Spring Après Ski Patios in Banff and Lake Louise

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Spring Après Ski Patios in Banff and Lake Louise

As the weather begins to get warmer, it’s time to get ready for spring skiing and patio season. Take advantage of the longer daylight hours, extended chairlift schedules, and finishing the day off with some après. If you’re looking for the best après ski patios in Banff and Lake Louise to enjoy the sunshine and sip on some cold drinks while working on your goggle tan, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at these spring patios that will provide the perfect spot to relax after a day of fun on the mountain.

Mad Trapper’s – Banff Sunshine

Mad Trappers (open since 1928!) will be the life of the party at Banff Sunshine Slush Cup. Expect live music, party vibes, and après all day! | Photo by Banff Sunshine

Banff Sunshine takes on a life of its own once spring rolls around the corner. There’s no better place to be than lapping cruisey runs in the sun with your pals. Mad Trapper’s is the epicentre of the action – its outdoor patio buzzes with people enjoying a brew. It even sprawls out onto the snow itself leaving ample room to enjoy the views and the Untracked Concert Series, running every weekend from April 6th to May 20th. When Slush Cup rolls around on May 20th, you’ll want to show up early to get these prime viewing seats!

Banded Peak Base Camp – Lake Louise Ski Resort

Banded Peak Basecamp Apres Patio Lake Louise
Enjoying the après vibes at the Banded Peak Basecamp | Photo by Jill Tester

From March onward, the majority of some ski days are spent right here. It’s easy for an afternoon beer break to turn into an early après party. Caesars by the fire pit, draught beer at the picnic tables, and a signature smokehouse menu make this an obvious spot to hang out with your friends. Wave hey from the patio as they line up at Glacier chair, you might even get in another cheeky lap or two!

Lone Pine – Mt Norquay

Lone Pine après ski patio, Banff Mt Norquay
Catching up with friends after a sunny day on the mountain at Mt. Norquay on the Lone Pine Patio | Photo by Reuben Krabbe

Social shredding is what Mt Norquay is best known for. Kick-back on the Lone Pine balcony patio and cheer on riders still ripping laps of the North American chair. Take in the stunning mountain views and enjoy the famous “Quay Nachos”. This second floor patio, known for it’s view, value and vibe, is the perfect lookout to ease back a few craft brews and dip into fresh cuisine  – with portion sizes perfect for crowd sharing.

The Juniper – Banff

Juniper Bistro Patio
Relax by the fire with an après drink on the Juniper Bistro Patio | Photo by The Juniper Hotel

There’s no excuse not to visit The Juniper after a day of riding at Mt. Norquay – it’s right on the way home! Offering some of the best views in the Bow Valley, the Juniper does après right. Even in the cooler months, their staff are always happy to light the outdoor fire pit and serve you outside. Too cold for patio pints? There’s an inviting fireplace just waiting to be enjoyed inside.

Banff Ave Brewing Co. – Banff

Banff Avenue Brewing Co.
Taking in the rays on the Banff Avenue Brewing Co. patio after a day on one of the SkiBig3 mountains.

From the skiing to mountain-view patios, seamlessly slide right into Banff Ave Brewing Co! Small but mighty, Brew Co’s patio definitely packs a punch and catches those afternoon rays. These spots are highly sought after, especially once the warmer weather hits. Plus, this patio is open as early as you’d like. So, grab your beer at the bar and make your way outside to those sweeping mountain-views.

Elk and Oarsman – Banff

Elk & Oarsman Patio
Mountain views from the Elk & Oarsman patio, the perfect place to relax after a day on the mountain | Photo by The Elk & Oarsman

When patio season hits, the Elk and Oarsman is where you’ll want to be enjoying some après ski in Banff. Take in the 360-degree mountain vistas and choose from their wide selection of beers to after a adventurous day on the mountain. Even better, the SkiBig3 Adventure Hub is right across the street. If you’ve completed the Trifecta Challenge, head on over for your complimentary brew!

Three Bears – Banff

Person with cocktail and beer outside at happy hour at Three Bears
Enjoying the winter happy hour at the Three Bears Brewery | Photo by Banff Hospitality Collective

Looking for a place to enjoy some après back in Banff town? Make sure to stop by the Three Bears Brewery on Bear Street. Just a short walk away from the shuttle stop, this brewery and restaurant is the perfect place to recharge after making some fresh turns up on the mountain. Choose from their craft beers brewed directly in-house or some delicious treats from their menu. Complete with personal fires you can also bring your furry friends along with you too!

The Grizzly Paw – Canmore

The Grizzly Paw, Canmore
Enjoy you après experience at The Grizzly Paw in Canmore | Photo by The Grizzly Paw

The Grizzly Paw is a centrally located pub in Canmore and showcases your favourite “pub classics” on the menu. With mouthwatering dishes, craft beers and cocktails it’s the perfect place to relax. What’s more is they have a large heated patio area with stunning views. No need to book, just simply walk in, take a seat and enjoy a nice cold beverage in the sun after you day skiing or snowboarding.


Ready to book your spring skiing vacation to Banff National Park? Our friendly Reservations Team are always happy to share their local knowledge and experience to help you find the best vacation package for your style and budget. You can reach them by calling 1-844-754-2443.