Skiing While At Our Vacation Rental Condo

What do other skiers have to say about the amenities and location

“The condo was absolutely fabulous. It was cozy and convenient with all the modern amenities we could possibly want. It was the perfect location for going out at night in Canmore as well as easy access to Banff Park and the various ski hills.
We especially liked the roof top hot-tub. It was a great way to relax after a day on the slopes.”

Natalie — Toronto
Skiing and Snowboarding

Sunshine, Lake Louise, and Mount Norquay, offer a tri-pass for those who want to enjoy all three mountains for a special price.

No one can predict the weather but the area ski season normally starts mid November and continues through to mid May. Click here for more details and driving times to the local resorts listed below.

  • Lake Louise (60 minute drive) the largest ski/snowboard resort in the Rockies (although Kicking Horse Resort may over take Lake Louise).
  • Mount Norquay (15 minutes) Mount Norquay has everything you need for a great day of skiing or riding, no matter what your ability.  They also offer the only night time skiing in the area (Friday nights only).
  • Nakiska (45 minutes) 1988 Olympic downhill events were held here.
  • Sunshine Village (20 minutes) Rated as Calgary Herald’s Reader’s Choice Award, crowned with Edmonton Journal’s “King of the Mountains” award and Ski Magazine Gold medals for : Terrain, Challenge, Value, and Scenery; Silver medal for Dining.  This is the resort most of the locals go to.
    From the 2010 Sunshine Village Media Kit:
    “With the village sitting at more than 7,200 feet above sea level, every feather-light flake that falls on the slopes of Sunshine Village stays put until May, giving Sunshine the longest non-glacier ski season in the Canadian Rockies.”
    The Slush Cup at Sunshine Village is normally held in mid May to give you an idea of what starts to happen to the runs by mid May – they are slushy.
  • Fortress Mountain  (50 minutes) Fortress mountain is a very unpretentious ski area that caters to skiers and snowboarders who appreciate powder snow, affordable prices, no crowds, rugged Rocky Mountain scenery. Currently Closed
  • Kicking Horse (90 minutes) the furthest resort in the area but well worth it for the serious skier.  In 2004 it was rated the best resort for powder skiing in the world by CNN and Travel + Leisure Magazine
  • cat/heli skiing For the die hard skiers with a few more dollars to spend on what will likely be the ski trip of a life time. It is far more expensive than skiing in a resort but you are likely sharing a mountain with less than 50 skiers.
Skiing Map of Resort around Canmore
Skiing Map of Resorts around Canmore

If you are wondering whether to haul your own skis along with you or to rent them here is some information on ski rentals. for ski rental information from the Resorts of Lake Louise, Sunshine and Norquay. 

We also posted a blog about taking or renting ski equipment. It includes details about a sports store next to our condo that will rent skis or boards.

Cross Country Skiing
From beginner to world class cross country skiing, it is right in Canmore, Alberta. The 1988 Olympic cross country skiing events were held at the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park. The Nordic Centre offers over 60 km of trails. For those who want to check out the scenery a little further from Canmore there are also:
Mt. Shark Cross Country Ski Trail System (20 minute drive)
Ribbon Creek Cross Country Ski Trails (20 minutes)

Much of the information on this page involves 3rd party companies which may change their information at any time. If something stated on this page is critical for your trip please confirm the accuracy of the information with the company involved. If a link is broken you can try some searches using the resort or park names from your favorite search engine.

Ski Rentals/Board Rentals

Some links to 3rd party rental website we’ve stumbled across.  Since they are to 3rd party companies we take no responsibilities for any information on their sites.  We provide the link only to save you some time in having to track down places yourself.

In Banff:
Skiset:  Gives discounts and allows purchases online to at least a couple places in the area.  Select Country:  Canada, Resort:  AB – Banff
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