- 22 Resorts
- Consistent Snow
- Diverse destinations
- Resorts open before those of many other states
- Home to Vail, Beaver Creek, Copper Mountain
The Calgary International Airport (YYC) is your gateway to ski the big three, namely Lake Louise, Sunshine and Banff Mount Norquay. The airport is just 11 miles from downtown Calgary. Most major airlines have a home at YYC, including Air Canada, Continental, Delta, Horizon, United, US Airways, American, Westjet, British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, and more.
Head West, young man (and woman). Use Hwy 8 from the airport to Hwy 40. Then it's onto the all-weather/four-lane Trans Canada Highway (aka: Hwy 1) and Hwy 93 into Lake Louise. Banff is about a 90 minute drive west from YYC via Hwy 1. Lake Louise is about 45 minutes west of Banff.
Those skiers and riders coming from the West should also look for HWY 1 East through the towns of Kamloops and Revelstoke into Banff National Park. Hwy 93 provides the final leg into Lake Louise, while Hwy 1 continues to Banff.
The Banff Canmore Airport Express Shuttle (877-992-2633; www.banffairportshuttle.com) is a private, cost effective and convenient way to travel between YYC and Banff, Lake Louise, Golden, B.C, and Canmore. Other airport transfer services are available; call ahead for reservations.
The Jasper-Banff-Lake Louise Daily Connector (888-786-3641; www.sundogtours.com) has been established to provide safe, reliable, and affordable daily transportation for visitors to the Canadian Rockies during the winter season. Pick-ups and drop-offs are available from any location in Jasper, Lake Louise, or Banff. Reservations are required.
Rocky Mountain Charters (www.rockymountaincharters.com)
Alpine Limousine (403-762-5558; www.alpinelimo.ca)
Ambassador Limousine Service (403-299-4910; www.mylimos.com)
Lake Louise Taxi (403-522-2020)
Banff Taxi (403-762-4444; www.banfftransportation.com)