Top 10 Family Reunion Destination Resorts: Fairmont Banff Springs
While birds migrate south for the winter, we tend to gravitate north. You may think that snow-covered grounds and a cool wind whipping across your face doesn’t resemble the ideal vacation destination, but instead of taking our word for it, sneak a peek at our No. 8 pick.
The Fairmont Banff Springs ski resort didn’t make those majestic mountains the color of glinting steel with powdery slopes, but we give them props for choosing this fabulous location to set up camp! Yes, we have traveled to Canada once again for its unparalleled mountain scenery and pastimes. Another great credit to Fairmont Banff Spring’s locale is its close proximity to Mount Norquay, Banff’s very family-friendly ski area. Groomed runs, bumps and terrain parks suit any level of skier – plus, Norquay is the only lit terrain park and only night skiing area in Bow Valley.
When you come off the slopes, warm up with traditional afternoon tea, including scones with Devonshire cream and almond mocha lady fingers, at Rundle Lounge with views of Rundle Mountain and Bow Valley. Wrap up the family’s night with Mountain Heritage Campfires where Banff natives tell local stories.
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For some solitary time in the midst of family clamor, escape to Willow Stream Spa for a Wildflower Body Polish.
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Possibly even more stunning than the Canada mountain range outside is your luxury guestroom inside Fairmont Banff Springs. Ornamental fireplaces and chandeliers grace the elegant rooms of silky sheets and ornate décor.
From Calgary International Airport, Take Barlow Trail North to Country Hills Boulevard. Travel west onto County Hills to Stoney Trail. Exit onto Stoney Trail South. Follow to Trans-Canada Highway/Route 1. Obtain a Park Pass from National Park Gates. After the gates, exit at Banff/Lake Minnewanka. At the stop sign, turn left onto Banff Avenue. Follow Banff Avenue over the bridge, after which you make a left and stay in the left lane to follow Spray Avenue. Spray Avenue will take you to the doors of Fairmont Banff Springs.