BanffLIFEBanffLIFE is the best resource for young adults aged 18 to 30 to get started in Banff. Check out the BanffLIFE Calendar for programs, including:

BanffLIFE is dedicated to promoting healthy, balanced lifestyles for young adults living and working in Banff and Lake Louise. We help nurture a sense of community through accessible activities, educational workshops and connecting to resources

Intro to Ice.jpgMountain Adventure Program
These programs are specifically and exclusively for local young adults (18 to 30 years old). You must be living in Banff National Park to participate in any of these programs. Special equipment is typically provided, most trips are introductory and no prior experience is necessary.


To register please email These programs are  generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.

For current schedule of available courses, visit 

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions the Town of Banff will not be providing transportation for BanffLIFE courses taking place on or before January 13. Additionally, participants must rent required gear from GearUp in Canmore prior to the course date. All COVID-19 protocols for outdoor recreation will be adhered to including physical distancing and limiting participant numbers.

Upcoming Programs

Avalanche Safety Training Level 1 
The AST 1 will provide an entry-level decision-making framework for those wanting to travel in the mountains in winter. We focus on understanding avalanche bulletins, making good observations in the field, and recognizing avalanche terrain.

This course is for skiers, snowboarders and snowshoers. If you plan to ski you will need touring equipment. Snowboarders may use a splitboard or snowshoes. Transportation included.

Avalanche Safety Training Level 2
The AST 2 is an advanced course that is an excellent resource for more experienced skiers, snowboarders and climbers. It is the recreational user’s equivalent to the Canadian Avalanche Association Level 1 professional level program. 

The instructor focuses on students creating a decision-making framework for themselves that is based on correctly interpreting avalanche bulletins, understanding weather, making fact-based weather and snow observations while in the field, and working together as a team. Finally, we learn about risk - how to determine what risk you are exposing yourself to, whether that risk falls within levels acceptable to you, and how to reduce risk through the terrain you select for your routes both on ascent and descent.

 If you are a strong intermediate backcountry skier or split-boarder, have at least 2 seasons of backcountry experience where you have traveled in avalanche terrain, and read the avalanche bulletin regularly, then this is the course for you! Transportation included.

Intro to Ice Climbing
You can learn how to ice climb in one day, and spend years mastering the sport! Gain the skills and knowledge you need to have confidence to move forward with the sport of ice climbing. This program is good for beginners or anyone looking for a refresher.  In a small group lead by some of the best climbers/ACMG guides in the Bow Valley you will learn the basics of ice climbing. Equipment and transportation included. Boots can be rented for $18 per day

BanffLIFE programs are for Banff residents only.

Volunteering with BanffLIFE is an awesome way to connect with the community and meet new friends. We’re always looking for volunteers!