Banff Nordic Ski School & Vacations

Vacations & Custom Ski Packages

Cross-Country Ski Vacations are available upon request. Stay trail side at Lake Louise or at the Banff Town site. Packages include accommodation and lessons.

Banff Nordic`s  2 Hour Lesson

Experience has shown us that a single hour lesson seldom provides enough time to acquire and practice new ski skills. For Cross-Country beginners we divide the 2 hour lesson into 2 segments. The first hour is dedicated to learning how to make your skis glide across flat terrain. The second hour is given over to learning the basics of  skiing up and down easy hills. For intermediate skiers we use tried and true drills-for-skills that will increase efficiency, power  and glide. The lessons are conducted at a relaxed enjoyable pace, tailored to the clients fitness and progress.Telemark lessons use the full 2 hours to learn basics or improve skills through fun exercises -easy to challenging, and then integrate them into our free skiing. The 2 hour lesson gives the ski student a greater possibility to learn or to improve their skiing and provides a better value as well.

Lessons: Cross-Country Skiing

The greatest way to experience winter in the Canadian Rockies is on cross-country skis. If you have never tried cross-country skiing before, we can teach you the skills that will allow you to glide down the trails and stay in control on the descents. For those who have skied before, let us improve your technique. Further, faster with less effort, downhills skied with confidence. Skating or Classic, we can help you ski better. Get more out of your skiing, take a lesson. We ski and learn on all of Banff National Park’s trackset trails: Cascade Fire Road, The Spray Loop in Banff, and on the many trails at Lake Louise.

Lessons: Telemark Skiing

Telemark skiing is the traditional nordic technique for skiing downhill. We teach this technique in a progressive manner that puts emphasis on strong basics, especially a good position-stance and balance. A good foundation will carry you to advanced skiing. Lessons taught at Mt. Norquay.

Lesson Prices 2014 / 2015

Cross-Country and Telemark Ski Lessons

  • Private 2-hour Lessons – 1 to 2 skiers          $100
  • Group 2-hour Lessons  – 3 to 6  skiers         $135
    • Full-day or multi-day package prices available upon request.
    • Telemark lessons do not include lift passes.
    • No trail fees for Banff’s cross-country ski trails.


Mike has been a lead organizer and instructor with the Alberta Telemark Ski Club since the clubs inception; his extensive background and experience in coaching and instruction has made him an invaluable asset at our organization.  His style of instruction is always well received by our clients and has the unique ability to make the learning experience a fun, relaxed and rewarding experience for skiers from a wide range of backgrounds.

 —Daryl Ross, Alberta Telemark Ski Club 2006

If Mike shared this 62-year-old’s doubt about his ability to learn to ski he was too much of a gentleman to show it, and with his considerate and skillful teaching I was soon not only attaching my skis and remaining upright, but also moving forward and going up and down slopes.

By the end of my stay he had given me the technique and confidence to negotiate some of the beautiful local trails. I highly recommend him.

—Richard Branczik, Great Britain