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Fri, 22 Sep 2023

5 Ways to Make the Most of your Ikon Pass at SkiBig3

Ready to unlock the full potential of your Ikon Pass this winter? SkiBig3 is a proud Ikon Pass destination partner, and we're really excited to welcome pass holders to the stunning Banff National Park. Here, you'll discover not one, not two, but three outstanding resorts in a single destination, making SkiBig3 the ultimate playground for skier and rider enthusiasts. Whether you're all set for an ultimate winter adventure or just contemplating the idea of getting a pass, here are five ways to make the most of your Ikon Pass at SkiBig3.


1) 3 ski resorts in 1 National Park


Skier riding at Banff Sunshine in Banff National Park Skiing at Banff Sunshine on a bluebird day in Banff National Park | Photo by Reuben Krabbe


SkiBig3 offers three unimaginable ski resorts to explore with your Ikon Pass: Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise Ski Resort, and Mt. Norquay. They are all located in one destination, Banff National Park. With almost 8,000 acres of ski terrain to explore, each resort offers something unique. With untouched mountain views, feather-light snow, and varied terrain, skiing in a National Park is an experience like no other. Winter is also the off-season in Banff National Park. When visiting in winter, you can expect to beat the crowds and enjoy reduced lift lines so you can enjoy the tranquility and beauty Banff and Lake Louise has to offer.


If you're up for the challenge, why not take on the SkiBig3 Trifecta Challenge award? Ski or board at each of the three resorts then take your Ikon Pass to be scanned at the SkiBig3 Adventure Hub to claim your prize and take home your exclusive commemorative SkiBig3 Trifecta award (and get a coupon for a free beer)!


2) It's closer than you think


Two skiers at Mt. Norquay at SkiBig3 in Banff National Park Two skiers riding past the snow-covered trees at Mt. Norquay | Photo by John Price


You don't need to go far to feel a million miles away. Getting to Banff and Lake Louise is easy. With flights under 3 hours from many major cities in the United States and an easy 90-minute drive from Calgary Airport to Banff, you can board a plane in the morning and be cruising down the runs in the afternoon. There are also frequent airport transfer services available between Calgary Airport and Banff & Lake Louise hotels. These can be booked with your accommodation through our reservation specialists. If you're looking for the ultimate winter vacation, why not take on the Canadian Ikon Road Trip? Stop off at 4 bucket-list destinations and experience Canada like never before.


3) Extend Your Season


Four people enjoy food and drink outside at Lake Louise Ski Resort Experiencing the aprés at Lake Louise Ski Resort and enjoying the food and drink outside | Photo by Reuben Krabbe


With 50+ destinations offered worldwide with an Ikon Pass, chances are you've got a BIG winter planned. You may be wondering how you're going to fit so many skiing and snowboarding adventures into one season. The extended winter months in the Canadian Rockies help make this possible. The fairy dust (snow) starts falling and accumulating in September, allowing us to open in early November. Whether you're looking for your first season trip of the winter or want to squeeze in one more at the end (we're open until mid-May), you have plenty of time to visit SkiBig3 and enjoy a trip of a lifetime.


4) Two snow globe towns, one storybook destination


Town of Banff at night in Banff National Park The fairytale town of Banff sparkling in the evening | Photo by Travel Alberta / Célestine Aerden


Banff and Lake Louise is a truly magical destinations. It can sometimes feel like it's not even real. Banff is at the heart of the Canadian Rockies and has a bustling ski-town vibe. From once-in-a-lifetime activities to rest-day experiences, you'll fall in love with the mountain town. Start planning your itinerary with this handy trip planner tool. Banff also offers endless dining options. Whether you're looking for traditional Canadian dining or want to try cuisines from around the world, you can embrace your taste of adventure. For a slightly quieter escape, the hamlet of Lake Louise is a great location to reconnect with the mountains and nature. Just 40 minutes west of the town of Banff, it offers cozy restaurants and accommodation options. Most importantly, all three resorts are easily accessible through the free bus shuttles conveniently accessed throughout the towns.


5) Exclusive Ikon Pass deals at SkiBig3


Two skiers at Lake Louise in Banff National Park Two skiers enjoying the fresh groomers at Lake Louise Ski Resort | Photo by Reuben Krabbe


From condos to castles, Ikon Pass holders can take advantage of exclusive lodging deals offered by SkiBig3. Booking your accommodation early can save you up to 35% or more off lodging rates. Simply book your accommodation online and enter your Ikon Pass number at checkout. If you'd rather chat with our friendly Reservations Team, call them at 1-844-754-2443, and they'll help you find the best deals for your trip to Banff National Park. You can also save up to 20% off rentals when booking your lodging and 10% off Guided Adventures when visiting with your Ikon Pass, accessing those secret stashes in no time.


Ready to experience the magic of SkiBig3 with your Ikon Pass?


With three breath-taking resorts, and two mountain towns to explore, all located in one destination, you'll want to put this destination on your list. Don't forget to save on your accommodation with the Ikon Pass lodging deals. Our Reservations Team is always happy to assist you by calling 1-844-754-2443 and help you to plan your winter getaway to Banff and Lake Louise.