The large and much-loved Canadian holiday town of Banff has three ski mountains, all a drive away from the town and each other. Norquay is the closest – a small collection of runs and lifts running through the woods on the hillside overlooking the town, up to a high point of 2135m. Its pistes add up to just 190 acres, compared to Sunshine Village’s 3358 acres, but for such a small patch it does have a little something for everyone.

There’s a fun park which, along with some of the pistes, are sometimes floodlit for night skiing. There are a couple of black runs for experts that are sometimes left ungroomed, and a majority of blue runs that are enjoyably challenging for intermediates. There’s also a beginner area, and local ski schools tend to take their classes for days out in all three resorts.

Norquay visitors will no doubt be staying in Banff, which is has all the benefits of a big tourist town, including lots to do off the slopes, and food options that lean towards good-quality, meaty, Canadian fare. The town and ski mountains are in the Banff National Park, and visitors will want to explore the world-beating scenery, have a soak in the hot springs, and generally make a holiday of it.

At a glance

Altitude

2133 ftm

Piste Area

16km

Lift Pass Price

CAN$265 5 days

Nearest Airport

Calgary (145km)

Beginner slopes

21

Intermediate slopes

9

Advanced slopes

27

Lifts

5

Highest lift

2133m

Lowest lift

1636m

Snow parks

1

Glacier

No

Snowmaking

Yes