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Banff, Alberta

December 28 – January 4, 2020


There are Rockies and then there are Canadian Rockies!

The Details

Cash Price: $1989 Per Person
Based on Double Occupancy in a Room
Includes Round Trip Air and Daily Breakfast

Download the Trip Application PDF.

To pay by Credit Card contact your trip leader for instructions.

The Credit Card Authorization Form is available as a PDF download.

The Trip Leaders

Joe Bayliss Trip Leader
Joe Bayliss
4141 Central Avenue
St Petersburg, FL 33713

Eric Foreman Assistant Trip Leader
Eric Foreman
3168 Bordeaux Lane
Clearwater, FL 33759

Trip Highlights


There are Rockies and then there are Canadian Rockies!

Sunshine Village
Photo credit: Reuben Krabbe

The town of Banff and the 3 nearby ski resorts are nestled in the heart of Banff National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and are among the most picturesque places to be found. You’ll get to join Joe and Eric for one fantastic ski/board week in Canada at one of Banff’s premier hotels in the heart of town. You’ll start every day with free breakfast; ski or board at your choice of three world class mountain resorts (all on one lift ticket with FREE shuttles to any mountain); and end your days with your fellow travelers at club-sponsored events, the hot tub, or at the many bars and restaurants nearby. In addition to our welcome reception, we will be having an Après ski or two, and a Farewell Banquet dinner.

BLLT Xmas lights
Photo credit: Banff Lake Louise

Additional activities available include tubing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, ice walks and natural hot springs! The club gets discounted lift tickets and equipment rentals for this and all our trips. Plus, you’ll find body-friendly elevations: the town is at 4500 feet and the summits are 9000 ft. There’s plenty of vertical, but without high altitude issues.

This is a special place where there are more mountains than million-dollar condos, where real people get treated like celebrities, and celebrities get treated like real people. When you get here, the lack of lift lines means your vacation is spent skiing, not waiting. That leaves plenty of time to enjoy the majestic peaks, remote woodlands, roaming wildlife, and fantastic snow. Plus, we’ll be staying in town within short walking distance of many restaurants and bars (there are over 130 in town).

If you’ve traveled with Joe and Eric before, you know how easy and fun it is to travel with us. For more information on the ski areas, go to SkiBig3.com.


Banff Ptarmigan Inn

Ptarmigan Logo

The Banff Ptarmigan Inn is centrally located in Banff National Park only steps away from the downtown area. This mountain hotel is a great escape to the Canadian Rockies. On your vacation you can enjoy our mountain views, and numerous outdoor activities skiing, skating, and snowshoeing in the winter.


  • Complimentary daily hot and cold buffet breakfast
  • Located on Banff Avenue, one short block from downtown
  • Indoor hot pools, sauna, and steam room
  • 134 cozy hotel rooms
  • Complimentary WIFI in rooms and public spaces
  • Complimentary heated underground parkade (first come basis)
  • Complimentary Roam Bus passes for the Banff transit system

All the Rooms Have:

  • Mountain Luxury Beds
  • Coffee maker
  • Tea kettle
  • Iron & board
  • Rocky mountain soap
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Flat panel television


  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Clock radio
  • Complimentary local calls
  • Wake up calls
  • Hair dryer
  • Climate control
  • Electric fan


Ptarmagan Standard Room
Photo credit: Ptarmigan Inn

The Standard Hotel Room features one king or two queen Mountain Luxury beds and a view of the atrium or lobby.


Ptarmagan Superior Room
Photo credit: Ptarmigan Inn

The Superior Hotel Room features one king or two queen Mountain Luxury beds, and an exterior view, with some rooms having a balcony. The Superior King Suite features one king Mountain Luxury bed and a sitting area separated by the bathroom.


Ptarmagan Superior King Room
Photo credit: Ptarmigan Inn


Ptarmagan Superior King Room View
Photo credit: Ptarmigan Inn

The Mountains

Tri Area blue logos

There are Rockies and then there are Canadian Rockies!

