Winter Sports in Banff National Park
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Whether you're driving a dogsled across a frozen lake, ice climbing, snowshoeing, skiing at one of the world's top mountain ski resorts—or simply taking in the northern lights—there's no shortage of winter activities to choose from at Banff.
Skis and snowboards can be rented on the slopes or at many shops in town, concentrated along Bear Street and Banff Avenue.
Canmore Nordic Centre. The best way to learn how to cross-country ski is with a lesson at this center, built for the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. It has rental equipment, a day lodge, and miles of trails to enjoy. 1988 Olympic Way, Canmore, AB, T1W 2T6. 403/678–2400.
Lake Louise Ski Area. The downhill terrain is expansive and varied, with a fairly even spread of novice, intermediate runs, 139 in all, on four mountain faces and north-facing back bowls. The vertical drop is 3,257 feet, and there are 11 lifts and a terrain park. 1 Whitehorn Rd., off Lake Louise Dr., Lake Louise, AB, T0L 1E0. 403/522–3555 or 877/956–8473. www.skilouise.com.
Ski Banff at Norquay. Locals like this five-lift, 28-run mountain, and so do Olympic and World Cup trainees. It has night skiing and tubing, too. The vertical drop is 1,650 feet. 403/762–4421. www.banffnorquay.com.
Sunshine Village. About 8 km (5 miles) west of Banff, the terrain here offers options for all levels of skiers. The vertical drop is 3,514 feet, and there are 107 trails and 12 lifts. Off Hwy. 1, 1 Sunshine access rd., Banff, AB, T1L 1J5. 403/762–6500 or 877/542–2633. www.skibanff.com.
A good bargain is a $239.85, three-day pass that allows you to ski at Sunshine Village, Ski Banff at Norquay, and Lake Louise. It includes free shuttle service to the slopes. You can purchase the pass at the ski areas or at Banff Ski Hub store.
Ultimate Ski and Ride. You can rent ski and snowboard equipment and bikes here and take advantage of the shop's free hotel delivery. 206 Banff Ave., off Lake Louise Dr., Lake Louise, AB, T1L1C3. 403/762–0547 or 866/754–7433. www.ultimatebanff.com.
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