Ski Resort Banff Mount Norquay in the Canadian Rockies: Position on map

Review Banff Mount Norquay: Expert Skiing

Category Advanced: Official review by Snow-Online.com
  • Enough runs for experts
  • Small ski resort
  • No ski circuit
  • Little variety of runs
  • Partly outdated lifts
Advanced 7 / 10
Overall score: 69 / 100

Nice Expert Skiing For A Day

As it is with its beginner terrain, Mt. Norquay does not offer as much variety as does its sister resort Lake Louise. Nevertheless, Norquay is known for its steep bump runs which are said to be quite challenging. With 28 percent of the terrain designated as expert, Norquay has the most expert terrain in the Banff ski area. However, we'd say Norquay is a great destination for expert skiers for a day or two, as its options are quite limited when considering the total amount of terrain.

Around a dozen of blue runs and a handful of designated black runs are served by Mystic Express. The North American chairlift offers steep moguls and challenging gulley runs: 15 out of 16 runs are designated black runs, only run Nr. 13 is a designated blue run. Gun Run is one of Canada's steepest downhill runs, guaranteeing intense pleasure for experts at a length of 0,6 km covering an elevation difference of 300 m.

Again, as in many Canadian ski resorts, operators tend to be a little too upbeat with allegedly new runs, as plenty of runs are parts of a long one leading from the summit down to the base area. Anyways, fans of tree skiing will be happy that there are at least some smaller sections at their disposal, or let's say there's a smidgeon of tree skiing available in the ski resort. What's more is that said terrain is ideal for tree skiing newbies.

As compared to nearby ski resorts like Lake Louise and Sunshine Village and ski resorts in the Alps, Mt. Norquay performs well, yet its competitors have way more to offer – especially when it comes to variety and longer stays.