Taking in the majesty of Banff

Special to The Times


From LAX, Air Canada flies nonstop, and United and America West offer connecting service (change of planes) to Calgary. Restricted round-trip fares start at $265.50.


All prices are in U.S. dollars.

Alpine, snowboarding: Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine, Box 1085, Banff, Alberta, Canada T1L 1H9; (800) 661-1431 or (403) 762-4561, fax (403) 762-8185, Partnership of Banff National Park’s three ski resorts. Three-day pass good at all three places costs $41 for children 6-12, $118 for ages 13-64 and $104 for 65 and older. Includes free shuttles from Banff and Lake Louise hotels.

Packages: Lodging packages may save money. Peak season example: three nights at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and a three-day, all-resorts ski pass for $336 per person. A similar three-night package based at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is $345 per person.

Cross-country: Canmore Nordic Centre, site of 1988 Winter Olympics Nordic events, (403) 678-2400,; and the Nordic Stop at Chateau Lake Louise, rentals and lessons, (403) 522-1898, Ext. 1201.


Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, 111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, Alberta T0L 1E0; information (403) 522-3511, toll-free reservations (800) 257-7544, fax (403) 522-3834, A 487-room resort where I stayed. Standard rates for a double room start at $221 per night; ski package starts at $107 per person, per day.

Fairmont Banff Springs, 405 Spray Ave., Banff, Alberta T1L 1J4; information (403) 762-2211, reservations (800) 257-7544, fax (403) 762-5755, Larger sister hotel of the chateau, with spa pools fed by hot springs. Doubles from about $155.

Other choices include the cosmopolitan Rimrock Resort Hotel outside the town of Banff, (800) 661-1587,; the Post Hotel, a rustic Relais & Châteaux property near Lake Louise, (800) 661-1586,; and the Sunshine Inn, which has mountainside rooms and two-bedroom suites, (877) 542-2633, Budget choices: the Banff Alpine Centre hostel, (866) 762-4122,, and the Banff Voyager Inn, (403) 762-3301,


The Maple Leaf, 137 Banff Ave., Banff; (403) 760-7680. Seafood, pastas, regional game specialties. Dinner entrees $15-$30.

Melissa’s, 218 Lynx St., Banff; (403) 762-5511. Casual steakhouse also serves seafood, pastas. Main courses $8-$15.


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