Banff National Park is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places on Earth. It’s incomprehensibly big—2,564 square miles—packed with a plethora of lakes, peaks, wildlife and, most importantly, three kickass ski resorts. With Lake Louise Ski Resort, Sunshine Village Ski Resort and Mt. Norquay all within 40 minutes of eachother, the area ranks among the most incredible skiing destinations, period. Combined, the resorts offer a mind-blowing 8,000 acres of skiing terrain, and the average annual snowfall in the area is about 30 feet—equating to many, many powder days. It’s also a season that starts in early November and finishes in late May. That’s seven whole months of skiing.
Being located within one of the planet’s most stunning national parks—the first national park in Canada, by the way—means every single run you take is wildly picturesque. From the chutes to trees to bowls to groomers of Lake Louise, Sunshine and Norquay, you can see for miles and miles without another human in sight. No highways, no distractions, just absurdly fun skiing in the Canadian wilderness.