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Snow Days in Banff National Park

24 Jan

Experience the Ice Magic Festival in Lake Louise, centrepiece to SnowDays, a month-long celebration of winter in Banff National Park.

Little Chippers Weekend – January 26 & 27 

Join us as we celebrate the young and young at heart. Marvel at the finished ice carvings from last weekend’s international competition and enjoy loads of activities and experience focused on family fun.

Little Chippers Carving & Ice Playground – 11am to 2pm
Your kids can learn the art and science of ice carving for $2, crawl through an ice tunnel and cruise down an ice slide at the Samson Mall.

Ice Carving Demo – 12pm to 12:30pm
Learn from a master carver during the 10 block ice carving demo on the shores of Lake Louise.

Lake Side Fun – 12pm to 3pm
Skate with the Ice Queen on magnificent frozen Lake Louise.

Cozy Corner Kids Indoor Activity Centre – 12pm to 3pm
The Cozy Corner includes face painting, crafts and more at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise! $2 entry.

Snowy Treats and Snowshoes – 1pm to 5pm
Enjoy snowshoeing, hot drinks and snacks at the Mountaineer Lodge.

Park & Ride!

Avoid the hassle and take advantage of the FREE shuttle running from the Samson Mall to The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, returning every 20 mins: Saturday & Sunday January 26 & 27from 10:30am – 5:30pm. Please drive carefully, obey all no parking signs and watch out for pedestrians.

SnowDays This Weekend

January 26 & 27

Central Park

  • Learn to Snowshoe (Saturday only) – Join a local Banff expert who will share basic skills – free.
  • Banff Park Museum – Known as the “University of the Hills”, the Banff Park Museum is one of Canada’s best examples of a Victorian-era natural history museum. Special winter opening hours!
  • Ice Playground – Kids will love the ice slide and other interactive playground features – free.
  • Cave and Basin Discovery Camp – Get a taste of what camp life was like for the crew that built the Canadian Pacific Railway through the Bow Valley in 1883 – free.

Banff Avenue Square

  • Sled Dog Meet and Greet (Saturday 6:30pm) – Meet the dogs, learn about the different breeds with Kingmik Dog Sled Tours – free.
  • Roasted Chestnuts (Saturday only) – All proceeds to the Banff Community High School Sports Program.
  • Ice Climbing Wall – Here is your chance to try ice climbing on a 40ft wall of ice.  Equipment and instruction provided for free.  Saturday until 8pm and Sunday until 6pm.
  • Banff Ave Base Camp – Have your photo taken for free against an epic mountain backdrop with a selection of vintage skis plus enjoy tea tastings courtesy of the Banff Tea Co – free.

Additional Activities

  • Culture Crawl (Saturday only) – Experience Banff’s rich art, culture and history. Canada House Gallery, Willock & Sax Gallery and Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont Banff Springs.
  • 2013 Heritage Swim (Sunday only) – Dare to wear a heritage bathing costume and compete in dog paddle relay races and more at the Banff Upper Hot Springs.
  • Lake Louise Historical Walking Tours – Walking tours departing from the ice castle at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – free.

SnowDays Mid Week Activities

Monday & Friday

  • Movies for a Nickel – Parks Canada’s Mountain WIT brings it all back with a collection of classic celluloid from days gone by at the Banff Visitor Information Centre – free.

Tuesday

  • Banff/Canmore Speed Skating Demo – Watch the club practice their skills at the Downtown Skating Rink in Banff.

Tuesday & Wednesday

  • Brewery Tour & Tasting – The Banff Ave Brewing Co invites you to an exclusive brewery tour and tasting. Reservations required – free.

Wednesday

  • Mountain Film Wednesdays – The Banff Mountain Festival World Tour brings a selection of the best short winter films from past festivals to the Elk & Oarsman Pub & Grill – free.

Friday

  • Sub Zero DJ Disco Skate – Skate to the beats and lights on Friday nights with DJ Dark Buddha at the Downtown Skating Rink in Banff.

SOURCE: BANFF – LAKE LOUISE TOURISM

 

Win a FREE 3-day Banff Norquay – Lake Louise – Sunshine Ski Pass

05 Nov

If you are on Twitter be sure to enter the following Twitter promotion – all you have to do is follow @HolidaysCanada and RT the tweet below. Competition closes this Friday, November 9 2012 at 10am Pacific Time – Good Luck!!!

