Mt Norquay Rd, Banff, AB, T1L 1J7
403-762-4421 Fax: 403-762-8133
The treacherous-looking Norquay has softened its stance to welcome more beginners.
|Getting There |||One hour and 15 minutes west of Calgary via Trans-Canada Hwy, just 6 kms away from the town of Banff.|
Profile Last Updated: January 04, 2008
Mount Norquay used to be known as the mountain where experienced skiers ski and beginners spend the day in the lodge, rubbing their behinds and licking their wounds. The world famour Upper Lone Pine and Gun Run runs, a dynamite black-diamond duo as demanding as any trails in the Rockies. Through the years, Norquay's philosophy has changed in both terrain and amenities. Beginners can actually feel at home at Norquay now, but the mountain has not abandoned its core of experienced skiers in the process.
Great Place for the Kiddies
The Snow Sports Centre brings kids programs, skiing and snowboard lessons under one roof. One of Norquay's great features is its Kids Zone. Young sliders aged three and up can enter a ski area through a magic castle and ski through little igloos, bumps and their own little racecourse while their parents keep an eye on them from the adjacent 24,000 square-foot Cascade Lodge. The picture windows give sweeping vistas of the mountain's beauty in the classic post and beam style of Alpine lodges for a cozy atmosphere.
For skiers and Snowboarders
Norquay's two-halfpipe snowboard park brings boarders out of the dark ages with the one of the only illuminated snowboard park in the Rockies. There are five different chairlifts that allow skiers to access the various runs. The North American and Mystic Express offer access to the most challenging runs with the three other chairs offering access to the beginner and intermediate runs. Norquay does not offer any on-hill accommodations, but the resort's Timberline Inn is at the base of the mountain, and the town of Banff is just six kilometres away.