Best time to visit Banff & Jasper National Parks

Skiing & Snowboarding

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Skiing & Snowboarding in Banff & Jasper National Parks 2019 - Best Time
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Dave Jacquin

Skiing in Banff National Park is famous all over the world. However, the busiest tourist season is during summer, something that is difficult for snow lovers to understand as the site is incredibly scenic with the backdrop of fantastic snow-capped mountains. Whatever the time of year, wandering down the streets of Banff is great with the high chance of being able to spot wildlife in the town.

This one-of-a-kind inland location offers plenty of light and dry snow as well as stunning mountain backdrops, friendly local hospitality, and no lift lines.

Skiing & Snowboarding in Banff & Jasper National Parks - Best Season 2019

Banff National Park has three of the world's most beautiful ski resorts: The Lake Louise Ski Area, Sunshine Village, and Mt. Norquay.

Lake Louise is situated 57km from town. The resort is large with plenty of long runs for all skill levels.

Best time for Skiing & Snowboarding in Banff & Jasper National Parks 2019

The drive to the car park of Sunshine Village, which is located 15km southwest of town, takes about 20 minutes. There is a gondola ride available to take you up to the ski area. This resort has plenty of terrain with extreme slopes for pro-skiers and slopes for rookies. Due to high elevation, Sunshine has the most mesmerizing snow of all Banff ski areas.

Mt Norquay is only 6km and a 10-minute drive away from Banff town. It is a small ski resort and is very family oriented, cheap and cozy.

Best time to see Skiing & Snowboarding in Banff & Jasper National Parks 2019

The long ski season in Banff runs from mid-November to late May. The prime time for skiing is from December to March.