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Banff/Lake Louise Expert Reviews

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Banf/Lake Louise, 3 ski areas set amongst spectacular scenery!

02/11/2013
I wasn't prepared for the jaw-dropping scenery when I toured Banff and Lake Louise! Everywhere I looked, the Canadian Rockies towered above me.There are 3 ski areas near Banff and I was able to tour them all. Norquay is the closest ski area to Banff and it is the smallest of the 3 areas. Sunshine Village has the only ski-in, ski-out lodging in the Banff and Lake Louise area, and it is truly unique. The only way to get to the Sunshine Mountain Lodge is by taking a lift, riding up on a snowmobile or in a snowcoach! It is located halfway up the ski mountain. Lake Louise, with 4,200 skiable acres is the largest of the 3 ski areas. There is a common lift ticket for all 3 ski areas and a good mix of terrain for all levels of ability at each. We stayed in the iconic Banff Hot Springs Lodge and the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, both of which are truly grand hotels. We also toured the Rimrock Lodge, which has stupendous views. The hotel is built into a cliff. I didn't have time to visit the Banff Hot Springs, so that is still on my bucket list. Either way, I would definitely go back to Banff. Call me at ext 3692 or email Bill@ski.com and let's discuss a trip to Banff and Lake Louise.

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Bill Kelly
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Mountain Stats

  • 178 in of annual snowfall
  • 4201 total skiable acres
  • Top elevation 8651 ft, base 5400 ft
  • 25% beginner, 45% intermediate, 15% advanced, 1% expert
  • Projected opening: 08/11/2013
  • ProjectedClosing 11/05/2014
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