- By kevin
- On Apr 19, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
We talk about the Seattle to Banff National Park, and popular times to visit Banff in this paper. Admiring the dramatic mountain landscape from atop the ski lift, feeling the cold air nipping at your cheeks, experiencing the rush of adrenaline as you carve the snow – there's nothing quite like a day on the slopes. And while the mountain conditions are top priority, these ski vacation spots also boast charming towns and lively après-ski scenes to explore.
Popular Times to Visit Banff
Temperatures fluctuate dramatically throughout the year; average winter temperatures range from the single digits to the low 30s. During the summer, average temperatures range from 40 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. No matter when you choose to visit, plan to wear sunglasses, a hat and plenty of sunscreen to protect against UV exposure: The sun at these alpine altitudes is strong.
These are the most crowded months, with the warmest weather (average highs sit in the low 70s). But the warm weather isn't the only reason to visit in the summer: the area's mountain lakes are at their most brilliant (especially in July, August and September). If you venture here any other time of year – even June – the lakes will likely be frozen. Booking a hotel during these months will give you access to the best hiking and biking in the Canadian Rockies.
While September here is the height of fall, October can turn treacherously cold in a hurry. October blizzards are not uncommon and will wipe away the beautiful fall leaves. But if you're willing to put up with the cold, you'll be rewarded with a busy event calendar. Late November marks the start of ski season.