BANFF ON A BUDGET
How to make your dollar go further in Canada's favourite ski town
Let’s face it, the more you save the more you can ski, right? Skiing in Banff means more time at not one but three resorts – the famed Canadian ski areas of Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise and Mt Norquay. Who wouldn’t want to stretch that dollar further for more thigh burn?
Ski the Big3 and save
Purchase a tri area lift ticket for one day, multiple days or weeks and take advantage of ski pass perks. Pass perks include daily specials from Banff and Lake Louise partners and save dollars on retail, dining, après, spa treatments, fitness, adventures and wellness.
Take the Free Bus
The ski shuttle to Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise and Mt Norquay is free with your tri area lift pass. Yes, free and it departs from various pick up points around town. That’s not all, either. If you want to get around town, the Roam all hybrid electric bus service is a cheap transport option and is even sometimes included with your accommodation.
Soak in the hot springs
When you book three or more days of skiing with a Multi Day lift pass you are eligible for free admission to Banff’s famous Hot Springs. Soak in the pure mineral water outdoors pool, the highest hot springs in Canada at over 1500 metres, and take in the surrounding national park.
If you book ahead you’ll always save. From accommodation to lift passes, flights and more, the earlier you get in the less you will have to give out.
Daily dining specials
Check out The Banff Dining Guide (banffdiningguide.com) and make note of the daily specials posted for the week ahead. From 50cent wing nights at High Rollers to $9.99 burgers and fries at the Park Distillery. Specials change regularly so check back often.
Go in spring
Spring skiing in Canada means longer days, shorter lift lines and traditionally solid snow after epic winters. It also means discounted package deals.
Check out the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
You may not be staying there but this historic castle building is open to everyone to experience. The iconic 125 year old hotel’s lobby level, Mezzanine 1 and 2 are a great way to take in the spirit of Banff and wander the gallery displays, shops, lounges and restaurants.
Go back in time
The Banff Park Museum is a wonderful way to spend some time schooling yourself on the history of this stunning town. The museum in the national park boasts over 5000 exhibits and was built in 1903. Admission is free in 2017 to mark the 150 years of Canada.
If you ski in December this year and save then you’ll save some more as Parks Canada has free entry to all parks to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. So if you are self driving the majestic roads of Banff and beyond, you won’t need to pay for the privilege.