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Exploring Banff Backcountry Skiing

Backcountry skiers and snowboarders know Banff as one of the best (if not the best) skiing spot in North America. During the months of April and May, most ski resorts start opening for business. This is the time when the mountains are less prone to avalanche, which locals also consider the prime time to ski most especially in the Bow Valley. What attract the daring skiers the most are not the safe areas, but the riskier areas such as the Aemmer Couloir on Mount Temple and the ¾ Couloir in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Just the same there are many skiable areas in Banff and because of this, skiers and tourists keep coming back for more year after year.

Nowadays, Banff tourists are no longer limited to skiers and snowboarders. Because of the majestic sights, even photographers travel for miles just to catch the best scenic spots together with the raw excitement of the sports fanatics immortalized through their lenses.

If you haven’t gone to Banff yet, seriously consider a trip one of these days. Here are some travel guidelines when planning a trip to Banff Canada.

Banff resort


Banff has lots of options for travelers when it comes to accommodations from hostels to five-star hotels. When you come during the low season, you can get a decent place to stay even without reservations. Travelers can also enjoy its numerous aprés ski options.

When to Go

Powder along the north facing walls starts melting late in March, so this can already be a welcoming sign for skiers. To be safe, come in mid April to late April when the snow and weather conditions are more consistent.


It is always wise to check on weather conditions particularly the avalanches at as well as other websites that report travel conditions.

Travel Booking and Advice

It is best to have a good travel advisor who knows the place well.  If you avail services from the local expert, you get first hand information that is more accurate than other travel service providers who are not from the area.  One highly recommended company is WestJet, a Canadian based aircraft and air travel service company which offers affordable flights to more 80 destinations in North America, Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean islands.c

WestJet is also part of FlightNetwork which makes it easier for travelers to plan and book their vacations to their chosen destinations according to the best budget possible.

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Bernadette Otieno

Bernadette Otieno is a writer and film practitioner based in Kenya. She produced her first short film called Gangari (Hustler). The film won the best student film award in the 2012 Kenyan Kalasha Television and Film Awards.

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