1 . The Fairmont Banff Springs

Banff, Alberta

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Some of the most famous storybook characters and real life heroes came from humble beginnings. While our No. 1 pick certainly had a less than modest start with its 1888 construction as a Scottish Baronial castle, it is still a fairytale destination that will inspire you on your Banff winter getaway.

The Fairmont Banff Springs is not only the point of convergence for Old World elegance and modern day comfort, but also for the Bow and Spray Rivers. Anglers and avid nature lovers will revel in this meeting point that conveniently provides fishing spots and hiking trails near the breathtaking Banff National Park. If slippers suit you more than snowshoes and you still feel the urge to experience the Canadian countryside, The Willow Stream Spa brings the beauty of the outdoors inside. The powerful but peaceful streams and hot springs of the north are harnessed by waterfalls and a mineral pool at Willow Stream. Your Fairmont Banff Springs accommodations are a testament to distinct and classical sophistication. Gaze out at the mountain peaks from your whirlpool in the Presidential Suite or curl up in front of the stone fireplace with your favorite novel.

Highlights

You’ll never give in to boredom at Fairmont Banff Springs because of the extensive list of onsite and offsite activities. Play a few games at the resort’s bowling center, take a canyon ice walk, try dog sledding or ice fishing, take a sleigh ride or turn figure eight’s in the resort’s ice rink.

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Don’t just stare at the mountains, explore them with a set of skis on one of the local ski areas, including Banff Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise.

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All rooms in Fairmont Banff Springs are appointed with cable TV, an iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, high speed Internet and more.

2 . Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa

Banff, Alberta

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You enjoy slate-colored mountains with rivulets of snow running down the slopes. But you don’t feel like descending its heights with planks for feet and only two poles to navigate through the trees with. The thrill of downhill skiing may appeal to some, but for you there is our No. 2 spot.

Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa does put ski bunnies in proximity to the Banff ski areas and private or group lessons at the Caribou Ski and Snowboard School. Those remaining at the base of the mountain will be pleased to hear that they can enjoy the view from afar and indulge in less wind-whipping pleasures. Terracotta tiles and stone walls may emit a Mediterranean flair, but the Red Earth Spa hot pool is decidedly Canadian, as are the myriad spa rituals. Enjoy head-to-toe pampering with the Essence of Canada or lose yourself in the absolute bliss of a Warm Earth Signature Hot Stone Massage. While you’re waiting for your snow-bound sweetie or kiddies to return, the Keg Steakhouse and Bar offers a casual bar for a post-spa aperitif. After your fill of steak and potatoes, a movie on your LCD TV is the perfect segue to slumber.

Address

521 Banff Ave., Banff, Alberta, Canada T1L 1H8

Highlights

Have a relaxed and productive meeting in the Red Earth Summit Room which keeps spirits lifted and focused with natural sunlight flooding in through three large windows.

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When you’re out and about, take hybrid Banff Transit or a 10 minute walk to downtown Banff for spectacular shop, boutiques and restaurants.

3 . Hidden Ridge Resort

Banff, Alberta

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If you’re starting to wonder why we didn’t write a Top 10 Banff Beach Vacations instead, hold off on those cold season blues. We bet that after one look at our No. 3 Banff winter vacation resort, you’ll swap that frown for a smile and beach sand for Banff snow.

Hidden Ridge Resort is tucked away in the heights of Tunnel Mountain, minutes from the bustle of Banff but isolated enough to feel worlds away from it all with only the Cascade, Rundle and Bourgeau mountains as your neighbors. When you’ve had your fill of crisp mountain air from your balcony, turn inside your luxurious condo. If it’s just you and your honey, take in the view from your balcony hot tub in the Premier King Suite. But if you brought the whole family along, we won’t blink twice if we find you in the game room of your spacious four-floor Premier Two-Bedroom Loft Condo. You should be equally unsurprised if you find us in one of the two new, outdoor hot pools. With stunning vistas of the Canadian Rockies and the Bow River Valley, it’s all too easy to remain in those warm, deep blue waters all day.

Address

901 Hidden Ridge Dr., Banff, Alberta, Canada T1L 1B7

Fun facts

Hidden Ridge is pet-friendly and provides pet beds, bowls and treats!

Related Onsite Offerings

Guest laundry facilities, grocery service, complimentary firewood, free transportation on the energy-efficient Banff Roam buses, Mountain Luxury Beds® and high speed wireless Internet.

4 . Fox Hotel and Suites

Banff, Alberta

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Upon seeing our No. 4 resort’s name, our interest was piqued. We began to look for furry auburn-coated creatures peeking out from behind the lobby’s rock features. Alas, only the cherry-hued wood used throughout the hotel reminded us of our foxy friends, but we still found plenty more to excite us.

