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10-day ski trip itinerary to Banff and Lake Louise from Australia

Get ready for an epic adventure as you swap the sunny beaches of Australia for the snow-covered mountains of the Canadian Rockies on a thrilling 10-day ski trip to SkiBig3! Imagine carving through pristine powder, surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, with access to three incredible ski resorts at your fingertips: Banff Sunshine Village, Lake Louise Ski Resort, and Mt. Norquay. This action-packed itinerary promises plenty of thrills, authentic Canadian experiences, and time to explore the majestic towns of Banff and Lake Louise.

Whether you’re a seasoned skier or a snowboarding newbie, SkiBig3 offers something for everyone. Pack your sense of adventure (and your warmest gear) as we dive into an unforgettable journey through the Canadian Rockies. It's time to hit the slopes, make some snow angels, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Let's go!


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Welcome to Banff! Skiers and snowboarders crossing the road in the Town of Banff | Photo by Grant Gunderson

Day 1: Arrive into Calgary and Drive to Banff

Morning: Depart from Australia.

It's holiday time! Get ready to board your flight to Calgary.

Evening: Arrive at Calgary International Airport.

After you've landed at Calgary Airport, you're just a scenic 90-minute drive along the Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy #1) from the stunning town of Banff. If you prefer not to drive, you have the option to arrange convenient airport transfers as part of your package. Additionally,  free ski shuttles are available from various locations around town to transport you to the three resorts during your stay.

Once you arrive, you can settle into your cosy hotel in Banff or Lake Louise. If you need help choosing the perfect spot, our helpful guide has all the information you need.

Tip: Skip the hassle of lugging your gear and rent from the SkiBig3 Adventure Hub. Stop by the Adventure Hub in downtown Banff to get your rentals fitted, and we'll deliver them straight to your hotel at no extra cost. 


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Renting gear from the SkiBig3 Adventure Hub is super easy and if you're staying in a Banff hotel we can drop it off for free! | Photo by John Entwistle

Day 2: Banff Sunshine and an Explore Around the Town

All-day adventure: Banff Sunshine

Kick off your day with a hearty breakfast ready for your first day at Banff Sunshine. When you arrive at the resort, begin your journey up to the top by hopping on the multi-coloured gondola to reach Sunshine's Upper Village, nestled high in the alpine. 

Banff Sunshine is the perfect place to start your trip and ideal for getting your legs warmed up for the week ahead. If you need a quick warm-up break, take a ride on the heated Teepee Town Chairlift or glide your way back into the village. Stop by the Coco Lab for a hot chocolate and delicious energy boost or visit one of the many eateries at the resort


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Taking in the views of Banff Sunshine on the Teepee Town Chairlift | Photo by Banff Sunshine


Evening excitement: Explore Banff Town

After an adventurous day on the slopes, kick off your boots, sit back, and relax. You are on holiday after all. If you're up for some evening exploring, wander into Banff, browse the local shops, and indulge in a delicious meal at one of the many restaurants available.


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Wondering through the town of Banff after an adventure-filled day | Photo by John Entwistle

Day 3: Banff Sunshine and a visit to the Upper Hot Springs

All-day adventure: Banff Sunshine

As your confidence begins to grow on the snow, it's time to check out some more adventurous terrain at Banff Sunshine. Challenge yourself to some black diamond chutes at Goat's Eye or test your skills through the trees on Rollercoaster. For those looking to practice their tricks, head to one of the many terrain parks at the resort. Whether you're starting at the beginner-friendly Kids Play Park or taking on the more advanced features at the Great Divide Park, there's something for every skill level. 


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Practising some advanced tricks in the Divide Park at Banff Sunshine | Photo by Dan Evans


Evening relaxation: Banff Upper Hot Springs

After another thrilling day at Banff Sunshine, unwind with a visit to the Banff Upper Hot Springs. Immerse yourself in the soothing, mineral-rich waters and let your muscles rejuvenate after a fun-filled day on the slopes. 


