7 Reasons Banff Adventurers Need a SkiBig3 Lift Ticket

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7 Reasons Banff Adventurers Need a SkiBig3 Lift Ticket

If you’re longing to satisfy your snow-lust at the world-class ski hills of Banff and Lake Louise, we have good news for you! You’re spoilt for choice between three breathtaking local resorts – Banff Sunshine Village, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Mt Norquay.

Even better news? You can easily enjoy them all with the one lift ticket! Here are seven ways adventurers get more powder for their pennies with a SkiBig3 Lift Ticket.

Enjoy pass perks with your SkiBig3 Lift Ticket
 Enjoy pass perks with your SkiBig3 Lift Ticket

One ticket, three resorts

1. Follow the snow

With a SkiBig3 Lift Ticket you can choose your ski resort each day according to the snowfall! Banff Sunshine Village might receive the biggest powder dump on one day, then Lake Louise Ski Resort or Mt Norquay on the next. Enjoy the flexibility of waking up in the morning and going where the weather forecast is Pow-Town!

Tip: you can keep your finger on the mountains’ pulse by checking the SkiBig3 ski conditions and snow reports or better yet, download the SkiBig3 App and enjoy updates on the fly.

Powder Alert, December 2021, Banff Sunshine Village, photo by Jillian Tester
Powder Alert December 2021, Banff Sunshine Village, photo by Jillian Tester

2. Leave the car at home and enjoy your après

Does sipping post-slope cocktails and leaving the driving to someone else sound like your style? Then you’re in luck: a regular ski shuttle service is included free of charge with your SkiBig3 Lift Ticket. Daily shuttle services run from selected hotels and convenient pick up locations throughout the towns of Banff and Lake Louise – so you can enjoy your après in the knowledge that your transport is sorted!

Enjoy a bite to eat at the Lone Pine Grill, Mt Norquay. Photo by John Price
Enjoy a bite to eat at the Lone Pine Grill, Mt Norquay. Photo by John Price

3. Enjoy exclusive deals and discounts

Everyone loves a good deal, and the benefits of your SkiBig3 Lift Ticket go far beyond the hill. From decadent dining and drink deals, to yoga passes and activity discounts, you’ll get more bang for your buck with special offers at many local favourites.

Here’s a taste of some of the perks you can look forward to with a SkiBig3 Lift Ticket purchase: discounts at the SkiBig3 Adventure Hub, Banff Yoga Practice drop-in classes, and savings on evening ice walks with Discover Banff Tours. At the resorts, you’ll enjoy food and beverage deals at establishments including Lone Pine Pub in the Cascade Lodge (Mt Norquay) and Creekside Restaurant (Banff Sunshine Village). 

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With the SkiBig3 Pass Perks, you can enjoy discounts on lots of local experiences – like an ice walk with Discover Banff Tours. | Photo by Banff Lake Louise Tourism

4. Save dollars when you buy a multi-day ticket

Buying a SkiBig3 Lift Ticket for 3 or more days gives you the freedom to use the three-day ticket over five days. So, if you select a three-day lift ticket which includes two grace-days, you can ski for three days in total and enjoy two rest days within that five-day window.  Multi-day tickets save you money – the more you ski the less you pay per day! And, when you purchase your SkiBig3 Lift Ticket online 21 days (or more) prior to arrival you can save even more! Need more information to understand rest days – check out our Grace Day Blog.

5. Sample All Three Local Ski Resorts

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Lake Louise Ski Resort is home to West Bowl – an amazing freeride area full of trees, chutes, gullies, and tasty powder pockets. | Photo by Philip Forsey

A SkiBig3 Lift Ticket is your golden ticket to avoiding major FOMO (fear of missing out). This sought-after pass gives you access to three iconic resorts: Banff Sunshine Village, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Mt Norquay. The three resorts boast a combined 8,000 acres of skiing.

At each unique resort you’ll discover a snowy smorgasbord of activities, including skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowshoeing, alpine dining and après options – so you’ll never run out of things to see and do!

