There are few skiing destinations more majestic than Banff. Covering three world-class ski areas – Banff Mount Norquay, the Lake Louise ski resort and Sunshine Village – the resort has no shortage of world-class ski run. But that’s not all it has to offer. Take to the skies in the Banff’s four sightseeing gondolas for spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains, glistening icy glacial lakes and local wildlife. Then, while away your evenings at Downtown’s 100+ bars, restaurants and bistros.
Banff ski holidays deserve fine accommodation, and they don’t get much finer than the area’s two Fairmont hotels. Here’s what to expect in each of these historic getaways.
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Located on the banks of Canada’s most famous lake, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is perhaps one of the most recognised hotels in the world. Understandably, many are drawn here for the scenery. In the middle of Banff national park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the hotel is surrounded by soaring mountain peaks and of course, the majestic Lake Louise.
There has been a hotel on this spot since as far back as 1890. Originally built as a meeting point for alpine enthusiasts when the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) made travel across the country more achievable, the Chateau Fairmont Lake Louise played an important role in the history of Canada’s west coast.
Looking at the grand, luxurious architecture of the hotel now, it’s difficult to imagine that it once began as a simple log cabin. Over the years, the Chateau has grown in both size and reputation into a year-round mountain destination. It’s now known for its elegant turrets and opulent interiors. After a day on the slopes, relax with a restorative treatment at the spa or indulge in some gourmet dining at the eclectic selection of onsite restaurants.
Seven nights at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise from £1,335pp
Fairmont Banff Springs
Known as Canada’s ‘Castle in the Rockies’, the Fairmont Banff Springs has provided guests with a luxurious escape for the past 125 years. Seen as a symbol of traditional Canadian hospitality, the hotel effortlessly combines historic importance with modern style. The building was first built in 1888 by the General Manager of the Canadian Pacific Railway, William Cornelius Van Horne. It soon gained a reputation as one of the most exclusive and beautiful getaways in North America.
Over the years, the hotel’s rooms have been graced by the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Helen Keller and Queen Elizabeth, cementing its world-renowned status. Today, the rugged landscapes and variety of outdoor activities on offer continue to attract visitors from around the globe in search of an extra special retreat.
There’s much to enjoy at the Fairmont Banff Springs. From the grandeur of the hotel’s accommodations – surely the best place to rest your head after a day on the slopes – to the exceptional culinary talent on show in its restaurants, the trouble is fitting everything in. Willow Stream Spa also provides a range of treatments to make it that little bit more difficult to leave.
Seven nights at the Fairmont Banff Springs from £1,300pp
|Skiing & snowboarding in Banff & the Lake Louise ski resort is sure to fill you with wonder and a healthy dose of stoke. Stacked with world famous Rocky Mountain powder and awe-inspiring scenery, the ski resorts of Banff & the Lake Louise ski resot are something special. With the Tri-Area pass giving you access to all three resorts, there’s an endless amount of fun to be had. Take a trip across the pond to Banff and Lake Louise this winter prices from £955pp|