With three ski resorts to choose from on a Banff family ski vacation, every member of your clan, no matter what age, level or terrain preferences will enjoy themselves. Banff’s close proximity to Calgary ensures that it sees a bit of weekend warrior traffic, not to mention a significant jet set crowd and tourists looking to catch a glimpse of the famed wilderness of Banff National Park. The array of clientele, both local and international ensures there are a range of lodging and dining options to suit every penchant.
Families looking for convenience will want to stay at Sunshine Village’s Sunshine Mountain Lodge. The Sunshine Mountain Lodge is Banff’s only ski in, ski out hotel which provides a unique experience that is unlike anything else, with West wing rooms featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, cozy fireplaces, private balconies and additional upscale amenities.
For kid-friendly off-mountain activities, like pools, families on a Banff family ski vacation will want to stay at the Inns of Banff, Lake Louise Inn or Banff Rocky Mountain Resort.
Banff’s restaurants match it’s varied visitors, which is great for families. The more options the better. The Keg, a favorite Banff steakhouse, provides two locations, one in the downtown area on Banff Avenue and one at the Caribou Lodge. The Caribou Lodge is probably a better option for families as it offers a la carte dining and a buffet breakfast. The menu features a nice mix of salads, seafood, steak barbeque chicken and pub-style appetizers. The Bear Street Tavern also serves up some finger-licking comfort food from pizza to barbeque pork to gourmet grilled cheese and house-made salsa.
Nourish Vegetarian Bistro and Tea House offers exceptionally tasty gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian fare for family members with food sensitivities or allergies. And in a place like Banff that has a plethora of steakhouses and meat-heavy menus; it’s nice to know that a good, meat-free meal is available during your Banff ski vacation.
A family trip to a Canadian ski town wouldn’t be complete without at least one dessert or snack at Beaver Tails. The build your own pastry treats will have the whole family coming back for more. Banff’s Beaver Tail is located on Banff avenue.