Banff National Park is a Skier’s Playground

Canada’s slopes are enticing for the avid skier, offering some amazing terrain to be explored. Ski holidays are on offer in locations where you can discover elk roaming the mountains (and sometimes even the streets), and the views are simply out of this world.

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Banff National Park is perfect for some cross country skiing for those really looking to take in the beauty of the scenery. It is the oldest National Park in Canada covering 6,641 kilometres of mountainous terrain with ice fields, glaciers, alpine landscapes and of course those dense coniferous forests. The optimum time to ski here is between December and April so this is a great time to book your skiing break. In addition, Park Canada recently acquired a snow mobile for better, faster and more efficient trail grooming, also connecting the trails to make life simpler for skiers.

Try some of the moderate routes such as Cascade Valley, which boasts a double trackset skating lane as far as Cascade River Bridge and offers a really fun downhill return trip. Goat Creek and Spray River is another great route which is much longer meaning a vehicle is recommended for at least one leg of the journey since you will travel 18.7km one way. This can be done in either direction but most choose to start at Goat Creek Trailhead on the edge of the park boundaries above Canmore which means skiing downhill most of the way.

Special offers are often available at some of the resorts in Banff and passes allow access to Lake Louise as well, offering great terrain for beginners and a real wilderness experience. It is not all about the nightlife here but rather the largest ski area in the Canadian Rockies is your playground. Choose from over 139 ski runs and an intimate village environment to unwind in after a hard day on the slopes.

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