Sunshine Village and Beyond: Alberta Ski Resorts in the Rockies

By Kait Kucy,

Every skier worth their salt knows that the best place to hit the pow is right in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. With a plethora of ski destinations at your fingertips (Sunshine Village, is that you?), the mountain-top adventures you could be having in the land of ski bunnies, hot cocoa and Alpine flavour are limitless.

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While the Alberta Ski Resort options are endless, we’ve narrowed down for you some of the best must-stay accommodation options in British Columbia and Alberta. You want the full package – a.k.a ski all day and indulge in the best food and drink all night, with a little bit of spa time and relaxation thrown in there.

 

Banff Skiing

Banff is the number one tourist destination in the Rockies and there is no debating why; this winter wonderland is a skier’s paradise with multiple resorts, fantastic accommodations and a beautiful townsite to explore.

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Sunshine Village

Sunshine Village is one of the best-known ski resorts in the area; a staple for locals and tourists alike. The Sunshine Mountain Lodge (which books from $170 per night) is a stunning destination that sits on the sprawling slopes of Banff National Park.

It has the largest outdoor hot pool and cedar sauna in the Banff region so prepare for some serious relaxation post-slopes. One of the biggest draws of this mountain-side resort is that it is ski-to-door meaning you don’t have to leave the resort to get your kicks on the ski hill. And with five eateries and bars onsite, you are pretty much set for your vacation on the peaks. Bonus points for free WiFi in the rooms.

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Fairmont Banff Springs

Quite possibly the biggest draw to the area, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is an awe-inspiring spot to visit. The historic hotel was built in 1888 and carries a four-star rating (rooms start at $339). While the hotel isn’t located on a ski hill, they do provide shuttles to all of the ski hills in the area.

The hotel also includes a 28-acre golf course on which snow enthusiasts can cross-country ski or snowshoe. The Willow Stream Spa features all of the amenities of a world-class spa with the added benefits of the natural hot springs that feed into the property.

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Norquay Ski Resort

Mount Norquay is the closest ski resort to the town of Banff — complete with an onsite tube park for more winter wonderland fun. The on-hill Cascade Lodge has been cited as the best place to watch the sunset on Mount Norquay with a cup of hot cocoa.

Elk + Avenue is a contemporary yet rustic hotel that is located only 0.2km from Mount Norquay. Rates are quite affordable starting at $129 per night and the hotel offers a variety of amenities including hot tub, sauna as well as a cozy fireside lounge with à la carte options for guests.

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Canmore Skiing

Basecamp Resorts is the hippest new addition to the Rockies resort scene. Recently opened in the fall of 2017, this stylish resort features all of the comforts of home within their innovative micro-suites. You’ll find everything you need for a weekend getaway in the mountains including a fully-equipped kitchen, locally-made soap products from the Rocky Mountain Soap Co. and free WiFi.

With these two-person micro-suites starting at $145 per night, your mountain vacation can include an incredible home-cooked meal as well. Basecamp is located only 25 minutes from Norquay Ski Resort, 30 minutes from Sunshine Village and 40 minutes from Nakiska Ski Resort.

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Lake Louise Skiing

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is under five kilometres from the stunning Lake Louise Ski Resort. With shuttles leaving the hotel regularly, this luxe ski destination will be your picturesque home away from home while exploring the slopes.

A four-star rated hotel, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise books from $296 nightly. With plenty of on-site lounges, restaurants and cafes, there is truly something for everyone. The real stopper, of course, is the breathtaking views of Lake Louise and the glacier.

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Jasper Skiing

If you’re heading out to Jasper to ski, you’ll get a warm welcome at Ski Marmot Basin. Located right in Jasper National Park, only 20 minutes from the town of Jasper, Ski Marmot Basin is a ski and snowboard destination that powder enthusiasts travel far and wide for.

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (starting at $287 nightly) provides an unrivalled experience in luxury accommodations, nestled on the beautiful banks of Beauvert Lake. A full-service spa and sauna will take care of all of your relaxation and rejuvenation needs post-ski, while the variety of dining options will keep your appetite satiated. The property is made up of cedar chalets and the main lodge, providing a quaint yet luxurious atmosphere for your winter escape.

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Golden Skiing

When visiting Golden, BC, ski enthusiasts must take in the fantastic snow, epic views and fantastic amenities at the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Located just 14 kilometres from the townsite of Golden, this 4.5-star rated resort features what is currently the fourth highest vertical drop in North America.

Hoping to stay somewhere between the ski hill and the town? The Prestige Inn Golden is the perfect place to prop up your skis after a long day on the slopes. With rates starting at $119 per night, the Prestige Inn has a four-star rating that is exemplified by their excellent service, close proximity to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and pool and hot tub.

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Fernie Skiing

At home in quaint Fernie, BC, the Fernie Alpine Resort is a skier’s paradise thanks to their ‘Famous 5 Bowls,’ five incredible dips into the natural landscape featuring top-tier powder and otherworldly vistas. They pride themselves in having the most snow and most ski runs.

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The Alpine Lodge Fernie is an award-winning, ski-in/ski-out destination right in the heart of the Fernie Alpine Resort. Surrounded by the majestic forest that blankets the hills at the resort, this small lodge will sleep up to 18 people in a luxurious cabin setting.

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