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Relaxing in the Upper Hot Springs after an adventurous day on the mountain | Photo by Banff and Lake Louise Tourism / Noel Hendrickson

Day 4: Explore Banff National Park

After two days of exploring the mountains at Banff Sunshine, you might be ready to rest your legs and discover the beauty of Banff National Park. Your SkiBig3 Lift Ticket comes with "grace days", perfect for taking rest days during your trip. For example, a 6 out of 8-day ticket allows you to ski for 6 days within 8 days, giving you 2 days to relax at your own pace. 

There's so much to ski and do in Banff National Park. Explore the winter wonderland with exciting adventures like dog sledding or ice climbing. Or, if you're after more relaxed experiences opt for some of the wellness and cultural activities. Whether you're immersing yourself in the stunning scenery or exploring the vibrant arts and culture scene, Banff and Lake Louise promise an unforgettable experience.


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Dog sledding through a winter wonderland | Photo by Mat Wilder

Day 5: Lake Louise Ski Resort and the Iconic Lake

All-day adventure: Lake Louise Ski Resort

After exploring Banff National Park, it's time to hit the slopes again but this time, at Lake Louise Ski Resort. Renowned for its breathtaking scenery, Lake Louise offers more than just incredible views. The resort features excellent progression zones, intermediate runs accessible from every lift, and some thrilling vertical drops too. It's the perfect destination for everyone in your group to enjoy. 


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Skiing at Lake Louise Ski Resort with friends surrounded by mountain views | Photo by Reuben Krabbe


Afternoon explorations: Visit the iconic Lake Louise

Extend your day of adventure by heading to the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, after hitting the slopes, to see the iconic lake. Glide across its stunning frozen surface on ice skates (which can be rented from the hotel), while soaking in the majestic mountain surroundings. Afterwards, step inside the elegant Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and unwind with a drink at the Fairview Bar and Restaurant, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the lake and mountains. 



Ice skating on Lake Louise | Photo by Travel Alberta


Evening relaxation: Return to Banff

After another active day in the Canadian Rockies, return to your hotel for some much-needed rest. Once you're feeling refreshed, take a stroll through Banff and choose a new cuisine for tonight's meal of choice.


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Enjoying a heart-warming meal at Bluebird and relaxing after a day on the mountain | Photo by Banff Hospitality Collective

Day 6: Lake Louise Ski Resort and the Banff Gondola

All-day adventure: More Adventures at Lake Louise.

With a day at Lake Louise Ski Resort under your belt, it's time to dive straight back into your favourite runs. Revisit the fun of Juniper Jungle or carve your way down the backside on Pika. When you're ready for a break, Lake Louise Ski Resort offers a variety of dining options. Warm up and recharge at Temple Lodge, savour gourmet dishes at Whitehorn Bistro, or enjoy the unique flavours at Kuma Yama. These spots are perfect for re-fueling before another exciting afternoon on the mountain. 


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Carving down the groomers at Lake Louise Ski Resort | Photo by Reuben Krabbe


Evening magic: Banff Gondola and Nightrise Experience

Finish off the day with an unforgettable ride up the Banff Gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain. Here you'll experience the magic of Nightrise, a captivating multi-sensory art installation that begins as soon as you enter the gondola. At the top, stroll along the boardwalk, take in panoramic views of the six mountain ranges in the Bow Valley, and watch the sunset over the picturesque town of Banff. It's the perfect way to end your day, surrounded by the beauty of the snow-covered mountains. 


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Taking in the panoramic views of the Bow Valley at the Nightrise experience | Photo by Travel Alberta and Youn Parl

Day 7: Mt. Norquay and Mountain Activities

Morning adventure: Mt. Norquay

Last but not least, is Mt. Norquay. Known as "Banff's Backyard" it's just a quick 10-minute drive from town, this hidden gem offers fantastic beginner terrain as well as heart-pounding steep runs like Lone Pine.

As Mt. Norquay is the final resort to be explored, once you've scanned your SkiBig3 Lift Ticket you will have completed the Trifecta Challenge. Celebrate your achievement by heading to the SkiBig3 Adventure Hub on Banff Avenue and collecting your coupon for a FREE pint of beer, with a food purchase) at the Elk & Oarsman and St. James's Gate. You'll also be able to collect your exclusive SkiBig3 Trifecta Award!


