Ski Banff at Norquay Ski Resort
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Address#2 Mt. Norquay Rd.
Banff, AB T0L 0C0
Overview by Alistair Wearmouth
In terms of size, Mt. Norquay is overshadowed by its behemoth neighbors, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise. But don't let this fact dissuade you from spending a day at this fun and somewhat edgy little resort. Its 28 runs offer a mix of beginner, intermediate, and expert terrain, though overall the skiing here tends to be quite steep and challenging. Only ten minutes from downtown Banff, the base area looks out onto a mountainside creased with an array of fierce-looking double-blacks. Norquay's Spirit and Mystic Express quads serve the side of the mountain you don't see from the approach road, with an easier mix of blues and blacks for intermediate skiers. Set in the steep-walled lee of east-facing Mount Norquay, the lengthening afternoon shadows, plus the powder-shaving effects of snowboarders, can make conditions a little icy.
Given its proximity to Banff, Norquay has something of a locals' vibe, with regular races, events, and concerts (including special events through the 2012-13 season to celebrate the resort's 85th anniversary). Better yet, lift tickets are available by the hour, as well as full- and half-days, if you've only got a few hours to shred in between your Banff National Park sightseeing. Norquay also hosts the Banff-Lake Louise area's only night skiing, including fully lit terrain and tubing parks.
What's New for 2012-13 Season: Non-skiers can also enjoy the sweeping Rocky Mountain views with the new Tri-Area Sightseeing Pass ($39.95 Canadian for adults), offering access to Norquay's chairlift as well as the two gondolas at Sunshine and Lake Louise. The pass also includes a $12 food-and-beverage voucher, plus complimentary transportation from downtown Banff and Lake Louise hotels.
Weather for Ski Banff at Norquay, CA
Fair, 52 F
Wed - Mostly Clear. High: 87 Low: 57
Thu - Mostly Sunny. High: 83 Low: 55
Fri - PM Thunderstorms. High: 75 Low: 56
Sat - Scattered Thunderstorms. High: 72 Low: 51
Sun - PM Thunderstorms. High: 75 Low: 50
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