Canadian Rockies Ski Holidays
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Ski Banff, Lake Louise & Jasper
The two towns of Banff and Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies are only half an hour apart. Between them, they have three amazing ski resorts! Then just a few hours' drive up the scenic Icefields Parkway is Jasper, another stunning mountain resort.
How to Book
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Are you dreaming of skiing the Canadian Rockies? With unbeatable dry powder snow, you've made a great choice. To book, call our Canada ski experts to talk through your perfect ski holiday. We can book flights, the best hotels, transfers, lift passes and equipment hire for you. Just let us know how long you'd like to ski for and what your skill level is. With hotels for families, couples, spa-lovers or foodies, we'll find you the perfect base for your ski trip.
Ski Banff & Lake Louise
The SkiBig3 Resorts
Ski the Big 3 resorts
The twin mountain towns of Banff and Lake Louise have three incredible ski resorts between them - Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Mt. Norquay. You can ski all of them on a single lift pass when you purchase the SkiBig3 ticket. You'll get tons of terrain for one easy price! Both towns nestle in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in the province of Alberta, within the stunning Banff National Park.
Ski Marmot Basin
Ski Marmot Basin in Jasper
Marmot Basin is a stunning resort around three-and-a-half hours from Banff. It has all of the scenery and snow without the crowds. The authentic mountain town has friendly locals and a huge range of runs, which is ideal for improvers and serious skiers and riders alike. Even the drive up to Jasper is incredible as you travel along the Icefields Parkway - the most spectacular route in the Rockies.
Lift passes, lessons & gear
You can't ski or ride the slopes without a lift pass, so it's essential for your ski holiday in the Rockies! Buy yours in advance to save money on in-resort fees and save hassle once you arrive. Simply decide the number of days you'd like to ski or ride during your holiday. You can quickly and easily book lift passes for your whole group over the phone with our advisors. Don't forget that for Banff and Lake Louise, you can ski all the mountain resorts on one SkiBig3 lift pass.
There is no reason why beginners or mixed ability groups wouldn't love a ski holiday in Canada. All the Rocky Mountain resorts have a fantastic mix of runs from beginner to expert, keeping the whole party happy. Families and beginners will also find excellent ski schools at all the resorts. Canadian instructors are renowned for being super-friendly and have the added benefit of being native English-speakers, so you won't have any language barriers.
Whether you ski or snowboard, you'll be able to hire skis, poles, boots, boards and helmets with us. Save time and hassle by hiring ski and snowboard equipment ahead of time. When you hire with us, we'll make sure your vouchers and equipment are ready and waiting for you when you arrive in the resort. You can choose from three different equipment levels to suit beginners through to experts, from good quality and reliable through to the highest spec and latest season.
Top 5 winter activities
Banff and Jasper National Parks are the perfect for adventurous winter activities like dog-sledding. You can snuggle up warm in the sled or mush your own team of huskies across impressive frozen landscapes. Skim across the snow through sparkling forests and keep an eye out for wildlife, as the only noise will be the padding of paws on snow. Call or experts and we can add a husky sledding excursion onto your ski holiday.
One incredible perk of skiing in the Rockies in winter is that you could spot the Northern Lights. The sight of those other-worldly greens and blues dancing in the sky is one that you will remember forever. From November to March is the best time to see the lights, which coincides with the ski season. You can look for the aurora yourself by heading out of town to somewhere with little light pollution or we can book a guided excursion for you.
Ice climbing is an exhilarating activity to try out in the winter months. You'll need to be brave but you'll be rewarding with a fun and thrilling adventure - and a huge sense of achievement, of course! Maligne Canyon in Jasper National Park is one of the most stunning spots to try ice climbing as it is filled with frozen waterfalls. No experience is necessary on this expedition into the frozen world and all equipment will be provided. You'll soon be scaling a frozen waterfall and achieving things you never thought possible!
Did you know that you can cycle in the snow? This unusual activity is a really fun way to experience the stunning snow-covered landscapes of Banff and Jasper National Parks. The 'fat bikes' have extra-wide wheels to cope with the snowy ground. In Alberta, the locals embrace the winter weather and get outside to enjoy all the unique activities that only the snow allows. You should too!
Snowshoeing is a fantastic way to see the snowy scenery. Although the views from the slopes are fantastic, you'll be so busy zooming to the bottom that you may not have time to take them in! On a guided snowshoe excursion, you will be shown the best scenic routes through the Rocky Mountains National Parks. As snowshoeing is such a soft and silent activity, you'll also have great chances of spotting wildlife on your walk.
