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Top 9 Ski Runs in Banff National Park

With almost 8,000 acres of terrain to explore over three resorts, finding the sweetest spots on the mountain could be a tad time consuming. So to help you find some of the favorites, here is a list of the groomer, trees and epic runs locals tend to hit first.

Cruisy Corduroy

These groomed beauties are perfect for a novice or for your warm up laps.

Mt. Norquay

"hEaD Hunter" (#37) off the Spirit Chair is a wide-open green run appropriate for everyone.  The trick is to get off the chair at the mid-station stop - if you continue up to the top be ready for a  steeper blue pitch to start.

Lake Louise Ski Resort

While the front side offers spectacular groomers with views of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, it's Larch (#148) on the  backside that gets groomed daily which locals flock to for corduroy bliss.

Banff Sunshine

South Divide (#29), off the top of the Divide Chair, is a blue groomer that offers an expanse of peaks that stretches to the horizon. Zig-zag down the run and ski in Alberta and British Columbia on a single run! Bucket list material.

Glades of Glory

If you can manage to peel yourself away from the panoramic views for a few laps, go spend some time in the trees - you won't be disappointed!

Mt. Norquay

The Norquay 90 Glades (#51) are the latest addition to the Mt Norquay family. Part of newly opened terrain for the 2015/16 season, they are so new that some locals haven't even had the chance to explore them yet!

Lake Louise Ski Resort

Ptarmigan Glades (#67) requires a bit of skill but with the right conditions these trees will have you grinning. Check out this great video from Mike Moynihan of The Lake Louise Ski Resort.

Banff Sunshine

Star Trek (#62), a tree run off the Wawa Chair, is a relatively cruisy and forgiving glade but if you are up for a challenge, head to Hell's Kitchen (#81) off Goat's Eye chair.

Legendary Laps

If epic is what you are after, these are the must-do runs that make up the stuff of legends.

Mt. Norquay

The Lone Pine (#3) run off the North American chair (or "The Big Chair" as its known to locals) is possibly the most epic bump run around. So much so - Mt Norquay use to host an annual race called "The Mountain Burner" to see how many Lone Pine laps contestants could squeeze into three hours. The views of Banff are worth the leg burn!

Lake Louise Ski Resort

Ride the Summit Chair button lift to the top of Mt. Whitehorn and hit any of the runs down the backside (#120-130).  This back bowl is the stuff of legends particularly since the aspect tends to catch windblown snow.

Banff Sunshine

Delirium Dive (#91) is some of the most challenging skiable terrain within a resort boundary.  Requiring avi gear to enter, the expansive freeride zone will impress and challenge even the strongest shredder in your crew.

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