CANADIAN SKI & SNOWBOARD VACATIONS

Banff-Mt Norquay

Skier at Banff Mt Norquay
Banff Mt Norquay. Photo credit: Dan Evans

Mt Norquay ski resort is a true hidden gem. While Banff Sunshine and Lake Louise pull focus, Mt Norquay quietly goes about its business, delivering premium runs for all the family.

Just minutes from downtown Banff, its worth using that SkiBig3 tri-resort lift pass for the night skiing alone, even the terrain park is fully lit up. Add snowmaking on 85% of the terrain and you’ll always have the uber groomed runs this resort is known for.

Why Mt Norquay?

It’s quirky, cute and local and skipping distance from downtown and it’s already on your SkiBig3 lift ticket so no excuse not to discover this gem when you’re skiing in Alberta.

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THE SNOW

Skiing at Banff Mt Norquay
Banff Mt Norquay. Photo credit: Dan Evans

The resort averages up to 16.5 feet (4 m) a season and 85% of the resort is supplemented with exceptional snowmaking. It’s no wonder this gem is the resort of choice for many North American ski team’s training. With just 190 acres (77 ha) of terrain it’s a great half day or night excursion. 85% of the resort also has snowmaking, which helps extend the season, from November through May.

 

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THE VILLAGE & THE TOWN

The town of Banff There’s a rental and tune shop, daycare and a handful of dining options in the base lodge, but for all the town amenities, head back to Banff a mere seven minutes down the road.

 

The town of Banff itself is a year-round resort town. First settled in the 1880s after the transcontinental railway was built through the Bow Valley.

 

Banff is flanked on all sides by towering mountains, including Mount Rundle, Sulphur Mountain, Mount Norquay, and Cascade Mountain. The early settlers, even oriented the town’s first street so that it offered the best possible view of Cascade Mountain.

 

On Banff Avenue, the main thoroughfare, boutiques and restaurants mix with château-style hotels and souvenir shops. There’s more than 130 bars, restaurants and cafes to keep the discerning gourmands happy and a ton of nightlife for après.

 

Add three local museums, eight contemporary art galleries and world-famous hot springs.

 

FUN FACT 

At an elevation of 1,383 metres (4,537 feet), Banff is the highest town in Canada. Keep an eye out for deer. Nature abounds, and even in winter it is not uncommon to happen across a deer or two in the main street of Banff.

 

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WHERE TO STAY

Fairmont Banff Springs hotel With more than 50 accommodation options in nearby Banff, there’s bound to be a style and budget for you from the fairytale castle that is the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel to the ski-in, ski-out Sunshine Mountain Lodge.

 

Whether you prefer self contained, lodge style, downtown or remote wilderness, Banff delivers on the lodging front including the Fox Hotel and Suites with hot pool and the Rimrock Resort with jaw dropping views.

 

 

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TOP 5 REASONS TO VISIT NORQUAY

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#1. Mt Norquay is skipping distance from Banff town – mere minutes down the road.

 

#2.It’s a local’s favourite with no lift lines  – nice one!

 

#3. It’s also on the SkiBig3 lift ticket that includes Banff Sunshine and Lake Louise.

 

#4. Night skiing – including the terrain park for after dark rails.

 

#5. The Canadian Rocky Mountain views – hard not to stop on every turn to take them in.

 

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RESORT FACTS

DESIGNATED TRAILS:skiing at Banff Mt Norquay

Hours of Operation 9:00am – 4:00pm daily (winter only)
Night Skiing 5:00pm – 9:00pm Fri/Sat – starting Dec 20
Night Tubing 5:00pm – 9:00pm Fri & Sat – starting Dec 20
Opening Date Early November
Closing Date Mid-April
Vertical Rise 1,650 feet / 503 metres
Base Elevation 5,350 feet / 1,630 metres
Peak Elevation 6,998 feet / 2,133metres
Acreage 190 acres / 77 ha
Average Snowfall 120 in / 300 cm
Trails 60 runs
Terrain 20% Beginner 36% Intermediate 28% Advanced 16% Expert
Longest Run 1 mile / 1.2 km
Lifts  6 — 1 High speed quad chairlift 2 Quad chairlifts 1 Double chairlift 2 Surface lifts
Lift Capacity 7,000 people/hour

GETTING THERE

FLY

The closest international airport to Banff is the Calgary International Airport (YYC), located just 78 miles (126 km) from Banff National Park. Frequent direct flights connect Calgary International Airport (YYC) to many cities across Canada, US, UK, and the rest of the world.

 

DRIVE

Banff is an easy 90 minute drive along the all-weather, four-lane Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy #1). This divided highway is a direct and easy commute from Calgary with no mountain passes or twisting curves.

 

Take an airport shuttle – Frequent airport transfer services are available between Calgary International Airport and Banff and Lake Louise hotels.

