Why is Banff a good ski resort for school groups?

Banff, along with Whistler, is the home of Canadian skiing. Banff ski area is located in Banff National Park and consists of three separate but linked ski areas. Mount Norquay is the lowest of the three, Lake Louise is the largest by area, and finally Sunshine Village, which is the highest resort. All three areas can be accessed on one lift pass and there is also a superb shuttle bus service that connects all three. The national park is nicknamed 'Ski Big 3' and is packed full of scenic glaciers and outstanding waterfalls. This really is a stunning part of the world!

Getting to Banff
The closest airport is Calgary which is 140km away and can be reached in one hour and 30 minutes.

For beginners
The ski areas that attract millions of people to Banff each year all have excellent provision for beginners. Each of the three is worth investigating during your stay, though Norquay probably won't keep you busy all week, being such a small resort. Lake Louise has the biggest area and therefore the longest runs, while Sunshine Village often has the best snow. One great point about taking a school group to Banff is that at summit of virtually every ski lift you will find green and blue runs, making the whole mountain available to your students even if it is their first ever ski trip. Not many European resorts can offer that!

Banff accommodation
As with many US and Canadian resorts, the town itself is not immediately at the foot of the skiable area, indeed Banff itself isn't acutally a ski resort. A short transfer is required each day to get to the powder. Banff is made up of a mixture of accommodation including inns, chalets, lodges, budget hotels and luxury hotels. So whatever level of accommodation your group is looking for there will always be something to cater for them. You will need to find an operator that offers the Sunshine Mountain Lodge if you want ski-in ski-out accommodation, though you will pay a premium for such a great spot.

The best bits about Banff

  • Green and blue runs at the top of every ski lift
  • Quick transfer time from airport
  • Great atmosphere in Banff itself
Banff resort photo

© Paul Zizka

Banff resort photo

© Paul Zizka

Banff resort photo

© Dave Riley

ski resort rating

Suitability for School Groups:
Beginners 5/5 Intermediates 5/5 The ski resorts of Banff provide excellent skiing for school groups.

Banff resort location

Banff Resort Location:
1600m to 2700m Snowfall 5/5 Natural snowfall and artificial snow making provide great conditions all winter.


Approximate Travel Times:
Flights to Calgary take 9 hours, with transfers taking an extra hour.

get the best price for your school ski trip

Use the following short form to begin planning your school skiing trip. Tell us your basic requirements and we will gather the best prices from the ski operators who take school groups to Banff.

How does this work?

Your Name

School Name & Postcode

Your Email

Your Phone

Ski Trip Date
How many days

Number of pupils

Number of teachers

Yes please, send me the latest offers by email until I opt out.
No thank you, I do not want to hear about offers and new ski trips.
Please indicate you have read & agree to our use of your personal data

Other Canada resorts we recommend for your school ski trip

Whistler resort photo

© Whistler Blackcomb/Toshi Kawano


Whistler is a simply awesome ski resort. Your school group lift pass will grant you access to Whistler and Blackcomb with tree lined runs and wide open vistas.

Jasper Marmot Basin resort photo

© Marmot Basin

Jasper Marmot Basin

...Jasper Marmot Basin

Panorama Resort resort photo

© Panorama/Kari Medig

Panorama Resort

Panorama Mountain Ski Resort is located in the powder blessed Canadian Rockies, and has been attracting long haul school ski groups for many years.
...Panorama Resort

Mont-Sainte-Anne resort photo

© Mont-Sainte-Anne


Mont Sainte Anne is great for school groups looking to combine professional ski tuition, French language experience, and stays in a world famous Canadian city.