Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding

Ski Sunshine

Impressive mountains and heaps of dry powder snow await downhill skiers and snowboarders in Banff National Park. Three ski areas are located within a close drive from the Town of Banff and give you unspoiled views as you carve the hills. With a total of 7,700 acres of developed terrain suitable for beginners and experts alike, the ski season here stretches from November to May.

Ski Areas of Banff National Park


Lift passes can be purchased day-of at each of the ski areas in Banff National Park. For added convenience check out Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine, which allows you to buy your tickets and rent equipment in advance – for Mt. Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise Ski Resort! Their Tri-Area Lift Tickets include transportation from your hotel to the ski hills, making it easiest and fastest way to hit the slopes.

Ski Rentals in Banff National Park

Travel light and rent your ski or snowboard gear once you’re here! Whether you’re looking for a beginner set-up or top-notch equipment for big bowls and aggressive turns, rentals are easy to acquire in Banff. Check out our member listings to find a shop that suits you.

Backcountry Skiing

At over 6000 square kilometres, Banff National Park is a giant playground just beckoning you to experience its more remote, backcountry regions. With the use of touring skis, which allow you to ski both up and downhill, you can venture away from the crowds into pristine alpine areas where you “earn your turns.” A professional mountain guide is there to lead you to the best slopes and touring terrain, whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced skier.

Heli-Skiing and Boarding

With big bowls, untracked terrain and an easy lift to the top, heli-skiing will give you the most memorable and exhilarating runs of your life. Available just outside of Banff National Park, heli-skiing package options include day trips or multi-day trips with a stay at an authentic backcountry ski lodge.