Banff Snowshoe
Credit: Banff Lake Louise Tourism/Paul Zizka Photography

We talked to locals to find the best ski-mountain accommodation:


Whistler, BC

Best Accommodation

Aava Whistler. This is where the guests of Big Mountain Biking stay. Great service and solid rates for the village, sometimes as low as $100 per night. (

Hostelling International — Whistler. One of the few hostels you’ll find a private room for less than a Borden. (

Nita Lake Lodge.  Sitting on the edge of Nita Lake, but still within walking distance of lifts and shops; it’s a good compromise between escape and action. (

Banff, AB (pictured above)

Best Accommodation

Storm Mountain Lodge. Halfway between Banff and Lake Louise, these cozy and historic cabins are made even better by the sumptuous food in its antique-filled restaurant. (

Paint Box Lodge. Run by Olympians Sara Renner and Thomas Grandi, it’s pricy but highly recommended. (

Hostelling International — Lake Louise Alpine Centre. This is the best budget accommodation in the valley and a great place to rub shoulders with world-class climbers. (

Alpine Club of Canada Canmore Clubhouse. Another budget friendly option, just outside of Canmore, with a range of rooms and cabins. (

This article originally appeared in our Winter 2014 issue.