Mount Norquay

Mount Norquay

Mt. Norquay: The Gem of Snow!

Among the Big 3 resorts of Banff – Mt. Norquay is the smallest in size but the largest in terms of powder fun – precisely because of this reason that it is popularly known as the gem of the Canadian Rockies.

You might also have seen various magazines which have ranked Mount Norquay among the best skiing and snowboarding destinations in the whole of the Canadian region. Moreover, it is not just about the Sunshine Village or Lake Louise or even the Big Three – Mount Norquay is actually a heritage site also. It is from here that skiing began in the Canadian Rockies. If interested one must indeed venture into studying the history behind this gorgeous skiing destination. One can also go ahead and say that it is Mount Norquay through which skiing emerged as a grand tradition in North America.

You must not be taken aback by the 200 acres of skiable terrain because they have the entire area divided in such a manner that visitors of all skill types feel comfortable and thereon grow. Here you will also find an abundance of groomed trails, steep bumps and a brilliant panoramic view of Banff and the neighboring mountain peaks.

Mount Norquay is located directly in the northwest of the Town of Banff within the Banff National Park. The season here begins quite early in December and then ends by mid April. The region also has played host to numerous ski racing events and also the Winter Olympics of 1964 and 1968. Their lift system is top notch and slopes have abundance of fresh powder throughout the season.

Base Elevation: 1680 m

Summit Elevation: 2450 m

Vertical Drop: 503 m

38% – Beginner
25% – Intermediate
37% – Advanced
0% – Expert

Longest Run: 1.2 km

Lifts: 5

1- High-speed Quads
2- Quad Chair
1- Double Chair
1- Surface Lift

Operational Hours

Typically the ski area – Mt. Norquay and its appellate bodies such as the office, dining area, day care, terrain parks among others follow the schedule mentioned below. So you will have to keep a tab on them unless and unless otherwise mentioned the schedule remains the same:

  • Guest Service Office: It operates between 9 am – 4 pm every day during the season.
  • North American Lift: They are functional between 9 am – 4 pm.
  • Cascade: They commence their operations at 9 am in the morning and close at 4 pm in the evening.
  • The Mystic Lift and the Spirit Lifts: They remain operational between 9 am – 3:30 pm each day during the season.
  • Cafeteria: The cafeteria opens much early at 8:30 am and closes at 4 pm.
  • Daycare: This one of a kind facility for your young ones operates between 9 am – 4 pm.
  • Tube Park: You can access the Tube Park between – 10:30 am and 4 pm.
  • Ski School Desk: To book your skiing and other sports lessons you will have to head to this desk between 9 am and 4 pm.
  • Rental Shop: The Rental Store opens at 9 am during the morning hours and closes at 4 pm in the evening so that you do not miss even a single chance of having fun in the beautiful powder at Mt. Norquay.
  • Retail Shop: The one stop solution to all your needs is the Retail Store at Mt. Norquay. They remain operational between 9 am – 4 pm every day.
  • Lone Pine Pub: It has been often regarded as the best pub in the Canadian Rockies and they remain open for customers between 11 am and 5 pm every day.
  • Night skiing (Fridays only, starting December 16th each year): Mt. Norquay is one rare place which allows night skiing for visitors and this facility can be accessed between 5 pm and 9 pm during the season.
  • Night Skiing: (Friday / Saturdays between January the 7th and February the 25th): Night skiing facilities between the 7th of January and 25th of February can be accessed between 5 pm and 9 pm.
  • Night Tubing (Friday / Saturdays January 7th and February 25th): Night tubing facilities can be accessed between the 7th of January and 25th of February can be accessed between 5 pm and 9 pm.

One must also keep in mind that depending on the weather conditions the above and the lift timings are subject to change. However, in an otherwise scenario the above timings can be used as a point of reference.

