Let’s be honest, unless you are one of those kids who have been skiing since they were three, the thought of spending all day with metal sleds strapped to your feet can be daunting. But, what many people don’t think when their friends ask them to book an impromptu ski trip is that in a lot of cases there is a whole lot more to do than hit the slopes.
Take Banff for example. Located in Alberta, Canada, Banff is home to world renowned ski resorts that draw people from across the world, but what they don’t know is that Banff is also home to Canada’s oldest national park and some of the most stunning wilderness and wildlife in the world.
With that in mind, Exploring Our Globe have put together a list of things to do in Banff that don’t involve having to shovel snow out of your pants after stacking it on a black run that your friends swore wasn’t going to be hard.
Climb Up A Waterfall
In winter, many of the cascading waterfalls in Banff freeze giving you the unique opportunity to actually climb them. This gives a whole new meaning to TLC’s ‘Waterfalls’.
Summit Mt. Norquay
While this might sound difficult, it’s actually a walk in the mark (or rather, the mountains). With the help of an old Italian climbing system that helped troops hide in WWI called Via Ferrata, you climb the mountain using ladders, chains and bridges meaning you can enjoy the picturesque views at the top without the risk.
Meet Some Bears
Book a wildlife tour and experience the incredible fauna that Canada has to offer. If you’re lucky, you’ll see bears, marmots and lynx, and if not, you’ll still get up close with moose, elk and bighorn sheep.
Explore Below The Rockies
Sounds pretty crazy, doesn’t it? But, it’s not. In Banff, you can actually explore the vast cave systems below Canada’s most famous mountains. Not many people can say that they’ve done that.
Cuddle Up In A Cabin
Book a wilderness cabin and you can cuddle up before the fire with no-one but the snow and views around. It’s unlikely to get more romantic than this.