As the days grow longer and warmer, Banff and Lake Louise bid farewell to winter and welcome a new set of adventures with the onset of spring. Whether you’re a foodie, powderhound or all-season adventurer, you'll find something to tickle your fancy at this time of year.
Sweet, Sweet Spring Skiing
March skiing is a local’s favourite secret. The snow gets a little softer, the skies a little more blue, and the après patio parties a lot more bumpin’!
For best results, we recommend the triple whammy and hitting up all three ski hills to compare the terrain and conditions. The SkiBig3 pass grants you all-access to Mt. Norquay, Banff Sunshine, and Lake Louise Ski Resort, so you can pick your favourite first-hand.
Events on the Mountains
The following après parties each deserve their own point!
Check out these mountain-side events:
- Lake Louise Ski Resort: The Brewski Festival on March 14 serves up local craft beer samples after you’re done your runs for the day. See their full events listings.
- Banff Sunshine: Tell a Friend Tour invites you to come watch Andy Perry and his friends tear up the terrain park on March 7-8. Not in town those dates? See what else is happening in March.
- Mt Norquay: On March 7, the Starlight Dinner series whisks you to Cliffhouse Bistro for dinner hosted by Chef Morne Burger. The fun doesn’t stop there - check out the full list of March events.
Adventure: A Year-round Activity
Snow has thoroughly blanketed the mountains, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop exploring. Much less trafficked in the winter months, Banff and Lake Louise’s trails offer serene tranquility. We recommend looking at Parks Canada’s list of recommended trails, and assessing the conditions before heading out!
To stay above the snow, we recommend snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or fat biking. If you want to try these adventures, check out Bactrax, Banff Adventures or Chateau Mountain Sports in Banff, or Wilsons Mountain Sports in Lake Louise for all of your rental needs.
Dive into the glory of spring with the guidance of an expert! Here are a wide variety of tour and activity options to explore:
Heart-Warming Winter Menus
We may have a soft spot for spending our days out in the fresh air, but nothing beats cuddling up indoors for a Canadian-inspired meal. For the quintessential cozy cabin experience, add a stop in to Baker Creek Bistro or Storm Mountain Lodge. If you choose to fully indulge and enjoy the spirits as much as the food, we recommend extending your stay overnight in one of their private cabins.
Sometimes, our preferred way to enjoy winter is from inside the spa where you can watch as snowflakes fall. The Willow Springs Spa at the Fairmont Banff Springs has indoor hot springs fit for any wellness enthusiast. Their indoor and outdoor pools allow you to experience the best of both worlds without having to surrender your robe.
If you prefer the snowflakes falling on your rosy cheeks, the Banff Upper Hot Springs offers an outdoor soak. These hot springs replaced the original springs at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site where you can no longer swim, but you can still visit the space, see the hot spring, and enjoy the Banff Winter Carnival.