Reaching Mount Norquay

Whenever the powder season approaches one tends to find certain excuses and end up delay the planning and execution parts. So, without any more holdups read on and quickly make the necessary arrangements to reach Mt. Norquay –

This ski destination is well connected to all the major towns and cities of Alberta, Canada. Furthermore, in addition to all of that thanks to the brilliant highway network of the country, it is easily reachable from elsewhere as well. Take for example Banff which is just about 5 minutes away from Mt. Norquay. It is in-fact the closest to both Canmore and Banff, and Calgary is not too far away as well – just a quite little hour. Moreover, you will not even notice the time pass by because you so will be occupied in soaking in the pristinely of the natural surroundings. As a matter of fact, you can have a look below to get proper ideas about the above-mentioned regions and travelling to this place –

  • Calgary: In terms of finding a proper resort – Norquay is probably your only option which is the closest to Calgary. The distance between Calgary and Norquay is just about 112 kilometres or a mere 69 miles and this drive can be easily covered in just an hour’s time. All you have to do is take the Highway 1 heading in the western direction – next, take the second Banff exit and then take the right turn – Mt. Norquay road and that is how you will reach the destination and begin to ski in just under an hour.
  • Banff: It is the closest town to Mt. Norquay – just about 6 kilometres from the downtown area.
  • Canmore: To reach Mt. Norquay from Canmore you will have to take the Trans Canada Highway number 1.

Other than this there is the Ski Bus Service available for your transportation needs. All you have to do is take into account the following schedule and choose the perfect time for your trip –

  • Bus 1: It has the following schedule

o    Rocky Mountain Resort: 10:10 and 11:10

o    Inns of Banff (Opposite): 8:50, 10:15, 11:15

o    Banff Caribou Lodge: 8:52, 10:17, 11:17

o    Delta Royal Canadian Lodge: 8:54, 10:19, 11:19

o    High Country Inn: 8:56, 10:21, 11:21

o    Ptarmigan Inn: 8:58, 10:23, 11:23

o    Arrival at Norquay: 9:10, 10:35, 11:35

  • Bus 2: It has the following schedule

o    Banff Springs Hotel: 8:50, 10:15, 11:15

o    Mount Royal (parking lot at rear): 8:55, 10:20, 11:20

o    Banff Park Lodge: 8:58, 10:23, 11:23

o    Arrival at Norquay: 9:10, 10:35, 11:35

With respect to the above two busses the return from Mt. Norquay is scheduled at – 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, and 16:30.

Other than the above there is a Night Ski Bus Service available as well. You can have a look below to know about their schedules –

  • Bus 1: It has the following schedule –

o    Inns of Banff: 17:00, 18:00, 19:00

o    Caribou Lodge: 17:02, 18:02, 19:02

o    Banff Inn: 17:04, 18:04, 19:04

o    High Country Inn: 17:07, 18:07, 19:07

o    Ptarmigan Inn: 17:10, 18:10, 19:10

o    Arrival at Norquay: 17:20, 18:20, 19:20

  • Bus 2: It has the following schedule –

o    Banff Springs Hotel: 17:00, 18:00, 19:00

o    Mt Royal (parking lot at rear): 17:05, 18:05, 19:05

o    Banff Park Lodge: 17:10, 18:10, 19:10

o    Arrival at Norquay: 17:20, 18:20, 19:20

With respect to the above two busses the return from Mt. Norquay is timed at – 20:30, 21:30 and 22:30. So, keep all the above details in mind while you are charting out your itineraries.

Now, take a look below to know about their detailed fares and other charges:

  • Adult (13 years or above): These guys will have to shell out CAD $10.00 for a one way trip; CAD $15.00 for a round trip; CAD $5.00 for a night one way trip; and CAD $5.00 for a night round trip.
  • Child (Between the ages of 6 and 12 years): These guys will have to shell out CAD $5.00 for a one way trip; CAD $10.00 for a round trip; CAD $5.00 for a night one way trip; and CAD $5.00 for a night round trip.
  • Tiger (Between the ages of 0 and 5 years): For these guys, the bus service does not charge any fares.

Rentals

Has it ever happened with you that you arrived at a skiing destination without getting along your shoes or a skiing pole? Well, then gone are those days. Here is the retail store which caters to the needs of individuals who are both at the levels of beginners and expert at the same time. You will find all your equipment and related needs here. During the coming season, you are likely to be surprised by the latest addition – the Rossignol. Furthermore, if you are a seasons pass holder then you will also receive at least 10% discount.

