In the heart of these winter months, Banff National Park invites visitors and locals to embrace the cold, vigour, and fun that winter brings. The silence that comes with falling snow, the glowing crackle of a fire, and the joy of snowball fights: it is a magical time of year. Come love winter during SnowDays, the festival of snow in Banff National Park.
The annual SnowDays Festival is a highlight of the winter season in Banff and Lake Louise. A 10-day long celebration held during January, the festival features a variety of events, shows, and activities that combine history, culture, and winter activities. By day, skate on the stunning frozen surface of Lake Louise, watch competitive ice carvers, or spend a day skiing or riding on the slopes of one of the nearby ski resorts. By night, join the festivities in town by watching live music, ski and snowboard competitions, or enjoying drinks by the fire.
Inspired by the picturesque Canadian Rockies, Banff SnowDays celebrates winter for the entire month of January. Highlights include the Big Bear event, which turns downtown into a terrain park competition featuring ski and snowboard professionals, the Canadian Olympic Team Block Party honoring Olympic hopefuls, and the annual Skins Game with world-class curlers showcasing their talent. The two-week Ice Magic Festival features world-class ice carvers, an ice climbing festival in which participants climb a 40 ft. ice wall and Little Chippers Weekend filled with family-friendly children’s events. Round out your experience of the winter wonderland with sleigh rides, hockey tournaments, dog sledding, skiing and more.
This year there will be 10-11 snow sculptures in downtown Banff where teams from around the world will compete to create the best sculpture.