Banff National Park Canada
Banff was the first national park in Canada, and one of the best places to go to experience the stunning beauty of the Canadian Rockies. In summer, the Rockies tower above glistening lakes and beckon outdoor adventures. Paddling, hiking and biking opportunities abound in the National Park and wilderness surrounding it.
Things To Do In Banff
When the winter season arrives, Banff’s 3 world-class ski resorts – Lake Louis, Mt. Norquay, and Sunshine Village – become popular places for skiing.The ski resorts at Banff cater to eager explorers who love challenging ski runs, gorgeous views of the Canadian Rockies, and apres-ski experiences involving quality craft beer. Although known as the Olympic athletes’s training ground, Mt. Norquay has fairly distributed trail breakout – 20% beginner, 36% intermediate, 28% advanced, 16% expert runs – that makes it a ski resort for everyone. Just like Mt. Norquay, award-winning Lake Louise ski resort boasts plenty of beginner-friendly skiable terrain where beginners and kids can enjoy the chutes, gullies, glades, and cruising runs of the area. For a more exhilarating downhill skiing and snowboarding experience, visit Banff Sunshine Mountain Village to experience 3000-acres of its world-renowned skiable terrain. June to August is the prime summer season, with camping and accomodations filling up far in advance – so book early! December to March is the best time to visit Banff for it’s incredible snow season.
MT. NORQUAY RESORT
Mt. Norquay is located 6 kilometres (4 miles) from the town of Banff, Alberta Canada and 120 kilometres (75 miles) along the Trans Canada HWY 1 from Calgary, Alberta and the International Airport. The resort has 60 runs, and 85% of the terrain is covered by snow making. The ski area has 3 quad chairs, 1 double chair and a magic carpet. The double chair, North American, services some of the hardest terrain in North America.
With a vertical drop of 503 m (1,650 ft) and 16.4 km (10.2 mi) of runs, it is considered challenging, with 38% easy, 25% medium, 37% difficult/expert runs.
Click here for the interactive Mt. Norquay trail map.
|Base Elevation:||5,512 ft|
|Summit Elevation:||8,038 ft|
|Total Acres of Skiable Terrain:||190|
|Vertical Rise:||1,650 ft|
|Number of Trails:||60|
|Annual Snowfall:||120 inches|
|Longest Run:||0.7 mile|