You can have a look below to know about the product categorization and rates of the various items that they offer.

  • Mid performance: Keeping up with their aim of catering individuals of all skill levels Mt. Norquay has the following category for beginners and intermediate levels. The products that have been made available here are as follows:

o    The Adult Complete Package: Now this particular offering from Mt. Norquay’s retail store is probably the best one yet. As far as their rates are concerned they are sub divided into two categories – half day and full day. Having just two categories promotes convenience and quick decision making as well. Generally, the half day scene can be accommodated either for the period of mornings and afternoons or just the night skiing part – for this service you will have to pay CAD $31. Similarly, their full day’s rate is CAD $36.

o    Skies Only: If you just require the skies alone then the rates for half a day is – CAD $24 whereas the same for the whole day is – CAD $27.

o    Boots Only: If you require boots from their stock then they will cost you CAD $12 for half day and CAD $14 for a full days period.

o    Poles only: Poles will cost you CAD $8 for half a day and CAD $8 for the whole day.

They also have another category – the high performance gear which is typically required by individuals who are at the advanced and / or expert levels. Products for them are categories in the following manner –

o    The Adult Complete Package: Now this particular offering from Mt. Norquay’s retail store is probably the best one yet. As far as their rates are concerned they are sub divided into two categories – half day and full day. Having just two categories promotes convenience and quick decision making as well. Generally, the half day scene can be accommodated either for the period of mornings and afternoons or just the night skiing part – for this service you will have to pay CAD $44. Similarly, their full days rate is CAD $49.

o    Skies Only: If you just require the skies alone then the rates for half a day is – CAD $36 whereas the same for the whole day is – CAD $40.

o    Boots Only: If you require boots from their stock then they will cost you CAD $12 for half day and CAD $14 for a full days period.

o    Poles only: Poles will cost you CAD $8 for half a day and CAD $8 for the whole day.

Under the above mentioned category, it is also important to note that the only a limited number of products are available to them. Therefore, you are also requested to make early bookings.

The final ski category under their portfolio comprises of children. Again, sizes and number of equipment are limited so place your orders at the earliest. Have a look below to know about the rates which apply:

o    The Juniors Complete Package: Now the Juniors Complete Package particular offering from Mt. Norquay’s retail store is probably the best one yet. As far as their rates are concerned they are sub divided into two categories – half day and full day. Having just two categories promotes convenience and quick decision making as well. Generally, the half day scene can be accommodated either for the period of mornings and afternoons or just the night skiing part – for this service you will have to pay CAD $19. Similarly, their full day’s rate is CAD $22.

o    Skies Only: If you just require the skies alone then the rates for half a day is – CAD $14 whereas the same for the whole day is – CAD $17.

o    Boots Only: If you require boots from their stock then they will cost you CAD $8 for half day and CAD $8 for a full days period.

o    Poles only: Poles will cost you CAD $6 for half a day and CAD $6 for the whole day.

Furthermore, this is not just it, they also cater to the needs and requirements of the snowboarders. To access their top-notch quality products you will first have to go through the rates which apply –

o    The Adults Complete Package: Now the Adults Complete Package particular offering from Mt. Norquay’s retail store for snowboarders is probably the best one yet. As far as their rates are concerned they are sub divided into two categories – half day and full day. Having just two categories promotes convenience and quick decision making as well. Generally, the half day scene can be accommodated either for the period of mornings and afternoons or just the night skiing part – for this service you will have to pay CAD $34. Similarly, their full day’s rate is CAD $38. This category includes both the snowboard and the snowboard boots.

o    Boots Only: If you require snowboard boots from their stock then they will cost you CAD $12 for half day and CAD $12 for a full days period.

o    Board Only: If you just require the snowboard from their stock then they will cost you CAD $27 for half day and CAD $30 for a full days period.