 

Banff National Park Ski Resorts Open Early for 2012-2013 Ski Season

24 Oct

After many days of snowfall in the Canadian Rockies over the past week, the ski resorts in Banff National Park are opening early. Nakiska ski resort, which is located outside of Banff National Park, announced yesterday that they were opening this weekend. Just a few hours ago, Banff Mt. Norquay announced that they are opening tomorrow (Thursday, October 25 2012) at noon, just a couple of days before Nakiska’s scheduled early opening (and thus stealing Nakiska’s thunder) – way to go Banff Mount Norquay! This is the earliest ski resort opening in Canada’s history (to our knowledge).

The Lake Louise Ski Area and Sunshine Village are currently scheduled to open on November 9th 2012 for the 2012-2013 winter ski season.

Cheap lift passes are available through the U.K. website SkiHolidaysCanada.co.uk but you have to contact them direct for rates. Their early-bird deadline is December 15 2012 so you’d better get your skates, or should I say, skis on!!!

Have a great season and feel free to post comments – we love to hear from you!

 

New Year’s Eve 2011 in Banff

29 Dec

Banff National Park is an excellent place to see in the New Year and there is certainly no shortage of things to do and places to go!  As always, Banff Avenue at midnight is the place to be to see the fireworks!

Lake Louise Torchlight Dinner & Ski

Start with après refreshments and live music mid-mountain, followed by first tracks on a freshly groomed run, and then finish off with dinner and entertainment in the Sitzmark Lounge. Book in advance.
4:00 PM | Lake Louise Ski Area | $65 | Lake Louise Torchlight Dinner & Ski Details

NYE 2011
Bubbles flowing, campfire roaring, taste buds exploding: it must be NYE at The Bison!
5PM ($85) & 6:30PM ($125) Seatings | Bison Restaurant & Terrace, 211 Bear St.

New Years Eve 2011 with Cronic
Dinner buffet with live entertainment, two seatings.
6:30 PM | St. James Gate Olde Irish Pub | $75

New Year’s Gala
Enjoy a four course meal while Barry Shaw and The Fairmont Banff Springs Orchestra play in the back- ground.
7:00 PM | Fairmont Banff Springs, Van Horne Ballroom | $295

Torchlight Parade
Join us to ring in the New Year with our Torchlight Parade down North American Chair, which can be seen from the town of Banff.
7:00 PM | Banff Mt. Norquay

The Rocky Mountain New Year’s Eve Experience
Live DJ, all party favours and champagne included.
8:00 PM | Dancing Sasquatch | $99

Masquerade Ball
Banff’s best party with DJ Strength
9:00 PM | HooDoo Lounge | $69.99

Banff New Year’s Party, Greek Style
Enjoy a fantastic 3 course Greek feast, Banff’s only live dinner show (belly dancing, Greek dancing & plate smashing), party favours and a glass of champagne to ring in the New Year! Reservations required.
9:30 PM | Balkan Restaurant, 120 Banff Ave. | $75

Masquerade Ball New Year’s Party
Featuring the music stylings of Project Mayhem, enjoy the ball with or without dinner.
10 PM | Rose & Crown | $110 Dinner & Ball, $60 Ball

Banff’s Biggest & Best New Year’s Party
Amazing light show, 3 drinks and delicious appetizer.
10:00 PM | Aurora Night Club | $99

Matt Beatty and the Second String Cowboys
Enjoy live country music, balloon drop, champagne toast, party favours and a late night appetizer buffet.
10:00 PM | Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon | $40

ONGOING EVENTS

Christmas Social Printings & Drawings
With works by John Snow, Margaret Shelton, George Weber, D. Helen Mackie, Dwayne Harty, Peter von Tiesen- hausen, Jean Sheppard, James Agrell Smith, Harry Wohlfarth, Illingworth Kerr, Kenojuak Ashevak, Chris Stoffel Overvoorde, Kananginak Pootoogook, Tom Willock, Napachie Pootoogook, John Topelko and others.
December 1—30 | Open daily 10 AM—6 PM | Willock & Sax Gallery, 211 Bear St.

