Banff



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Banff
Attractions consist of a choice of museums focusing on regional history, hiking, gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain, hot springs pool, wide range of winter-sports activities including ice-skating and snowboarding.

By night the place is reasonably lively; downtown offers a choice of restaurants, bars, cinema and a nightclub. The central attraction here is the winter scene. A combination of mountain faces, altitude and abundant precipitation ensures guaranteed conditions Nov to May; ski conditions are often still favourable in the upper regions of Lake Louise until late June. Both Mt Norquay and Lake Louise have an extensive range of snow-making machines; Sunshine Village boasts all natural snow.

A selection of runs at Mt Norquay, mostly beginner to intermediate, with a few for more advanced and expert skiers. More accomplished or adventurous skiers need to commute to the more extensive networks of Sunshine Village and Lake Louise, both with more advanced/expert runs (42% of Sunshine Village runs are black).

The entire 3-resort area boasts over 200 runs. Skiers commute daily to Mt Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise for extensive slopes and variety.

There are local excursions by organised tour include ice and wildlife walks, night tracks and sleigh rides. Bus tours operate throughout Banff National Park region in summer. Calgary for city sophistication.