You're probably better off to make it a long weekend, given the number of resorts and the mixture of terrain. But if you have only a couple of days, you can still hit three ski areas. Here's how:
1. Friday Night: Night Skiing at Mount Norquay
Just above the town of Banff and across the Trans-Canada Highway sits the relatively compact -- and very steep -- Mount Norquay ski area. This is the only ski area in the Rockies that lights a portion of its runs for night skiing, so take advantage; this is how you'll pack the most runs in to your limited time.
2. Saturday: Sunshine Village
Sunshine Village is reached by a high gondola that runs from a base just about 20 minutes west of Banff. The added elevation means that this is some of the best, most consistent snow you'll find in Banff. Skiing above the tree line at Sunshine, one of the biggest ski areas in Canada, also means some of the highest winds in the Rockies, so bundle up and be prepared.
3. Sunday: Lake Louise
This is the granddaddy of the Banff-area ski resorts, with multiple lodges, 4,200 skiable acres, and 139 runs. Lake Louise's vast terrain runs the gamut from beginner to extreme, sprawling over several peaks and spilling down the back side. The place in Banff for purists.
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