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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Best of Both Worlds – Spring Weather in Banff

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One of our most frequently asked questions from guests visiting their hotel in Banff is ‘what is the weather like’ and ‘what should I wear’.

We locals have a saying about Rocky Mountain weather, ‘If you don’t like it, wait 5minutes’.

Banff weather is variable. Expect the best and prepare for the worst (including snow showers in August!). So here is a rundown on what to expect when you visit your hotel in Banff during our ever changing seasons.

Spring – Snowy and warm. Amazing Spring skiing in the sunshine and dry roads and little snow in downtown Banff. The secret is to layer up before you head out from your Banff hotel as it can be warm one minute and snowing the next.

Summer - With a whopping 16hrs of sunlight a day, you can pack so much into your days of exploring the National Park. Bring your waterproofs as the odd shower passes through the mountains.

Autumn – Indian Summers have been known to frequent your Banff hotel. Warm sunshine with cooler breezes. Perfect for cramming in those late season hikes to marvel at the beautiful Fall colours.

Winter – Snow, snow and….well snow! Every season seems to get better and better for your hotel in Banff. Blessed with amazing champagne powder and Alberta blue sky days; it’s why we’re famous for winter skiing.

Averages
Daily
High (°C)
Daily
Low (°C)
Rainfall
(mm)
Snowfall
(cm)
Hours of
Sun/Day
Jan
-5.3
-14.9
2.4
38.2
8.1
Feb
0.1
-11.3
1.7
30.0
10.0
Mar
3.8
-7.9
1.6
27.0
12.0
Apr
9.0
-2.8
10.6
26.3
14.0
May
14.2
1.5
42.4
17.1
15.5
Jun
18.7
5.4
58.4
1.7
16.5
Jul
22.1
7.4
51.1
0.0
16.0
Aug
21.6
6.8
51.2
0.0
14.5
Sep
16.1
2.7
37.7
7.0
12.7
Oct
10.1
-1.1
15.4
18.9
10.7
Nov
0.5
-8.2
6.0
33.6
9.0
Dec
-5.3
-13.8
2.8
43.9
7.8

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