Fly high in the Rock­ies

Th­ese three re­sorts are worth in­ves­ti­gat­ing

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - Advertising Feature -

BANFF-Lake Louise, nes­tled in the Cana­dian Rocky Moun­tains, is home to three of the world’s finest ski re­sorts: Mt. Norquay, Lake Louise Ski Area and Sun­shine Vil­lage.

This spec­tac­u­lar ski re­sort play­ground boasts one of the long­est ski sea­sons in North Amer­ica.

High alti­tude and in­land lo­ca­tion guar­an­tee me­tres of the fa­mous Cana­dian Rock­ies’ dry, light snow.

One con­ve­nient, tri-area lift ticket will ac­cess al­most 3200ha of ski­able ter­rain, suit­able for ev­ery level and de­sire, from gen­tle, groomed runs to some of the world’s most ex­treme in-bounds chal­lenges. Stun­ning moun­tain back­drops, lack of lift lines, and friendly hos­pi­tal­ity are some of the bonuses that make a ski hol­i­day in Banf­fLake Louise un­for­get­table.

The town­ship of Banff is a mix of the nat­u­ral – vis­i­tors en­joy the sight of elk and bighorn sheep wan­der­ing the streets on the out­skirts – and the cos­mopoli­tan, as skiers and snow­board­ers re­lax over an apre`s-ski drink in one of the area’s stylish bars.

Banff-Lake Louise is in the heart of Canada’s first na­tional park, a UNESCO World Her­itage Site, and is known as Canada’s Pro­tected Play­ground.

Banff is a 90-minute drive from Cal­gary In­ter­na­tional Air­port, and Lake Louise is a scenic 45 min­utes fur­ther west.

The ski re­sorts are eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble. Mt. Norquay is a short 10-minute drive from down­town Banff, while Sun­shine Vil­lage sits be­tween the town­ships of Banff and Lake Louise.

Lake Louise Ski Area is only five min­utes from the vil­lage of Lake Louise.

The tri-area ski lift ticket in­cludes free trans­port be­tween many ho­tels and the ski re­sorts, so when you’re ski­ing Banff-Lake Louise, the choice of three moun­tains is yours.

A three-day, three-re­sort ski in­struc­tion pro­gram is the per­fect way to ex­plore some of the world’s finest ski re­sorts.

The Banff-Lake Louise Club Ski pro­gram has won the Neil­son Mar­que of Ex­cel­lence Award for the fifth time.

There are ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions to suit ev­ery bud­get and style of hol­i­day, from cas­tle-style ho­tels and rus­tic lodges to B& Bs and back­pack­ers’ hos­tels.

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