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.
Stay in prime skiing location at Copper Point Resort
Love skiing at Panorama and Fairmont but can’t decide where to park your skis? Stay smack in the middle of the two resorts at the new 203-room Copper Point Resort, on the skirts of Invermere, BC. With eight different room plans—from a standard to a three-bedroom loft suite—every stylish unit is surrounded by a tumble of peaks and the indoor-outdoor pool is a hit with the small fry. As is the on-site outdoor skating rink that wraps around several fire rings.