Visit Banff’s Snow Days & Ice Magic Festival

Snow Days is just around the corner! This tradition in Banff started out as the Winter Carnival over 100 years ago. In 1917, the town came alive with this winter sports festival – complete with ski jumping, cross-country skiing and skijoring with horses.

Staying true to this spirit, both Snow Days and the Ice Magic Festival highlight the best sides of Banff as a winter destination, both on and off the slopes. Here’s what to expect for these multi-day events in Banff and Lake Louise!

Ice carving at Lake Louise
Photo courtesy of Lake Louise Ski Resort.

Snow and Ice Creations

The Ice Magic Festival is a world-renowned event taking place right at the heart of the Canadian Rockies – Lake Louise! With the idyllic backdrop of Victoria Glacier, ice carvers from around the world come together to compete in making their most exquisite works of ice art.

Some sculpture magic is also happening right in the town of Banff. On January 20th from 6-9pm sculptors will complete their masterpieces on Bear Street. Take it all in while cozied up next to a bonfire. Sculptures will be built throughout the town of Banff – for a map of all of the locations, click here. Another two will be built at Mt. Norquay.

If you’re at Lake Louise Ski Resort on January 19th check out ‘One Carver, One Hour, One Block‘ – a speed ice carving event as sculptors race to complete the best ice carving.

Snow sculpture
Photo courtesy of Banff and Lake Louise Tourism / Kelly MacDonald.

New Ways to Explore Winter

Whether ripping down Mt. Norquay ski resort in a cardboard sled, skiing Banff Sunshine in traditional kilt attire, or taking part in a classically Canadian skating experience, there are so many ways to explore winter in Banff this January.

SkiBig3 Slide & Ride – Banff High School Field, January 27th & 28th

Cardboard Sled Derby – Mt. Norquay, January 19th

Learn to Snowshoe – Central Park Banff, January 20th

Learn to Curl – Fenlands Recreation Centre, January 24th

Mountain Madness Relay – Mt. Norquay, January 27th

All-Canadian Skate Party – Banff High School, January 19th and 20th

Robbie Burns Day – Banff Sunshine Village, January 25th

Banff's Mountain Madness
Photo by Corrie DiManno

Connect With the Mountains

Deepen your understanding and respect for the mountains with Avalanche Awareness Days. Snow safety professionals will provide entertaining and educational ways to learn about reducing your risk in the backcountry. Running January 20th and 21st at both Banff Sunshine Village and Lake Louise Ski Resort, in partnership with Avalanche Canada.

Lake Louise Ski Resort and Mt. Norquay offer unique mountain dining experiences in the month of January. The Starlight Dinner at Mt. Norquay’s Cliffhouse Bistro features a 5-course dinner with wine pairings from the 6900ft above the Banff town site. Lake Louise Ski Resort’s classic Torchlight Dinner at Whitehorn Bistro will take a new twist with a private ice-carving demonstration.

Avalanche training at Lake Louise
Photo courtesy of Lake Louise Ski Resort.

Want to experience Banff for yourself? Call our in-Banff SkiBig3 Vacation Planners today at 1-844-754-2443  or plan your next Canadian Rockies ski vacation online. Great Ski & Stay Packages available now.

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