How To SkiBig3
SkiBig3 in Banff National Park can seem, well, big. With three stunning ski resorts – Banff Sunshine Village, Lake Louise Ski Resort, and Mt. Norquay – two mountain towns, and one national park to discover, there’s a lot of ground to cover during a winter ski vacation here. Here at SkiBig3, we help you make the very most of it by cutting down on the logistics and stress, allowing you ample time to make memories to last a life time.
GOT ARRIVAL QUESTIONS?
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Airport shuttles will conveniently transport you to and from the Calgary International Airport (YYC), dropping you at your hotel doorstep in Banff and Lake Louise. Call our Reservations Specialists to book and confirm your reservations.
COLLECTING LIFT TICKETS
If you pre-ordered your SkiBig3 Lift Ticket more than 72 hours prior to arrival, your lift tickets will be waiting for you at your hotel front-desk or concierge. Last minute requests and purchases can be picked up from the SkiBig3 Adventure Hub.
PICK UP RENTALS
The SkiBig3 Adventure Hub provides an extensive fleet of Demo, High Performance, and Intermediate Ski & Snowboard Gear. Once you’ve been sized up at the shop the night before you go skiing, we’ll deliver the gear to your hotel so you can check out the town.
SKI SHUTTLES TO RESORTS
Ski shuttle service is available free of charge to all skiers and riders. Jump on a shuttle at one of the many Banff or Lake Louise hotel stops, and ride comfortably and safely to Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Mt. Norquay. Easy peezy.
Tips for Staying Cozy Warm
Enjoy more time on the slopes by being prepared for winter weather. Here are some tips on how to stay warm while on the hill:
During ski season in Banff National Park, as a general rule, up top, you’ll need one or two thermal base layers, a breathable, lightweight and insulated mid-layer, then a water-resistant ski jacket. Be sure to button up the jacket’s internal powder skirt to keep you dry if you fall in the snow. The golden rule of layering: cotton is not your friend on the ski hill. It tends to hold moisture making sweat a liability.
Winter’s chill can seep through even the best mitts and socks. While not essential, hand and foot warmers can provide some extra warmth to keep your extremities comfortable and ready to go all day. Pick them up at The SkiBig3 Adventure Hub or one of the on-mountain retail stores at Mt Norquay, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Banff Sunshine Village.
On particularly chilly days, exposed skin can get cold fast. Prioritize a cozy nose with a full-face balaclava, or a fleece buff that be adjusted from above your nose to under your chin. Always have a clean neck tube or buff as part of your clothing plan – these relatively inexpensive items are key to keeping the winter chill at bay.
Hours of skiing or snowboarding on a particularly cold day can leave you feeling chilly. That’s why quick breaks are a good way to beat winter’s chill in between runs. Try heading out for one or two runs before taking a breather in the warmth of the on-mountain lodges. After a short rest indoors you’ll be warmed up and ready to hit the snow again in no time.
Want other tips and tricks on how to stay wam? Take a look at our blog on 8 Easy Ways to Stay Warm When Skiing & Riding!