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.

Winter Guide – Our Suggestions

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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

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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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