Winter in Banff

  • Johnston Canyon Icewalk

Banff in Winter is like Winterwonderland. Winters are generally dry making cold temperatures really enjoyable. A big plus are the blue skies for which this area is reknown and of course the perfect powder snow. The air is clear and the views are fantastic. Our snow quality is legendary as it is so low in humidity that making a snowball or snowman is just impossible as it does not stick together, real champagne powder snow. The snow is so light that you can do with your skis whatever you like while carving in “powpow”.  By the way, you don’t need to lift your ski tips out of the deep snow to do a turn, as in Europe or other places in Western Canada, making skiing so easy and effortless.

We usually get 6 to 8 meters of amazing powder snow throughout the season. Skiers and snowboarders enjoy the 5 ski hills accessible from Banff.

  • Mt Norquay 28 runs
  • Shunshine Village 107 runs
  • Lake Louise 139 runs and back bowls
  • Nakiska 28 runs and glades
  • Kicking Horse 120 runs

Ski touring is addictive and we are always looking for the best snow. In my opinion the best of the best in ski touring can be found Mt Hector, Bow Summit, the Wapta Icefields, Chickadee Valley and the area around Skoki Lodge.

Do it like the pioneers and walk in snowshoes through clear air and stunning mountain panoramas. We can recommend many amazing trails and even summits to watch life from high above.

There are over 350 km of beautiful cross country trails which go as far as Mt Assiniboine or Lake O’Hara. Many fire-roads take you deep into the backcountry. The best ones are Lake O’Hara, Bryant Creek, Spray River, Red Earth Creek.

Ice-climbing is big in this valley with the most re-known frozen waterfall being on Cascade Mountain, the Professor Falls, Johnston Canyon, Marble Canyon and the 2 on Mt Bourgeau.

Ice-skating is one of Canadian’s favourite pastimes at the Banff Springs Hotel, on Bow River, Johnson Lake and of course the famous Lake Louise site.

Many guests come to admire the breathtaking mountain scenery in the National Park. Many trails are easily accessible and take you to stunning mountain sceneries and rustic or exciting mid-way shelters. Do it like the pioneers and travel by dog sled along frozen lakes and old forest or just enjoy playing in the Park.

Walk around and search for wildlife tracks around Banff, we can help finding the best places. Banff offers curling, ice-walking, fishing. Enjoy.

Banff is a real city and offers numbers of exciting shopping opportunities, coffee shops, restaurants, gear rental places. There is always lots going on, ask us for cultural highlights or for the cinema.

Just check-out our suggestions about where to go what to do or look at our facebook page picture albums.

Christmas is coming early to Banff National Park, join us this Saturday, December 5th!

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The Winterstart Festival offers a variety of FREE events and activities catered to the young and young at heart. Christmas in the Courtyard  11:30am – 3:00pm –  Bison Courtyard, 211 Bear St. Holiday jubilation fills the streets of Banff with fun activities on Bear Street the whole family can enjoy, such as dancing, stories & Christmas carols. Holiday Wagon Rides 11:00am – 4:00pm – Banff Trail Riders Store, 132 Banff Ave. Take a memorable tour through the streets of wintery Banff by horse and wagon. Tours are free...

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Discounted multi-day ski passes for 2015/2016 season!

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The ski hills are all up and running and the forecast is for snowy weather with 25cm of new snow expected in the next week!! Looking to ski during your stay? We now offer special discounted ski passes, only available at The Blue Mountain Lodge! We offer multi-day lift passes interchangeable at Mt. Norquay, The Lake Louise Ski Resort and Sunshine Village Resort, which includes specified use of ski shuttles, free night skiing at Mt Norquay when available (anticipated for Jan 8th – February 27th), as well as free tubing at Mt Norquay for the...

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The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival Nov 1-9 2014

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The Banff Mountain Film and Book festival kicked off on November the 1st for nine days of the world’s best mountain films, books, and speakers. Experience the adventure of climbing, mountain expeditions, remote cultures, and the world’s last great wild places – all brought to life at The Banff Centre. The Festival offers a diverse range of experiences for the thousands of people who visit Banff to attend this world-class event. 2014 events and guest speakers include:  Cerro Torre with David Lama,  Will Gadd: Frozen Titans – and films,...

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Where and what to explore when in Banff?

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Where and what to explore when in Banff?

Banff is the jewel of the Canadian Rockies. We suggest planning enough time in the area to visit Lake Louise and the Teahouses, Moraine Lake and Larch Valley (in September this valley is covered in yellow larches surrounded by ten snow-covered mountain peaks), Johnston Canyon (but don’t miss out the magic of the Inkpots as many people do), and the Minnewanka Loop (3 lakes, each more beautiful than the other. If you are lucky Mt Rundle is mirrored in Two Jack Lake). One of Banff’s main tourist attractions, the Gondola, takes you to the top of...

