Ski the Best of the Rockies on a Day Trip from Banff
Snowboard at Panorama Mountain Resort

It’s no secret that some of the best skiing in the Canadian Rockies is at Banff and Lake Louise’s doorstep.

Banff National Park is without a doubt, home to the best skiing in Alberta. But did you know that also, some of the best skiing in neighbouring British Columbia is also at Banff’s doorstep?

Ski at Banff Mt Norquay
Photo Credit: Reuben Krabbe / SkiBig3
  1. BC ski hills are warmer with less crowds

Discover Banff Tours services two ski resorts in BC directly from your hotel – Panorama Mountain Resort to the south and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort to the west. Both are home to incredible powder, diverse terrain, and only a short jaunt from Banff. These BC ski hills are generally warmer than those in Banff and have less crowds – meaning less wait times and more skiing. When Banff is chilly, head to BC for a day of skiing where it’s usually around 10C warmer!

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort Powder Express Shuttle from Banff

2. It’s less than the price of a lift ticket

Did you know that you can get picked up from your Banff hotel, transferred to the ski resort in a comfortable vehicle, and get a lift ticket – all for the less than the price as a lift ticket alone at the resort? Well, it’s true. And if you’re not skiing or already have a lift ticket, you can still head along for the day with a shuttle only price to join your pals. So pack your gear – the bus is waiting.

Snowboard at Panorama Mountain Resort

3. Enjoy a snooze on the way there (or back!)

So imagine this – wake up, get your gear, our friendly guide picks you up at your hotel, you fall back to sleep for a little bit while our comfy shuttle takes care of the mountain highways for you, you arrive just after the lifts open, you ski your little heart out all day in the neighbouring province, then you ride the shuttle back to Banff and sleep in your same hotel. No driving necessary – all for less than the price as if you were to take yourself there and buy a lift ticket yourself.

Private charter transfers with Discover Banff Tours

4. Ski one of Canada’s most thrilling resorts at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

Our Kicking Horse Powder Express takes you to some of the best expert terrains in the Rockies. Also home to the Eagles Eye Restaurant, Canada’s highest restaurant, Kicking Horse is a resort not to miss on your Banff and Lake Louise vacation. Deep, deep powder, chutes, tree runs, and wide-open trails accessed from one gondola and chairlift. The best way to ski Kicking Horse is with the Discover Banff Tours’ Kicking Horse Powder Express, departing daily from Banff and Lake Louise.

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort Powder Express Shuttle from Banff

5. Ski with the whole family at Panorama Mountain Resort

If more mellow, family friendly skiing is on the cards, then Discover Banff Tours’ Panorama Ski Shuttle also has you covered. 3,000 acres of terrain meets 4,000 vertical feet at Panorama Resort in the Purcell Mountains. 75% of Panorama’s runs are suitable for beginners or intermediates, with the former heli-skiing area known as the Taynton Bowl servicing the adventurous and daring. Our shuttle has departures on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays so plan your ski days around the Discover Banff Tours’ Panorama Ski Shuttle to fit in the most skiing available from Banff’s doorstep.

Chairlift at Panorama Mountain Village, British Columbia

The best way to ski BC from Banff is with Discover Banff Tours’ Kicking Horse Powder Express and Panorama Ski Shuttle. Each of these services takes the hassle out of venturing beyond Banff National Park and makes it as affordable and convenient as possible.

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