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Hit the Slopes: The Ultimate Ski Vacation in Banff

As winter arrives, The Rimrock Resort Hotel transforms into a snowy retreat in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The ski season here is special, with perfect slopes and stunning mountain views. More than just skiing, the breathtaking Rockies covered in snow make it memorable. At The Rimrock, winter is more than a season – it’s a chance to enjoy the best of the mountains.

Ski Resorts Near The Rimrock Resort Hotel

The Rimrock Resort Hotel offers both luxury and comfort and proximity to some of the best ski destinations in North America. Here’s a breakdown of the most sought-after ski resorts near the hotel and how guests can conveniently access them:

Skier in Banff National Park

1. Banff Sunshine Village:

Just a short drive away, Banff Sunshine Village boasts over 3,300 acres of skiable terrain. Its unique location on the Continental Divide ensures consistent snowfall, making it a favorite among powder enthusiasts. The hotel has an arranged shuttle service to Sunshine Village, ensuring guests can easily reach the slopes without the hassle of driving.

  • Vertical Elevation: 3154ft (1070m)
  • Base Elevation: 5440ft (1685m)
  • Peak: 8054ft (2730m)
  • Snowmaking: less than 5%
  • Number of Lifts: 10
  • Terrain: 20% beginner, 55% intermediate, 25% expert
Skier on a Lake Louise Mountain in Banff National Park

2. Lake Louise Ski Resort:

Renowned for its breathtaking vistas and vast ski areas, Lake Louise Ski Resort is a must-visit. Located a bit further than Sunshine Village (approximately 63 km, under 1 hour of travel time), guests can drive or use the daily shuttle services, which often have pick-up points close to The Rimrock Resort Hotel.

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  • Vertical Elevation: 3250ft (1000m)
  • Base Elevation: 5400ft (1645m)
  • Peak: 8650ft (2637m)
  • Snowmaking: yes
  • Number of Lifts: 9
  • Terrain: 25% beginner, 45% intermediate, 30% expert
Skier on Mt Norquay

3. Mt. Norquay:

Mt. Norquay is the closest ski resort to Banff, perfect for a quick skiing getaway. Known for its night skiing and tubing park, it offers a mix of terrains suitable for all skiing levels. The hotel concierge can guide guests on the best transportation methods, typically local shuttle buses or short taxi rides.

  • Vertical Elevation: 1650ft (503m)
  • Base Elevation: 5350ft (1630m)
  • Peak: 7000ft (2133m)
  • Snowmaking: yes
  • Number of Lifts: 5
  • Terrain: 20% beginner, 36% intermediate, 28% difficult, 6% expert
Transportation Options:

Traveling from the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel to the nearby ski hills can be a seamless and enjoyable part of your ski adventure. Here are some common ways to get to the slopes:

  1. Ski Shuttle Services: Many ski resorts have shuttle services with pick-ups directly from the hotel, aligning with the ski hills’ operational hours.
  2. Public Transportation: Banff’s public buses run routes to the ski hills, with timetables available online or through the hotel concierge.
  3. Rental Cars: Car rentals are available for those who prefer to set their own pace, allowing the freedom to visit multiple ski locations.
  4. Taxi Services: Taxis in Banff can be hailed or booked through the hotel for a direct route to the slopes.
  5. Private Transfer Services: Guests seeking a more exclusive experience can book private transfers to their chosen ski destinations.
  6. Personal Car: Guests with a personal car can drive themselves to the ski hills, offering maximum flexibility and convenience.

Ski Packages

Get ready to elevate your winter getaway in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. This is your chance to embrace the beauty of Banff National Park and discover the thrill of skiing in the pristine surroundings. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner on the slopes, The Rimrock Resort Hotel is your gateway to a memorable winter experience.

Please note while children’s ski tickets are not included in the package, they are available at the ski resort, ensuring your little ones can join in the snow fun, too.

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Ski Passes

 

IKON PASS HOLDERS

Ski and ride in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Your IKON pass is the key to winter adventure at all Ski Big 3 renowned resorts in Banff National Park: Banff Sunshine Village, Lake Louise, and Mt. Norquay.

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MOUNTAIN COLLECTIVE PASS HOLDERS

Pack your Mountain Collective Pass to explore 2 days of skiing and riding at each renowned Mountain Collective resort in Banff and Jasper National Park. Discover Banff Sunshine Village, Lake Louise, and Marmot Basin.

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Couple enjoys the outdoor fire pits in Banff National Park at the Rimrock

Après-Ski Activities

After a thrilling day on the slopes, the fun continues at The Rimrock Resort Hotel. Après-ski at The Rimrock is an experience designed to warm the soul and entertain all your senses.

 

Cozy Up at The Larkspur Lounge

Begin your evening at The Larkspur Lounge, where a roaring fire welcomes skiers back from the cold. Sink into plush armchairs with a craft cocktail or a specialty hot drink in hand, and let the day’s adventures turn into evening tales. The Larkspur’s inviting atmosphere is the perfect prelude to a night of relaxation or revelry.

 

Gather Around Our Outdoor Fire Pits

For those who prefer to stay wrapped in winter’s crisp embrace a little longer, our outdoor fire pits offer a magical space under the starlit sky. Surrounded by the serene beauty of the Rockies, it’s a place to share stories, toast marshmallows, and enjoy the company of fellow guests.

 

Unwind at The Spa

When it’s time to unwind fully, the hotel’s spa awaits. Offering tranquility, our spa is the ideal spot to soothe tired muscles after a day on the slopes. Indulge in a bespoke treatment that caters to your body’s needs, whether a deep tissue massage or a rejuvenating facial and let our therapists rejuvenate your winter-weary spirit.

 

From the warmth of a fireside lounge to the indulgent escape of the spa, your post-ski experience will be as memorable as the panoramic vistas from the top of the peaks.

Tips & Preparation

 

1. Weather Awareness:

Be prepared for sudden weather shifts in the Rocky Mountains, including Banff and Lake Louise. Always check local forecasts before hitting the slopes. (Local favourite: On The Snow)

2. Essential Gear:

Equip yourself with well-maintained skis or a snowboard, correctly adjusted bindings, snug-fitting boots, and skiing poles for those who prefer them.

3. Dress in Layers:

Start with a moisture-wicking base, followed by an insulating layer, and finish with a waterproof, windproof outer layer. Always pack protective accessories like goggles, gloves, and a helmet.

 

Interested in more detailed tips, including safety precautions and altitude advice? Dive deeper by reading our full blog post on How to Prepare for Your Next Ski Vacation.”

The Rimrock Resort Hotel is central to luxury and top-tier skiing. With major ski resorts nearby, guests can easily access the slopes and stay comfortably. It’s the perfect mix of ski excitement and hotel relaxation. For a straightforward ski trip without any fuss and all the luxury, choose The Rimrock Resort Hotel.

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Man standing above Petyo Lake in Banff National Park