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Banff/Lake Louise Expert Reviews (2)

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Expert reviews are written by Ski.com seasoned mountain vacation specialists based on their first-hand experiences.

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Ray Polglaze
Ray Polglaze
Mountain Vacation Specialist
1-800-908-5000
X 3366
12/19/2017

Banff - lots of choices

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If you are staying in Banff, you have easy access to three very different ski areas on your SkiBig3 lift ticket. Norquay - the local mountain - is only 10 minutes from Banff. It is the smallest of the three ski areas, but is somewhat of a hidden gem. It is surprisingly large, with lots of medium length runs to enjoy and an excellent tubing hill.

Sunshine is about 15 minutes from Banff. From the base area, you have a 20-minute gondola ride up to the resort. From there, you can access a huge amount of terrain of all levels. Sunshine doesn't have much snowmaking, because they don't need it. They get so much snow that they actually "farm" it to keep the skiing conditions at a high level. Their season typically runs from early November until May.

Lake Louise is about 40 minutes from Banff and offers a huge variety of terrain. Blessed with very reliable snow and incredible scenery, Lake Louise will have you torn between wanting to race down the nearest run or stopping to take more photos. If you are looking for the perfect lunch, check out Kuma Yama in the main lodge - amazing sushi! 

Bill Kelly
Bill Kelly
Mountain Vacation Specialist
1-800-908-5000
X 3692
11/02/2013

Banf/Lake Louise, 3 ski areas set amongst spectacular scenery!

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I wasn't prepared for the jaw-dropping scenery when I toured Banff and Lake Louise! Everywhere I looked, the Canadian Rockies towered above me.There are 3 ski areas near Banff and I was able to tour them all. Norquay is the closest ski area to Banff and it is the smallest of the 3 areas. Sunshine Village has the only ski-in, ski-out lodging in the Banff and Lake Louise area, and it is truly unique. The only way to get to the Sunshine Mountain Lodge is by taking a lift, riding up on a snowmobile or in a snowcoach! It is located halfway up the ski mountain. Lake Louise, with 4,200 skiable acres is the largest of the 3 ski areas. There is a common lift ticket for all 3 ski areas and a good mix of terrain for all levels of ability at each. We stayed in the iconic Banff Hot Springs Lodge and the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, both of which are truly grand hotels. We also toured the Rimrock Lodge, which has stupendous views. The hotel is built into a cliff. I didn't have time to visit the Banff Hot Springs, so that is still on my bucket list. Either way, I would definitely go back to Banff. Call me at ext 3692 or email Bill@ski.com and let's discuss a trip to Banff and Lake Louise.
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