Fox Hotel and Suites puts you steps from the streets of Banff without sacrificing the beauty of the Canadian Rockies. In fact, Fox’s centerpiece, the Cave and Basin Hot Pool, brings the unique features of rock and water from the surrounding landscape into a luxury setting. Wade through steaming waters and weave around rock pillars and outcroppings in the peaceful cavern. For more creature comforts, hop out of the hot pool and into your Fox suite. Outfitted in a rustic but elegant style, bedrooms boast country-style bed covers and wooden doors while the suite blends chic wallpaper with a jewel red, serene teal and calming beige.

Address

461 Banff Ave., Banff, Alberta, Canada T1L 1H8

Highlights

For an intimate business luncheon or special meeting, the tastefully decorated Fox Board Room and Chili’s Private Dining Room are convenient and ideal options.

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The onsite Chili’s keeps hungry Banff travelers happy with its famous baby back ribs, bottomless beverages and nutritious Guiltless Grill.

5 . Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge

Banff, Alberta

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Discoveries can be made through careful experimentation and research or they occur when something unexpected is noticed. Luckily for us, railroad workers took note of a hot spring at the base of Sulphur Mountain in 1883 and thus began the history of the lush Canadian region we now know as Banff.

Another precious find that has bubbled up to the surface is Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge. Our No. 5 spot prides itself on being a quintessential Canadian ski lodge, and we have to agree it fits the part. An impressive Rundle rock fireplace greets you in the lobby while halls adorned in Canadian artwork lead you to the Grotto Spa. Soft lighting, natural rock and ceramic tile add to the tranquil ambiance. Soothe your senses in the eucalyptus steam room or with a lavender, rosemary and orange citrus infused spa ritual. Every bold adventurer needs a hearty meal. You won’t have to travel far to find the Evergreen Restaurant for just such an occasion. A plate of contemporary Canadian cuisine, a glass of fine wine and a bowl of house made ice cream will lift your weary wanderer’s spirits and ready you for another wintry Banff day.

Address

459 Banff Ave., Banff, Alberta, Canada T1L 1B4

Related activities

Explore the winter wonderland of Banff with the Ski Big 3 Package. This Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge package offers one night’s accommodation, tri-area lift passes, ski shuttles and a voucher for the Evergreen Restaurant.

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Star and end your day with convenient room amenities including complimentary wireless Internet, coffee maker, tea kettle, fridge, daily newspaper, evening turn-down service, plush bathrobes and more.

6 . Banff Rocky Mountain Resort

Banff, Alberta

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Surrounded by the Canadian Rockies makes Banff Rocky Mountain Resort an ideal destinatin for your winter vacation. Located on eight acres of private parkland, the resort takes you away from the hustle-bustle of the cities and lets you truly indulge in a magical winter wonderland that's full of stunning views and endless activities. You're only minutes away from some of Banff's best slopes at Mt. Norquay, Sunshine Village and the Lake Louise Ski Area. Beginners, or those in need of a little review, can head over to the Caribou Snow School which offers lessons to help you navigate the hills. When you're ready to unwind for the day, the resort's indoor pool and hot tub will help you warm up and relax. An onsite sauna is also avaiable to get the chill off your bones! Afterward, you can settle down for a delicious meal at the onsite Pepper's Grill, or head back up to your room to catch a movie on your flat-screen television!

Address

1029 Banff Avenue Banff, Alberta, Canada T1L 1A2

Highlights

The Mountain Health and Fitness Club is located onsite and offers you a place to keep in shape on your winter vacation. The club is equipped with free weights, a ten-station universal gym, aerobic machines, strength training, exercise balls, resistance tubing and skipping ropes, and a sauna.

Related Onsite Offerings

Accommodations at Banff Rocky Mountain Resort range from junior suites to their spacious Wolf Condos. Most units are equipped with fireplaces, flat-screen televisions, and wireless internet, while some even offer full kitchens. They even offer pet-friendly lodging!

7 . Douglas Fir Resort and Chalets

Banff, Alberta

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We’re sure you’ve heard the adage “The world is your playground,” but have you heard the phrase “Douglas Fir is your playground?” Well, after visiting our No. 7 spot for yourself, we’re fairly certain you won’t even remember the original wording.

Douglas Fir Resort and Chalets has been hosting romantic Banff retreats, Canada family vacations and your annual friend gatherings on Tunnel Mountain for more than six decades. No matter what way you like to play, Douglas Fir has all the amenities to ensure an enthralling time. For couples, the Jacuzzi Suite provides its bubbling namesake and crackling fireplace – leaving you to spark the romance however you choose. Families can say goodbye to vacations that favor the kids over the adults or vice versa. Kids will delight in scaling the inside of a tree or waving at you from a two-story high truck in the indoor playzone. Parents can take their own “time out” in the sauna, steam room or whirlpool. For those annual friend get-togethers, A-frame chalets with a full kitchen, wood-burning fireplace and cozy sofas allow space for games and nightcaps, while multiple bedrooms with views of the Douglas fir trees allow for an escape.

