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The original ski resort to open in the Canadian Rockies, Mt Norquay Ski Resort, is a classic known for its intimate size, friendly terrain and groomed runs. Boasting the country’s largest and longest-running Snow School programs, this family-friendly resort caters for the whole family, with trails for all skier and rider levels. A bonus exclusive, it hosts the only night skiing in Banff, catering to the night-owls looking for an evening on the slopes.

If it is a quirky resort that delivers premium runs and value you are after, Banff Mt Norquay is the place! It is conveniently located a stone throw away from downtown Banff and is a mere 90-minute drive away from Calgary, providing road and air travel access. Plus, it makes up a third of the SkiBig3 Lift Ticket, guaranteeing endless snow action!

Banff Mt Norquay Highlights

Banff Mt Norquay Ski Resort

A hidden gem loved by locals, Mt Norquay Ski Resort is a premium ski destination that flies under the radar. This is a big surprise since it was the first ski resort in the Canadian Rockies and is set high upon its namesake mountain, Mt Norquay, only minutes from downtown Banff. With little to no lift lines, it is considered the Canadian Rockies best-kept secret.

Spread out across 190 acres (77 hectares); Mt Norquay boasts 60 runs, divided between beginner (31%), intermediate (25%) and advanced (44%). As one of the leading Banff family resorts, it also has the country’s longest-running Snow School programs, making it great for first-timers. It even has Tube Town, an 8-lane extravaganza for tubing fun, and a terrain park, making it appropriate for the whole tribe!

Frequently experiencing excellent conditions thanks to Mother Nature’s generosity of snowfall, along with the expert snowmaking across 85% of the terrain. Mt Norquay is famous for being the training ground for Olympic athletes. And best of all – it is the only resort in Banff National Park to offer night skiing and tubing, with its lit-up terrain part.

The SkiBig3 Lift Ticket

Live the complete ski experience with the SkiBig3 Lift Ticket. A trio of the best ski resorts in Banff National Park, you can get access to Mt Norquay Ski Resort and its two neighbouring resorts, Banff Sunshine and Lake Louise with this SkiBig3 pass.

For avid skiers and riders around the globe, choose between either the Ikon Pass that allows for up to seven days of lift access across SkiBig3 resorts; or the Mountain Collective Lift Pass option which provides two days of skiing or riding with no blackout dates at both Lake Louise and Banff Sunshine resorts.  Our expert team can advise the best value lift ticket package for your SkiBig3 ski vacation.

Whichever lift ticket package you opt for, this means while you can soak up all Mt Norquay has to offer, you can also jump between resorts, testing the slopes and powder at the other major destinations. Basing yourself at Banff, you can catch a shuttle back and fro returning to Mt Norquay for exclusive night skiing once visiting the other resorts.

With the Banff lift pass, you can ski, board, tube and more to your heart’s content.

Banff National Park

Canada’s oldest national park, Banff National Park, is home to surreal turquoise glacial lakes, the iconic Canadian Rockies, quaint mountain villages and Alberta’s best ski resorts. Covering 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles), the park is a vast natural wonderland filled with much to be explored.

Banff National Park is a playground all year round, but the activities are in abundance in winter. Consisting of iconic mountain adventures like hiking, skiing and ice climbing, it is also host to a natural hot spring, ice skating, fat biking, snowshoeing, dogsledding and a range of winter exclusive and wildlife tours.

While the park is enormous, the Banff Sightseeing Gondola makes for an ideal way to take in the sights. Delivering 360-degree panoramic views of the Rockies, the 8-minute ride will maximise your viewing experience, helping you take in as much as you can of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Connecting the SkiBig3 resorts and the hamlet of Lake Louise and Banff township, there is plenty to find in this scenic haven of meadows, forests, valleys, glaciers and more.

The iconic ‘Castle in the Rockies’, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

World-famous, the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is a renowned hotel many have on their bucket list. Standing as a landmark in Banff, it is known as Canada’s very own ‘Castle in the Rockies’, resonating a historic fairy-tale picture book situated within the protected Banff National Park.

Established in 1888, the hotel is made up of 757 guest rooms and suites. With sweeping mountain views of Alberta, luxury décor, superb amenities and over ten dining options to select from, this hotel invites you to indulge in world-class service.

Are you looking for the ultimate taste of luxury? Go the extra mile and opt for the Fairmont Gold Experience Package. Taking your trip to the next level, you will discover individualised service and access to the exclusive private Gold Lounge and more.


Endless Après ski options

After a day on the snow, downtown Banff will welcome you with a selection of après ski activities. Banff is an authentic ski town year-round, featuring a vast catalogue of bars, restaurants, breweries, and more.

It doesn’t matter if you want a casual eatery or fine dining; you’ll find exactly what you need in town. Literally, there are more than 130 eateries that will keep any discerning gourmands happy. Plus, there is plenty of nightlife, museums, art galleries and boutiques to explore once you have eaten your way through town.

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