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Skied here today and conditions on the Blue runs were very hard pack with thin spots. ... Full Review
Just to recognise Kelcey on guest service for going above and beyond helping me find a lost item. Excellent service thank you so much. I totally recommend the place. ... Full Review
Snowboarding for the first time not knowing at all of how to snowboard and only having the knowledge of skateboarding was an incredible experience. Mainly the staff were fantastic, they help you so much so you understand every little part and they encourage you and always have a positive vibe so you know your not feeling nervous and scared because they are always there for you. I can only say that I went there for 2 days but in those 2 days I went from bearly knowing how to ride a snowboard to riding down there mountain with ease and maybe I wasn’t good I don’t know but I didn’t feel scared or nervous because the staff/instructors were always there helping you and making sure you were enjoying your self and making sure you felt safe. I can personally say that my instructor ‘Sam’ was incredible. He was always there helping me and in 2 days I was already onto blue runner corses. Sam was always there when you needed help and explained everything very clearly so you could understand how to do things. If any of the staff reads this please either give Sam a gift of some sort for how helpful he was he was truly amazing. Overall this place is amazing and I recommend it to anyone that doesn’t want to spend a whole lot of money. Staff, you guys are amazing and keep up the good work.
Ps. I could probably write a whole essay on how good this place is so I shortened it down a lot otherwise I would write a whole lot more. ... Full Review
Mount Norquay is a great place to start your Banff experience, but for more adrenaline you must go check out Sunshine Village (my fav) or Lake Louise (my other fav). Still a great mountain to Ski/Snowboard with excellent views of the Banff National Park. ... Full Review
i would not recomned the Canadian Rockies for a ski trip. with only 120" of snow a year its nothing like whistler. but i most say like all canadian ski resorts the veiws are amazing!!!!... Full Review
Norquay is the only hill you can buy a lift ticket by the hour.
If your stuck for time this is the hill.
Tip. Be there for 9am when the chairs start running,buy a three hour ticket and rip it up on the best corduroy in the Rockies.... Full Review
Even though Mt. Norquay is the smallest of the three Banff National Park ski resorts, it still has a punch. With three quads, one double, and a magic carpet, its 28 runs service flat ski-with-the-tots terrain to aggressive, steep mogul fields off the North American chair. Its Mystic Express Chair--the area's only high speed lift--services 1,300 feet of fun fall line cruisers cut along various aspects of the ridge's undulating terrain.
This is one resort that knows how to groom. Even though the ski hill hadn't received new snow in nearly a week, the groomers buffed out the courduroy wall-to-wall on runs. Ridgelines left between groomer passes were imperceptible. In the afternoon, you could still find edge swaths of uncarved corduroy.
The ski hill's most challenging terrain is found on the North American chair, left untouched by grooming machines. The views of the Banff Townsite and surrounding peaks are worth the ride alone. But once there, you must navigate a narrow switchbacked, hard pack trail that drops a hundred feet downslope into the moguls. While most of us tiptoed our way through the Volkswagon-sized creatures, one of our party flew out of both skis and careened a good 500 feet down slope before stopping.
With its quick 10-minute distance from town, Norquay lures those who just have a couple hours to ski with tickets sold by the hour. Banff locals hit the area between shifts at work. With no lift lines, you can cycle the lifts like a gerbil, tallying up vertical in a short amount of time.
A large two-story timber-framed day lodge built in the 1990s services the area. Roomy and open, the lodge corrals skier conveniences--a lesson desk, cafeteria, bar, and restaurant--all with upslope views to the limestone ridge above.
Under new ownership this year, the resort is resurrecting several traditional events from Nordic jumping to the Mountain Smoker. Norquay may be the smallest of the three Banff ski hills, but it's worth a stop on the ski tour. ... Full Review
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