Plan a trip to explore all three

Banff Sunshine 

Known for its dry champagne powder that lasts all season — from November until late May — Banff Sunshine boasts the longest snow season in the Rocky Mountains. Enjoy the scenic gondola ride to the top of this mighty mountain where you’ll find some of Canada’s best powder and favourite resort atmosphere. Banff Sunshine is located on the spine of the continental divide, so you can ski in two provinces while enjoying endless views of the Rockies.

Lake Louise Ski Resort

The breathtaking scenery and unbeatable runs at Lake Louise make this resort a pow-lover’s paradise. Lake Louise is particularly well-equipped for intermediate to advanced skiers and riders, boasting an abundance of blue, black and diamond runs across 4,200 acres. Breathtaking scenery of glaciers and some of the highest peaks in the Rockies is the icing on the cake!

Mt Norquay

Looking for a relaxed vibe that’s perfect for the whole family? Mt Norquay is a must-do! Just five minutes from the town of Banff, Norquay is head of the pack for ease of accessibility. Don’t miss the views from the Cliffhouse Bistro, a must-see when visiting Norquay.  Don’t worry, if the black diamond runs from this lift are too much for your legs, you can enjoy a chair-lift download.

Hit the slopes early to maximize your powder-shredding and corduroy-cruising time before heading over to Tube Town, the most exciting tube park in the Rockies. Once you have skied at Norquay, tubing is included as part of your SkiBig3 Lift Ticket, just head into Guest Services to pick up your special tubing ticket.

SkiBig3 Lift Ticket holders can both ski & tube on the same day at Mt Norquay.
 SkiBig3 Lift Ticket holders can both ski & tube on the same day at Mt Norquay.

#SkiBig3Trifecta

Ski all three resorts over the span of your vacation? Bring your lift ticket in to the SkiBig3 Adventure Hub to cash in on a commemorative trail sign or badge. Then, head across the street to the Elk & Oarsman  or down the block to the St. James Gate to enjoy a free beer (or pop) with purchase of some food. Share your hard-earned accomplishment on social by using the #SkiBig3Trifecta hashtag. Trifecta Challenge Details.

Take the #SkiBig3Trifecta - ski all three resorts during your vacation and collect your Trifecta Award.
 Take the #SkiBig3Trifecta – ski all three resorts during your vacation and collect your Trifecta Award.

6. Ski Multiple Resorts In a Day, Then Carve Into the Night

Reached the end of a powder-filled day at Banff Sunshine Village or Lake Louise Ski Resort, then decided you want to hit a few extra runs after dark? A SkiBig3 Lift Ticket allows you to continue the carve-on with night skiing at Mt. Norquay every Friday & Saturday night between January and March (start and end dates vary from season to season.) And the best part? You’ll have ticked two resorts off your list — and it’s considered only one day on your SkiBig3 Lift Ticket!

Night skiing at Mt. Norquay.
 Photo courtesy of Mt. Norquay.

7. Skip The Window Ticket Lines

Want to feel like a VIP? If you book your SkiBig3 Lift Ticket in advance, we’ll deliver your tickets directly to your hotel. This way you can spend less time queuing ­– and more time carving! Learn more about our ticket delivery and how it all works.

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 Skiers and snowboarders were all smiles as Banff Sunshine powdered up their gondola to bring guests into the upper village. | Photo by Josh Segeleski

The more you ski the more you save

Ready to shred?

You can easily purchase your SkiBig3 lift ticket online. Sign up for the SkiBig3 Newsletter and be the first to hear about Flash Sales and special lift ticket promotions throughout the season.

Tip: if you’re a first-time visitor to Banff & Lake Louise, our travel checklist might also come in handy – and don’t forget to download the SkiBig3 App for conditions, webcams, shuttle schedules, perks and more.

Don’t forget to share your adventures with us by tagging #SkiBig3, #MyBanff, and #SkiBig3Trifecta!

To book your next ski vacation with SkiBig3, check out our featured ski and stay vacation packages or call us at 1-844-754-2443.

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