Mt. Norquay in Banff cut the proverbial ribbon on their new tubing park this past weekend, opening the park to the public Dec. 19. The installation of the new park put the resort on the Canadian Rockies map, with the only tubing park in the Banff region.

The park features a rope tow and four chutes with large 16-foot-wide lanes. The chutes drop 50 vertical meters (165 feet) and run for 260 meters (850 feet) in length.

Kids must be 42 inches in height or taller to be able to use the tubing lift. Those who don't meet the height requirements can play in a special kid's area outfitted with child-size chutes.

Rates for tubing at Norquay run $17 CAD for adults and $15 CAD for kids ages 4-12. A special family rate  also is available--$48 CAD. The family rate covers two adults and two kids, but an additional child can be added on for $9 CAD.

Norquay plans to run the tubing hill daily throughout the season. Tubing will be available weekends and holidays 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and weekdays noon to 4 p.m.

Driving to the ski area from Banff also just got safer and easier this winter. Parks Canada added guardrails and repaved the access road leading to the resort.

The resort is open daily for skiing and snowboarding, and all the resorts lifts are running.

More information. Or call 403-762-4421.