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. (aavawhistlerhotel.com)

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

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. (nitalakelodge.com)

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. (stormmountainlodge.com)

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

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. (hihostels.ca)

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

This article originally appeared in our Winter 2014 issue.

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