Top Reasons to Ski Banff!

Written by Merit Travel

Thinking of going on a winter getaway? We have just the right information for skiing the west. Summer is coming to an end very quickly so now is the best time to get planning!

Banff & Lake Louise skiing offers almost 8,000 acres of skiable terrain. Boasting one of the largest ski seasons in North America from mid-November until late May, you can expect the fluffiest snow there is! There are a variety of outdoor activities available too – from sightseeing, snowmobile tours, sleigh rides and more!

Here are 10 reasons why we think Banff & Lake Louise is the place to be this year:


  • Colourful money and a great exchange rate for international skiers.

  • Food – Poutine is the national après food that comes in a choice of traditional, bison, duck and vegetarian!

  • National park skiing has three ski areas and two authentic ski towns.

  • It’s closer than you think. Just a one and a half hour drive to the mountains after landing at Calgary International Airport.

  • Banff National Park is home to 53 species of mammals with an incredible diversity of wildlife.

  • Did you know our Mounties can ski and snowboard? But they usually leave the Red Serge at home.

  • Ski shuttles are free – they are included in your tri-area lift ticket.

  • Crazy craft brews like Rutting Elk and Pond Hockey Pale Ale.

  • We’re international – yet neighbourly. It makes for an easy stamp on your passport.

  • You’ll get lefties with accents – including friendly Brits & Aussies getting their winter fix.

So regardless of where you venture, you’ll welcome the opportunity to lose yourself in the vastness of Banff & Lake Louise. Get out there this winter and be sure to have your camera ready, as there will be many moments to catch that’ll last a lifetime.

Take a look through our gallery of beautiful Banff & Lake Louise!

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