Ski Banff @ Norquay

Starting with the first ski runs cut in 1926, Ski Banff @ Norquay now encompasses a wide variety of terrain to suit everyone. Terrain ranges from gentle beginner runs that provide areas to build confidence and skill, up to the heart pounding double black diamond runs that will challenge any expert.

Norquay's long-standing reputation for challenge is based on the first runs you see upon approaching the area: a quintet of super-steep, mogul-studded freefalls served by the original Norquay double chair. For hardcore Norquay regulars, no runs anywhere can match Upper Lone Pine and Gun Run, a dynamite black-diamond duo as demanding as any trails in the Rockies. Memorial Bowl isn't a bowl at all but a generous, consistent swath with an average 34-degree pitch that rarely feels the blade of a snowcat. Even the North American, the easiest of these runs, legitimately earns its black diamond.

Three more chairs climb up parallel ridges and serve the area's beginner & intermediate runs. In addition to a small, sheltered beginner slope, you'll find the Cascade Quad chair which services most of the beginner terrain and provides access to Spirit quad chair and to the long Pathfinder Express quad. Because the terrain lies deep in a valley under some very steep summits, it has a really rugged and interesting feeling. Norquay also provides some of the most weather sheltered terrain in the area.

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Resort Statistics
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Hours of Operation 9:00 am - 4:00 pm daily
Planned Opening Mid Dec
Night Skiing Yes - Fridays
  5:00pm - 11:00pm Fridays
Tentative Closing early April
Vertical 503 meters (1650 feet)
Base Elevation 1636 meters (5350 feet)
Peak Elevation 2133 meters (7000 feet)
Acreage 190 acres
Average Snowfall 243 cm (96 in)
Snowmaking 85% of skiable terrain
Trails 28 runs
Terrain beginner 20% Beginner
  intermediate 36% Intermediate
  advanced 28% Advanced
  expertexpert 16% Expert
Longest Run 1167 meters (3828 feet)
Cumulative Length of Runs 16.4 km (10.2 miles)
Lifts 1 High Speed Quad Chairlift
  2 Quad Chairlifts
  1 Double Chairlift
  1 Surface Lift
Lift Capacity Approximately 7,000 people/hour
Ski School Group Ski & Snowboard lessons
  Private Ski & Snowboard lessons
  Learn to Ski/Snowboard Packages
Racing Fun dual slalom
Daycare Avail. - children 19 mths-6yrs
Equipment Rentals Available at the area

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