 

Hire a car – Calgary International Airport has many car rental services available so you can explore the destination on your own terms. Enjoy free parking throughout Banff and Lake Louise, but don’t forget to purchase your Park Pass when entering Banff National Park.

 

IN TOWN

Included in every SkiBig3 Lift Ticket is complimentary ski shuttle service that runs regularly to all three ski resorts including Banff Norquay.

 

The Roam bus service, Canada’s first all-hybrid electric community bus service, can get you around town.

 

Taxis are also easily found throughout town.

 

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TRAIL MAP

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TERRAIN PARKS

Norquay Terrain Park skiing Designed for park skiers and riders of all ages, the Norquay Terrain Park is the place for freestyle newbies to give it a go, or for the more experienced park-riders to finesse kickers and jibs.

 

With jump lines to suit all abilities, and with fifteen boxes and rails all ranging in size – including rainbows, a three-step down and a battleship box to jib – the Terrain Park is known as Banff’s Backyard, and is also home to the Bow Valley Freestyle Team.

 

Shredding late? No problem – the Terrain Park is fully lit and open on Friday and Saturday nights, while night skiing is operating.

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SNOW SCHOOL

people skiing at Banff Mt Norquay Mt Norquay is home to one of Canada’s largest and longest-running Snow School programs.

Snow School programs are available for every level of skier or snowboarder, from ages 3 and up. Options range from Level 1 (first time skiing or snowboarding) all the way to Level 7 (confident on any terrain, anywhere on the mountain) for both skiers and snowboarders, kids and adults.

Daycare available for children 19 months to 6 years, so you can hit the slopes!

 

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RENTALS

If you want to bring your own gear, bring your boots, ok, that’s cool, but leave the skis and boards at home. Dragging the extra gear through airports and train stations is no way to start your vacation. Most importantly, you want the right gear for the right conditions. Fat skis for powder days, super slick carvers on a groomer kind of day. In Banff, you are in the jewel of the Rocky Mountains, were powder skiing is the norm, and three mountains to choose from, on your SkiBig3 lift pass.

 

Having the right gear makes a great powder day, a brilliant powder day – with or without friends! There are a number of equipment rental stores in downtown Banff. We can definitely help get the best deals for your ski vacation package.

RETAIL THERAPY

Downtown Banff
Downtown Banff. Photo credit: SkiBig3

You don’t come to Mt Norquay to shop, but you do if you’re staying in downtown Banff, seven minutes down the road.

From big brand outerwear to local artisans, fashion, cowboy boots, gifts, souvenirs and more, you’ll find it within Banff’s sheets. The Christmas store is Canada’s largest, so be warned you could lose hours within these walls.

 

Bear Street in Banff town features an eclectic mix of art galleries, bike shops, and health and wellness stores. A selection of grocery, liquor, and convenience stores in Banff and Lake Louise carry everything you need to fully stock your hotel room or condo.

 

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THINGS TO DO

Banff, Mt. Norquay’s Tube Park Located just five minutes from the town of Banff, Mt. Norquay’s Tube Park offers fresh mountain air, legendary views and an easy adrenalin rush with 8 lanes of high-speed fun and a specially groomed tubing lanes, so there’s no need to walk uphill after each ride.

 

Take an Ice Walk through Johnston Canyon through steel catwalks built into the canyon walls, a guided snowshoe tour to Marble Canyon or jump on a snowmobile for a tour of majestic peaks and sunset views.

 

Try ice climbing with an instructor, go on a dog sled ride from Banff National Park to Yoho National Park through the Kicking Horse Pass at the Continental Divide or a horse drawn sleigh ride through the Bow Valley.

 

Ice hockey? Take in an NHL game at Saddledome Stadium in Calgary.

 

The annual SnowDays celebration is a highlight of the winter season every January. A free 12-day long event centred around massive snow sculptures in downtown Banff and the Ice Magic Festival in Lake Louise.

 

Grab your togs/swimmers/bathers and head to Banff Upper Hot Springs for a soak in mineral waters.

 

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APRÈS SKI

Banff town après options Head to Cascade Lodge at the base of Mt Norquay for après at the end of the ski day. Lone Pine pub is the place to socialise with crafted brews and beer on tap including the Norquay 94 from Banff Ave Brewing Co.

Banff town has even more après options. There are over 130 pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes in Banff so you’ll be spoiled for choice. The Waldhaus Pub next to the ice rink at Fairmont Banff Springs serves German fare, for local brews head to Banff Ave Brew Co, the Park Distillery distills with glacier waters from the region, Rose and Crown has live music every night of the week and High Rollers has 48 beers on tap.

 

Treat yourself with fine dining at Le Beaujolais for impeccable cuisine and service, the 17,000 bottle wine cellar at Eden restaurant or farm to table at Sleeping Buffalo Dining Room.

 

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