Four Ways to Take Your Canadian Rockies Ski Adventures Off the Beaten Path

While a ski vacation to SkiBig3 in Banff National Park is a once-in-a-lifetime experience in itself, we all want that extra special something to make our adventures truly authentic. Whether it be the local intel on the best powder run to hit that day, the warm Canadian hospitality to make you feel right at home, or the unique activity that you didn’t know you needed on your bucket list until you tried it.

The possibilities in Banff National Park are as vast as the mountains themselves. With a little extra research, you can bring your ski vacation from standard to supreme in no time. Here are a few ways to get started.

1) Stack Your Slope Time with Guided Adventures

Unless you’re here for an entire season, it’s nearly impossible to ski or snowboard everything that the SkiBig3 resorts offer – there’s nearly 8,000 acres of combined accessible terrain! But with our Guided Adventures program, our certified guides will take you on a personalized itinerary of the best runs and hidden pockets suited to your taste and ability. This allows you to make the most of your on-resort time and stack it full with the best experiences possible. Plus, they’re a great source of local info – from the history of Banff National Park to the best places to après.

Skiers on the Guided Adventures program at Banff Sunshine Village, Banff National Park, Canada.
Guided Adventures at Banff Sunshine Village. Photo by Jillian Tester.

2) Book a Stay at Banff’s Only Ski-In / Ski-Out Lodge

The SkiBig3 resorts are unique from other ski destinations as they are nestled within Banff National Park’s borders. With a focus on protection and preservation of our beautiful landscapes, on-resort accommodation is limited. However, the true ski lodge experience is still possible! The only ski-in/ski-out accommodation in Banff National Park can be found at the heart of Banff Sunshine Village at Sunshine Mountain Lodge. Wake up with VIP access to first tracks ahead of the gondola-goers, and end your day with a starry night hot tub soak as you eye up the next morning run.

Sunshine Mountain Lodge and Standish Express chairlift as seen from Chimney Corner Terrace.
Standish Express chairlift as seen from Chimney

3) Make the Most of Your Rest Days

To make your Canadian Rockies ski vacation truly magical, down time is just as important as slope time. Check out our ideal rest day suggestions on how to rejuvenate for another great day in the mountains. Or if you’re looking for something higher-paced, why not try these other Canadian winter adventures? All of our resorts also offer additional non-ski winter activities, from tubing to snowshoeing to sightseeing.

Woman enjoys the natural thermal waters at the Banff Upper Hot Springs, Banff National Park, Canada.
Enjoying the natural thermal waters at the Banff Upper Hot Springs. Photo by Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Noel Hendrickson.

4) Find the Hidden Gem Dining Joints

Well-crafted meals are the cornerstones of any great travel experience. They fuel our days to start off on the right foot, and they perfect the evening as we reflect on the days’ memories made. Banff National Park’s dining scene is vibrant, unique, and ever-changing. For something a little different, why not check out these hole-in-the-wall eats?

Burger and beverage spread at Eddie Burger + Bar in Banff, Alberta.
Photo courtesy of Eddie Burger + Bar.

Want to learn more about craft your own unique Canadian ski adventure? Talk to our Reservations Team today, or scroll through the online booking options! You can reach them via Live Chat, by calling 1-844-754-2443.

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Skier at Sunshine Village in Banff National Park.A skier enjoys fresh powder at the Lake Louise Ski Resort, January 2018.