Banff is a party town, with numerous après-ski bars to choose between. The Rose & Crown (202 Banff Avenue; tel: (403) 762 2121; roseandcrown.ca) serves Canadian beers and cocktails, and has live nightly music. For a Wild West-flavour and late-night partying, head for Wild Bill's Legendary Saloon (201 Banff Avenue; tel: (403) 762 0333; www.wildbillsbanff.com) – the brave can even try calf roping and line dancing as part of the entertainment.
Banff has an eclectic mix of eating options, whether it’s affordable pizza, burgers or sushi or something more upmarket.
Evelyn's Coffee Bar (201 Banff Avenue; tel: (403) 762 0352; www.evelynscoffeebar.com) is a great place to grab a homemade muffin and a hot drink while waiting for the ski bus.
For something more substantial, taste Albertan AAA-grade beef at Melissa's (218 Lynx Street (tel: (403) 762 5511; www.melssteak.com), which offers a good-value steak dinner. The award-winning Maple Leaf (137 Banff Avenue; tel: (403) 760 7680; www.banffmapleleaf.com) sources fresh seafood from both Canadian coasts; diners can also sample specialities such as bison stroganoff or organic game from local farms.