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Exploring the third SkiBig3 resort, Mt. Norquay | Photo by Reuben Krabbe


Afternoon fun: Tubing at Mt. Norquay

After your morning on the slopes, trade your skis or snowboard for a tube and head to Mt. Norquay's tubing lanes. Simply show your SkiBig3 Lift Ticket to receive a complimentary tubing ticket. Then, let loose and enjoy the thrill of spinning down the longest tubing lanes in Alberta for an afternoon filled with laughter and excitement. 


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Taking a ride down the longest tube lanes in Alberta at Mt. Norquay | Photo by Reuben Krabbe


Evening excitement: Night skiing at Mt. Norquay, then relax in Banff.

If you haven't had enough of the slopes, you can pop your skis or board back on for a few nighttime laps. Mt. Norquay offers the unique experience of night skiing and it's the only one you'll find in the Canadian Rockies. It's a favourite for locals and family-friendly too. Open Friday and Saturday nights (5 pm-9 pm) towards the end of December to March, conditions permitting. 

After a full day on the mountain (literally), head back down to Banff for a relaxing evening in the snow-globe mountain town. 


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Getting some more laps in at Mt. Norquay's night skiing | Photo by Nick Hase

Day 8: Rest Day

It's probably about time that your legs need another break from all those skiing and snowboarding adventures. With a second grace day included in your ticket, you have some more time to explore the beauty of Banff National Park and take in the sights and activities. Take a look at all the different winter activities you can do.


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Experiencing the sights of Banff National Park on an ice walk at Johnston Canyon | Photo by Travel Alberta

Day 9: Final Ski Day at Your Choice of Resort

All-day adventure: Skiing or snowboarding at your favourite resort

With the flexibility of your SkiBig3 Lift Ticket, you can choose to visit any of the three fantastic resorts as you wish. So, for your final day on the slopes take your pick and re-visit your favourite runs or explore new terrain that you didn't quite get time to try out!


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Getting ready for a final day at one of the three SkiBig3 resorts | Photo by Reuben Krabbe


Evening: Farewell dinner in Banff

For the last time, stroll into Banff for one final meal and relive all the unforgettable memories that you've made in the magical destinations of Banff and Lake Louise.


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View of Cascade Mountain from Banff Avenue on the way to the final dinner in Banff | Photo by Travel Alberta / Célestine Aerden

Day 10: Departure

Morning: Drive back to Calgary.

It's that sad time to gather your bags and start making your way back to Calgary Airport. Don't forget to pack your Trifecta Challenge award!


Evening: Depart from Calgary back to Australia.

And just like that, you enjoyed 10 magical days in the Canadian Rockies at SkiBig3. You've experienced three world-class resorts, explored two charming mountain towns, and adventured through one breathtaking National Park.


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Wildlife spotting of two elk in Banff National Park | Photo by Jason HIll


Passes: Purchase a SkiBig3 Lift Ticket for access to all three resorts and follow the snow conditions

Packages: Bundle your lodging and SkiBig3 Lift Ticket and save with our Ski & Stay package deals.

Rental Gear: Rent your gear from the SkiBig3 Adventure Hub located in Banff to avoid carrying equipment from Australia. Plus, if you're staying in a hotel in Banff we will drop it off for free!

Transportation: Consider shuttle services from the airport if you prefer not to drive. There are also free ski shuttles to the resorts from the town of Banff.

SkiBig3 App: Download the SkiBig3 App to take a look at the latest weather conditions, shuttle times and information about the three resorts as well as what to do in town. 

Ready to start planning your magical trip to Banff and Lake Louise?

If you're ready to book your 10-day ski vacation to Banff and Lake Louise, check out our Ski & Stay Packages. With great deals available you can save when you book both your lodging and lift tickets with SkiBig3. Start your booking online today, or if you need more assistance our friendly reservations team is always happy to help on our toll-free number +1-844-754-2443.

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