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Skiing the Canadian Rockies in Banff National Park

By Katherine Donnelly on
Feature photo by Daniel Thomson.

Last season, TREW Ambassadors Eric Lee O’Brien and Audrey Hebert teamed up in Banff National Park to check out the Canadian Rockies and SkiBig3 resorts, and they did not disappoint. Stunning mountains, loads of freeride terrain, cold smoke turns, and an incredible community await those who make the journey. Here’s what you need to know:

 

 

THE MOUNTAINS

The first thing that strikes you when you show up in Banff is the mountains. There are a lot of incredible ranges out there, but the Canadian Rockies are some of the most stunning and majestic mountains in the world. You’ll spend a good portion of your time here staring up those peaks, drooling over all of the different lines you might ski.
Banff snowboarding,. Audrey getting air with mountains in the backgroundPhoto by Eric Lee O’Brien.

THE TERRAIN

The next thing that hits you is the terrain. There are 8,000 acres that offer a little something for everyone across three unique resorts. Hike-to exposed backcountry lines, cliffs, wide open bowls, perfectly spaced tree runs, and long rolling groomers.

Backflip off a cliff at BanffPhoto by Dan Evans.

THE SNOWFALL & SEASON

Not only is there a ton of phenomenal skiing, but they get over 30 feet of the lightest cold-smoke snow you’ll find anywhere. On top of that, SkiBig3 are generally the first resorts to start spinning in North America in early November and the season runs into the middle of May. If you’re the kind of person who enjoys an endless winter, this is the place for you. Here’s a look at SkiBig3 by the numbers:

  • 3 Resorts
  • 29 Lifts
  • 362 Runs
  • 30ft+ (9 meters) Annual Snowfall
  • 8,954ft (2,730m) Top Elevation
  • 5,350 (1,630m) Base Elevation
  • One incredible National Park
Photo by Rajiv Dhaliwal.

THE TOWN

It’s not just the skiing that makes this place special. The community in Banff is incredible, from the quintessentially friendly Canadian vibe, to the wide variety of restaurants, awesome local shops, and historic hot springs right in town, the time you spend off the hill is almost as fun as the time you spend on the hill.

PRO TIP

Make sure you’ve got a kit that’s as good looking as those Canadian Rockies - and one that will keep you nice and warm (and dry, if moisture moves in), so that you can stay out and keep enjoying what this gorgeous region has to offer. 

Learn more about this incredible region by checking out SkiBig3.com

...or by giving Eric + Audrey a shout on the 'gram - these two are always up for chatting + giving out recommendations and insider tips!

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