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Winter Guide – Our Suggestions

Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 in Winter | Comments Off on Winter Guide – Our Suggestions

Winter Guide – Our Suggestions

We suggest planning enough time in the area to visit Lake Louise, Johnston Canyon including PaintPots, Marble Canyon, the Hoodoos, Lake Minnewanka and to take the Gondola up to Sulphur Mountain. And if you think…

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Staying Overnight in Banff Back-Country Shelters

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Staying Overnight in Banff Back-Country Shelters

There is usually enough wood provided but you will have to bring at least some great tinder, a newspaper and a lighter or matches to start the fire. You will sleep on wooden planks meaning that a sleeping bag and optionally a sleeping pad…

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Snowshoeing in Banff

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Snowshoeing in Banff

Cascade Mountain: Starting from Mt Norquay ski area from the last ski lift the trail goes to the river and to Cascade Amphitheatre. Here we usually keep our right and make our way to the ridge of Cascade Mountain following it to…

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Cross Country Skiing

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Cross Country Skiing

  • Spray river loop – Starting behind the Banff Springs Hotel it leads through a beautiful valley on both sides of a stream. 5-11 km
  • Lake Minnewanka road trail – Half of the Minnewanka Loop is closed in Winter and becomes a groomed cross country trail 5-10 km
  • Cascade fire road – Leads on an old fire road into the backcountry behind Cascade Mountain 10-20 km

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Ski Touring & Mountaineering

Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 in Winter | Comments Off on Ski Touring & Mountaineering

Ski Touring & Mountaineering

Cold weather and lots of snow makes ski touring and ski-mountaineering an unforgettable experience. In comparisons to other destinations there is less humidity and water in the snow making it light and fluffy. Ice does not form until…

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Biking/Cycling in Banff

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in summer | Comments Off on Biking/Cycling in Banff

Biking/Cycling in Banff

The Legacy trail is connecting Banff to Canmore and is one of the most accessible bike routes in this area. Minnewanka loop is a scenic on paved road trail travelling at the foot of Cascade Mountain, passing by Johnson lake and…

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Mountaineering & Climbing in Banff

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in summer | Comments Off on Mountaineering & Climbing in Banff

Mountaineering & Climbing in Banff

Banff has a mountain and mountaineering atmosphere and sometimes encourages and teases guests to do some exciting climbing or mountaineering. We can help finding amazing mountain guides for all types of…

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Scrambles In and Around Banff

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Scrambles In and Around Banff

Cascade Mountain is a great scramble. Drive up to Mt Norquay ski hill and hike to the last ski lift. Find the trail which goes to the river, go over the bridge and hike up to the natural amphitheatre. From here go to…

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Best Hikes in Banff

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Best Hikes in Banff

Caldron Lake Beautiful lake above Peyto lake. Start at the viewing platform and continue downhill heading west to the beginning of the lake. Continue toward the creek, cross it at the bridge. From there you will see…

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Sightseeing

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in summer | Comments Off on Sightseeing

Sightseeing

Where to go, what to do?

Banff is the jewel of the Canadian Rockies. We suggest planning enough time in the area to visit Lake Louise and the Teahouses, Moraine Lake and Larch Valley (in September this valley is

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Summer Planning

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Summer Planning

What and how much sightseeing can be done in a full day? Day A : Bow Falls, Banff Springs Hotel, Sulphur Mountain, Hoodoos, Cave and Basin, Marsh Loop, Fenland Trail, Vermilion Lakes. (ev. Walk to Sundance Canyon). Day B: Ruins and story of the city of Bankhead, Johnston Lake, Two Jack Lake with exciting view on Mt Rundle, Lake Minnewanka, Stewart Canyon, Mt Norquay Lookout, Johnston Canyon (Inkpots), Fireweeds, Marble Canyon, Paint Pots, walk to the toe of Stanley Glacier. Day C: Canmore, Kananaskis Country loop, Chester Lake and its...

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Room 8 – The Trapper's Cabin

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Room 8 – The Trapper's Cabin

Small top floor theme room with two double beds and one single bed tucked in below sloped pine ceilings. Authentic decor includes a bear skin and tools of the era.

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Room 9 – The Cowboy Bunkhouse

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Room 9 – The Cowboy Bunkhouse

Small historic cabin with separate private entrance. Queen and single bed. Authentic décor includes a Buffalo skin, old saddle, guns and cowboy gear of the era.

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Room 7 – The Beaver Lodge

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Room 7 – The Beaver Lodge

Small 3rd floor theme room, air-conditioned, with a queen and single bed. Small and cozy room under sloped ceilings. Authentic decor includes logs and branches chewed by wild Canadian beaver.

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Room 6Q – Prospector's Cabin

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Room 6Q – Prospector's Cabin

Slightly larger room with separate private entrance. Romantic electric stove. One queen bed. Mountain...

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Room 5

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Room 5

Small room with queen & single bed on first floor. Great mountain...

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