The success of a terrain park relies on two things: daily grooming to keep it safe, and a design that works both for its users and the groomers. Mount Norquay's terrain park does just that.
The park is designed by Jeff Patterson who gained accolades over a decade for his parks in New Zealand and Canada. Patterson grew up as a local Banff boy riding at Norquay and has since added to his renown as a park fabricator by becoming a photographer for park and big mountain riders.
"Jeff has a great imagination and eye for designing features," General Manager Andre Quenneville told OnTheSnow.com. "He's an artist in the grooming machine and understands the dynamics of the machinery."
Patterson added a unique new feature last year -a culvert - that has become a popular hit with the local kids. He also built a new terrain park course geared towards kids this winter. It consists of a few banked turns, rollers, and a tabletop jump. "They just want to feel like they're on a roller coaster," said Quenneville.
The park, located adjacent to the base of Cascade Quad, is lit for Friday night skiing and riding. Quenneville also noted that Norquay is adding Wednesday night skiing starting Feb. 4. The resort is the only Banff National Park ski hill to offer night skiing.
"We're fortunate Jeff makes time available to build our park," added Quenneville. "It's always in mint shape and looks great every morning."