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Spring Skiing In Banff Lake Louise

22nd March 2019

A blog from Seren…

Always wanted to visit Canada or Banff Lake Louise but feel that it may be out of your budget? Consider visiting Banff in mid-late April, you'll find excellent conditions, fewer people and longer days in the sun all for a slightly lower cost than peak season. Many of our team and lived and worked in Canada so we are well placed to answer any questions you may have. Here is our guide to spring in Banff Lake Louise:

Skiing

Banff National Park is home to the longest non-glacial ski season in North America, you can ski right up until late May in Banff Sunshine Village. The warmer temperatures mean that you can make the most of your après ski time on the slopes, just remember your sun cream, we’ve all had an awful goggle tan! The slopes will be quieter and you can enjoy the incredible conditions. The mountain staff are as happy as ever, with fewer people on the mountain it's a great opportunity to get talking and see if there are any hidden gems they'd recommend, you can't beat local knowledge.

 

Food

Cochon555 is returning to Banff for the second year, taking place at Fairmont Banff Springs April 6th. This event places the spotlight on local chefs and farmers and they showcase local cuisine. Five chefs compete for the title “Princess/Prince of Pork”. Known locally as a ‘nose-to-tail’ event it was created in response to a lack of education and heritage breed pigs. It supports local farmers and educates buyers and diners about the importance of knowing where your food comes from.  This is a weekend-long event. On day one, local talent and guest chefs from across the continent collaborate on five to seven-course communal dinners. On day two, the main competition matches five chefs with five heritage-breed pigs and five sommeliers for your vote, along with over 40 stations bringing together the best in culinary craft from across Alberta and British Columbia.

 

Alternative Activities

For those who don’t ski, Banff is still the perfect place to visit in Spring. While friends and family are hitting the slopes, why not try rock climbing at the bottom of the valley? Haven’t got a head for heights? Enjoy a hike through the mountain paths and join a group of like-minded ramblers. If you enjoy trail running then the Fenlands Loop to Vermillion Lakes and Minnewanka Loop are local favourites. Hire a 'fat bike' and explore Banff Lake Louise on two wheels, the extra wide tyres mean you can tackle a variety of terrain including snow! If you want to relax and unwind, seek out one of Banff Lake Louise hot springs, ideal for relaxing your muscles after a day on the mountain in beautiful surroundings.

 

Après

If you enjoy craft beer, then a visit to the Brewski Festival in Lake Louise is a must. The festival highlights craft beer from local Canadian breweries. Head to Mad Trapper’s, a cabin situated in the middle of Sunshine village for the annual Slush Cup to watch skiers and boarders fly across a fool of icy water with the aim of making it all the way to the end of the pool. Looking for a great place to eat, check out our guide to the Top 5 Restaurants In Banff.  Some notable bars include Wild Bills Saloon, hosting live music and a mechanical bull to test your cowboy skills, Rose and Crown, this pub style bar hosts live folk and country music and has pool tables and darts to keep you entertained. There are 3 late night clubs in Banff, The Dancing Sasquatch, The Devils Gap and Hoodoos each with their own style of music and atmosphere, these will be quieter towards the end of the season.

 

 

Plan Ahead

If you are visiting Canada in the hopes of seeing the turquoise waters of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake then be aware that these do not thaw until mid/late June. Lake Louise is much higher than many other sections of the Bow Valley so when other areas nearer to Banff may be warming it, it is possible that there may still be snow on the ground.

 

For Further Information

Our team are experts in Andorra, France and Canada and have years of experience living and working in ski resorts across the world. If you are looking to plan the trip of a lifetime, this season or next year get in touch and we'd be happy to help. You can call us on 02921 880022 or enquire online, have a look at just a few of our amazing deals.

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