Christmas at the Castle
Join the parade of Christmas characters as they wind their way through the grand hallways of the hotel, led by San- ta. The majestic mountains beckon all to experience a Christmas holiday filled with laughter and lasting memories. Throughout the holiday season we blend new and old world traditions together with activities designed to intrigue, spoil and inspire you.
December 19—January 2 | The Fairmont Banff Springs | Reservations – 1-866-540-4406

Current exhibits at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, 111 Bear Street Bow Valley Fibrearts
Whether revealed through fabric, yarn or other materials, the artistic ambitions of the Bow Valley are explored in this exhibition. A selection of quilting, knitted soft sculpture and painting on silk are just some of the examples fea- tured in this informal survey.

Small Treasures Art Show & Sale
Good things come in small packages! A favourite tradition of locals and visitors, the Museum hosts its annual holi- day season Art Show and Sale. Choose from individual works of art or handcrafted artisan-made gift items.

Women of Fibre & Bow Valley Fibrearts
Whether revealed through fabric, yarn or other materials, the artistic ambitions of the Bow Valley are explored in this exhibition. A selection of quilting, knitted soft sculpture and painting on silk are just some of the examples fea- tured in this informal survey.

UPCOMING EVENTS

SnowDays | January 14—February 12, 2012
New events such as the Mountain Adventure Weekend and “Take it to the Street” hockey tournament on Banff Ave, combined with the ever popular Ice Magic Festival, now two weekends of fun, will add to the excitement of the season. Throw in a new outdoor skating rink decked out with lights, festive atmosphere and new programming by Parks Canada and Banff Heritage Tourism, we’ll all have something to celebrate and share. Full details coming soon…

Watermedia in the Rockies | January 21 through March 20, 2012 | Whyte Museum Watermedia has been a traditional medium for artists in the Rocky Mountains. Keeping with tradition this show will feature the work of watermedia artists who have portrayed their love and respect for the Rocky Mountains and areas nearby.

 

What’s happening in Banff? December 23 2011

22 Dec

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23 2011: EVENTS

Tea House, Sightseeing & Tubing Opening Day
All Day | Mt. Norquay

Santa Family Photo Days
Get your photo taken with Santa and his elves & receive a complimentary e-card! (Santa hits the slopes at 2pm.)
1 AM—1 PM | Lodge of Ten Peaks, Lake Louise Ski Area

Country Christmas
Enjoy a sleigh ride followed by a delicious dinner and live music! Reservations required, 403-522-1898
6:30 PM | Brewster Dance Barn, Lake Louise

Daniel Sky Live
A singer/songwriter originally from Winnipeg. In September he released his new record “Spider Milk.”
9:00 PM—11:00 PM | The Beaver Bar, SameSun

3 Days of Christmas
Grant Slavin kicks the Scrooge for 3 straight nights
10:00 PM | Rose & Crown

Dave Lang and the Black Squirrels
Country/Swing
10:00 PM | Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon

Stan Jacobs Live!
Offering up the best in 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s pop, blues, R&B, jazz standards, light rock, reggae, calypso and country music styling’s.
9 PM| Rundle Lounge, Fairmont Banff Springs

Al Barrett Trio
9:30 PM | St. James Gate Olde Irish Pub

 

First Grizzly Bear Sighting of 2011

08 Apr

Even though the snow keeps coming and it’s April 8th 2011, the bears are now starting to wake up. Dan Rafla of Parks Canada managed to snap the first photo of a grizzly bear in Banff National Park just a few days ago. This grizzly certainly has a sleepy face!

Click to enlarge:
The frist grizzly bear sighting in Banff National Park for 2011
Meanwhile, the ski resorts in Banff National Park are in incredible shape. Below are a couple of webcam snapshots from today. Fresh powder and cooler temperatures are creating some of the best spring skiing seen for years!

Lake Louise [Banff National Park] snapshot from today:
Lake Louise webcam snapshot
Sunshine Village [Banff National Park] snapshot from today:
Sunshine Village, Banff, ski cam snapshot from today

 

Snowfall warning still in effect – Banff National Park

02 Apr

It seems we just keep getting these snowfall warnings this year! Environment Canada once again posted a snowfall warning for Banff National Park and surrounding area with good reason. The snow has been coming down heavily all day today with no end in sight! It’s April 2nd 2011 – where is the spring??! With temperature highs of below zero degrees centigrade today, this new snowfall is not going anyway and as a result, the ski resorts are in incredible shape.

Sunshine Village ski resort, in Banff National Park received 12cm in past 24 hours. That’s 47cm in the past 72 hours and the snow has been coming down hard all day. Can’t wait to see tomorrow’s report!

