Banff National Park's historic luxury hotels have attracted visitors for more than a century. The two hotels-one in Banff and one in Lake Louise-serve as places to stay while skiing Mt. Norquay, Sunshine Village, and Lake Louise Ski Area.

The Fairmont Banff Springs, located in the Banff Townsite, is a National Historic Site known for its Scottish Baronial Castle architecture, pools, spa, dining, and views. The hotel has its own rental and ski shop, and complimentary ski and snowboard storage is available. Ski shuttles depart from the front door to connect with Sunshine, Mt. Norquay, and Lake Louise. Nakiska is less than one hour to the east.

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise sits about 45 minutes from the Banff Townsite, but only 10 minutes from Lake Louise Ski Area. The white storybook castle hotel tucked at the base of Mt. Victoria on the shores of frozen Lake Louise draws winter visitors for skiing, sleigh rides, ice skating on the lake, dining, and elegance. Shuttles connect to Lake Louise Ski Area.

Both hotels offer ski and stay packages. Rates vary depending on the packages.

Lodging packages for both historic luxury hotels are also available through Ski Big 3. Packages add on a fourth night free and a fourth day of skiing free until April 30. Per person, per day rates start at $124 for Banff Springs and $121 for Chateau Lake Louise.

More information. Banff Springs, 866-540-4406; Chateau Lake Louise, 866-540-4413; Ski Big 3, 877-754-7080.

Mt Norquay 5 Photo courtesy of Mt Norquay

Skiers at Mt. Norquay overlook the Banff Townsite, the location of the Fairmont Banff Springs. Mt. Norquay photo.