WinterStart Festival

November 28, 2014 - December 21, 2014
Ski Lake Louise Zizka


In Banff and Lake Louise, holiday celebrating starts early with the WinterStart Festival.  We invite you to get outside, carve some early season turns at any of the three local ski hills and stroll down the streets of Banff under the soft twinkle of festive lights.

Catch a glimpse of the world-class skiers in the classic men's and ladies Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill and super-G races at the Lake Louise Ski Resort at this year's  Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup.  

New and exciting this year on the roster is the Sportchek Snowboard Cross World Cup races, where over 20 nations of top notch athletes battle it out to take home gold.  

After the thrilling races, head to Winterstart in the Square in downtown Banff for an early evening of family-friendly live entertainment and activities.  The street will come alive with music, treats, and interactive animation.

Enjoy the thrills of Christmas in the Rockies with a variety of events catered to the young and young at heart. Listen to Castle Carolers, become mesmerized by the artwork of a professional ice sculptor or sip a glass of wine at a street front restaurant and watch Banff Avenue brighten with the Santa Claus Parade of Lights.

The first snowfall in Banff National Park is a green light to unleash your passion for winter and all of it's magnificence. 

*Event schedule subject to change without notice

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