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.
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Get to know Mt. Norquay, Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Marmot Basin in the Rockies' best mountain resorts
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.
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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.
Try Kokanee Glacier Deck in Jasper, Lake Louise's Powderkeg Lounge or the Lone Pine Pub at Mt. Norquay.
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.