Know before you go
When to go
The SkiBig3 and Marmot Basin resorts offer a 6-month ski season from November to May. Resort dates are dependent on weather and snowfall. The latest opening and closing dates are listed below:
Banff Sunshine - 9 November, 2018 to 20 May, 2019
Lake Louise - 9 November, 2018 to 5 May, 2019
Mt. Norquay - 2 November, 2018 to Mid-April, 2019
Marmot Basin - 16 November 2018 to 3 May 2019
The Canadian Rockies are home to two incredible national parks, Banff and Jasper. Banff National Park is also home to the SkiBig3 resorts allowing for great scenic views and wildlife spotting as you ski its vast variety of runs. Head along the Icefields Parkway from Lake Louise to Jasper and witness spectacular lakes, waterfalls and glaciers on the way. An array of wildlife awaits visitors at Jasper National Park including moose, elk and bears.
As the condition in the rockies is dry and cold, the snow is much lighter and drier than other Canadian ski resorts. These dry conditions make for fine fresh powder with every snowfall throughout the 6-month ski season. See the annual average snowfalls you can enjoy on your ski holiday to each of the rockies resorts:
Banff Sunshine - 8m
Lake Louise - 3.6m
Mt. Norquay - 3m
Marmot Basin - 4m
The resorts of the Rockies
Get to know Mt. Norquay, Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Marmot Basin in the Rockies' best mountain resorts
See the resorts for yourself
Your ski holiday in the Canadian Rockies
The stunning Canadian Rockies offer some of the best ski conditions in the world. The Rocky Mountains run through the heart of the province of Alberta and are easily accessible from Calgary airport. In the picturesque mountain town of Banff, 90 minutes from Calgary, you can ski the famous dry powder snow of the Rockies by day and indulge in the dining and après on offer by night. Just half an hour from Banff is the hamlet of Lake Louise with its famous namesake lake. Both towns offer easy access to the SkiBig3 resorts - Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise Ski Resort - which can all be skied on the same lift pass. Choose Banff if you'd like a lively town centre or opt for Lake Louise for peace and seclusion. Both towns are situated in Banff National Park which is full of attractions and activities.
Around three and a half hours from Banff by car is the mountain town of Jasper. Just getting here is a treat as you'll drive along the world-famous Icefields Parkway. This highway through the Rockies passes dozens of lakes, waterfalls and glaciers which are all spectacular in their dazzling winter coats. Once you reach Jasper, you'll be treated to an authentic, down-to-earth town full of friendly locals and quiet accommodations that sits with the Jasper National Park. You can combine Jasper with Banff and Lake Louise on a ski safari holiday if you want to explore even more of Alberta.
All the Rocky Mountain ski resorts offer a range of runs from green to double black. Everyone from couples to groups to families will find something to suit their experience level. There is plenty of terrain to cover which means you'll be more than entertained for a week's holiday. Canada has the added benefit of native English-speaking instructors, hoteliers and guides as well as friendly locals and fantastic food.
Top tips for skiing the Rockies
From where to eat to the best après bars, find our top tips for your ski holiday in the Rocky Mountains
The best ski runs
The Dell Valley run at Banff Sunshine Village is a great option for beginners. 90 Glades at Mt. Norquay is a thrilling run for intermediate skiers and riders. Lake Louise's E Gulley is perfect for advanced skiers with epic terrain and exhilarating powder chutes. Show Off and Highway Sixteen are regular favourites at Marmot basin.
The Rockies resorts cater for families with ski schools, child areas, wave runs and childcare, plus plenty of non-ski activities.
Spot wildlife at Jasper National Park, home to black bears, grizzly bears, moose and elk.
Journey through snowy forests and frozen lakes on a dog sledding adventure in Jasper & Lake Louise.
Dining & Apres
Try Kokanee Glacier Deck in Jasper, Lake Louise's Powderkeg Lounge or the Lone Pine Pub at Mt. Norquay.
Navigating the Rockies' resorts
The SkiBig3 ticket gives you access to Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and Mt. Norquay as well as a complimentary shuttle service between the resorts. Lake Louise is a scenic 30 minute drive from Banff, Sunshine Village can be reached in half that time and Mt Norquay is within just 5 minutes of Banff.