Let's go... ski safari in Alberta
By Benjamin Coren | October 2018 | 3 minute read
Alberta offers world-class ski resorts but planning a multi-centre trip will help your clients experience the best the province has to offer. A self-drive or ski safari is a great way to experience multiple resorts and drive past some of the Rockies' most stunning scenery.
Ski the big three
Banff’s Sunshine, Lake Louise and Mt. Norquay can all be visited on one multi-centre itinerary, making use of the SkiBig3 lift pass deal. The pass is a great way to explore the region and discover almost 8,000 acres of terrain.
When you book with SkiBig3, not only do your clients get all three mountains, they can reserve accommodation, rentals and transportation too.
Your clients can't possibly be bored with all this terrain and all within easy distance of Banff town - just voted best ski resort 2018 at the Ski Club of Great Britain Awards. This small and friendly mountain town is packed with buzzing bars, restaurants, shops and plenty of atmosphere.
Alternatively, new this year is the Ikon Pass or Ikon Base Pass which provide access to 36 ski destinations across Canada and indeed North America and the world, including the SkiBig3 resorts.
Linking Banff National Park and Jasper National Park is the Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s most scenic highways. Suggest clients take their time on the drive to take it all in, although it can be completed in just under four hours.
Just a short transfer from the ‘big friendly’ town of Jasper, skiers can access the scenic ski area of Marmot Basin – Canada’s highest elevation town. The resort is great for both intermediate and beginner levels. Jasper is a year-round mountain town, so visitors will find it’s a little quieter than most ski resorts in the high season, with open hills and no lift queues.
Where to book it
There are several operators specialising in putting together multi-centre ski itineraries.
Ski Safari currently offers a 14-day Alberta Rockies Ski Safari, taking in the three resorts, prices start from £1,465pp based on two sharing and staying at Deer Lodge, Jasper Inn and Banff Inn, including flights and car hire.
Canadian Affair offers a 12-night ski safari including transfers and flights from £1,053 per person, lift passes can be added from £67pp, per day.
Inghams is offering two-week combinations starting in Jasper followed by a week in Banff exploring the resorts of Sunshine Village, Norquay and Lake Louise. Packages include Sawridge Hotel in Jasper and Caribou Lodge in Banff from £1,469pp or Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and Fairmont Banff Springs from £1,959pp.