United, Air Canada and Delta all have some awesome dates / pricing available to get to Banff by way of Calgary. Made more note-able as this is the first time I have seen the trip from Philly drop below $300 in at least 9 months.
Save 20-30% w/Exchange Rate
The exchange rate is still killer. Straight of the bat your dollar will go 20-30% further on everything — meaning a cheap flight is MUCH better spent getting to anywhere in Canada this year.
On top of that: Ikon Pass and Mountain Collective pass holders both have great options as SkiBig3.com has amazing Lodging discounts: 25% off for both Ikon Pass (use code:
IKONPASS18) and MC pass holders (use code:
MTNCOLLECT18) that bring down some of my favorite Banff lodging options in the sub-$100/nt range.
Once you get there Round Trip Calgary Airport Transfer w/Banff Airporter hooked up a 25% coupon (w/code:
snowride) goes down to $75ish per person from Calgary after you count the exchange rate.
Bigger groups can snag an AWD Rental in Calgary 15% to 20% off over on Hotwire PLUS Stacking $10 off Hotwire rental car coupon (use code:
CARTRIP10) and/or 5% additional savings on cars (use code:
Philly to Calgary has been running $450+ this year — these cheap ski trips save ~40% and get you there with One-Stop on United, Delta or Air Canada.
My parents camped out in / around Banff during a cross Canada hitch-hiking trip back in the 70s — after years of stories I am hoping to finally cross it off my personal list this winter. Nothing booked yet for me — but this price makes it ALMOST worth it for me to make the drive to Philly to see it finally happen.
For those who haven't been hearing stories about this place since before they could ski / ride — this one is worth a watch:
As mentioned up at the top the airlines have seriously limited the number of flights in and out of Calgary (relative to the past). Hence the reason for the additional excitement in this case — as it has been nearly a year since I have seen a deal out of Philly.
More Stoke — from Banff Local Garret Capel
For those who need still more stoke his Monday afternoon — here's a season edit (for K2) from Banff local Garrett Capel. Some shots in Whistler but a ton of work all over the Canadian rockies (Banff stuff included). If you are a little queasy on injuries skip to 0:30 — pure stoke after that.
Cheap Flight Details
As mentioned all of the cheapest flight options are single stop — mostly either in Montreal (Air Canada), Denver or Minneapolis. My preference there would be to take the stop in Denver as you have the least opportunity to get stuck by weather on your way in or way out (Denver airport is usually warmer / more stable than either of the other two).
25% off Airport Transfer from YYC w/Banff Airporter
So Aaron and the guys at Banff Airporter turn out to be super awesome. Not only are they hooking us up with 25% off any daily scheduled transfer to Banff w/code
snowride (from Calgary) — Thanks Aaron! — they also sent some photos to help get everyone stoked.
That's the family enjoying the view above — with Seth bouncing off a lip below.
How to Book Airport Transfer
To receive the 25% discount on the Banff Airporter's scheduled shuttle service between the Calgary Airport and Banff. Click to BanffAirporter.com/book Proceed through the reservation and type -
snowride - in the Promo Code section on the final payment page to receive the discount.
Cheap Flight Availability
Availability generally centers around January which is full on peak snow season but there are some dates earlier and later for a few extra bucks (for anyone with scheduling considerations!).
Best option for those who are flexible is to hit Google Flights enter PHL to YYC and snoop around. Easiest option (for everyone) is to use the example links I collected below:
If you want to save another $5 or so (not worth IMO) you can book two one ways — as seen below — which gets your price all the way down to $278.