The next broad category is for the juniors –

o    The Junior Complete Package: Now the Junior Complete Package particular offering from Mt. Norquay’s retail store for snowboarders is probably the best one yet. As far as their rates are concerned they are sub divided into two categories – half day and full day. Having just two categories promotes convenience and quick decision making as well. Generally, the half day scene can be accommodated either for the period of mornings and afternoons or just the night skiing part – for this service you will have to pay CAD $20. Similarly, their full day’s rate is CAD $24. This category includes both the snowboard and the snowboard boots.

o    Boots Only: If you require snowboard boots from their stock then they will cost you CAD $8 for half day and CAD $8 for a full days period.

o    Board Only: If you just require the snowboard from their stock then they will cost you CAD $15 for half day and CAD $18 for a full days period.

This is the final category in their portfolio and it specifically caters to – snow shoes. It is so because these are probably the items which visitors tend to forget or misplace the most. Go through the listed below rates to know more. Also, they have been made available at the Tube Park Lodge:

o    Adults:  As far as their rates are concerned they are sub divided into two categories – half day and full day. Having just two categories promotes convenience and quick decision making as well. Generally, the half day scene can be accommodated either for the period of mornings and afternoons or just the night skiing part – for this service you will have to pay CAD $15. Similarly, their full day’s rate is CAD $15.

o    Junior: The rates have as in the above cases been sub-divided into – half day and full day. Having just two categories promotes convenience and quick decision making as well. Generally, the half day scene can be accommodated either for the period of mornings and afternoons or just the night skiing part – for this service Juniors, on the other hand, will have to pay CAD $10 for a half days period and CAD $10 for the whole day.

The most important product that is in many ways deemed necessary is the – helmet and irrespective of the category that you prefer (half or full day) or belong (adults or juniors) to you will have to pay CAD $9. They are necessary and availed in a whole range of sizes. So make sure that you get them. Finally, in addition to the above rates 5% GST is charged because of state regulations.

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Daycare Services

Skiing trips for families need to be inclusive and often such destinations do not really focus on their needs. However, here at the Mt. Norquay ski area has been awarded the tag of – Banff’s Best Family Ski Resort. Moreover, families tend to want to have all the powder fun together and sometimes there can be situations where the adults cannot accompany with their kids simply because they have to go either on a tougher terrain or go and tryout their skills on the slopes. It is here that the daycare services comes in and proves its worth.

  • Location: The daycare service is situated just a few steps away from the day lodge and is closer to the Cascade chair lift. It can be easily found.
  • Opening hours: The daycare services can be accessed on a daily basis beginning from 9:00 am in the morning till 4:00 pm in the evening.
  • Age group: The daycare services are meant for kids who are between the age group of 19 months and 6 years.
  • Services: The daycare services are quite convenient and include facilities such as playful interactions, lunches (only with full day occupancy) or snacks for every child, constant monitoring of children, personalized care among others.
  • Other important information: More importantly since the number of available seats is limited so you are requested make early bookings. This can be done by calling on – (403) 760 7709 or (403) 762 442.

The other more important information that you require pertains to the rates. You can read below to know more –

  • Kid’s Place Daycare Options: This particular service includes –

o    Full Day: The full days worth of options are enormous and include lunches. Typically, they are meant to be accessed between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. The per days charge under this category is a mere CAD $59.00. Your child will be enrolled in a homely environment and the experts at their facility are well trained to look after the needs of kids adequately.

o    Morning: The morning options are enormous just as the above and snacks will be provided unless otherwise mentioned. Typically, they are meant to be accessed between 9:00 am and 12:30 pm. The per days charge under this category is a mere CAD $39.00. Your child will be enrolled in a homely environment and the experts at their facility are well trained to look after the needs of kids adequately.

o    Afternoon: The afternoon options are enormous just as the above and snacks will be provided to each of the children unless otherwise mentioned. Typically, they are meant to be accessed between 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm. The per days charge under this category is a mere CAD $39.00. Your child will be enrolled in a homely environment and the experts at their facility are well trained to look after the needs of kids adequately.

o    Add-on Lunch: You can get a proper meal for your child by just paying an additional CAD $10.00. The lunches are home cooked and provide all the necessary nutrients to your children.

o    Drop-In: The daycare service also will provide the drop in service and will cost you, CAD, $25.00.

o    Daycare Hourly Punch Card: You are also given the option of an hourly punch card. They come with a blocking period of 2 hours which means that you will have to punch in these cards within 2 hours of the closing hour otherwise they will be blocked. These services do not include lessons or rentals. Thirdly, you can get your hands on a 20 Hour Care card by only paying a fee of CAD $225 + GST charges.