Here you’ll enjoy the driest, lightest snow, terrain to suit every desire, and amenities perfect for your taste and budget. Most importantly, it’s all surrounded by the unspoiled wilderness of Banff National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). It’s rare to find ski resorts in the middle of real wilderness, but there are three of them where we’re going. Mt. Norquay, the Lake Louise Ski Resort, and Sunshine Village all work hard to look after this stunning environment, and to look after you when you visit. With a tri-area lift ticket, rental services, and award-winning snow school, you can easily enjoy the perfect winter ski vacation. See more at: Three Resorts

Norquay skier
Photo credit: Dan Evans

MT. Norquay is just minutes from Banff. This family-friendly mountain offers outstanding conditions for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers and riders and it offers the only night skiing in the Banff-Lake Louise area, including a fully lit terrain park, and expert snowmaking on 85% of the terrain. Since opening in 1926, Mt. Norquay Ski Resort has been the locals’ gem. It’s also famous for being the training ground of Olympic and World Cup athletes. This is the best-kept secret in the Canadian Rockies!

Lake Louise skiers
Photo credit: Reuben Krabbe

Lake Louise Ski Resort is known for its spectacular scenery and versatile terrain. With over 4,200 acres spread across four mountain faces, Lake Louise is also one of the largest ski resorts in North America. Just minutes from the village of Lake Louise, the ski area’s exceptional layout allows families and groups of all abilities to ski together with beginner, intermediate and expert runs from every chair.

As well as receiving the #1 Ski Resort in Canada at the World Ski Awards, Lake Louise has also been awarded with the 2015 Visitors’ Choice Award for best terrain by readers of OnTheSnow.com. The Lake Louise Ski Resort offers a variety of terrain from gentle slopes and long cruising runs, to glades, chutes and some of the Canadian Rockies most exciting and wide-open bowls.

When visiting Lake Louise Ski Resort, be sure to take your camera! The spectacular views of mountains, glaciers, lakes, and forests are truly unique and befitting of Canada’s first National Park. Lake Louise is consistently voted the most scenic ski resort in North America

Sunshine Village Skiers
Photo credit: Reuben Krabbe

Sunshine Village Ski Resort sits high on the Continental Divide in the heart of Banff National Park just 20 minutes from Banff. Three sprawling mountains provide breathtaking sight lines, uninterrupted by any signs of civilization. You can ski/board across the Continental Divide, and from Alberta to British Columbia and back.

Sunshine can receive up to nine meters (30 feet) of snow in a season and the Village’s altitude of 7,200 feet ensures the snow stays light and dry. This world-renowned resort features more than 3,300 acres of skiable terrain, ranging from gentle beginner runs all the way up to extreme big mountain runs. Sunshine’s very own Delirium Dive has been named one of the 10 top off-piste destinations in the world. Sunshine Village also was awarded “Best View from the Best Off-Piste Run” by Ski Canada magazine.

For more mountain statistics, open this PDF document • See the Trail Maps of all three resorts • And more details about the Mountains

Price Chart

Use the following chart for the cash pricing of your group

Check the Home Page for the possibility of Roommates Needed

Number of
Standard 2 Queen
Superior 2 Queen
Superior King

Resort Only: Deduct $782 per person if you choose to get your own air. Ground Transportation is not included for Resort Only travelers, but may be available if the traveler can meet the bus on time and space is available.

Prices are per person. Accommodations are assigned in order deposits are received. No space is held without a $350.00 per person deposit. Early commitments get first choice! All prices reflect a cash discount. There is a 3.3% convenience charge for credit card transactions.

Sign Up Details

Price Includes:
Round Trip Airfare from Tampa to Calgary, Transportation to Banff Ptarmigan Inn and back to the airport, 7 Nights Lodging, Daily Breakfast, Welcome Reception, Farewell Banquet, and Après Ski Activities. Plus, you get access to our discounted Lift Tickets and discounted Equipment Rentals.

Trip Size:
42 lucky people!

Banff Ptarmigan Inn

$350 per person, with completed trip application, plus a copy of your passport (must include your photo, passport number, and expiration date). Caution: Canada does not allow any travelers into the country who have had a DUI. For more information about this and other admission restrictions visit this website: Canada Inadmissibility

Cancellation Date:
All cancellations must be received in writing by October 28, 2019. For cancellation policy, see the trip application.

Balance Due:
Payment of final balance is due no later than November 4, 2019.

Don’t Wait! At this price, this trip will sell fast!

Make checks payable to "Tampa Bay Snow Skiers & Boarders" (or TBSSB) and mail to: Joe Bayliss, 4141 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33713.

Deposit and balance of trip costs may be paid with a major credit card. You will be billed later for the final payment. At that time you will be able to order lift tickets. To pay by Credit Card contact your trip leader for instructions. The Credit Card Authorization Form is available as a PDF download. A 3.3% fee will be charged for credit card convenience.


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