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The Canadian Rockies’ original ski area (est. 1926) is just 10 minutes north of downtown Banff via Norquay Rd over Hwy 1 (Map 3, 10B; 403-762-4421). The resort is owned by Alberta ski enthusiasts who cherish its family-friendly character. Budding local ski racers train here and Giver Grandi run honours Banff Olympian Thomas Grandi. Mt Norquay is the only resort in Banff National Park to offer night skiing and tubing (the first and largest tube park in the Canadian Rockies). Norquay has a vertical rise of 503 m/1,650 ft, six lifts and 60 runs on terrain recently expanded by 10 acres. Night skiing is offered on Friday nights in December and on Friday and Saturday Nights in January and February.
Call or go online for more information and lift ticket prices.
Ten-minute chairlift ride to a sightseeing platform with incredible views of the Banff town site, Spray and Bow valleys, and Mt Rundle. Interpretation activities on the park and wildlife are offered. Historic Cliffhouse Bistro with mountaineering themed interior is open for dining. A free shuttle is offered from Banff hotels.
Call or go online for more information about the sightseeing lift and Cliffhouse Bistro.
Guided climbing via ferrata (Italian for ‘iron road’) with fixed anchors, cables, ladders and suspension bridges –No experience needed. This activity is for children 12+ and 90 lbs+. Guided climbs run from June to October and all gear is provided. Free shuttles are available from Banff.
Some available guided climbs include:
Explorer Route tackles pitches and 30-m/98-ft suspension bridge (2.5 hrs).
Ridgewalker Route traverses the bridge and climbs 3 buttresses to the summit ridge (4 hrs).
Skyline Route with high traverse (5 hrs).
Summiteer Route tackles an additional suspension bridge and includes en route lunch and end of climb snack at the Cliffhouse Bistro. (6 hrs)
Call or go online for additional information on tours and prices.