Visit These January Banff Festivals: Snow Days, Ice Magic, Tribute to Craft Spirits

These January festivals in Banff are just around the corner! A tradition in Banff started out as the Winter Carnival over 100 years ago. In 1917, the town came alive with this winter sports festival – complete with ski jumping, cross-country skiing and skijoring with horses.

Staying true to this spirit, both Snow Days and the Ice Magic Festival highlight the best sides of Banff as a winter destination, both on and off the slopes. New to Snow Days this winter is the Tribute To Craft Spirits Festival – a craft spirits celebration and outdoor discovery event in downtown Banff.

Here’s what to expect for these multi-day events in Banff and Lake Louise!

Photo by Kelly MacDonald / Banff & Lake Louise Tourism.

Take In Snow and Ice Sculptures

The Ice Magic Festival is a world-renowned event taking place right at the heart of the Canadian Rockies – Lake Louise! With the idyllic backdrop of Victoria Glacier, ice carvers from around the world come together to compete in making their most exquisite works of ice art.

Some sculpture magic is also happening right in the town of Banff. From January 17-19th, snow sculptors will complete their masterpieces on Bear Street. Take it all in while cozied up next to a bonfire. Sculptures will be built throughout the town of Banff, as well as at Banff Sunshine Village and Mt. Norquay.

Snow sculpture

Discover the Local Craft Cocktail & Culinary Scene

From January 16th – 27th, TRIBUTE is bringing a craft spirits festival to Banff & Lake Louise. The best craft distilleries from Alberta and British Columbia will be showcased with special cocktail menus at all participating restaurants. Take in even more excitement at their 2-day downtown discovery event on Bear Sreet. On January 26th and 27th, Bear Street will come alive with 18 stations representing 9 craft distilleries and 9 local bars & restaurants. All will be offering tastings of their own spirits and hors d’oeuvres, crafted with local ingredients.

Smoked Maple Sazerac, created by Balkan Restaurant with PARK Distillery Maple Rye.
Smoked Maple Sazerac, created by Balkan Restaurant with PARK Distillery Maple Rye. Photo courtesy of TRIBUTE.

Connect With the Mountains

Deepen your understanding and respect for the mountains with Avalanche Awareness Days. Snow safety professionals will provide entertaining and educational ways to learn about reducing your risk in the backcountry. Running January 19th and 20th at both Banff Sunshine Village and Lake Louise Ski Resort, in partnership with Avalanche Canada.

Lake Louise Ski Resort offers a unique mountain dining experience in the month of January with their classic Torchlight Dinner at Whitehorn Bistro. In participation with the Ice Magic Festival, enjoy a new twist on this popular event with a private ice-carving demonstration.

Avalanche training at Lake Louise
Torchlight Dinner at Lake Louise Ski Resort, Banff National Park.
Torchlight Dinner at Lake Louise Ski Resort. Photo courtesy of Lake Louise Ski Resort.

Want to experience Banff for yourself? Call our in-Banff SkiBig3 Vacation Planners today at 1-844-754-2443  or plan your next Canadian Rockies ski vacation online. Great Ski & Stay Packages available now.

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