Mt. Norquay gets a head start on 2012-2013 ski season

Let the ski and snowboard season begin


Mt. Norquay in Banff National Park, AB is the first ski resort to open this year in Canada. The lesser known hill of the Banff-Lake Louise ski resorts is also the only one that offers night skiing in the area. If the snow in Alberta caught you off guard, don’t worry. We’ve done the research for you about how to save and where to eat.


With the season starting early, you get a lot more mileage out of getting a season’s pass. Mt. Norquay offers many types, starting at $69 for the Night Pass.

If you can’t commit to a full season’s pass, the Big Drop Card gets you free visits the 1st, 4th, and 7th time you go, and 25% off full day adult lift tickets outside of those days.

Or, if you just want to spend a few days at Mt. Norquay when the conditions are good, early season day passes start at $20 for adults.

Eat and Drink

We can’t think of any food more comforting than cheese fondue after a day of skiing in the mountains. For the best fondue in Banff, you’ll have to find your way to the Waldhaus Restaurant. It’s a little more remote than other restaurants, tucked in the forest by Spray River and the 15th hole of the golf course, but their truffle fondue is not to be missed.

For something casual and simple, but done well with impeccable ingredients, Eddie Burger Bar on Banff Ave. is the spot to get a quick bite. Try the “Aussie” burger that has pineapple, beets and fried egg. You’re welcome.