7 reasons adventurers need a tri-area ski pass in Banff & Lake Louise

If you’re longing to satisfy your snow-lust at the world-class ski hills of Banff & Lake Louise, we have good news for you! You’re spoilt for choice between 3 breathtaking local resorts – Mt Norquay, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Sunshine Village.

Even better news? You can easily enjoy them all with the one lift ticket! Here are 7 ways adventurers get more powder for their pennies with a tri-area ski pass.

Lake Louise Noel Hendrickson

1. You can go with the snow

With a tri-area lift ticket you can choose your ski resort each day according to the snowfall! Sunshine Village might receive the biggest powder dump on one day, then Lake Louise 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 Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine ski conditions and snow reports. These are updated daily by 8:00am throughout the ski season.

Sunshine Village powder
Image via @lukesudermann on Instagram.

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 tri-area lift ticket. Daily shuttle services run from selected hotels and convenient pick up locations throughout the towns of Banff & Lake Louise – so you can enjoy your après in the knowledge that your transport is sorted!

Treat your tastebuds during Banff's Big Taste. Photo: Paul Zizka

3. Enjoy exclusive deals and discounts

Everyone loves a good deal, and the benefits of your tri-area lift ticket go far beyond the hill. From decadent dining and drink deals, to spa treatment and gear rental 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 tri-area lift ticket purchase: discounts at the Banff Ski Hub, Cedar & Sage Co spa and massage, Toque Canadian Pub, Banff Tea Co, and High Rollers pizza and bowling bar (downtown Banff). At the resorts, you’ll enjoy food and beverage deals at establishments including Lone Pine and Cascade Lodge (Mt Norquay), Northface Bistro, Kuma Yama Japanese restaurant and Timberwolf Pizza & Pasta (Lake Louise), and Creekside restaurant (Sunshine Village). Look out for a full list of perks when you receive your tri-area lift ticket.

Lake Louise Noel Hendrickson

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

Buying a tri-area lift ticket for 3 or more days gets you a complimentary pass to the world-famous Banff Hot Springs. It also gives you the freedom to use the 3-day ticket over 5 days. So, if you select a 3-day lift ticket which includes 2 grace-days, you can ski for 3 days in total and enjoy 2 rest days within that 5-day window.  Multi day tickets save you money – the more you ski the less you pay per day! And, when you purchase your tri-area lift ticket online 21 days (or more) prior to arrival you can save even more!

Enjoy a relaxing soak with great mountain views at Banff Upper Hot Springs. Photo: Travel Alberta.
Enjoy a relaxing soak with great mountain views at Banff Upper Hot Springs. Photo: Travel Alberta.

5. Sample all 3 local resorts

A tri-area lift ticket is your golden ticket to avoiding major FOMO (fear of missing out). This sought-after pass gives you access to 3 iconic resorts: Mt Norquay, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Sunshine Village. The three resorts boast a combined 8,000 acres of skiing, 2 gondolas, 26 chairlifts and 334 named runs.

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!

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 maximise your powder-shredding and corduroy-cruising time before heading over to Tube Town, the most exciting tube park in the Rockies. Tubing is included as part of your tri-area ticket, just head into Guest Services to pick up your special tubing ticket.

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!

Sunshine Village

Known for its dry champagne powder that lasts all season — from November until late May — Sunshine Village 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. Sunshine Village is located on the spine of the continental divide, so you can ski in two provinces while enjoying endless views of the Rockies.

Sunshine Village Reuben Krabbe

6. Ski multiple resorts in a day, then carve into the night

Reached the end of a powder-filled day at Sunshine Village or Lake Louise, then decided you want to hit a few extra runs after dark? A tri-area lift ticket allows you to continue the carve-on with night skiing at Mt Norquay every Friday night in January & February. And the best part? You’ll have ticked two resorts off your list — and it’s considered only one day on your lift ticket!

Mt Norquay Banff Night Skiing

7. Skip the window ticket lines

Want to feel like a VIP? If you book your tri-area 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!

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Ready to shred?

You can easily purchase your tri-area lift ticket online.

Tip: if you’re a first-time visitor to Banff & Lake Louise, our travel checklist might also come in handy.

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

Sunshine Village Paul Zizka

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