BanffLIFE is dedicated to promoting healthy, balanced lifestyles for young adults living in Banff. We help nurture a sense of community through activities, events, and social connection.
BanffLIFE provides new and long-term young adult residents, whether permanent or temporary (those between the ages of 18 – 30), with social and recreational activities that are fun and help connect to the community. Mountain Adventure programs are generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.
Where to Find Information
- BanffLIFE Facebook Page
- BanffLIFE Registered Programs
- Drop-In BanffLIFE Events
- Email our BanffLIFE Program Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call our Community Services Team phone: 403.762.1251
Mountain Adventure Programs
Avalanche Skills Training Level 1
The Avalanche Skills Level 1 course will provide you, a passionate skier or snowboarder who wants to start exploring backcountry terrain, with the entry-level skills and decision-making tools necessary to keep yourself and your group members safe. In the course you will learn how to read and understand avalanche bulletins and weather conditions, learn how to use avalanche recovery equipment and assess various terrain and slope types. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.
Monday, February 27, 2023 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 28, 2023 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Avalanche Skills Training Level 2
The Avalanche Skills Training 2 is the perfect course for advanced skiers, snowboarders and climbers. This course starts in the classroom where you will review the basics and be introduce to advanced avalanche safety concepts and decision making for various weather, snowpack and terrain conditions. On day two you will begin by having a pre-trip meeting to assess conditions such as weather and then you will head out into the field to practice your skills. Days three and four will include ski tours with skill application all in a group setting. This program is generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw foundation.
Wednesday, February 22, 2023 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Thursday, February 23, 2023 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday, February 24, 2023 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tuesday, February 21, 2023 8:30a.m.-5 p.m.
Backcountry Skiing & Riding Day
Backcountry skiing & riding day is the perfect day for those who want to continue to build beginner to intermediate backcountry skills with an experienced guide following an Avalanche Safety Training 1. A local ACMG guide will lead you on a fun, safe day of backcountry riding with the date's location chosen to take advantage of the best conditions.
Tuesday, March 14, 2023 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Register Online
Experience snowshoeing in one of the most beautiful settings in the Rockies with a local certified guide. On this trip you will experience the beautiful scenery and dramatic landscape in your backyard, the Rocky Mountains. This trip is suitable for individuals of all levels of ability. All snowshoeing equipment will be provided. Transportation provided.
Thursday, March 9, 2023 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Register Online
In this one-day course you will learn the basics of ice climbing with the help of an ACMG certified guide in a small group setting. In the hands-on course you will learn how to use various ice climbing gear such as a harness, ice axes and crampons, ropes and belay systems. With the help of your guide you will try various beginner level top rope ice climbs at the day's destination. You will experience an amazing day full of learning, fun and adventure! Technical equipment and group transportation provided. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.
Tuesday, February 21, 2023 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Register Online
Monday, March 27, 2023 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Register Online
The perfect introduction to your local climbing gym in Banff. In this two hour instructor led session you will learn some of the basics of indoor top rope climbing including, tips and tricks for climbing, how to wear a harness, belay and more. Open to all genders and abilities. All equipment is included.
Intermediate Ice Climbing
Intermediate Ice Climbing is the next step for those who have ice climbed a few times and want to improve their skills. In this one-day course you get a refresher of the basics of ice climbing with the help of an ACMG certified guide in a small group setting. You will try various beginner and some intermediate top rope ice climbs at the day's destination. You will experience an amazing day full of learning, movement skills coaching and technical instruction. Technical equipment and group transportation provided. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Register Online
BanffLIFE Basecamp is a drop-in social program for young adults between the ages of 18 and 30. This is the best place in town to hangout with friends in a welcoming space that is inclusive to all. Meet and connect with new or longtime locals, play games such as table tennis, billiards, foosball, board games, Mario kart and more! Love Sushi? Gather around and chow down on some local sushi favorites. Sushi provided at no cost for Basecamp participants.
Tuesdays, Feb. 7, Feb. 14, March 7 March 21 2023 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Location: The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre
Newcomer Town Walking Tour
The Banff Newcomer Walking Tour provides young adult residents, whether permanent or temporary, with everything you need to know to live in Banff. You will learn about essential programs and services including, how to register for a post office box, a free recreation pass, parking passes and more. You will also learn about our local history and meet other young adults new to the area. Every participant on this tour will receive a BanffLIFE swag bag with a variety of community resources.
Super Smash Bros Tournament
Recreational Super Smash Bros. tournament on Nintendo Switch! New to the game or seasoned veteran, come out and play in our round robin tournament. Everyone will be guaranteed at least 3 games. This fun, competitive atmosphere is the perfect fit for first time players or those aiming for first place! What's not to love about this iconic and world renowned game. All controllers will be provided.
Wednesday, March 15, 2023 5-8 p.m. Register Online