Banff Ski Shops
There are lots of Banff ski shops and snowboard stores. There’s a small Sportschek and lots of other shops that sell gear and clothing ranging from grungy to luxurious.
Our favourite shop was Banff Mountain Wear in the Cascade Plaza Mall on the corner of Banff Avenue and Wolf St. This Banff ski shop has lots of Spyder gear, and also a good range of equipment and clothing from brands such as Descente, Orage and DNA. The owner and staff were incredibly knowledgeable.
The Glacier shop in the same plaza also has a decent range of equipment and clothing.
Banff Shopping - Souvenirs
The Powderhounds have awarded Banff with a Best Canada Ski Resort
award for the souvenir shopping, and for good reason. There are a plethora of Banff shops selling Canadian and Banff souvenirs, and a variety of all sorts of keepsakes either with the Canadian flag, the maple leaf, or “Canada” or “Banff” sprawled across it.
The Banff shops have clothing such as caps, beanies, hoodies, jackets, socks, polar-fleeces, neck-warmers, pyjamas and T-shirts. It seems compulsory to have boasting rights to your visit to Banff and Canada by displaying this on some piece of clothing. The common T-shirts available that have the slogan “I love big dumps” must make some mother really proud!
The shops in Banff also sell many other souvenirs including keyrings, stickers, glasses, pins, mugs, playing cards, and the list goes on. Banff has made the most of fantastic marketing opportunities as the profile of the area as a holiday or ski destination is heightened through free advertising.
There are also shops selling maple syrup and maple syrup products. We purchased some as a gift, but it didn’t make it home! There are also lots of candy (lolly) shops in Banff.