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Dan Evans
The Real Banff / Published: Sun, 01/07/2018 - 14:20

6 reasons to visit Banff SnowDays

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Downtown Banff comes alive with the new SnowDays festival, transforming the area into a unique experience of events, snow sculptures, family-friendly parties, and the Canadian culinary and shopping that visitors come to expect.

From January 16 – 27, SnowDays is celebrated with skating parties, events, and ten giant snow sculptures constructed in downtown Banff.

Looking for a snowy experience found nowhere else? You've found it in Banff. 

1. Experience live snow sculpting

Most people have never witnessed such dramatic art that is a snow sculpture. The snow sculpting artists themselves can be witnessed sculpting multi-storey high snow cubes into masterful creations that will ignite creativity and leave visitors in awe. Keep warm next to bonfires and dance the night away with live DJs at this unique event on Bear Street in Banff. 


Celebrate all things winter and explore the vibrant culinary scene of Banff and Lake Louise at the TRIBUTE TO CRAFT SPIRITS FESTIVAL. Warm up with a special cocktail at Balkan RestaurantBlock Kitchen and Bar, Chuck's Steakhouse, High Rollers, Larkspur at Rimrock Resort, Magpie & Stump, Mt. Norquay, Nourish Bistro, Park Distillery, Sky Bistro at Banff Gondola, Sleeping Buffalo Lounge, The Bison, The Eddie Burger + Bar, Alpine Social at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, The Maple Leaf, The Vermillion Room, Toque Canadian Pub

3. All-Canadian skate parties

Join live DJs at the Banff Ave skating rink as they light up the night with their beats while visitors skate in the shadows of Mount Rundle and Cascade Mountain. Hang out by the fire pits to keep warm or go skating on the rink which will be illuminated every night of the week. 

4. Hype up your Instagram account 

Snap a shot of a 20-foot sculpture in downtown Banff, share a story of the live DJ party on Bear Street, and create unique thumb-stopping content that will catch the eyes of your friends and followers. Don't forget to share your story with #MyBanff. 

5. NEW! Sculptures at the ski hills 

In 2019, Banff Sunshine and Mt. Norquay will be joining in the fun of SnowDays with snow sculptures at the resorts. Enjoy a day of skiing or snowboarding, or take a sightseeing charlift to view these snowy works of art.

6. It's completely free

SnowDays is free for everyone. Enjoy the hosted DJ parties, snow sculpture celebration, and snow sculptures around Banff, on us. 

For complete event information, visit our Banff SnowDays page.

William Au

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