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Mount Norquay

Mount NorquayAlberta, Canada

  • Published Monday, December 17, 2012
  • Updated on Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Family-friendly Mt. Norquay offers outstanding conditions for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers and riders.
Since its opening in 1926, Mt. Norquay continues to be the locals’ gem. Famous for being the training ground of Olympic and World Cup athletes, and with excellent beginner terrain, everyone will love this small, family-friendly resort. The Canadian Rockies’ first ski resort, Mt. Norquay now encompasses a wide variety of terrain, activity and ticket options to suit everyone. The terrain ranges from gentle beginner runs that provide areas to build confidence and skill, up to heart pounding double black diamond runs that will challenge any expert.

Just minutes from the Town of Banff, Mt. Norquay offers the only night skiing in Banff-Lake Louise, including a fully lit terrain park, and expert snowmaking on 85% of the terrain.
This is the best-kept secret in the Canadian Rockies!

Surrounded by National and Provincial Parks, the resort communities of Banff and Canmore, Alberta are truly unique.  The Town of Banff is located in Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park. With one of the longest ski seasons in North America, the three resorts in Banff National Park offer world class skiing from early November to late May. As the three resorts of Lake Louise, Sunshine Village, and Norquay are all located in the National Park all three offer unmatched beauty and wilderness; do not be surprised to see elk, bighorn sheep, cougars, and even grizzly bears in and around the ski resorts.  With minimal development around each resort, you have a truly unspoilt skiing experience. With over 8,000 acres of skiable terrain, 26 lifts, 274 runs, and known for their light champagne powder, the Big Three offer terrain for all levels of riders. Lake Louise hosts the early season men and women’s world cup in late November. All three resorts host everything from junior racers, big mountain competitions, ski randonee races, celebrity ski days, to rail jams and park competitions.  Both Banff and Canmore offer easy access to the three ski areas along with other local ski resorts such as Nakiska and Fortress Mountain Cat Skiing in Kananaskis Provincial Park and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden BC.
Nestled in the heart of the 6,641 square kilometer Banff National Park, the town of Banff has been drawing visitors for over 100 years. The famous Banff Hot Springs were discovered in 1883 during the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway and have drawn visitors from all over the world since.  Located in the eastern Canadian Rockies, only 126 km from Calgary, Banff and Canmore have easy access to the Calgary International Airport.  With a bustling nightlife and arts scene, the town of Banff is home to 8,000 residents.  The Banff Centre for the Arts hosts the Banff Mountain Festival every fall just in time for you to start dreaming about the ski season.  


Canmore is located 22 km southeast of Banff along the Trans-Canada Highway on the way to Calgary. Most second homeowners choose Canmore for the wide variety of properties available and easy access to the mountains and Calgary. This community of 18,000 residents was host to the 1988 winter Olympics and the Canmore Nordic Centre is located right in town. With over 65 km of groomed trail, the Nordic Centre is home to the both the National Cross-Country and Biathlon teams.  Canmore is also home to world-class mountain biking, fly fishing, and climbing.  Located along the eastern border of Banff National Park, Canmore is nestled in the Bow Valley with the soaring peaks of the Three Sisters a prominent landmark.  To the south lies Kananaskis Provincial Park and to the east and north the Bow Valley Wildlands.
For the more adventurous, both Banff and Kananaskis parks offer incredible backcountry skiing with everything from glades to glaciers.  For cross-country skiers, the area has many groomed trails including Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, and Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.
Both towns are located along the Trans-Canada highway, are about an hour’s drive from Calgary, and are easily accessed via automobile or bus. The closest international airport is Calgary, while Sprinbank services smaller aircraft. There is a regional transport system called ROAM between the two towns and a paved bike path. The ski areas are accessed via car or ski shuttle.


www.banffnorquay.com
Mt. Norquay
PO Box 1520 Banff,
Alberta, Canada,
T1L 1B4
Tel: (403) 762-4421
Fax: (403) 762-8133
E-Mail Us: admin@banffnorquay.com

Dates of Season: November – April*
*weather dependent

FACTS:

Trails & Terrain:
Terrain: 190 acres
28 runs + glades
Terrain Difficulty: 20% Beginner, 36% Intermediate, 28% Advanced, 16% Expert
Longest Run: 1167 m
Terrain Parks: Banff’s Backyard
Tubing
Night Skiing

Snowfall & Temperatures:
Average Snowfall: up to 300 cm annually
Average High Temperature: December -5ºC, February -1ºC, April 8ºC

Elevation:
Summit Elevation: 2133 metres (7000 feet)
Base Elevation: 1630 metres (5350 feet)
Vertical Drop: 503 metres (1650 feet)

Mt. Norquay statistics:

Hours of Operation    9:00am – 4:00pm daily (winter only)
Out-of-Hours Skiing    5:00pm – 10:00pm Fridays & Saturdays from January – March
Vertical    503 metres (1650 feet)
Base Elevation    1630 metres (5350 feet)
Peak Elevation    2133 metres (7000 feet)
Acreage    190 acres
Average Snowfall    300 cm (120 in)
Snowmaking    85% of skiable terrain
Trails    28 runs
Terrain    20% Beginner, 36% Intermediate, 28% Advanced, 16% Expert
Longest Run    1167 metres (3828 feet)
Cumulative Length of Runs    16.4 km (10.2 miles)
Lifts    1 High speed quad chairlift, 2 Quad chairlifts, 1 Double chairlift, 1 Surface lift

HOW TO GET THERE:

Planes:
Calgary International Airport – 112 km

Automobiles:

Only 6 km up the Norquay Access Road from downtown Banff, you can ski before work or during your lunch break at Norquay. Norquay is Calgary’s closest Banff resort. At 112 km (69 miles) from the Calgary City limits, Norquay is a short 1hour drive on the trans Canada Highway. Head west on Highway 1, then take the second Banff exit, turn right on Mt Norquay rd. and you’ll be skiing or riding in under an hour

Calgary to Canmore    103 km (64 miles)
Canmore to Banff    24 km (15 miles)
Calgary to Banff    126 km (78 miles)
Banff to Lake Louise    59 km (37 miles)

Calgary Airport Car Rental Companies

Avis Rent-A-Car
Budget Rent-A-Car
Dollar Rent-A-Car / Thrifty Rent-A-Car
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Hertz Rent-A-Car
National Rent-A-Car /Alamo Rent-A-Car

Banff Car Rental Companies

Avis Rent-A-Car
Budget Rent-A-Car
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Hertz Rent-A-Car

SNOWBus:  

CALGARY AIRPORT BUS SERVICE
Banff Airporter offers multiple daily transfers from Calgary Int. Airport to Banff and Canmore.

BANFF HOTELS TO Norquay
Daily bus service is available between Banff Hotels and Mount Norquay. For more information, see the Ski Bus Express schedule and rates.


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