Standish & Strawberry Chair – Beginner Level
This is a great warmup run for any level of skier in Banff National Park. The vistas from Strawberry & Standish are incredible, and on a clear day (aka bluebird day), you’ll have great views of Mt. Assiniboine, also known as the Canadian Matterhorn.
You can watch the perfect sunrise from the top of those chairs during December & January – simply put, it’s a magical experience.
Pro Tip: After a few runs, warm up with a hot chocolate or a Caesar (if you want something with a kick) at the Mad Trappers Saloon. It’s the original ski lodge which locals have famously dubbed “Trappers Lap”.
Sunshine Coast & Goats Eye – All Levels
This is the perfect run to get your carve on! This run encourages skiers to ski quickly and take long, sweeping turns – bring your carving skis for even more fun. This run doesn’t have a huge volume of skiers on it, and even on the busiest of days, it can feel like you’re the only one on it.
Pro Tip: This is a great last lap on your ski day. You’ll have a super long & fun last lap down to the parking lot by keeping your speed.
Delirium Dive – Expert/Pro Level
The ultimate testing ground for any skier and snowboarder! Despite being considered within the resort limit, ‘The Dive’ is regarded by locals as real backcountry & big mountain terrain.
To enter the gates leading to Delirium Dive, you must bring your avalanche gear: beacon, probe & shovel. Before attempting this run, know some facts before you go. Get your AST 1 Certification (Avalanche Safety Training Course 1), learn how to use your equipment and research the dangers of backcountry terrain.
Pro Tip: You can hike up to the ‘The Dive’ entrance and have a peek to see if the terrain is for you. This spot also provides excellent views for pictures from one of the highest sites in the resort.