Ski & Snowboard Guide

downhill skiierWith 4 world-class ski resorts within a short drive, Canmore is the hub for skiing and snowboarding in the Canadian Rockies (jump to ski map). If you're planning on a skiing or snowboarding vacation in Western Canada, you'll want to check out some of the powder snow at Banff's Sunshine Village, Mount Norquay, Lake Louise or Nakiska.

The ski and snowboard season starts around mid-November, and runs through till mid-May. The actual dates vary from season-to-season, and from hill-to-hill so make sure you call ahead. Whether you're looking for some easy gliding down gentle slopes, or all-out extreme adrenaline-pumping skiing or snowboarding, you'll find it within reach from Canmore, Alberta, Canada.

Below you'll find basic ski resort information about the local ski areas, which was gathered from their web sites.

Ski and Snowboard areas:

Canadian Rockies Ski Map Lake Louise Banff Mount Norquay Sunshine Village Nakiska - Mount Alllen


Sunshine Village ski in BanffBanff's Sunshine Village is easy to get to...
ski and snowboard in the Canadian Rockies!

Sunshine Village is located 30km (18mi) west of Canmore just past Banff on Hwy #1, and just 150 km (90mi) west of Calgary - about and hour and a half drive. The Calgary International Airport is served by numerous, non-stop daily flights from major cities around the world. Click here for current Snow Report

Top Elevation:  2,730 metres, 8,954 feet
Base Elevation:  1,660 metres, 5,440 feet
Vertical Feet:  1,070 metres, 3,514 feet
Runs:  107 named runs - 20% Beginner, 55% Intermediate, 25% Advanced
Longest Run:  8 km, 5 miles
Cumulative Length of Runs:  Approx. 82 km, 52 miles
Number of Lifts:  12 Lifts - 1 Eight-Passenger High-Speed Gondola, 7 Quad Chairs, 1 Triple, 1 Double,
2 Magic Carpet Tows
Rogers Terrain Park:  area's largest, with 12+ acres of features.
Average Annual Snowfall:  More than 30 feet annually: 364 inches (925 cm)
Season Opens:  Mid-November
Season Closes:  Mid-May
Phone Number:  1-87-SKI-BANFF (1-877-542-2633) - toll free in North America


Ski Lake LouiseLake Louise

Planning a vacation? There are great snow conditions at Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies!

Lake Louise is located about an hour's drive west of Canmore, and boasts many long runs, including an FIS downhill ski run. Click here for current Snow Report

Top Elevation:  2,637 metres, 8,650 feet
Base Elevation:  1,646 metres, 5,400 feet
Vertical Feet:  991 metres, 3,250 feet
Skiable Area:  1,700 hectares, 4,200 acres
Runs:  139 marked + back bowls, 25% Beginner, 45% Intermediate, 30% Advanced
Cumulative Length of Runs:  over 100 km, 62 miles
Number of Lifts:  9
Average Annual Snowfall:  454 cm (179 in)
Snowmaking:  40% of designated runs
Season Opens: Mid-November
Season Closes:  End of April
Phone Number:  (403) 762-4766


Ski Banff NorquayBanff Mount Norquay

Mt. Norquay is Banff National Park's pioneer ski resort and the place where you'll find the majority of the local ski families. Mt. Norquay is the best kept secret in the Rockies!

Mt. Norquay offers the only night skiing in Banff-Lake Louise, including a fully lit terrain park.

Norquay is located in Banff, and is a 20 minute drive west of Canmore.
Click here for current Snow Report

Top Elevation:  2,133 metres, 7,000 feet
Base Elevation:  1,630 metres, 5,350 feet
Vertical Feet:  503 metres, 1,650 feet
Runs:  28 runs, 20% Beginner, 36% Intermediate, 28% Advanced, 16% Expert
Cumulative Length of Runs:  16.4 km, 10 miles
Longest Run:  1167 metres, 3,828 feet
Number of Lifts:  5 - 1 High Speed Quad Chairlift, 2 Quad, 1 Double, 1 Surface Lift
Average Annual Snowfall:  300 cm (120 inches)
Snowmaking:  85% of skiable terrain
Season Opens:  Early December
Season Closes:  Mid-April
Phone Number:  (403) 762-4421


Ski NakiskaNakiska

Specifically designed to host the alpine events of the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, the Nakiska Ski Resort continues to attract skiers from around the world.

Nakiska is a 30 minute drive east of Canmore, and a 45 minute drive west of Calgary in Kananaskis Provincial park. Click here for current Snow Report

Top Elevation:  2,260 metres, 7,415 feet
Base Elevation:  1,525 metres, 5,003 feet
Vertical Feet:  735 metres, 2,412 feet
Runs:  28 marked + 35 acres of glades
Longest Run:  3.3 km (2 miles)
Number of Lifts:  5 - 2 Quads, 1 Triple, 1 Double, 1 T-Bar, 1 Magic Carpet
Average Annual Snowfall:  250 cm (8.3 feet)
Snowmaking:  85%
Season Opens:  Early December
Season Closes:  Mid-April
Phone Number:  (403) 591-7777


Map of Canmore in Canada

Map of Canmore Alberta Canada