Jaw-dropping National Park and great value for money.
Spectacularly set in Canada's original National Park, Banff and its associated ski resorts are primarily summer resorts that luckily happen to have some excellent skiing on their doorsteps. Snow conditions vary from area to area. Sunshine Village prides itself on not requiring artificial snow, with Mt Norquay having snowmaking on all green and blue slopes. Lake Louise has about 40% of its terrain covered by snowmaking facilities. All in all, lack of snow is rarely a problem in a normal season on a Banff ski holiday.
One of the greatest benefits of a ski holiday to Banff is that you can stay in one place but have access to 3 large resorts and miles and miles of well-groomed pistes and powdery off-piste to explore. Not to mention the amazing natural beauty of this area; in fact the National Geographic Traveller magazine added Banff to it's must see places to visit in 2017 and without question has some of the finest mountain scenery you will ever see.
The town of Banff is mostly spread along the central thoroughfare of Banff Avenue, with the majority of hotels, apartments, shops, bars and restaurants being on or just off the central stretch (although some hotels on Banff Avenue are a good walk to the centre of town). Lake Louise Village, about a 45 minute drive away, is less of a village, more an accumulation of accommodation with a few shops and a petrol station. Lake Louise itself, with the imposing Victoria glacier looming over the lake and famous Chateau Lake Louise, is a couple of miles further up the road.
Lodging in Banff has something for every budget, from the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs to local homely youth hostels and even the luxurious properties aren't outrageous in price in comparison to other resorts. Other accommodation options include the Rimrock, next to the Upper Hot Springs, and Banff Avenue hotels including the Banff Caribou Lodge, the Fox Suites and the good value Inns of Banff. Though Lake Louise and Sunshine, the neighbouring resorts have slightly more skiable terrain, the town of Banff is more of a all-rounded place to stay with access to good quality restaurants, lively bars and varied accommodation and if you have a car it is easy to drive to the other resorts if you want.