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The town of Banff is located within Banff National Park and is within 5-20 minute drive to some of the most popular winter resort destinations in the Canadian Rockies, commonly known as "The Big 3": Lake Louise Ski Resort, Sunshine Village, and Mt. Norquay. Not only does the town itself draw tourists and vacationers from around the world, but the area offers superb skiing and some of the best scenery in Alberta, Canada.  Banff provides lots of options for excellent lodging, dining, shopping, nightlife and the scenic town also offers a tri-area lift ticket and free transportation to all three resorts.  Tourist also come for SnowDays, a long standing tradition and month-long festival packed with events that celebrate Banff’s historic love for all things winter.

Mt. Norquay – A local favorite

Minutes from the town of Banff lies Mt. Norquay - a locals’ secret since the early 1920’s offering a more family-oriented snowboarding and skiing experience. While there are a variety of runs that range from beginner to expert, Mt. Norquay is known to be accessible to beginner skiers and those seeking to hone their skills. With excellent terrain and access to more challenging runs, Norquay provides lots of options and is sure to be a hit with everyone in a diverse group of ability levels.  And with snowmaking covering 85% of their terrain and a fully-lit terrain park, it’s the only place in the Banff area with night skiing. It is also known as the home training ground for famous Olympic and World Cup athletes.

Off the Slopes

Banff offers superb dining, shopping, après and a variety of cultural activities both on the mountains and in town. And mind you, Banff is one of Canada's more popular resort town areas with plenty of lodging options from inns, private property rentals, hotels, and motels. There are literally hundreds of shops, restaurants, galleries and such to patronize.  For some, a trip to Alberta is not complete unless it includes a side trip to the West Edmonton Mall—the world's largest shopping and entertainment complex with a wave pool, triple-loop roller coaster, shark tank, ice rink, trained dolphins, and an indoor beach.

Getting Here

Norquay is about four miles northwest of Banff, and about an hour’s drive west from Calgary on the Trans-Canada Highway.  You can fly into Calgary or Edmonton and rent a car, or take scheduled shuttle bus service directly to Banff. If you have the time, the VIA Rail journey from Vancouver in the west or Montreal in the east is an unforgettable experience.

Ski Vacation Deals

If you ski the Big 3, browse the categories here to take advantage of discounts and deals that will help you save big money on lodging, lift tickets and more when skiing the famous mountains of Banff. Take the Ski Coupons App with you on your Canadian ski vacation this year and help you stretch your budget with discounts, deals and savings on dining and activities while you’re there.

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