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Review Banff Mount Norquay: Family Skiing

Banff Mount Norquay

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Family 8 / 10
Overall: 69 / 100
  • Enough slopes for beginner
  • Affordable for families
  • Kids areas
  • Wide offering of ski schools and nurseries
  • Enough easy slopes at the base station

    Well-Suited for Families

    For families it is of utmost interest to be able to explore downhill runs together which means that most of them love lifts that cover all levels, so they are able to spend the day together despite their different skills -  this is only partly given at Mt. Norquay. Considering that there is only 77 hectares/190 acres of skiable terrain, there is not too much variety.

    Norquay is generally considered a great family ski hill. The beginner area is not crowded with faster skiers shredding down, which is a plus for ski novices as they do not feel intimidated – however, this is why there is no real family skiing available as the different terrains match their levels only.

    Speaking of levels: There is the Base Area (Lift B, C & D) with tons of green runs which is ideal for beginners and families who themselves teach their kids how to ski. Lift E is a go-to for intermediate skiers favoring blue terrain. Lift A serves the expert skiing area with dozens of designated black runs. This is also the place beginners keep away from, as its runs are definitely not doable at all for them.

    Apart from that, Norquay offers an outstanding ski school and childcare facilities; there is also a kids area adjacent to the base station and the parking lots. However, the chairlifts are everything but state-of-the-art; they do neither have weather protection covers nor foot rests for your ski or snowboards.


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