Mount Norquay Ski Resort is a ski area located in the province of Alberta in Canada. The resort is in the town of Banff, AB.
We recently ranked all of Alberta's ski resorts, so you can see where Mount Norquay stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!
Mount Norquay is a part of the Ikon Ski Pass network. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all or most of the Ikon-sponsored slopes with it throughout the year, depending on the type of pass you bought.
There are numerous options to stay at Mount Norquay around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.
Mount Norquay Mountain Resort Terrain Overview
Mount Norquay has a total of 60 ski trails, which are serviced by 6 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Mount Norquay is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 190 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 77 hectares, 0.3 square miles, or 0.8 square kilometers.
Mount Norquay's slopes see on average 118 inches (3.0 meters) of snowfall a year. That is almost 9 feet every year!
Mount Norquay Ski Resort Elevation
Mount Norquay Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 6,998 feet, or 2,133 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 5,350 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 1,648 feet (502 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.
Mount Norquay's summit elevation is higher than average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are much higher than this one (some stretch to 12,000 feet!), but it is not small by any stretch of the imagination.
Mount Norquay Ski Resort Difficulty Level
53.4out of 100
DID YOU KNOW?
At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.
Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.
Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level
Mount Norquay has 190 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.Mount Norquay is a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 31% of its trails as easy. However, it also has a fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 69%.
Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.
Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.
Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.
Is Mount Norquay Ski Resort good for beginners?
Mount Norquay can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 69% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.
Mount Norquay Ski Resort Location
Mount Norquay Ski Resort is located in the province of Alberta, Canada. This ski area is nearest the town of Banff, AB.
Banff, AB T0L Canada
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Getting to Mount Norquay Mountain Resort
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Mount Norquay Ski Resort), its coordinates of 51.20300, -115.60000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Banff, AB to get close.
By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.
A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Mount Norquay Ski Resort.
|Calgary International Airport||YYC||Calgary, AB||111 km|
|Edmonton International Airport||YEG||Edmonton, AB||271 km|
A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Mount Norquay.
|Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies International Airport||YXC||Cranbrook, BC||177 km|
|Castlegar/West Kootenay Regional Airport||YCG||Castlegar, BC||256 km|
|Lethbridge County Airport||YQL||Lethbridge, AB||264 km|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Mount Norquay Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.
Other Nearby Ski Resorts
Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Mount Norquay Ski Resort.
|Banff Sunshine Village||Banff, AB||8,957 ft||68%||15 km|
|Nakiska Ski||Kananaskis, AB||7,415 ft||60%||43 km|
|Lake Louise||Lake Louise, AB||8,650 ft||66%||47 km|
|Fortress Mountain Resort||Kananaskis, AB||8,400 ft||57%||50 km|
|Panorama Mountain||Panorama, BC||8,038 ft||87%||94 km|
|Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski Area||Fairmont Hot Springs, BC||5,200 ft||44%||97 km|
|WinSport (Canada Olympic Park)||Calgary, AB||4,100 ft||32%||97 km|
|Kicking Horse||Golden, BC||8,218 ft||91%||101 km|
|Innisfail Ski Hill||Innisfail, AB||3,133 ft||14%||146 km|
Mount Norquay Ski Resort Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||6,998 ft|
|Base Elevation||5,350 ft|
|Vertical Drop||1,648 ft|
(31% Beginner, 25% Intermediate, 44% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||118 inches|