5 Ways Guided Adventures & Lessons Take Your Ski Trip to the Next Level

Want to know how to find the best powder, rapidly boost your ski skills and get the most out of your Banff and Lake Louise winter adventure?

We have the answer: tap into the insider knowledge of qualified local experts. And we know where to find the best.

Our ski lessons offer expert instruction from the best snow professionals in Banff and Lake Louise, while our Guided Adventure program focuses on increasing your mileage and getting to know the best terrain for your ability. They’ll help you take your adventure to the next level: equal parts fun, memorable and safe. Here’s how.

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A day at Banff Sunshine Village with the Guided Adventures program. Photo by Jillian Tester

1. Explore the best of all Ski Big 3 resorts with one expert guide

If you’re an adventurer seeking exploration while boosting your skills, you’re in luck. The Guided Adventures program is structured over three days at all Ski Big 3 resorts: Mt. Norquay, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Sunshine Village. Consider it a Banff National Park ski safari.

On top of learning from a certified Guided Adventures snow pro, you’ll get the inside scoop on where to find the best powder and most stunning views at three of Canada’s most iconic resorts. Want to find runs that are absolutely perfect for your skill level? Your Guided Adventures expert knows these resorts like the back of their mitt, and will guide you to those hidden gems and stashes.

While the focus of this program is not on technique improvement, our Guided Adventures pros are certified ski instructors who are happy to give tips and feedback on perfecting your style. Having the same guide for all three days will likely improve your skill level as they work with you throughout your journey.

SkiBig3 Guided Adventure group at Banff Sunshine Village, Banff National Park.
Photo by Jillian Tester.

2. Skyrocket your confidence with just a few lessons

You’re probably a lot more capable than you think. After just a few lessons, many skiers experience a huge boost in confidence which allows them to enjoy the Banff and Lake Louise terrain and conditions even more. Instructors are recruited for their expertise, patience, people skills and track record of helping others boost their skills in a short amount of time.

While the idea of trying to teach yourself to ski might sound more independent, expert guidance from our snow pros means you’ll minimize the bails and maximize the fun. The more efficiently you learn, the more confidence you’ll gain, and the more memorable your experience will be.

Ski Guide Brad Nauman leads a bunch of skiers through Upper Canyon at Sunshine Village.
Ski Guide Brad Nauman leads a bunch of skiers through Upper Canyon at Sunshine Village.

3. Build your skills in great company

On Guided Adventures with our certified instructors, the vibe is friendly, warm and very fun which makes outings feel as though you’re part of a private club with like-minded adventurers. Groups are developed based on skill level, so whether you’re a seasoned veteran or more comfortable on blue runs, you’ll be in great company.

Exploring all three Ski Big 3 mountains with the same instructor and the same fellow skiers means you’re likely to make some great friends by the end of the program. There’s nothing like the excitement of a shared challenge.

And the friendly atmosphere doesn’t have to end once you’ve finished the program. Some of Banff National Park’s most knowledgeable locals are Ski Friends and Snow Hosts at Mt Norquay, The Lake Louise Ski Resort and Sunshine Village. These friendly faces host daily tours at the resorts and they are delighted to answer your questions or be your ski buddy.

Guided Adventures
Photo by Jillian Tester.

4. Stay safer on the slopes

Like any sport, skiing has its risks. Learning good habits and proper technique from the start means you’re much more likely to avoid injuring yourself or someone else.

Guided Adventures and ski lessons have been carefully designed with your safety and enjoyment in mind.  Our Snow Pros consider it their mission to help you finish each day feeling invigorated and in top shape for your next adventure.

SkiBig3 Guided Adventures on Wild Fire at Goat's Eye.
Photo by Jillian Tester

5. Find your perfect fit with lessons for all abilities

While Guided Adventures is best suited for skiers with an intermediate or higher ability, our ski lessons welcome all levels. You might be a brand-new beginner who’s never seen snow and wants to experience the joy of skiing for the first time. Or you might have ample ski experience, but it may have been a while since you last hit the slopes. Or you might be interested in enrolling your little one in kids’ lessons – the fastest way for kids to learn essential skiing skills focused on safety, adventure, instruction and fun. Or perhaps you’re a snow-seeker interested in a Guided Adventure tour to find the best powder.

Regardless of your experience level, between Guided Adventures and ski lessons, you’ll find the perfect group where instruction is tailored for you and your fellow skiers.

Guided Adventures at Banff Sunshine Village
Photo by Jillian Tester

Ready to take your adventure to the next level? Have questions?

If three days across the three resorts doesn’t line up with your plans, private and single-day Guided Adventures and Ski Big 3 group lessons are also available. While snowboarding lessons are not offered with Ski Big 3, they are available individually at the resorts.

To book your ski vacation at Ski Big 3, check out our featured ski and stay vacation packages, or call us at 1-844-754-2443: our friendly Reservations Team are here to help!

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  • Kate Saunders


    We have our hotel and lift passes booked with yourselves and I wish to enquire on ski lessons. We have 4 children 2 aged 13 and 1 who is 11 and 1 that is 9 all at similar levels I wondered how much group ski school would be in April and how much private lessons will be? Thank you Kind Regards

    • Sarah Pearson

      We’ll have our reservations team reach out to find the best opportunity for you and your family.

  • May Mon Post

    My seven-year-old son and I (we are basically similar in our levels) would like to take group lessons and/or do a guided tour while we are there in early December 2019. Wondering if group lessons would be better, or if guided tours would be better, or what the combo should be if we want to do both. We can devote 4 days total to this. Thank you in advance.

    • Sarah Pearson

      Group lessons are typically broken into Adult and Children’s levels because learning styles are so very different. If you are keen to have a lesson that includes both you and your son, we would recommend a private lesson so it is customized exclusively for your family needs.

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Hot water turns to ice on a cold day at Lake Louise Ski Resort. Photo: Luke Sudermann.Lake Louise Ski Resort by Luke Sudermann