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Banff – Lake Louise

Banff, the Canadian Rockies

Where the ski season never ends!

By Anik Gélineau, Ski travel consultant

This year, I decided to combine work, family and vacation time in a single trip. And, even though I was free to choose from any of Gendron’s 50 destinations, there was no doubt in my mind that Banff National Park was the perfect place for my family’s very first ski vacation. After all, Banff ranks among my top three picks for the ultimate first-time ski vacation… and doesn’t my family deserve the best?


Easy access and splendid

So why, exactly, do I think Banff is so great? For starters, it’s a mere four hour flight from Montreal to Calgary so, technically, it takes the same time to fly to Calgary as it does to drive to Charlevoix! Also, the gorgeous natural surroundings that Banff has to offer—no matter if you’re on the road, in town or at the resort. If you’re looking for that “wow” factor, you’ll be well served at Banff!


Mt. Norquay

And then, of course, there’s the mountains and resorts: the closest is Norquay, which I recommend for a day when you want to give your legs a break in gorgeous groomed runs that are still pretty steep.


Sunshine Village

Located about 20 minutes from Banff, it includes three different mountains: Mount Standish, which truly has something for every level, Lookout Mountain, which is better suited to intermediate or advanced skiers and, lastly, the Goat’s Eye area, perfect for more adventurous types. The layout at Sunshine Village looks a lot like a hand, with the five main lifts and gondolas representing the five fingers surrounding the Main Lodge at the center of it all—which makes it very easy to find your way around. Don’t miss the new chairlift on the Lookout Mountain side, with its fabulous heated seats and funky orange-coloured covers.


Lake Louise

Lake Louise, my absolute favourite resort, is located about 45 minutes outside the town of Banff. This magnificent paradise features a bigger ski area and a huge backcountry sector. Although it doesn’t get as much snow accumulation as Sunshine, Lake Louise has tons of bowls and glades, which is actually what makes it my favourite resort. And, of course, the stunning panoramic view is nothing short of magical. Much like the mountain itself, the slopeside chalet is laid-back and inviting. The ambiance, the service and the food are amazing, and the live music and DJs help create a lively après-ski atmosphere.


The best option is staying at a hotel in the heart of town that includes breakfast and walking to a restaurant in the evening. With so many options to choose from, you are certain to find something that suits both your palate and your budget!


In the end, my family was really impressed and can’t wait to go on their next ski trip. If you enjoy Banff in the winter, you’ll definitely want to go for a visit in the summer (we can help you book that too!).


  • For an unforgettable experience, you can enjoy slopeside accommodations by combining a stay at Sunshine Mountain Lodge for a few nights with a stay in the Town of Banff.
  • You can also opt for a ski safari and combine your stay in Banff with one or several other Western Canadian destinations. Car rental is available.
  • Cross-country skiing packages available (Banff/Canmore).
  • Day trip to Kicking Horse including lift ticket available on request.

For more details, contact our ski specialists.


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Ski stations Accommodations Snow Conditions
Month Min. Max.
January -13 1
February -8 2
March -7 4
April -2 9
May 2 14
June 5 19
July 7 22
August 7 22
September 3 16
October 1 10
November -7 1
December -11 3