Banff - Mount Norquay Ski Resort
The oldest of the three ski areas in Banff National Park, Mount Norquay opened its doors in 1926, and has a been a local favourite ever since.
Despite it's small size compared to Sunshine Village and Lake Louise it still manages to offer varied terrain, with great runs for beginners and families, while also being a historic destination for alpine ski racing. The slopes overlook the town of Banff and can be the place to go on a powder day when others flock to the bigger ski areas instead. Famously big bumps can be found off the North American chair and this is also a good place for early season skiing – with 85% snowmaking coverage across the area's 60 marked trails.
The resort is only a few minutes drive from Banff itself, one of the liveliest and best ski towns in North America. There's a big seasonnaire crowd and numerous bars and restaurants (be sure to check out the various Happy Hour offers), making this a seriously fun resort after dark. Add to this the easy access to the other two ski areas outside of Banff, the spectacular scenery and the easy access from Calgary (the transfer takes around 2 hours), and it is clear why Banff is such a popular destination.
Resort website: www.skibig3.com