Prep for the Holidays with SkiBig3

Making a visit to Banff National Park and SkiBig3’s resorts before Christmas may just be the best prep plan since your grandmother discovered the auto-start oven function for the holiday turkey.

Avoid the crowds, get in your first turns for the season on our friendly terrain, and cross off all those last-minute Christmas items, too!

Photo by Paul Zizka
Photo by Paul Zizka

Cross off Christmas Wish Lists

A visit down Banff Ave decked out in the holiday bells and whistles is a present in itself. It also offers endless opportunities to pick up any last-minute Christmas necessities – from tree trimmings to that hard-to-buy-for family member. Your SkiBig3 Lift Tickets gets you discounts at select stores in Banff, whether you’re looking for a fresh pair of goggles, quality ski socks or the perfect tea blend.

Christmas Crafts Market at Warner Stables

What’s more, the 2018 Banff Christmas Market runs November 22nd to 24th and brings together artisans from across the country. Take your pick from unique, hand-crafted items that you won’t find anywhere else in the world to wrap up for your loved ones.

Get in the Holiday Spirit (Without the Crowds!)

While the holidays are prime time to take a ski vacation, making a visit a few weeks early has its own perks. Banff and Lake Louise are well into the holiday spirit by the end of November, so you won’t miss out on the festive feels by popping in beforehand.

Christmas in a castle at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel.
Photo by Kelly MacDonald

Even better, you’ll be able to take in the magic while the streets are relatively calm and the slope skiers dispersed. As the snow continues to accumulate on the mountains, more and more terrain continues to open up at Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Mt Norquay. Your last-minute options for accommodation are more varied as well. Check out our current availability to see for yourself!

Warm Up Your Ski Legs for the Season

The SkiBig3 resorts offer a wide selection of terrain no matter the mountain or your skill level, making it a fantastic option for your first turns of the season. And our complimentary shuttle between your accommodation and all three resorts carries this sense of ease from the slopes right up to your hotel doorstep.

Photo by Reuben Krabbe
Photo by Reuben Krabbe

There’s plenty of early-season ski-spiration at our resorts before the holidays hit. Watch the pros at the 2018 Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup, running November 24th-25th (Men’s Downhill & Super-G) and November 30th – December 2nd (Ladies Downhill & Super-G).

World Cup weekend Dec 1-2, kicks the celebrations up a notch with a Mini Food & Drink Market. Treat yourself with mulled wine, hot chocolate, pretzels and sausages. Or try out complimentary craft beer samples from Banff Ave Brewing Co. Photo opportunities will be abound as the first ice sculptures of the season will be in place – a taste of what’s to come for the Ice Magic Festival in the new year.

Photo courtesy of Sherpas Cinema
Photo courtesy of Sherpas Cinema

And the early season prep-check-list doesn’t end there. Book a lesson to tune up your skills with one of our instructors, or at any of the three resorts themselves. Or for the intermediate to advanced skier and rider, a SkiBig3 Private Lesson will get you up close and personal with our resorts.

Need a rest day to let the first day thigh burn cool off? Our flexible multi-day SkiBig3 Lift Tickets allow you to pick and choose what days to hit the slopes, and what days to kick back.

Why put off what you can do now? Get in your holiday prep by booking a visit to Banff and Lake Louise with our SkiBig3 vacations. Talk to our Reservations Team today!

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Skier at Sunshine Village in Banff National Park.