Address

Tunnel Mountain Rd., Banff, Alberta, Canada T1L 1B2

Fun facts

Douglas Fir did not open up for the winter season until 1968 when they changed their name from Fairholme Bungalows to its current title and then built 18 new chalets.

Related Onsite Offerings

Fitness room, high speed wireless Internet, indoor pool with two waterslides, outdoor tennis and basketball courts, underground parking, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, cable TV and more.

8 . Banff Ptarmigan Inn

Banff, Alberta

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If not for the comfy rooms and stylish décor, we have to give our No. 8 Banff winter vacation pick kudos for choosing a memorable homeland creature for their name. From now on, the Banff Ptarmigan will bring to mind images of fluffy-feathered, rounded, dove-like birds, and scrumptious Italian food.

Have no fear, the Banff Ptarmigan Inn by no means attempts to blend the bird and the cuisine. The menu at The Meatball only features mouthwatering creations such as Atlantic lobster and spinach dip, Sambuca prawns, Fusilli Carbonara and a grilled eggplant and Portobello tower. After such a delectable meal – which we’re sure you paired with a white or red cellar favorite – your Banff Ptarmigan Premium Room calls out for an evening curled up in front of the fire with a good read. When morning comes, and your cup of coffee is enjoyed in the comfort of your own room, get ready for a day full of Banff style activity. Explore Bow Falls, Cave and Basin National Historic Site and the Banff Upper Hot Springs. All are within convenient walking distance of Banff Ptarmigan Inn.

Address

337 Banff Ave., Banff, Alberta, Canada T1L 1H8

Highlights

Let Banff Ptarmigan take care of your big night when you host your event in the elegant Atrium or Sundance Room.

Related Onsite Offerings

High speed wireless Internet, Mountain Luxury Bed®, heated underground parking, ski tuning room and lockers, two whirlpools, steam room, dry sauna, exercise room and more.

9 . Inns of Banff

Banff, Alberta

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Resting at the foot of Cascade Mountain and surrounded by the beautiful Canadian Rockies, the Inns of Banff is everything you're looking for in a memorable winter vacation. Their prime location makes it easy to get out and hit the slopes, and their onsite ski rentals ensure you're equipped with all the right gear before you do. The Caribou Snow School at the Caribou Lodge offers private or small group lessons for beginners or those needing a freshner as well. Mt. Norquay, Sunshine Village and the Lake Louise Ski Area all offer challenging and exciting hills that everyone is sure to love! And after your day of thrills, return to the inn for true comfort and relaxation. Indulge in a meal at the Wildfire Grill, warm up at the indoor pool or sauna, or relax by the fireplace in the lobby as you swap tales about your skiing adventures. However you choose to spend your time, this a winter vacation you're sure to never forget!

Address

600 Banff Ave Banff, Alberta, Canada T1L 1H8

Highlights

The outdoor hot pool is a fantastic place to unwind after a day out at on the slopes! The steamy heat is sure to relax your muscles, keep you warm, and clear your mind!

Related Onsite Offerings

Inns of Banff features a selection of accommodations ranging from standard rooms to executive cottages to four-bedroom condominiums. Equipped with modern touches such as flat-screen television, balconies and full kitchens, you're sure to feel right at home!

10 . Rimrock Resort Hotel

Banff, Alberta

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Our No. 10 Banff Ski Resorts pick is the idyllic Rimrock Resort Hotel. While saying the Rockies Rimrock Resort three times fast can certainly tie up your tongue, your moment of speechlessness will really come when you lay eyes on this AAA/CAA Four-Diamond hotel surrounded by mountain tops.

Rimrock has taken Banff luxury living to a whole new level. State-of-the-art fitness facilities with exercise balls and mats, resistance tubing, cardio equipment, free weights and a squash court allow you to maintain your routine or spice it up! The indoor sauna, whirlpool and pool are just teasers for the deep-set and lasting relaxation found at Rimrock Spa. After a papaya and pineapple drenched Tropical Escape Crème Fraiche Body Wrap, you’ll almost forget the tree tops are covered in snow. Speaking of rooms, while the white blanketed landscape is perfect for cross country skiing and making snow angels, it’s the blankets on your Simmons® Beautyrest® bed that you’ll look forward to at the end of each day. Before throwing back those covers, however, Eden awaits. Not the garden, but still paradise, this Five-Diamond restaurant serves exquisite French cuisine and has wine sommeliers at the ready to assist with wine and course pairings.

Address

300 Mountain Ave., Banff, Alberta, Canada T1L 1J2

Highlights

Other scrumptious onsite food and beverage options include the casual but elegant Primrose Dining Room, Larkspur Lounge, Divas “Martini Jazz” Lounge and the Rimrock Café.

Related activities

Surprise your sweetie with the Eden Romance Package. Feel like the only Adam and Eve on earth with sparkling wine and chocolate dipped strawberries in your Rimrock room, four-course dinner for two at Eden and breakfast the next morning.

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