The Terrain Park

The Terrain Park at Mt. Norquay is no longer just an ordinary destination. It was only recently expanded to include an intelligent fleet of boxes and rails along with access to a massive terrain. Folks can come here for practice or just show-off their acquired skills. The terrain park is another place where families can come and have a great time together. Here people of all skill types can have a great time while skiing or snowboarding.

The Terrain Park is locally known as the backyard of Banff and caters to services both during the day time and also during the night time. During Fridays and Saturdays, the park looks exceptionally beautiful as it is fully lit up. Secondly, there are no separate charges for your entry into the terrain park so come down here to the Banff’s backyard and have a great time.

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All the sights in the world

Banff is situated at an altitude of 2090 meters making it at the amazing location to witness the grandiose of the surrounding area. Therefore many of the visitors come here for general sightseeing purposes. Secondly, you do not require your skis or snowboards to access this area. All you have to do is taking 10 minutes worth of ride up the North American Chair.

Take a look below to know about other important details:

  • Ticket rates: The lift tickets for the North American Chair costs the following –

o    Adults: Individuals who are above the age of 18 years will cost you CAD $29.

o    Youth: Individuals who belong to the category of 13 years to 17 years then the ticket prices for North American Chair is set at CAD $25.

o    Children: Kids who fall within the age group of 4 and 12 years are set to pay CAD $19.

o    Seniors: Individuals who are above 65 years of age or above will have to pay CAD $25.

It is also important to note that an additional 5% GST will be charged owing to state regulations.

  • Operational Hours: The operational hours of the North American Chair along with other chair lifts entirely depends on the weather conditions. However, generally speaking, the mentioned below timings and schedule is observed –

o    Daily: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

o    Season: As far as the dates of the seasons are concerned you will have to check the ski areas webpage.

Dining and lodging

So you have the slopes, parks and the best powdered in the world. Have a look below to know more –

  • The Cascade Lodge: This lodge is situated right at the base of the mountain. Often the Cascade Lodge is considered as the ideal place to observe the setting sun. This area provides a wide enough space which further facilitates you to view the beautiful panorama. Secondly, at the end of the day when your engine craves for a sumptuous meal, this is the one place where your heart can reach its ultimate satisfaction and that sure is a guarantee.

Particularly at the Cascade Lodge, you are provided with two options – the Deli and Cafeteria. They together serve a wide variety of perfect homemade food items at the most generous proportions and reasonable rates. You will not find anything better than this on the Canadian Rockies.

  • The Lone Pine: This is a good dining cum bar option which is located on the upper floor of the Cascade Lodge. Visitors like to visit the Lone Pine as it provides a unique environment which attains its perfect colors at the time of a World Cup event. You must try your hands on the freshly made salads and yummy sandwiches along with those delicious soups.
  • Kika’s Café: They are located adjacent to the Lone Pine and are able to accommodate as many as 120 guests. Therefore it is a good option if you are looking forward to entertaining a large group.
  • The Cliffhouse Bistro: Probably a unique place that you will find on Mt. Norquay. This is because the Cliffhouse was built way back in the early 1950s and since then has become an integral part of the resort’s history. Visitors like this place because it provides adequate options and is the best place to relax after a rich day on the slopes. As far as the locals are concerned they have always considered the Cliffhouse to be the special place where they would come whenever they find the time and simply take in the beautiful valleys and natural environs. They begin their operations by 10 am in the morning and close by 4 pm daily throughout the season.
  • The North American Lodge: They have two ready options for their visitors – the Deli and the Cafeteria. Both these options serve wide ranges of homemade food items. If you are looking for a quick bite then the North American Lodge is the place where you come.