3, part of the package on our Banff-based programs. This pass also gives you free travel to each ski area via Banff’s shuttle bus service. Travelling to the slopes is an adventure in itself, with moose, elk and bighorn sheep to spot en route.
30ft of snowfall per year
Sunshine Village receives the most snow of Banff’s resorts with around 30ft (9 metres / 360 inches) of snowfall annually. Renowned for its supreme snow conditions, Sunshine’s light, dry powder benefits from long winters, consistently cold temperatures and low water density. Lake Louise receives an average of 15ft (4.5m), while Mount Norquay gets 10ft (3m).
7,748 ACRES OF COMBINED SKI TERRAIN
Banff’s huge acreage of groomed and wild terrain is divided between the Big Three. Lake Louise is one of the biggest ski areas in North America with 4,200 acres spread across four mountain faces. Sunshine Village has 3,358 acres and three mountains that can deliver everything from tree runs to epic backcountry lines. The remaining 190 acres belong to Mount Norquay – an Olympic training ground with the only night skiing in Banff.
8,414ft of combined vertical
356 marked runs
1st National Park in Canada
A vast expanse of mountains, ice fields and coniferous forest, Banff became Canada's first national park in 1885. Banff town and the Big Three ski areas sit within its heart. This Unesco-listed area offers a huge variety of natural attractions and activities beyond the slopes, such as ice-walking through the Johnston Canyon, backcountry tours past glistening glaciers, and twilight skating on Lake Louise.
Awards and accolades
To find out more about skiing or snowboarding in Banff, get in touch with the Nonstop team or take a look at our courses in Banff.
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