Destination: Banff, Canada

The unbelievable beauty and challenging slopes of Banff, Canada attract skiers and snowboarders of all levels. Banff National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains three separate ski areas: Mt. Norquay, Sunshine Village, and Lake Louise Ski Resort. Together, these three ski resorts are known as Big3. A total of 356 runs between the three resorts. The Banff 3 Area ski pass provides guests lift and ski-bus access to the Big3’s slopes. Each resort has its own character and unique attractions. 

 

Mt. Norquay 

Mt. Norquay is the smallest ski resort of the Big3. The resort’s 190 acre ski area is a playground for experienced skiers and snowboarders, with almost half its runs best-suited for expert skiers. Mt. Norquay is even used for Olympic and World Cup ski training. This resort is a favorite among locals. Go during the week to avoid crowds. Prepare to be exhausted by the rigorous runs, and plan for a day or two here at most.

 

Sunshine Village 

Sunshine Village is the Big3’s mid-sized ski resort. Its approximately 3,500 acre ski area is known for its amazing snowfall. In comparison to Lake Louise Ski Resort, especially, Sunshine Village is considered a day-visitor ski area. Mount Standish has excellent beginner slopes. Expert skiers and snowboarders all over the world come to Banff to try Delirium Dive, a particularly spectacular experts-only run on the northern slope of Lookout Mountain. 

 

Lake Louise Ski Resort

Lake Louise Ski Resort is the largest of the Big3. The 4200 acre ski area promises good snow and amazing views. Lake Louise Ski Resort has a wide range of beginner, intermediate, and expert slopes because it is the largest resort of the Big3. The resort also boasts the largest terrain park in North America, as well as a robust children’s area and childcare facilities at a day-lodge.