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An expert guide to ski holidays in Banff

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What can be slightly confusing to first-time visitors to Banff, which is located in the province of Alberta in Canada, is that there are no slopes in Banff itself.

The name refers to both the lively small town where most people stay, and to Banff National Park, in which there are three separate ski areas – Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Mount Norquay – offering nearly 8,000 acres of piste between them. Hence Banff’s marketing cry of “SkiBig3”, as all are covered by the SkiBig3 lift pass.

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Mount Norquay is 8km from Banff town, and the nearest ski area. Banff Sunshine is just over 16km away and Lake Louise Ski Resort, the biggest ski area, is just under 65km from town. Each has varied terrain to suit all levels from beginner to expert.

Stay on track with the essential facts from the resort below, and scroll down for our insider guide to a day on the pistes, expert ratings and advice. For further Banff inspiration, see our guides to the resort’s best accommodation, restaurants and après ski.


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