There's no better place to visit for ski/snowboard vacations than the Canadian Rockies. With a selection of world-class ski resorts nearby to small ski towns that offer everything you might want after a day on the slopes, the Rockies will meet all your expectations for ski vacations.
Day 1 - Banff
If you're staying in the Canmore/Banff area, there are two fantastic ski resorts close-by to choose from - Sunshine Valley and Lake Louise. If you're here for a couple days, you might consider visiting each. Or you might want to book a multi-day lift in advance for one or the other.
Many hotels in Banff and Canmore will have shuttle service to the hills, but if you're driving there yourself, leave early in the morning to get a parking spot close to the hill. Otherwise, be prepared to walk or wait for a shuttle bus.
After a long day on the slopes, head back into Banff or Canmore for apres-ski drinks by the fireplace, and a filling and delicious meal in one of the many quality restaurants. A few I would recommend for a memorable and cosy dining experience after an active day are Murietta's in Canmore, and Earls and The Keg in Banff. There are usually line-ups around dinner time, so make reservations, be prepared to wait, or have several drinks first and then have a late dinner.
117 Banff Avenue
TOL OCO Banff, Canada
Day 2 - Banff
If you're staying in Banff or Canmore, you'll soon discover that both are filled with young people, many of whom are ski bums who move to the towns for the winter months. So the nightlife in both places is very active, and there are always friendly tourists to meet.
The Rose and Crown in Banff is usually brimming with rosy-cheeked people enjoying drinks after a day on the slopes and always a fun place to have a drink, meal or late night fun.
202 Banff Avenue
T1L 1B5 Banff, Canada
tel: 403 762 2121
fax: 403 762 8638