Focus on... Norquay
By Laura Gelder – October 2018 – 2 minute read
Described as the best-kept secret of the Canadian Rockies, the small, family-friendly ski resort of Mt. Norquay is a locals’ favourite and that speaks volumes! Just ten minutes from the town of Banff, its offers terrain for all levels and a lovely atmosphere which keeps skiers coming back season-after-season.
The stats & USPs
Since it opened in 1926, Mt. Norquay Ski Resort has been popular with locals for its accessibility and facilities. Skiers can expect 1,650 feet of vertical terrain across 190 acres and 74 runs. The runs are nicely split between abilities, with 20% beginner runs, 36% intermediate, 28% advanced and 16% classed as expert.
Norquay is famous for being the training ground of Olympic and World Cup athletes and boasts excellent beginner terrain as well as the only night skiing in the region, a fully-lit terrain park and expert snowmaking on 85% of the terrain.
Home to one of Canada’s largest and longest-running Snow School programmes, Norquay is a great place for beginners or families with differing levels of expertise. Snow School programmes are available for every level of skier or snowboarder, aged from three. Options range from Level 1 (first time skiing or snowboarding) all the way to Level 7 (confident on any terrain, anywhere on the mountain).
There is a daycare centre just steps from the chairlift where trained supervisors keep kids aged 19 months to six years entertained between 9am and 4pm, with crafts, games and outdoor activities.
After the Park gets dark, the flood lights beam onto the runs of Mt. Norquay. The only night skiing in Canadian Rockies has become a firm favourite of the locals and Norquay is now buzzing on Friday and Saturday nights (5pm-9pm).
However, Norquay’s night skiing events are 100% family-friendly and kids and adults alike enjoy the novelty of skiing and boarding under the starlight sky.
Tubes and tricks
With eight lanes of high-speed fun, Norquay’s Tube Park is the largest in Alberta. The resort supplies the tubes and a magic carpet towing system pulls guests up to the top if the specially-groomed tubing lanes.
Tubing is suitable for children aged four and over (or 42 inches tall) and the Snow Tube Park includes a small sliding area, and a kids’ play area. Starting this December, Norquay’s Snow Tube Park opens on Friday nights and from January on Saturday nights too.
Norquay’s mixed Terrain Park is designed for skiers and riders of all ages, with jump lines to suit all abilities and fifteen boxes and rails all ranging in size. It’s even home to the Bow Valley Freestyle Team. For late shredders its fully-lit and open Friday and Saturday nights.