New ways to experience winter in Banff

Some attractive packages are now available for a wintertime trip to Banff National Park, to sample the skiing at any of the three ski resorts in the park. For instance, visitors can ski-in ski-out at Sunshine Mountain Lodge and get the fifth night free from $150 p.p. per night. The package includes all lift tickets and VIP parking. The Winter Adventurer package at Lake Louise is priced from $199 p.p., and includes a stay at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and participation in a 1.5-hour dogsledding adventure along the Continental Divide. By staying at the Chateau, guests can borrow skates to skate on the frozen lake, or take in the Rockies landscape on a pair of borrowed snowshoes. Family friendly Douglas Fir Resort in the town of Banff has a getaway priced from $101 p.p. per day. The package includes the fourth night free and the fourth day of skiing free. The resort has introduced new waterslides and an outdoor hot tub this winter. (