The smallest of the Ski Big 3 Banff resorts, Mount Norquay is a local gem in the Canadian Rockies. Do not be fooled by the size of Mount Norquay, for the scenic beauty is that of a picture perfect postcard.
As one of the best-kept secrets of the Canadian Rockies, Mount Norquay is a perfect introductory mountain to Sunshine Village and Lake Louise Ski Resort on the Big3 ticket. Mount Norquay is a world heritage site and the birthplace of skiing within the Canadian Rockies
The terrain at Mount Norqauy is great for intermediate and beginners. There may be limited terrain to explore but Mt. Norquay has an abundance of groomed trails, steep bumps, and amazing views of Banff and the surrounding mountain peaks.
The ski area is a great escape from the crowds at the other resorts that surround Banff. The resort is also closer to the town of Banff and is more protected when the snow starts blowing. The ski area is more geared towards beginners and intermediates but the expert and advanced skier will find some terrain worth exploring.
Mount Norquay is named after John Norquay, the premiere of Manitoba from 1878-1887, who climbed the mountain in 1888. The first ski runs were cut in 1926.
During the summer time, visitors can explore the Via Ferrata. The Via Ferrata, or iron road, is a climb lead by a certified guide where adventurers make their way up the cliff assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables, ladders and a suspension bridge.