The highway cameras in Alberta give you a good idea of the current driving conditions in Banff National Park – if you must drive, please drive safe or take one of the ski shuttles instead. The locals who drive these buses know the roads better than anyone!

Here is the current weather conditions for Banff:

SNOWFALL WARNING IN EFFECT, Banff

Posted: April 2nd, 2011 05:46 PM

Persons in or near this area should be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and take necessary safety precautions. Issued: 3:46 PM MDT Saturday 02 April 2011


Current Conditions: -2.7°C

Posted: April 2nd, 2011 06:00 PM

Observed at: Banff 4:00 PM MDT Saturday 02 April 2011
Temperature: -2.7°C
Pressure / Tendency: 100.8 kPa rising
Humidity: 82 %
Wind Chill: -7
Dewpoint: -5.4°C
Wind: E 9 km/h
Air Quality Health Index: N/A


Saturday night: Snow. Low minus 4.

Posted: April 2nd, 2011 06:00 PM

Snow ending this evening then cloudy. Amount 2 to 4 cm. Low minus 4. Forecast issued 4:00 PM MDT Saturday 02 April 2011

Banff Current Weather Source: Rocky Mountain Holidays


Thanks for reading and be sure to share your experiences in Banff National Park with us below. When this storm blows through, the ski conditions will be incredible tomorrow.

Will spring ever arrive in Banff National Park?!

 

Banff Norquay to extend opening – 2011

31 Mar

2011 has so far continued to bring us plenty of snow here in the Canadian Rockies with low temperatures keeping the ski conditions perfect.  Mother Nature is making sure we don’t get to see spring just yet (although we are officially almost 2 weeks into spring!).

The ski resorts in Banff National Park received another good dosing of the white stuff today:

  • Sunshine Village, Banff – 20cm in past 24 hrs. High of just -3°C (26.6°F) reached today.
  • Banff Norquay received 7cm in the past 48 hours.
  • Lake Louise received 9cm of fresh snow over the past 24 hours.

 

Sunshine Village still intends to open through to late May and Lake Louise intends to close May 1st. Banff Norquay just announced that they intend to extend their opening through to April 24th 2011. It seems that there is plenty of the white stuff for Easter – not only will we be skiing with the Easter bunny, you might want to look out for bears on skis too!

Happy spring to you all!

 

Incredible Snow Conditions in Banff National Park 2011

15 Jan

Firstly, a belated Happy New Year to you all!

We are off to a fantastic start here in the Canadian Rockies. The snowfall so far has just been incredible.  So much powder, in fact, the Kicking Horse Powder Express from Banff has been cancelled the last couple of days due to it not being able to get through!

This is the snow POWDER report from today:

  • Lake Louise [Banff National Park] – 19cm received in past 24 hours (40cm in the past 2 days)
  • Sunshine Village [Banff National Park] – 21cm received in the past 24 hours (42cm in the past 2 days)
  • Banff Norquay [Banff National Park] – 35+cm in the past 24 hours. Their NORTH AMERICAN chair (BIG CHAIR) opened today!
  • Nearby Nakiska – 28cm in the past 24 hours, 38cm in the past 48 hours, 63cm in the past 7 days.
  • Nearby Kicking Horse Mountain Resort – 32 cm in the past 24 hours, 61cm in the past 48 hours (84cm in the past week). Incredible.

Have any of you managed to get up recently? If you have, we would love to hear about it!

Drive safe and enjoy this magnificent powder!

 

Banff Spring Powder 2010

09 Apr

As predicted by weather experts, after our milder El Niño winter this year, the snow has kept coming in the spring making for great spring powder days at the Banff ski resorts.

The ski resorts in Banff National Park are in excellent shape. Today, Banff National Park is enjoying another POWDER DAY!

Sunshine Village Banff received 25cm in the last 24 hours

In the last 24 hours, Sunshine Village received 25cm (9.8in), Banff Norquay 20+cm (+7.9in) and  Lake Louise 13cm (5.1in). These ski resorts are all included in your Tri-Area Ski Lift Pass which includes the frequent ski shuttles to and from Banff.

With extended spring lift opening, you now have more time to play in the powder. At Sunshine Village, lift times have been extended to run until 4:30pm (Jackrabbit 5pm) until season close (May 24 2010).

Contact us at Banff Blog if you require more information!

 
 
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