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

6 reasons to visit SnowDays

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Banff National Park comes alive with the 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 15 - 26, 2020, SnowDays is celebrated with skating parties, events, and ten giant snow sculptures constructed in downtown Banff, and at Banff Sunshine and Mt. Norquay.

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

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 downtown Banff. 

Snow Days, Banff National Park
Dan Evans


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 one of the participating bars and restaurants, or visit the 2-day Discovery Event where you can sample the best of local food and craft spirits. 

Smoked Maple Sazerac at the Balkan

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. Free ice skate rentals will be available, in partnership with Snowtips-Bactrax!

Ice Skating, Banff National Park

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. 

SnowDays event in Banff, Alberta

5. NEW! Sculptures at the ski hills 

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

Banff Snow Days, Banff National Park
Dan Evans

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 SnowDays page.


Banff Snow Days, Banff National Park
Dan Evans

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