Skijoring Banff Lake Louise Tourism

If you aren’t too tired after a day or more on the slopes of Lake Louise, Sunshine and Mt. Norquay, there are plenty of options, including ice skating and horse-drawn sleigh rides. Events at SkiBig3 and in the towns of Banff and Lake Louise are back and better than before the so-called “pandemic pause”.

Here’s what to put on your calendar between now and spring.

Snow Days in Banff

Every January, Banff and Lake Louise come alive with the annual Snow Days Winter Festival. The streets of downtown Banff transform into larger-than-life winter galleries with giant snow sculptures, and onlookers line Banff Avenue to watch skijoring, as skiers are pulled through the snow by horses.  And more events, including just for kids.

  • Jan. 18 – 29, 2023

Mt. Norquay’s Stay & Apres Series

End your day on the mountain by going straight from the chair to cheers with the new Stay & Après Tasting Sessions, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Lone Pine Restaurant at Mt. Norquay on five days this season. This informative and delicious series of après ski tasting experiences is free with a valid lift ticket or season pass.

Kick your boots up, relax, sip on amazing drinks, and learn from an expert from Black Stallion wines (March 4), Park Distillery (Jan. 20 and Feb. 24), Hendo (Feb. 25) and Banff Ave. Brew Co. (March 10). There are only 20 spots available for each session, which is open to adults aged 18 and over. Sign up now or day of in the Cascade Lodge.

  • Jan.  20; Feb. 24, 25; March 4, 10 

Demo Days at Lake Louise Ski Resort

Try out the latest and greatest skis and snowboards from your favorite brands for free at Demo Days at Lake Louise Ski Resort. Visit a tent in the base area with a valid lift ticket or pass (along with an ID and credit card) and choose the gear (first come, first served) you’d like to try for a few laps. A rep will set up the gear to fit your own boots.

  • Feb. 17, and March 18, 2023

Cardboard Sled Derby

Race down the Norquay Tube Park for your chance to win great prizes, and even greater bragging rights. The catch? You’ll be racing in a self-made sled built from only the following items: tape, string, garbage bags, glue, and cardboard. Prizes are awarded for the fastest sled, best crash, and best overall.  Or just watch.

  • Feb 3, 2023, 6:30pm to 10pm

Norquay’s Lifts of Love

Feb. 11, 2023

High-speed quad dating returns to Mt. Norquay this February. Lifts of Love is a fresh take on speed dating, promising you’ll meet somebody new on every chair. The $45 entry fee includes a lift pass, an Apres Ski Mixer including food and drink specials and a live DJ, in The Lone Pine, beginning at 9 p.m.

  • Feb. 11, 2023

Nightrise at the Banff Gondola

At Nightrise, Sulphur Mountain’s summit is transformed after dark through four digital art installations inspired by the area’s First Nations history. Vibrant lighting, multimedia effects, video projections and music bring the mountaintop to life in new and unexpected ways. The installation was created by visionary Montreal-based multimedia studio Moment Factory in partnership with the Stoney Nakoda Nation.

Reservations recommended, whether you opt for just the digital light experience or add drinks or dinner at the Northern Lights Alpine Kitchen.

  • Dec. 2, 2022 – April 9, 2023

Slush Cup

Banff Sunshine plays host to its three-day #slushtival each May, promising true spring skiing and snowboarding, music, dancing and entertainment.

The Slush Cup is a neon, nutty, nail-biting pond skimming event, now in its 95th (ish) year, and celebrated traditionally on the last day of the ski season (Banff/Lake Louise is North America’s longest non-glacial ski season. Laugh as the brave attempt to travel across an ice-cold pond on skis or a snowboard while wearing crazy costumes. Also, check out the Slushshine Rail Jam and the Water Gate Banked Slalom.

  • May 21-23, 2023

What’s your favorite run at Lake Louise?  Sunshine?  Norquay?

See you on the slopes!

One Comment

  1. doug kilbourn says:

    thank you for including us in Canada
    lake louise is our home area since the early 60’s
    favourite runs are any off the back of summit

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